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John Muir Podcasts

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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Muir. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Muir, often where they are interviewed.

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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Muir. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Muir, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 12: John Muir Laws – Sustained, compassionate attention

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John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is an artist, naturalist and nature journaling mentor. He has been journaling for decades, has written many books on nature journaling and is working tirelessly to bring nature into the minds and hearts of people across the world. Jack talks about how paying sustained compassionate attention to nature and to the people in our lives, profoundly changes the way we relate to each other and interact in the world. 

Listen to hear more about:

  • The power of sustained compassionate attention to connect you to others and to the world around you.
  • The importance of mentors.
  • How your nature journal can be used as a tool for looking inward.
  • How wonder and beauty represent the head and the heart of nature journaling for Jack.
  • How nature journaling with a posture of gratitude can bring positive changes into your life.
  • How the connection and community, found through nature journaling, can act as the antidote to separation and isolation of the modern world. 
  • How falling in love with the nature through journaling will change the way you interact with the world. 

Jack’s website: www.johnmuirlaws.com.

Podcast Episode with Tania Marian from Talaterra describing Jack's history and how he came to nature journaling: John Muir Laws - Community Building Through Nature Journaling

Video from the educators forum: Gratitude, Nature, Depression, Healing, and Growth

Link to the book ‘How to Teach Nature Journaling’ by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren: How to Teach Nature Journaling.

Nature Journal Club Facebook group: The Nature Journal Club.

Thanks for listening!


Oct 25 2020 · 1hr 26mins
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A Family Affair on the John Muir Trail

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Doc talks with the Reynolds Family about their 21-day, 211-mile trek on the John Muir Trail with three sons.  The Rock, Mamasaurus, Happy Feet, Fish Bait, and Cat Tail share their epic adventures, near disasters, and the challenges and rewards of hiking as a family for three weeks on the world's best trail.


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Oct 17 2020 · 1hr 10mins

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EP 121 The John Muir Trail RocketShip with Chad Lubinski

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Chad Lubinski messaged me a few years ago after my PCT hike asking questions about how to section hike various portions of the PCT through Oregon because he’d never really considered any sort of hiking or backpacking outside of the hunting season. Since that first interaction, Chad has dived headfirst into backpacking. In 2019 he battled his first big chunk of miles along the PCT and just one year later he completed his first-ever thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. That one single thru-hike that put him through the wringer forced him to adapt to the changing conditions of the trail and when he came out the other side, he had a brand new lease on backpacking. It was like a rocket ship to backcountry freedom because when he came home, he went to work pounding out the miles as often as he could down some of the best trails Oregon and Washington have to offer.

In this episode, if the By Land Podcast, Chad shares his personal story, lessons learned, and what it’s like to hit the backcountry with confidence.

By Land,

Emory R. Wanger

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Show Notes and Links


Chad’s background

Chad’s transition from hunting to backpacking

What caused Chad to begin section hiking

Experiencing the hiking culture

Observing the efficiency of thru hikers

How efficiency can improve your enjoyment

What changed between 2019 and 2020

Chad’s experience on the JMT

Navigating the permit process

Preparing for the JMT

Getting punched in the face by the JMT

Lessons learned on the JMT

Learning the rhythm of the mountains

The powerful connection to others on the trail

Chad’s takeaway from the JMT

Confidence equals freedom in the backcountry

How to followup with Chad online




Oct 05 2020 · 1hr 21mins
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Gabe and Kevin Fastpack the JMT (or "How Not to do the John Muir Trail" - Kevin)

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Doc sits down with Gabe Peterson and Kevin Goldberg, who share their background in endurance sports and talk about how they completed the John Muir Trail in less than six days.  In addition to the JMT, the two discuss their experiences in the Moab 240 (yes, a 240-mile trail race), Ironman races, 100 miles on a treadmill,  and a glorious loop on the Barkley Marathons course.


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Sep 12 2020 · 1hr 41mins
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Re John Muir, etc.

