025: Thank You Fear, I've Got It From Here with Ken Wylie

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Imagine being buried in an avalanche where for a minute you have no certainty of being alive and it seems only one thing is certain, death. An apprentice at the time, Ken Wiley (IFMGA) was able to survive the tragic accident and it made a surprising discovery about fear of living and dying. In this episode, Ken tells his journey into becoming an adventure educator and how his near-death accident changed how he looks at life and death.

Ken has been a life-long adventurer. He has climbed high and difficult terrain and has witnessed profound consequences. His adventures compelled him to go deeper inside, to face his own frailty, and find his greatest strengths. He has come to understand that heroes don’t just do amazing things, they allow their experiences to change them so that they come home and better serve others.

Certified internationally as a mountain guide with the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations, Ken is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading adventure education innovators developing practices for adventures to use in their game. 

He has held faculty positions at Thompson Rivers University and Mount Royal University in their respective outdoor programs.

Certified internationally as a mountain guide with the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations, Ken is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading adventure education innovators developing practices for adventures to use in their game. 

He has held faculty positions at Thompson Rivers University and Mount Royal University in their respective outdoor programs.

Show Highlights

  • How Ken developed his love for nature and adventure when he's a kid growing up
  • Being an educator in the context of adventure
  • The process of being certified as an IMFGA guide
  • Experiencing a tragic avalanche accident during Ken's apprenticeship
  • What being buried in an avalanche made Ken realize about himself
  • The irony that Ken is a student of adventure while being an adventure educator
  • The fear of dying and living
  • Acceptance and awareness of fear
  • How the western culture is keeping us from looking at death
  • Why do we resist death
  • The concept of being enough and why do we think we are inadequate
  • Importance of stillness in nature as well as with us
     

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