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a lotta talkin' about walkin'

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a lotta talkin' about walkin'

iTunes Ratings

689 Ratings
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R.I.P

By pillowbookgirl - Nov 27 2018
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This podcast was, at one time, the very best at doing what it did, namely at simply letting the hikers themselves tell their own stories. Season 1 was a revelation. I have been listening to ‘hiker casts’ for a while and have heard none better. Season 2, while disappointing in volume, still had it’s moments. Season 3 fell off a cliff early and managed only two episodes. Most regrettably, the podcast has apparently been abandoned. Gizmo, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you found something as good as what I found when I stumbled upon your work.

Obsessed

By af1326 - Nov 17 2018
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Listened to every single one! I binged on these! She did an amazing job! I need more! Thank you for your contributions and for doing this!

iTunes Ratings

689 Ratings
Average Ratings
592
64
15
7
11

R.I.P

By pillowbookgirl - Nov 27 2018
Read more
This podcast was, at one time, the very best at doing what it did, namely at simply letting the hikers themselves tell their own stories. Season 1 was a revelation. I have been listening to ‘hiker casts’ for a while and have heard none better. Season 2, while disappointing in volume, still had it’s moments. Season 3 fell off a cliff early and managed only two episodes. Most regrettably, the podcast has apparently been abandoned. Gizmo, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you found something as good as what I found when I stumbled upon your work.

Obsessed

By af1326 - Nov 17 2018
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Listened to every single one! I binged on these! She did an amazing job! I need more! Thank you for your contributions and for doing this!

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Episode 03 – My Feet Hurt

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Well friends, I can say without hesitation that this is our best episode yet. This week we talk about feet – if you plan on walking 4 million+ steps, somewhere along the way, your feet are gonna hurt. Join in with Saina on the Pacific Crest Trail and Kimchi on the Appalachian Trail, with guests 3D, Dennis, and Storybook.

Just a reminder – we are on iTunes so be sure to check us out and leave us a rating. Feedback and comments are always appreciated!

Music provided courtesy of Baby Gramps.

-Gizmo

May 08 2015

30mins

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Episode 04 – What’s in a Name

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Trail names – are they the symbol of a new identity, a silly nickname, or a waste of time? We ask a bunch of hikers – and ourselves – and come to no consensus. For myself, I think that the name you call yourself can be very powerful, but the same way that you must Hike your own Hike, you must Name your own Name.

In addition to trail names, we get some trail updates from Kimchi and Saina. Check out the links to their blogs on the right sidebar if you’re looking for more stories from them. We end our episode with an interview with Max Heap, who has beautiful things to say about the trail, but neglects to tell us where his trail name came from.

If you would like to share your own trail name story, I would like to hear it! (Or just opinions, I’m into those too.) If I get enough of them, I’ll cut a special episode. You can send me a recording at soundsofthetrail (at) gmail (dot) com. If the written word is more your style, I’d still like to read it, so drop it in the comments.

Music provided courtesy of Baby Gramps.

-Gizmo

May 15 2015

57mins

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Episode 2-01 – Hyperfreedom

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Sounds of the Trail is back for the summer thru-hiking season! In this podcast episode we introduce some of our new correspondents who will be attempting thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. We get to hear about their reasons for thru-hiking, some of their hopes, and some of their fears. Is that a random twinge of the the knee or is it…?

Next week we’ll be hearing from our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers as they get started.

Thanks to Smiley 501, John Malusa, and Jesse Silverman for help with the new intro.

May 09 2016

44mins

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Episode 25 – Getting Inspired

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Sounds of the Trail is transitioning to an off-season format. In this week’s podcast we shift our focus to the third trail in the Triple Crown, the Continental Divide Trail, and get inspired by some youtube videos. Special Guests Liz and Bryan (along with Bumblebee Tuna and Toni the Tiger).

During the hiking off-season Sounds of the Trail is switching to an every-other-week release schedule.

Sounds of the Trail is planning on sticking around for a second season of thru-hiking podcasting in 2016, so stay tuned for more info on that.

