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Empowerful Podcast: Chris Burkard & Matt McDonald: At Glacier's End

The Empowerful Podcast was created to share the profound stories of movers and shakers who are positively impacting the world. Together, we believe we can amplify that change. We live by the motto of an old African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

In today's episode, join us as Bryan Papé sits down with Chris Burkard and Matt McDonald — two photographers and explorers who co-authored At Glacier's End, a book about Iceland's glacial rivers. Friends since 2010, the three discuss our country's National Parks, building relationships, self-publishing, and so much more. All imagery below is from a book signing in December that we hosted at MiiR Flagship shortly after this recording. We had an incredible time hosting these two remarkably rad men, and the entire MiiR family is profoundly grateful for our friendship with Chris and Matt. 

Enjoy the podcast, and shop At Glacier's End here!

Available on: Spotify and iTunes


Your "Saved Album" stocked full of travel inspiration on Instagram...chances are one or two — or a few — of those shots are Chris'. An accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author, Chris has traveled all over the world capturing stories that invite and inspire people to reflect on their relationship with nature. He is also an advocate of our wild places, which is a theme you will recognize in At Glacier's End. Chris is most known for his photography that captures untamed, powerful landscapes, whether it's a travel piece, adventure trip, surf outing, environmental advocacy, or with lifestyle subjects. Curious to see his Instagram? Head here. Information about Chris' work can be found on his website

Matt McDonald  the brain to the beauty that is his 63mph-capable Volkswagen Vanagon  often spends more time in rural spots than urban sprawls in an attempt to reconnect in an already hyper-connected world. To this day, Matt is an incredible photographer, writer, and storyteller, using images and words to inspire people to live life below the speed limit. Easier said than done, huh? Learn more about his work on his website. Also looking to follow along on Matt's future adventures? Best bet is to his to his Instagram.

Matt  an adventure writer  contributes much of the words behind At Glacier's End, while Chris provides most of the photography paired with some personal anecdotes. Sharing about the glaciers, rivers, and awe-inspiring landscape of Iceland, this book will be your new go-to coffee table read. 

Chris and Matt traveled around the country throughout the Fall and early Winter of 2019 on a book tour, stopping in Seattle to share a podcast conversation with Bryan before an evening sharing about their new book and signing copies at MiiR Flagship. Curious to get your hands on your own copy? Shop here!

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U.S. Shipping Only
 Shipping Method Order Deadline
Standard Ground / Priority December 14th
Express Saver December 18th
2 Day  December 19th
Overnight December 20th


* For international orders, the last day to order is December 14th. Additionally, we cannot guarantee on time delivery based on international customs processes.