Episode 23: Life Imitates Art with Miguel Ventura, and special guest Dario Ventura

Miguel's Pizza

This isn't about training.  It's bigger than that.  It's about community.

Miguel's Pizza.  It's been called the "Camp 4 of the East", but that title isn't big enough.  More than what you see on the surface... the cheap camping, amazing pizza, great place to meet partners and sneak beers in brown paper bags, an undeniable climbing institution... Miguel's is a community.  It's an idea.  An inspiration.  It's our Mecca, and it's a place that shaped not only my life, but the lives of countless people who've come of age sleeping (or trying to sleep) in the now famous "climber's only" campground.  

With the help of his son, Dario, who you'll also hear from in this podversation, I sat down with Miguel in his gear shop during normal business hours at the end of a busy season.  Sure, we talk about how it started and where it's going, but more important, we dig into what makes Miguel, the human, tick.  He's a complex character, but we learn how a box of crayons led to the ability to communicate with an unknown world.  We find out how a simple sketch provided a whole community of fringe dwellers a place to be themselves.  

That's all I'm going to say.  This is one you have to listen to.  

If you've never been, visit them on the web at www.miguelspizza.com

This is a bonus Christmas episode from our crew to yours!  Happy Holidays from Kris, Nate, Blake, and Paul.  And remember, always, that we don't tweet.  We scream like eagles.