Music provided courtesy of: Baby Gramps

Nov 25 2015

40mins

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Episode 06 – Thru-Hiking Will Ruin Your Life

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What happens to someone when they become a thru-hiker? At the end of it all, what does walking thousands and thousands of miles do for you? It turns out, it ruins your life. In this episode we get to hear from three thru-hikers with over 12,000 miles of trail experience between them, as we find out what happens to a thru-hiker after the trail.

Check out the Real Hiking Viking’s website and 3D’s website for more information about them.

What has thru-hiking done to/for you? Like always, we’d love to hear from you.

Music provided by Baby Gramps.

-Gizmo

May 29 2015

1hr 4mins

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Episode 05 – To Duo or Not To Duo

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Thru-hiking is hard work. Are partners a help or a hindrance? We have interviews with three different couples talking about life on the trail when you are in a partner-ship, romantic or otherwise. What’s the secret to a successful partnership? (Dirtnap tells us it is keeping your farts to yourself.) Tune in for the rest!

If you have been having trouble listening to the podcast on an iphone, please let me know if this episode works. If not, you should be able to listen to it through iTunes without any problems (See the link in the right sidebar). Don’t forget to leave us a review!

Music provided by Baby Gramps.

May 22 2015

59mins

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Episode 22 – Making It Happen

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Thru-hikes are a hugely physical undertaking that take a lot of time and a lot of money – or at least the ability to forego earning money. A lot of people ask – how do you make a thru-hike happen? We have no magical secrets to share – but we do have some thru-hikers share stories about their own journeys on the Appalachian Trail. Young, old, and in-between, the trail is for everybody. Special guests Spicy Guy, Bluebird, Hakuna Matata, and Sock Ninja. We delve dangerously close to “overly inspirational” territory in this podcast, but I don’t care. You need to listen to this.

Check out Kimchi’s photographic work (and maybe even buy a print) HERE.

I am going out of the country for about a month for work. I’m going to try to keep the podcast going while I’m gone, but I can’t make any promises. I’m packing my microphone just in case.

-Gizmo

Music, as always, provided courtesy of the inimitable Baby Gramps

Oct 01 2015

1hr 6mins

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Ep 2-03 I didn’t know…

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Thru-hiking season has officially begun! All our correspondents are out on trail, finally finding out what trail life is all about, and what they didn’t know before they started. This podcast fills us in on the reality vs the expectations.

Special guests:
Mishap, Shortcut, Spoony, Knees, Bacon, Fruit Snax, Boyardee, and Splinter.

May 26 2016

57mins

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Episode 26 – Origins of a Thru-Hiker

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Where does it all begin? How do you grow up to become a thru-hiker? We get to hear from Rock Ocean as he interviews Kimchi and Par 3, from Gizmo, and even from Gizmo’s mom as we explore our origins as thru-hikers.

Also, we have a big announcement – Sounds of the Trail is looking for 2016 trail correspondents. Interested? Check out our page and JOIN US.

Music courtesy of Baby Gramps.

Jan 07 2016

23mins

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Episode 30 – Before and After

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In this episode we get to hear from two hikers at two different points in their thru-hikes – the Before and the After. Special guests Sandpiper and Buff. We also include some very dubious info on water treatment – I personally recommend a filter.

Music by: Baby Gramps

I’m getting back on the AZT this afternoon, but I’ll be back in May to officially launch our second season! – Gizmo

Mar 31 2016

45mins

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Ep 2-04 The Finite Life

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With just one life to live, why spend it walking around the country, being hot, cold, thirsty, hungry, and tired? In today’s podcast, we ask some hikers what is the best part of their thru-hiking day – the part that makes it worthwhile – and they tell us what keeps their spirits up despite the blisters and the hemorrhoids (ouch!).

Our trail correspondents are starting to pick up trail names, so you’ll hear some new names with the voices you’ve already been introduced to. I’m working on an update of the About Us page which will be up soon and should help out with keeping all the names and voices straight.

