Freedom To Focus A podcast hosted by Kevin Jorgeson

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Kareemah Batts – Defying the Odds

In her late twenties, Kareemah Batts was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a super rare cancer that strikes young adults. Rather than endure multiple surgeries to battle the illness, Kareemah opted for amputation of her left leg below the knee. In her recovery, the New York City native discovered a passion for climbing and uncovered a penchant for defying the odds. As founder of the Adaptive Climbing Group, she has provided inspirational pathways for fellow amputees and adaptive climbers to discover the sport and has worked tirelessly to help redefine athleticism in the climbing culture.

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To execute the task at hand confidently, pure focus is the most critical ingredient. Kevin Jorgeson sits down with climbers, arborists, work-at-height professionals and others as they share the stories behind their adventures.

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Kevin Jorgeson

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Kevin has been climbing his whole life. It started with trees, fences, cupboards, anything he could get his little hands on. He turned to rock climbing at 10 when he went to his local gym's grand opening. Now, he and Tommy Caldwell are known for completing what is known as the world's hardest climb - The Dawn Wall on El Capitan. Kevin continues to climb, speak and contribute to charities internationally.

Past Episodes

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Anthony Ambrose – Climbing Giants

Aired on May 28th, 2018

Anthony Ambrose is an ecologist and climber who loves exploring wild places. His research utilizes advanced rope-based climbing techniques in order to directly study how coastal redwoods and giant sequoias interact with their environment, respond to climate change, and how science can be used to help conserve forest ecosystems into the future.

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Rachel Brudzinski – Return to the Canopy

Aired on April 24th, 2018

Arborist Rachel Brudzinski suffered a traumatic back injury at the young age of 22 after her partner cut her from her rope in a rescue attempt. Facing next to zero options she agreed to a high-risk surgery and a 1% chance of being able to climb trees again. She trained like an Olympian, made an incredible recovery and went back to work to set up a training program for arborists in the New York City Parks Forestry Department to ensure accidents like hers wouldn't happen again.

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Angela Hawse – The Heart of a Guide

Aired on March 27th, 2018

Legendary climber, Angela Hawse was asked to be the Deputy Leader of the first Adaptive Climb of Everest in 1998 by Tom Whittaker. She willfully accepted the position and played a key role in the success of Tom’s journey to the summit. She’ll tell the story of overcoming her own personal challenges by way of a summit bid, just 275 ft short of Everest’s evasive peak.

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