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Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad and Holly talk about unique hikes with great views, from ridge rambles where you can get good social distance in the Bay Area, to trails in LA with great views of the Hollywood Sign, as well as their experiences with celebrity sightings. They also discuss the Great American Outdoors Act, Covid-19 and the outdoors, and the Sierra Club's recent statement about John Muir's racist past.
Jul 28 2020 · 34mins
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Dr William C. Tweed: The secret histories of John Muir’s Giant Redwoods

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Dr William C. Tweed is a lover of Big Trees - the Giant Redwoods of California to be precise. An historian and naturalist, he has a career spanning over 30 years working for the US national park service, and after holding several roles at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, spent a decade as its Chief Naturalist. Whether it’s describing what a Giant Redwood is through a comparison to the miniscule mosquito, or a deep dive into numerous secret histories of mankind's fascinations with these trees, William will have you captivated, falling in love with, and longing to hug, the giant sequoia. In exploring the tree’s many wonderful evolutionary features, and the serene images he paints of the Sierra Nevada, William explains that our passion for sequoias starts with our love of that which is “big, and old, and rare”, and then continues to grow tall. William explores the history of the “Father of the National Parks” himself, John Muir - how his religious upbringing inspired his writing (his works serving as a “secular Bible” for those devoted to nature) - and how the Sierra Club is still following firmly in Muir’s footsteps today. Among William’s teachings are plenty of digressions and distractions - charming moments of a mind as fascinated by nature today as he has ever been.

For further information on this and other episodes, visit: http://www.treesacrowd.fm/dr-william-tweed/

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Jul 06 2020 · 1hr 3mins
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G.O. 104 - Diaries from the John Muir Trail

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Named for the beloved naturalist, the John Muir Trail (JMT) traces 213ish miles through California’s spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. Jason spent 26 days on the JMT in 2019. These are his daily musings and listener’s stories of joy, awe, hardship, frigid lakes, never-ending passes, thunderstorms, food, animals, friendships, trail culture, and the beautiful side of humanity. 


https://johnmuirtrail.org https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/ https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/jmt.htm


https://bearfoottheory.com/category/john-muir-trail/ https://www.browngaltrekker.com/usa/jmt-thru-hike-guide https://trailtopeak.com/2018/12/31/a-complete-guide-to-the-john-muir-trail

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Jul 01 2020 · 1hr 20mins
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Sound Escapes: John Muir's Yosemite

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“Water makes every sound imaginable and occupies every frequency audible to the human ear and certainly spans the dynamic range from the faintest sound to near distortion,” says Gordon Hempton, the Sound Tracker.

The writings of John Muir can guide our ears, as we listen to the water music: “The deep bass tones of the fall, the clashing ringing spray an infinite variety of small, low tones of the current gliding past the side of the Boulder Island and glinting against a thousand smaller stones down the Ferny channel.”

In this episode of Sound Escapes, walk in Muir’s footsteps as you follow the sounds of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park.

Support for Sound Escapes comes from Jim and Birte Falconer of Seattle.

May 27 2020 · 28mins
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Trail Mix: John Muir

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From his 1000 mile walk to his theories on glacial geology, to the camping trip that shaped American history, Dusty and Mike break down the life and times of John Muir.

Be sure to listen to the follow up episode on John Muir and the systemic racism at the heart of the early conservation movement called Trail Mix: Without a T(race), it is the last episode of Season 2.

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Hosted by Dustin Ballard and Michael Ryan

Episode Editing by Dustin Ballard

Original Artwork by Michael Ryan

Original Music by Dave Seamon

Music Producer: Skyler Fortgang

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May 18 2020 · 29mins
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#144 Conor Knighton: National Parks, John Muir, bison, Alaska & finding yourself

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I am joined by Conor Knighton, who has just released his book Leave Only Footprints, chronicling his journey of discovery through the National Parks of North American. After learning about his background in TV, we dig into the origins of the National Parks, starting with John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, and go onto discuss bison, hunting caribou, the rare pupfish, the recovery of the channel island fox populations and speculate as to why people move to Alaska. It is a story of self-discovery as much as it is about the experiences. If you are even remotely interested in the outdoors, this is an interview not to miss.


Conor's book:  https://www.amazon.com/Leave-Only-Footprints-Acadia-Zion/dp/198482354X/

Podcast partner: www.modernhuntsman.com

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May 14 2020 · 1hr 17mins