Special Guests: Raven, Goofy, P.S., Storytime, Patriot, and Chance.

Jun 02 2016

45mins

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Ep 2-07 The Elephant on the Trail

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Mt Whitney marriage proposals, injuries, and goats as wedding guests… this episode has it all! But one conversation that often gets left out of trail talk is the stickier subject of race in the thru-hiking community. Well, today we talk about that too. The subject of hikers of color has been making the rounds on the online community, so we took the chance to address it head-on, with the firm belief that nothing helps understanding more than sitting down and listening to each other. Don’t understand what the hullabaloo is about? Take a listen! Big thanks to special guest Double Sprainbow.

If you’re interested in hiking and you’re a person of color, go ahead and check out the Hikers of Color Facebook Page.

Jun 28 2016

51mins

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Episode 20 – A Little Bit About Gear

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In our continuing attempts to be neither educational nor informative, we have an entire podcast episode about thru-hiking gear that fails to provide any real useful information. What kind of gear do you need to thru-hike? Depends on who you ask. Special guest Chia Pet and many others.

Music by: Baby Gramps

Sep 15 2015

58mins

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Episode 13 – A Little Too Much Information

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Hikers are gross. Deodorant, daily showers, and fresh undies all stay home during a thru-hike. This episode delves deeper than maybe we needed to know into hiker hygiene. TMI, you might say. Special guests Popsicle, Nettle, Briar, and Seahawk.

We have a new instagram account, so if you’re interested in seeing what our contributors, interviewees, or just the scenery looks like, check us out @soundsofthetrail, or here.

A couple listeners notified us last week that we were having some technical issues with our iTunes/Stitcher/RSS feed. Thanks for the heads up! I think we have it resolved.

-Gizmo

Music by: Baby Gramps

Jul 26 2015

1hr 7mins

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Episode 21 – The Maine Thing

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This week’s podcast revolves around one Maine thing – the people and places of Maine. We get to hear from thru-hikers, trail angels, and trail Maine-tainers (heh heh) working with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Special Guests are Pain Wizard, Scout, and the MATC.

What have YOU done to support your trails today? Check out the Maine Appalachian Trail Club if you want to support them. Do you want to support all your trails, and not just Maine? Then please consider telling your congressman! Go to Who Is My Representative, find out who is representing you, and then TELL THEM that we need trails!

If you live outside the USA, you probably have trails too! Go help out.

Music by: Baby Gramps

Sep 21 2015

1hr 1min

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Ep 2-06 You and Your Meat Suit

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Your most important piece of hiking equipment? It’s your meat suit, that ol’ body of yours that’s doing the work to get from place to place. In today’s episode we talk about the effects of thru-hiking on our bodies… and our minds, because that’s part of our body too. We also have two interviews with former combat veterans hiking with Warrior Expeditions, who talk about how thru-hiking is affecting them. Special guests: Yours Truly, Push, Bare Bones, Slim Jim, Helton, and Sage.

Music Attributions:

Go Tell It On The Molehill (Doctor Turtle) / CC BY 4.0

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Songs For The Dawn Of Peace (Leon Lishner) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Jun 21 2016

1hr 8mins

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Episode 19 – The Dog Show

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Sounds of the Trail finally covers our most requested topic: thru-hiking with dogs. We hear from three different dog owners on the challenges and rewards of thru-hiking with a dog. We also get to hear from our fellow thru-hiking podcaster, Ratatouille, who produces Trailside Radio. Special Guests: Oyster, Joan of Arc, and Sleddog.

If you haven’t checked out Trailside Radio, you should! Check it out here.

Music by: Baby Gramps. Thanks Baby Gramps!

Sep 07 2015

1hr

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Ep 2-02 More Introductions

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We’ve heard from our Appalachian Trail correspondents, but it’s time to meet the rest! In this podcast episode we get to hear from our 2016 Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail correspondents. From the night-before-the-trail jitters to their motivations for getting on trail, we get to know them a little better.

