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Jeff Garmire

14 Podcast Episodes

Latest 6 Aug 2022 | Updated Daily

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Multi-Day Running and Endurance Tips with Jeff Garmire

Everyday Ultra

In endurance, the whole game changes when you attempt a challenge that spans multiple days. Whether it’s a 200+ mile trail race, a long fastpacking trip, or a thru-hike, you’ll be facing a ton of obstacles that never appear on a traditional 1-day ultra. And if there’s someone who has mastered conquering those obstacles in multi-day events (while also having a hell of a lot of fun doing it), it’s today’s guest: Jeff Garmire. Jeff is a pro endurance athlete and an accomplished thru-hiker who has broken 17 trail records, including the Colorado Trail Unsupported FKT, the Arizona Trail self-supported FKT, and Long Trail unsupported FKT. He’s also completed the Calendar Triple Crown which consists of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide all in one year. And most recently, he placed 5th in the Cocodona 250, which was his second completion of that race. This dude is simply incredible! Jeff is also the founder of backpackingroutes.com, which is a website that’ll help you find your next backpacking routes and adventures. He is also the author of the book, The Free Outside. In this episode, Jeff discusses his best advice to tackling multi-day endurance events, how he approaches training for these events, and what his favorite mental hacks are for tricking your brain to keep going when you hit the inevitable low points. Follow Jeff on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefreeoutside/ Visit Backpacking Routes to find your next adventure: backpackingroutes.com Jeff’s book, The Free Outside: http://freeoutside.com/jeff-garmire/free-outside-a-trek-against-time-and-distance/ Jeff’s website: http://freeoutside.com/ To get 10% off PREPD Hydration, use code JOE10 for any one time purchase at checkout here: https://prepdhydration.com.au/

1hr 13mins

28 May 2022

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S2- Episode 8: Jeff Garmire (Legend)

Trail Talks

Jeff Garmire gives backpacking and thru hiking a whole new name. He is also a writer, blogger and marathon runner who pushes his body to the limits. After completing a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail back in 2011, he decided to take his outdoor career to the next level. In 2016, he became the youngest person to complete a Calendar Year Triple Crown. In 2018, he completed the 7,000 mile Great Western Loop in under 7 months. He has over 17 trail records including multiple FKT’s. In this episode we talk about the importance of a positive mindset when facing hardship, how the younger generations are all about seeking out experiences, and why everyone should have a fun costume on trail.

1hr 31mins

10 Feb 2022

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The Mind Of An Endurance Athlete w/ Jeff Garmire "Legend"

The Backpacking Experience

Jeff "Legend" Garmire is an endurance athlete with an impressive resume of hiking accomplishments. Everything from a calendar year triple crown, setting FKT records on the Colorado Trail, Arizona Trail, and more and finishing the Cocodona 250 mile race. Jeff shares his experience of these various accomplishments and why he pushes himself through these experiences.  You can find Jeff here: - http://freeoutside.com/ - http://backpackingroutes.com/ Check out Art Of The Trek: http://www.artofthetrek.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebackpackingexperience/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebackpackingexperience/support

1hr 10mins

9 Aug 2021

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Jeff Garmire, ultrarunner and Colorado Trail record holder

The Adventure Stache

Jeff Garmire is an ultrarunner and thru-hiker who holds the unsupported running FKT for the Colorado Trail, which he completed in nine days earlier this year. He specializes in unsupported efforts, carrying all the food and supplies he needs from beginning to end, including any trash he generates along the way. He has also held the FKTs on the Arizona Trail, the Long Trail, and the Pinhoti Trail. In this interview, he talks to Payson about his unusual trajectory to ultrarunning, having started as a thru-hiker on backpacking routes such as the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and then moving towards shorter distances and faster times. He also talks about running out of food on the second-to-last day of his Colorado Trail FKT, and why, in spite of this, it was the second day that was the hardest. 

1hr 6mins

27 Jul 2021

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65 JEFF GARMIRE - The Barkley, Backpacker Rivalries and Battle Royals

The Backpacking Podcast

Jeff Garmire is back! Today, we talk about the Barkley Marathon, long distance racing, and then things go sideways.  This could be the funniest episode of the podcast to date!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/support

1hr 12mins

30 Jun 2021

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Cocodona Post-Race Interview | Jeff Garmire a.k.a. The Fastest Known Tiger

Steep Life Media

In our final Cocodona 250 post-race interview, we chat with thru-hiker and 16-time FKT holder, Jeff Garmire. Prior to Cocodona, Jeff's longest race was a 50K, but his multi-day efforts on long trails seemed to give him a huge advantage for the epic race from Black Canyon City to Flagstaff. Jeff talks to us about his hallucinations, his mindset during long days in the mountains, and explains the backstory of his tiger-themed clothing. Follow Jeff's journey @thefreeoutside on Instagram, and explore more of his amazing adventures in his book, "Free Outside."

