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Interviews with People Pursuing Greatness


Feb 10, 2020

Dr. Mike Coltrin is an inspiration in what an individual can do when hard work meets hard fun. A chemist, scientist and author by trade we talk about his hobby that led to the de facto guide he wrote for hiking the Sandia Mountains here in Albuquerque New Mexico (Links in the show notes). A trained and accomplished scientist with a doctorate in chemistry, multiple academic paper writer and patent holder. This dude is an example of what doing more and pursuing greatness means. This was a fun and interesting conversation and I hope you all enjoy it!

  • 01:00 Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and how it came to be 
  • 02:00 UNM Press link to Mikes book →
  • 03:30 Friends of the Sandias →
  • 05:00 How long does it take to hike every trail on the Sandias?
  • 08:00 How do you say Kairn properly?
  • 12:10 Contingency 
  • 22:00 The dark side of the mountain…
  • 24:30 Mike's favorite trail is…
  • 29:00 Geocaching in the Sandias → 
  • 32:30 Mount Kilimanjaro, Hostels and traveling the world
  • 37:30 Sleeping at 18,000 Feet
  • 42:30 La Luz Trail and running 
  • 47:00 Don’t hike alone 
  • 54:00 Doctorate in Chemistry with a focus in modeling and simulation
  • 57:00 How to write a textbook 
  • 58:00 Semiconductor growth
  • 01:00:00 Path to theoretical chemistry 
  • 01:08:30 Health and habits to keep the high output machine rolling smooth
  • 01:11:00 Some of the best trails to hike in the Sandias
  • 01:19:00 Mountain stewardship 
  • 01:27:00 Quotes to live life by 
  • 01:31:00

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