Laval St.Germain is a world-class mountaineer and extreme athlete, cyclist, and ultra-marathoner. He recently set a record rowing solo 5500km across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for a local cancer hospital and in solidarity with a close friend who had just been diagnosed.

“Experimentation is an act in humility”

– Laval St.Germain

In this episode we cover a slew of topics with a super interesting, courageous, and accomplished individual – parenthood, family, and tribe, the humility, situational awareness, and adherence to procedure that apply to adventure the same way as flying an aircraft, and we even get a sliver of a hint on Laval’s next adventures.

One of Laval’s favorite proverbs: “For lack of a nail the shoe was lost. For lack of a shoe the horse was lost. For lack of a horse the rider was lost. For lack of a rider the war was lost.


Expert at turning dreams into goals into reality, Laval St.Germain knows what it takes to unzip the tent door and step out from high camp on Everest for a cold, gasping, trip to the top or to shove off the dock to row alone across the North Atlantic Ocean.

Laval is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq’s highest peak, and the holder of the fastest ever crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe.

Laval has climbed the highest peak on all 7 of the earth’s 7 continents (the 7 Summits), and the highest peaks of more than 18 nations.

Uniquely blending extreme high risk outdoor adventure with the deliberate and strict adherence to procedures, checklists and risk management inherent in an airline pilot has kept Laval alive.

Laval is an acclaimed keynote speaker, with emotional and striking stories from up there above the clouds and out there beyond the ocean horizon.

Hear and see what it takes to have the ability to step out way past normal, and shove off way past safe, but come back alive.


  • From airline pilot to adventurer
  • Risk management procedures
  • The 1 thing missed on Everest that cost 3 fingers
  • Solo rowing the Atlantic
  • Imposter syndrome
  • The Why to come home alive
  • Danger, discomfort, and delayed gratification
  • Key daily routine especially when traveling
  • The #1 thing is to take action

“The unknown makes you better as a person, as a man”

– Laval St.Germain

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