1hr 44mins

5 Jun 2021

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Roaming the Earth with Drea Castro

Jeff Garmire is only 30 years old but has already backpacked over 30,000 miles since 2011.  It all began with a 55-pound backpack at the start of the Pacific Crest Trail and from there, he was hooked. His first thru-hike led to a second, shortly after college and then even when he began his career, he started looking for ways to explore nature and the world. A few notable achievements are 15-speed records on long-distance hiking trails, the calendar year triple crown, the great western loop,  AND climbing all 58 of Colorado's 14,000' peaks.  His book, Free Outside shares his journey completing the Triple Crown which means thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Tail and the Pacific Crest Trail  in one year through 4 seasons.  Show Notes:00:00 Jeff Garmire reads an excerpt from his book “Free Outside”1:30 Drea introduces Jeff Garmire and his impressive biography2:50 Jeff talks about the excerpt he read which talks about crossing a cold, nearly frozen river in Maine swimming across naked during the winter season. Jeff talks about stripping naked, using a dry bag to get across the river. 8:07 Jeff defines the meaning of thru-hiking8:56 Jeff tells us what travel means to him.  He explains what he believes is the difference between a vacation and travel.  10:00 Drea asks Jeff if he goes on vacation.  11:19 Jeff and Drea discuss why they love traveling “uncomfortably” 14:15 Jeff tells us why he began this journey to backpack and thru hike the Triple Crown (The Appalachian Trail AKA the AT, The Continental Divide AKA the CDT, and the Pacific Crest Trail AKA the PCT in one calendar year.He talks about the beginning of it all the progression to attempting the Triple Crown He talks about meeting people who were doing the PCT when he was younger. He took off Spring Term of college and decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.  He talks about the lessons he learned during the PCT when he was a very novice. This became his obsessionHe talks about the transition into attempting the Triple Crown - All of the “Stepping Stones” to get there. 17:55 Jeff elaborates on meeting those initial PCT hikers that introduced him into the world of thru hiking. He talks about his perspective on how hungry they were.  He tells the story of watching one of the PCT hikers slab a ton of mayo.  Jeff now related to the PCT hikers he met when he was younger.  He talks about a time when he got kicked out of an All You Can Eat Buffet that he stopped at while he was trying to complete the Appalachian Trail. 21:07 Jeff talks about some of the fears of doing the Triple Crown22:25 Jeff talks about getting charged by a Grizzly Bear. Jeff shortly after the near bear attack, encounters Mules he decided to become momentary friends with.25:45 Jeff discusses some of the additional challenges he faced while on the trail. 26:58 Jeff tells a story about losing gear on the trail 28:41Jeff used a tarp as a Shelter for much of the Appalachian Trail which some people due to decrease the weight.  The Appalachian Trail has shelters but many times they are filled up so it was a risk - He discusses that experience.  Jeff talks about switching to a tent because of the cold and also because of mosquitoesDrea talks about her experience in Big Pine, CA and the attack of the mosquitos. 32:00 Jeff talks about the importance of DUCT TAPE!33:57Jeff talks about the 2 most valuable things he learned during his travels35:43 Drea asks about Jeff’s mental endurance38:20 Drea asks Jeff what his most fulfilling moment was during his treks40:00Jeff shares with us the most meaningful he met while he went traveling.  He talks about this man “Little Buddah” he met at 20 years old on the PCT that helped him on the trail. He fell in love with the community because on the trail, “people take care of one another.”42:53 Jeff talks about the most valuable thing he learned - Flexibility and the balance of Rigidness. 46:16  Jeff shares his favorite hike or trail Nolan’s 14 48:17 Tips and Tricks to do the Great Western Loop or the Nolan’s 1449:45Jeff shares the journey of writing a book from a blog to writing a book53:56  Jeff’s advice to a “jeff” out there who would like to do the PCT54:22 Jeff shares some of the sacrifices he’s made to pursue his dream55:29 Jeff shares his next goal - The Barkley Marathon59:22 Jeff shares the one thing he takes with him when he travels 60:00Jeff shares the one piece of advice he would share to a younger him. 61:00 Find Jeff on www.freeoutside.comwww.facebook.com/freeoutsidewww.twitter.com/thefreeoutsidewww.instagram.com/thefreeoutsidsewww.backpackingroutes.com

1hr 3mins

3 Feb 2021

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31 JEFF GARMIRE Calendar Year Triple Crowner, Free Outside Author, and All Around Adventure Junkie

The Backpacking Podcast

31 JK and Jeremiah sit down for a conversation with author of the book, "Free Outside", Jeff Garmire--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/support

1hr 5mins

25 Nov 2020

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Jeff Garmire and the Colorado Trail FKT

Backpacking Light Podcast

In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan interview some of the folks who came together to make friend’o-the-podcast Jeff Garmire’s recent FKT of the Colorado Trail a success: Maggie Slepian, Dylan Harris, Nik Tizekker, and, of course, the Fastest Known Tiger himself. Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/podcast-32-colorado-fkt

1hr 28mins

6 Nov 2020

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06 Legend AKA Jeff Garmire

Onward Hiking Podcast

In this episode we talk about a few stories from Legend's many thru hikes, the Barkley Marathon, and his FKTs.


12 May 2020