Every so often you come across a dude who appears normal but turns out to be a real gem. Brad Barlage is one of those guys. At 5'9 and all of 150 lbs including his skis, he's a rangy, stringy dude with bright eyes and a stoked smile.
A superb climber (redpointed 5.14), a real adventurer (kite skiing Baffin Island with Andrew McClean), a dog lover, and the kind of guy willing to build his life based on the "do the right thing always" mantra that marks so many of my mentors.
Brad worked his way up from the shipping floor at Black Diamond (the climbing company) to being a Sales Manage for North America, and split off to go his own way and continue selling outdoor gear under his own brand.
Brad is a very private guy, and I owe this podcast to two things.
First, Brad's willingness to grant a friend a favor. Second, the folks over at Enormocast, a climbing podcast.
Brad's been listening to them and seeing just how useful podcasts can be, so when I came bumbling along with my request, he understood how much it can help to hear someone else's story.
Thanks Chris Kalous at Enormocast for doing a good enough job to encourage Brad.
Too much reading...
How about dessert?