Combining parenting, adventure and outdoor education with Erich Leidums from That Mountain Life | S2E13

A conversation all about risk, play and reward. Celebrating effort as well as outcome, learning through experience and adventure, and building confidence and resilience over time to ride out the inevitable bumps along the way.
Combining parenting, adventure and outdoor education with Erich Leidums from That Mountain Life | S2E13

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About the Episode

Key Topics

  • Avoiding the rat race and living the mountain lifestyle in the small town of Fernie in British Columbia, Canada
  • Becoming a full-time content creator, documenting Erich's kids' adventures with That Mountain Life
  • The 'don't bubble-wrap your kids' philosophy – examples and reactions
  • Building confidence and emotional resilience through outdoor education
  • Unschooling and escaping the need for external validation

Detours and Tangents

  • Being an unplanned dad
  • The business mechanics of being a full-time content creator
  • Why playing poker is a form of meditation
  • The one book Erich read in high school that forever changed his life

Recorded 3 August 2022

Episode Digest

Erich's squiggly career

The Red Thread

Decisive moments

Synthesising for strength

How Erich likes to learn

Reflections on practice

Stuff We Mentioned




Audio Highlights

Episode appetiser - The importance of enjoying the work you do (26 sec)


Erich explains outdoor education to a 10 year old (53 sec)


The life changing learning experience Erich would gift someone (34 sec)


The most rewarding thing for a mentor or coach (21 sec)


You're never going to be able to please everybody (31 sec)


About Erich Leidums

Erich Leidums is the content creator behind That Mountain Life who documents his family’s outdoor adventures and parenting journey in a small mountain town in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Erich has put in thousands of hours to create content for That Mountain Life making videos on YouTube and Instagram that at first, no one was watching. After 3.5 years he is now a full time content creator and social media influencer navigating the world of digital marketing with over 850,000 followers across all platforms. His videos fall into the categories of outdoor adventure, family, conscious parenting, homeschooling, risky play and small town mountain lifestyle among others. Erich has always been interested in the entrepreneurial journey and didn’t expect or set out to be where he is today.

Connect with Erich

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok

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Danu Poyner

Danu is the founder of Grokkist and host of the Still Curious Podcast. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has a career that has become more squiggly than a Norwegian fjord.