A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about a podcast series called The Dirtbag Diaries. I thought I’d follow that up with a short piece on Husky – another awesome podcast series with an outdoor theme. Husky is the work of Swede Magnus Ormestad- a man who likes to ‘collect stories’.
Husky is primarily in Swedish but there is an English language version called Husky International too. Podcast subjects range from world class climbers and athletes, to less well known people, all of whom are doing some significant out doors. Whoever they are and whatever they do, they all have a story to tell.
I’ve met Olympic champions, adventurers, pioneers and inspiring people who at some point decided to follow the paths of their dreams. They live on their way up, or down, majestic mountains. They choose the depths of the oceans and they follow trails with no end. All I do is collect their stories. – Magnus Ormestad
Click on the above image to listen to the Husky interview with freeskier Jackie Paaso. Image – Reine Barkered.
I’m intrigued to see how podcasts evolve into the future. In a way, podcasts like Husky are the antithesis of most other modern media, especially in our trade. Adverts, films and video edits need to be information rich, visually complex and have an immediate impact to the viewer, otherwise they might not cut through and connect. The podcast is a slower burner. Consuming a Husky story is an experience filled with space. For me that’s a similar feeling to the one I get during a long run, or a whilst patiently moving up a mountain on my splitboard.
Recently I heard the term ‘slow perfectionism’, which really hit a chord. It’s an approach that isn’t always prevalent these days but can lead to a really fulfilling and successful outcome whatever the activity or subject matter happens to be. Instead of watching or listening to something that lasts just a few minutes, take an hour or so out of life and try and absorb something a little more deeply.
Listening to Husky’s stories is a means of escape. It’s the reason why most of us enjoy the mountains and outdoor spaces. Although listening to someone else’s adventures might not be an alternative to having your own, it can be an informative, inspiring and almost meditative way to escape the sometimes overwhelming hit of visual media that flows through our lives.
Click on the above image to listen to the Husky interview with Italian alpinist Simone Moro.
Check out all the Husky podcasts at huskypodcast.com.