Rank #1: 113: How to Pack for a Trip
Today on the First 40 Miles, packing for a backpacking trip can sometimes look like the aftermath of an REI rummage sale. Gear everywhere. We can’t help you with that, but we’ll share some tips for packing that will make your trip go a little smoother. For today’s Summit Gear Review, a load of insulation for your next winter adventure. Next, the Backpack Hack of the Week will show you a sleeping bag hack for all you claustrophobes out there.
Jan 10 2017
Rank #2: 124: Anatomy of an Overnight Backpacking Trip
Today on the First 40 Miles, If you’re planning your first overnight backpacking trip, we’ll talk about a few things that might surprise you. Next on our SUMMIT Gear Review an all-American pair of socks from a company who set out to create the best sock ever. Then, this week’s hack will get you outside, then inside, then back outside again! And we’ll wrap up with a little trail wisdom from Mr. Frost.
Mar 28 2017
Rank #3: 069: The Ten Essentials
Today on the First 40 Miles, we get to dump out our ten essentials and spill what’s really inside. Then on today’s Top 5 list, we’ll take our First 40 Milers with us to the Salmon River. On the SUMMIT Gear Review, see what Lifestraw did to keep your knees clean. Next, we’ll show you how to make a primitive chair out of stuff from the hardware store. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from our good friend on the trail, Charles de Lint.
Mar 08 2016
Rank #4: 003: Shave the Ounces and the Pounds Will Follow
Get ready to lose some excess pack weight--and then add it back a few grams at a time. We'll also review a budget sleeping pad and find out how it actually worked on a recent camp out. If you're planning on making your next backpacking trip a creative retreat, then stay tuned to learn how to make an ultralight DIY Plein Air Watercolor Kit to toss into your pack for when creativity strikes on the trail!
Dec 16 2014
Rank #5: 107: We Have a Cookbook!
Today on the First 40 Miles, we have a cookbook! And we’ll share some behind the scenes details along with some tips to help you create your own recipes! Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a flameless cooker that will keep your meals hot and toasty to the last bite. Next, our Backpack Hack of the Week is the recipe we’ve hyped for months…and we promise it’s worth it!
Nov 29 2016
Rank #6: 180: Do You Know What You Signed Up For?
Today on the First 40 Miles, are you sure you want to go backpacking? Do you know what you’re signing up for? We’ll wisen you up a little. On today’s Top 5 List, learn what not to do on your first backpacking trip. And if you’re looking for a way to compress your gear, here's a stashable water bottle option. For the Backpack Hack of the Week, learn where to borrow backpacking gear before you buy.
Apr 24 2018
Rank #7: 037: Questions for Newbies
Today on The First 40 Miles, the Top 5 Questions Every New Backpacker Should Ask. On the SUMMIT Gear Review, you’ll find a nice budget option for keeping your ten essentials in perfect order. Then, on the Backpack Hack of the Week, tenemos un pastel que es muy delicioso y es perfecto para mochileros! And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from the most quoted man in the woods.
Jul 28 2015
Rank #8: 177: BEGINNERS: One Step at a Time
Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’re a beginner backpacker, you are on the threshold of one of the most thrilling adventures of your life. We’ll help you navigate this new adventure with confidence. For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a monthly subscription service that will keep you excited about backpacking all year long. Today’s hack will help you repurpose a Pringles can. And we’ll leave you with some Trail Wisdom from our favorite mountain goat.
Apr 03 2018
Rank #9: 047: WILD: The Bear Episode
Today on The First 40 Miles, what do a diminutive military leader and a thousand pound grizzly bear have in common? Today’s Top 5 List may have the answer. Then in today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a simple knot along with bullet proof fabric that can protect your food. Then on today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, if you’ve seen bear scat with bells in it, then we have the zero gram solution for you. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from our good friend on the trail, Craig Childs.
Oct 06 2015
Rank #10: 154: Planning for Adventure
Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’ve ever had a plan go awry, this episode is for you. We’ll talk about trip planning, and why it’s such a critical part of backpacking. For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll share a valuable book for beginners along with a hack straight from page 104. And we’ll wrap up today’s show with a little trail wisdom from someone who understood the power of planning.
