AAP 004: Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman – on 14 years of covering fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin
Pam LeBlanc is quite literally the perfect guest for this podcast because no individual has come even close to producing the amount of content, stories, and experiences she has on fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin.
After shuffling around to different newspapers in Texas, she ended up at the Austin American-Statesman in 1998 and pitched a regular fitness column to her bosses in 2004.They were skeptical but gave her a 6-month window to prove there were enough stories to keep it going. The Fit City column was a hit and 14 years later, she’s still writing fitness and lifestyle articles, and inspiring thousands of Austinites to stay active and healthy with all our city has to offer!
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In this episode, Pam and I chat about:
- “Hammack camping”–One of her most recent research trips
- Some of her favorite experiences in 14 years of covering activities, fitness, and health in Austin.
- How she chooses readers to take part in certain experiences with her
- Why she loved a 15 day hiking trip on the John Muir trail–despite some serious challenges
- Her favorite back-packing trails and swimming holes in Central Texas
- Some of the most unique activities she’s done and reported on
- How one of her columns lead to a…significant…purchase
- What she means by “Get your hair wet!” and “pocket adventures”
- Why she bikes to work every day
- Her favorite stories to write
- The importance of accountability partners (or pets!)
- Why she talks about fitness like something she loves and not as a “work out”
- What she has coming up in her year of adventure!
Resources and Activities Mentioned in the Show:
- Fit City Blog
- Pam LeBlanc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- John Muir Trail
- Sky Candy
- Meredith Walker ( and on Twitter)
- Get Your Hair Wet – Pocket Adventure Series on Facebook
- “Dive In! Texas Swimming Holes”
- Krause Springs
- Enchanted Rock
- Tonkawa Falls
- Pedernales Falls
- Blanco State Park
- Rollingwood master’s swim team
- Laurie Allen – Pam’s articles on her story are here, here, and here.
- Bare buns run
- The naked mile swim at Barton Springs, and her story on the bare buns run