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Episode 18 – Buzz Burrell

Adventurer Buzz Burrell grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but it wasn’t long before he packed his bags and headed west to Colorado to be in the mountains. Over the next five and a half decades he set fastest known time (FKT) records on the Colorado Trail (486 miles) and the John Muir Trail (223 miles), started the first certified organic farm in the state of Colorado, and helped take Ultimate Direction from a floundering brand to a market leader in hydration systems. I met up with Buzz at the Ultimate Direction offices in Gunbarrel, Colorado and we had a nice chat about running, adventure projects, FKTs, gear innovations, the Signature Series, featuring running celebrities Anton Krupicka, Scott Jurek, and Peter Bakwin, and some of the challenges of growing older.


About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast since 1998, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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