Oct 24 2017
Rank #11: 038: GRUB: The Food Episode
Today on The First 40 Miles, GRUB: The Food Episode! We’ll give you 5 great ways to protect yourself and future hikers in your outdoor kitchen. Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a squirrel would have to be nuts to try to chew through this amazing food sack. On the Backpack Hack of the Week, we’ll teach you how to stockpile your arsenal of high calorie grab-and-go foods for your next trip. We’ll share some info on the good kind of dehydration in our backpackers Q+A, and we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from a man who probably never missed a meal in his life.
Aug 04 2015
Rank #12: 004: How to Close the Backpack Gap
When was your last hiking or backpacking adventure? We'll talk about how to close the gap between your last adventure and your next one. Next, learn the secrets to avoid losing your backpacking gear on the trail. We'll review a low cost, lightweight piece of truly breathable rain gear. And you'll learn how to make a high calorie Mediterranean favorite on the trail that will go perfectly with that smashed pita bread in your pack.
Dec 16 2014
Rank #13: 112: CREATE: The Outdoor Innovators Episode
Today on the First 40 Miles, CREATE: The Outdoor Innovators Episode. If you’ve ever had a great idea for a piece of outdoor gear, we’ll share some stories today that will help to inspire you to take the next step. This episode will feature the creative minds behind some up and coming outdoor gear companies. Then on our Top 5 List, you’ll learn the basic steps for how to coax more great ideas out of your head and turn those ideas into the next big thing.
Jan 03 2017
Rank #14: 147: DRIED: The Dehydrated Food Episode
Today on the First 40 Miles, the surest way to lighten your food load is to extract the water from it. We’ll share our dehydrating successes, some graceful fails and some tips to help you dehydrate your own food. Then, for the SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll show you a fun tool to make jerky—and we’ll give you a recipe that will help you pack your favorite Chinese takeout flavor on the trail.
Sep 05 2017
Rank #15: 043: Trends in Backpacking
Today on The First 40 Miles, learn about the upcoming trends in backpacking gear. Then, on The SUMMIT Gear Review, the headlamp that illuminates without a lot of complicated button pushing. Next, the Backpack Hack of the week will show you how to sleep like a baby. Then, we’ll wrap up the show with very little humor and a bit of trail wisdom.
Sep 08 2015
Rank #16: 192: Getting Back to Basics
Today on the First 40 Miles, sometimes life gets out of control—and when that happens, it’s time to get back to basics. We’ll talk a little about how to simplify your trip. Then, the Top 5 ways that backpacking can make you more effective, more productive, and less stressed. Next, if you’ve always wondered how Native Americans hung their laundry to dry before clothespins were invented, we’ve got something you might be interested in. Then we’ll share a simple, one ingredient backpack hack for your next trip.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #17: 195: A LONG HIKE: Prepping for a Weeklong Trip
Today on the First 40 Miles, this week we’ll talk about an upcoming weeklong trip and what we’re doing to prepare. Then, if you’ve got an itch to hit the trail, but you have no gear, we’ll hook you up with a company who can supply the gear for your first trip. For today’s Backpack Hack for the Week, Josh picked the perfect app for our upcoming backpacking adventure. And we’ll share a little trail wisdom from someone who didn’t do anything halfway.
Aug 07 2018
Rank #18: 116: Three Stories and Three Takeaways
Today on the First 40 Miles, we have three stories we want to share with you today—of women on the trail—plus our takeaways from their experiences. Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, an inflatable hammock that may not make it on your 40 miler, but might find a way onto your weekend two mile out and back packing list. Next, we’ll share the real recipe for a healthy, simple trail snack that almost everyone makes incorrectly. And we’ll leave you with a little trail wisdom from a guy who has strong opinions about one piece of backpacking gear.
Jan 31 2017
Rank #19: 114: Winter is Summer Prep
Today on the First 40 Miles, we have work to do! Winter is summer prep for backpackers! Then we’ll share the top 5 extras that you’ll want to consider next time you pack. For the SUMMIT Gear Review, a daypack that packs down to the size of a baked potato. Next, a Backpack Hack of the Week that will fill up the dark winter days with a flood of backpacking memories. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from someone who knew how to hike light.
Jan 17 2017
Rank #20: 171: Survival Essentials
Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re most of the way through winter—and we’ve survived! And for today’s top 5 list, we’ll share some survival essentials—known to the bushcrafters as "the five Cs". Then we’ll share one of the best subscription boxes we’ve found, that will help you hone your survival skills into a craft. Next, a backpack hack that’ll prepare you for surviving laundry.
Feb 20 2018