May 17 2016

59mins

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EP 2-10 The Great! Outdoors Pt 2

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What’s so great about the outdoors anyway? It’s worth one more podcast at least, so we re-visit the topic in today’s episode. The best part of being outdoors, true love, and a community too good to leave behind – it’s just cool to be in the forest.

Aug 15 2016

51mins

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Ep 2-05 Getting Acquainted (With Yourself)

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Being on trail is a great way to get to know… yourself. From the gross to the profound, our correspondents and fellow hikers discuss what they’ve learned so far from their time as thru-hikers.

Big thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast! Get a free 30 day trial at audible.com/hikertalk.

Special guests: Magic Mike, El Tejano, Rafiki, and 2%. Check out El Tejano’s blog here.

Jun 08 2016

58mins

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EP3-02 Some Introductions

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How would we describe this podcast? Well, we have thru-hikers interviewing other thru-hikers, about thru-hiking, while they thru-hike… Time to meet the crew making the magic – formal introductions to our 2017 correspondent team.

Apr 18 2017

42mins

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EP3-01 Anticipation

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It’s finally arrived! Thru-hiking season! We explore some of the what-ifs, hopes, and dreams of 2017 hopeful thru-hikers as we launch Season 3 of Sounds of the Trail. Special guests Amelia and Denise.

Apr 07 2017

35mins

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EP2-14 Aiming At Our Limits

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It’s that moment that you realize it might be possible… with thru-hiking season getting started, a lot of us are taking a hard look at our goals right now. Those goals you’re not guaranteed – the ones you have to put yourselves out for.

In today’s episode, we check back in with a man with a big goal – to ski 2.5 million vertical feet in 2016. We met Aaron Rice in Episode 27, at the very beginning of his year-long effort. Take a listen to find out how it went and why he did it.

Find out more about Aaron on his website.

Also, we have officially put out the call for 2017 trail correspondents! If you’re interested, find out how to apply HERE.

Credits:
RL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/Audionautix_Acoustic/MOUNTAIN_SUN_____________________2-33
Comments: http://freemusicarchive.org/
Curator: ccCommunity
Copyright: Attribution 3.0 United States: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/

Mar 07 2017

45mins

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EP 2-13 Looking Forward – Looking Back

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For the start of a new year, we’re leading off with a look back at the last, as we hear from trail correspondent Hey Girl and special guest Sphagnum PI. We follow along on the crazy ride from the night before the finish of the Appalachian Trail to a few months later. If you’re looking for some encouragement in taking the plunge on your own thru-hike, this might be the episode for you.

Jan 20 2017

54mins

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EP 2-12 Hikers That Hike Together

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What does community look like, when it’s made out of a bunch of unwashed people wandering directionally around the woods? Today we explore some facets of the trail community, and what makes it so special. Today’s episode is hosted and produced by Homework, with editing and assistant production by Gizmo. Special guests Crumb Cakes, Boo Boo, Zuul, and Oriole. Musical transitions provided courtesy of Diggin Dirt Band, from the track Wild Roots.

Nov 22 2016

38mins

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EP 2-11 The Beginning of the End

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It’s getting to be that time of year again – the end of summer thru-hiking season. Our first hikers are completing their journeys – today we get to hear from two of them, Homework and Juan Durer. Lessons learned, summits summitted, and the feeling of the end. There’s a lot of heart in this episode – take a quiet half hour and make sure you listen through to the end of the podcast, I think you’ll be glad you did.

Sep 06 2016

33mins

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EP 2-10 The Great! Outdoors Pt 2

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What’s so great about the outdoors anyway? It’s worth one more podcast at least, so we re-visit the topic in today’s episode. The best part of being outdoors, true love, and a community too good to leave behind – it’s just cool to be in the forest.

