Welcome to Basecamp, a place where dirtbags, mountaineering legends and amateurs alike meet up to swap stories and share their passion for climbing, whatever the style. Hosted by Brandon Pullan, a climber and the Editor in Chief of Gripped magazine.


  • Ep 21: Kelly Cordes

    03/06/2016 Duration: 29min

    Kelly Cordes won the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Jon Whyte Award for The Tower, his non-fiction account of climbing Cerro Torre. In this episode he tells host Brandon Pullan about the paths his research took him down while writing. He also gives advice to a his younger self, who was branded with the climbing nickname Sketchy Kelly. #basecamp

  • Ep 20: Greg Child

    31/05/2016 Duration: 32min

    In this episode Brandon speaks with writer and climber Greg Child. The conversation ranges from his controversial photograph of a dead climber, to what not to do when sharing a tent on the side of a mountain. He is the author of several mountaineering books and has won the American Alpine Club’s Literary Award for his body of work. #basecamp

  • Ep 19: Lydia Bradey

    25/05/2016 Duration: 29min

    Lydia Bradey is now known as the first woman to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen. In this episode, she tells host Brandon Pullan about her controversial summit, what prevented her climb from being recognized for years, and the backlash she faced after her ascent. #basecamp

  • Ep 18: Colin Haley

    18/05/2016 Duration: 20min

    On this episode, Brandon talks to Seattle/Squamish based alpinist, Colin Haley, who discusses realizing (in pioneering fashion) his teenage dream to climb Argentina's famed Cerro Torre and why he gave up drugs and alcohol. #basecamp

  • Ep 17: Katie Ives

    10/05/2016 Duration: 25min

    Katie Ives, the Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist magazine, talks about her childhood dreams of climbing mountains. Her chat with Basecamp host Brandon Pullan covers the state of climbing media and literature, and working through the bankruptcy and relaunch of Alpinist magazine. #basecamp

  • Ep 16: David Lama

    02/05/2016 Duration: 20min

    On this episode, Brandon sits down with climbing star, David Lama, who became the first person to free climb the Cerro Torre wall in Patagonia, considered by many to be the hardest alpine climbing route in the world. #basecamp

  • Ep 15: Tommy Caldwell

    03/03/2016 Duration: 29min

    Professional climber Tommy Caldwell doesn't like when climbers take the sport, or themselves, too seriously. In this episode of Basecamp, he tells Brandon Pullan about writing his book, climbing the Dawn Wall and how Yosemite changed traditional climbing. #basecamp

  • Ep 14: Alex Honnold

    01/03/2016 Duration: 31min

    Host Brandon Pullan chats with Alex Honnold, one of the best-known climbers in the world, about his memoir, Alone on the Wall, and free solo climbing. Honnold shares the stories behind a number of the speed climbing records he holds at just 30 years old. #basecamp

  • Ep 13: Eric and Elise Sethna

    28/01/2016 Duration: 29min

    On this episode, Brandon talks to Banff-bred siblings Eric and Elise Sethna, who are members of Canada's National and World Cup climbing teams. They discuss mental training, how to win while also being in school full time and why they love competition. #basecamp

  • Ep 12: Majka Burhardt

    04/01/2016 Duration: 29min

    Climber, writer and environmental activist Majka Burhardt talks to Brandon Pullan about her transition from rock and ice climber to environmental activist, and her fascination with what's beyond the climb. #basecamp

  • Ep 11: Bernadette McDonald

    30/11/2015 Duration: 22min

    In this episode, Basecamp explores how Slovenia's national identity is tied to a mountain. Brandon Pullan speaks with Bernadette McDonald about climbing Slovenia's highest peak. Her book about the experience, Alpine Warriors, won Best Mountaineering History Book at the 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. #basecamp

  • Ep 10: Jules Lines

    12/11/2015 Duration: 25min

    On this episode, Basecamp goes live in front of an audience at the 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Brandon takes to the stage with accomplished British rock climber Jules Lines, who talks about his adventures soloing, what it’s like to walk away from a 40 foot fall, and why he decided to write his award-winning memoir, Tears of the Dawn. #basecamp

  • Ep 09: (BONUS EPISODE) Andrew Wexler

    29/10/2015 Duration: 21min

    On this bonus episode, Brandon talks to IFMGA guide Andrew Wexler who seems to be living the life, spending summers in Chamonix, France, and winters in the Bugaboos in the Canadian Rockies. Andrew speaks about his risky adventures, including a near-tragic paragliding accident. #basecamp

  • Ep 08: Ed Douglas

    23/10/2015 Duration: 20min

    On this episode, Brandon sits down with climber and celebrated alpine author Ed Douglas. Ed writes for the UK's Observer and Guardian. He's also penned numerous biographies about some of the biggest names in the climbing community, including Tenzing Norgay, Alison Hargreaves and Ron Fawcett. #basecamp

  • Ep 07: Margo Talbot

    14/10/2015 Duration: 21min

    Brandon Pullan talks to Margo Talbot. Margo credit ice climbing for helping her out of a drug addction. She is a guide, and author of the acclaimed 2011 memoir, All That Glitters: A Climber's Journey Through Addiction and Depression. #basecamp

  • Ep 06: Andrew Brash

    27/09/2015 Duration: 27min

    On this episode, Brandon Pullan talks to Calgary-based climber Andrew Brash about his experiences on Mount Everest, including a 2006 expedition Brash abandoned in order to save a climber who had been left for dead below the summit. #basecamp

  • Ep 05: Hazel Findlay

    14/09/2015 Duration: 21min

    On this episode, Brandon talks to UK climber, Hazel Findlay -- the first female to climb an E9 grade route. Hazel discusses her early climbing experiences and what she wants from her career. #basecamp

  • Ep 04: K6 West and The Piolet d'or

    25/08/2015 Duration: 54min

    On this episode Brandon talks to climbers Raphel Slawinski and Ian Wellstead who won one of climbings most prestigious prizes - the Piolet d'or - for pioneering a new route up Pakistan's K6 West in 2013. He also talks to climber Jesse Huey, who dropped out of that expedition after Taliban militants killed 10 international climbers. #basecamp

  • Ep 03: David Chaundy-Smart

    31/07/2015 Duration: 41min

    On this episode, Brandon talks to climber and Gripped magazine editorial director David Chaundy-Smart about his engaging memoir, A Youth Wasted Climbing. It's a coming-of-age story looking back at the fertile and influential Ontario rock climbing scene of the 1970s. #basecamp

  • Ep 02: Everest Climber Sharon Wood

    24/07/2015 Duration: 19min

    Sharon Wood is the first woman from North America to summit Everest. She tells host Brandon Pullan what the experience was like and how she wishes people would just stop asking her about it. And hear her open up about being a female climber in the 1970s & 1980s, when climbing was more of a boy's club. #basecamp

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