Alpenglow debuts new season of “Mountain Storytelling”

Emily Harrington talks to Brendan Madigan for the podcast. | Courtesy Alpenglow Sports

Brendan Madigan, owner of 39-year-old specialty retailer Alpenglow Sports, is back at it with the second season of his “Afterglow, A Mountain Storytelling Podcast,” that travels deep into the mind, heart and soul of world-renowned adventure athletes.

Season 2 will feature intimate conversations with personalities such as JT Holmes, Emily Harrington, Stephan Drake, Kim Havell, Chris Burkard, Adrian Ballinger and Barry Blanchard.

The eight-part series offers weekly episodes to be released each Friday through the fall of 2018. Episode 1 features extreme ski mountaineer and North Face athlete Hilaree Nelson (formerly O’Neill).

“My life’s goal has always been to build something of lasting value in the North Lake Tahoe community,” said Madigan in a press release. “Alpenglow Sports does this many ways … these larger-than-life characters aren’t just athletes, they are storytellers. I felt strongly that ‘Afterglow’ would allow a personal connection with each speaker that might allow our audience to learn from and be inspired by.”

The organic, long-form and intimate conversations reveal the possibilities, motivations and inspirations of iconic mountain athletes. Every conversation digs deep in the attempt to learn universal truths from the experiences of these athletes including who we are, why we are here and how these answers offer a pathway for the sharing of experiences, emotion and vulnerabilities.

“For years I’ve wanted to make the aspirational lessons from the Winter Speaker Series available to a wider audience. ‘Afterglow’ is our attempt to do this and hopefully make the world a better place by sharing these fantastic tales of personal growth through adventure,” said Madigan.

The podcast is free and available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play and more. For more information, visit