Aug 15 2016

51mins

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EP 2-09 All the Angels

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Are thru-hikes a spirit quest? Or just a long walk? Sometimes spirituality on the trail is the goal, sometimes it just happens to us anyways. We have two great interviews today with hikers of different stripes who’ve both found things worth believing out on the trail. We’re especially pleased to have a Triple Crown hiker on the show – this is a guy who’s done his miles! Today’s podcast’s special guests are Scarecrow and Pace.

Aug 08 2016

1hr

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EP 2-08 The Great? Outdoors

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It’s time for a little catching up! In this week’s podcast, we spend a bunch of time with Homework, to find out where he is on the Continental Divide Trail. In between updates we try to figure out what’s so great about the outdoors anyhow.

Special guests Smiles and Umgawa

Jul 25 2016

1hr 2mins

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Ep 2-07 The Elephant on the Trail

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Mt Whitney marriage proposals, injuries, and goats as wedding guests… this episode has it all! But one conversation that often gets left out of trail talk is the stickier subject of race in the thru-hiking community. Well, today we talk about that too. The subject of hikers of color has been making the rounds on the online community, so we took the chance to address it head-on, with the firm belief that nothing helps understanding more than sitting down and listening to each other. Don’t understand what the hullabaloo is about? Take a listen! Big thanks to special guest Double Sprainbow.

If you’re interested in hiking and you’re a person of color, go ahead and check out the Hikers of Color Facebook Page.

Jun 28 2016

51mins

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Ep 2-06 You and Your Meat Suit

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Your most important piece of hiking equipment? It’s your meat suit, that ol’ body of yours that’s doing the work to get from place to place. In today’s episode we talk about the effects of thru-hiking on our bodies… and our minds, because that’s part of our body too. We also have two interviews with former combat veterans hiking with Warrior Expeditions, who talk about how thru-hiking is affecting them. Special guests: Yours Truly, Push, Bare Bones, Slim Jim, Helton, and Sage.

Music Attributions:

Go Tell It On The Molehill (Doctor Turtle) / CC BY 4.0

and

Songs For The Dawn Of Peace (Leon Lishner) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Jun 21 2016

1hr 8mins

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Ep 2-05 Getting Acquainted (With Yourself)

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Being on trail is a great way to get to know… yourself. From the gross to the profound, our correspondents and fellow hikers discuss what they’ve learned so far from their time as thru-hikers.

Big thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast! Get a free 30 day trial at audible.com/hikertalk.

Special guests: Magic Mike, El Tejano, Rafiki, and 2%. Check out El Tejano’s blog here.

Jun 08 2016

58mins

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Ep 2-04 The Finite Life

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With just one life to live, why spend it walking around the country, being hot, cold, thirsty, hungry, and tired? In today’s podcast, we ask some hikers what is the best part of their thru-hiking day – the part that makes it worthwhile – and they tell us what keeps their spirits up despite the blisters and the hemorrhoids (ouch!).

Our trail correspondents are starting to pick up trail names, so you’ll hear some new names with the voices you’ve already been introduced to. I’m working on an update of the About Us page which will be up soon and should help out with keeping all the names and voices straight.

Special Guests: Raven, Goofy, P.S., Storytime, Patriot, and Chance.

Jun 02 2016

45mins

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Ep 2-03 I didn’t know…

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Thru-hiking season has officially begun! All our correspondents are out on trail, finally finding out what trail life is all about, and what they didn’t know before they started. This podcast fills us in on the reality vs the expectations.

Special guests:
Mishap, Shortcut, Spoony, Knees, Bacon, Fruit Snax, Boyardee, and Splinter.

May 26 2016

57mins

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Ep 2-02 More Introductions

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We’ve heard from our Appalachian Trail correspondents, but it’s time to meet the rest! In this podcast episode we get to hear from our 2016 Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail correspondents. From the night-before-the-trail jitters to their motivations for getting on trail, we get to know them a little better.

May 17 2016

59mins

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Episode 2-01 – Hyperfreedom

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Sounds of the Trail is back for the summer thru-hiking season! In this podcast episode we introduce some of our new correspondents who will be attempting thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. We get to hear about their reasons for thru-hiking, some of their hopes, and some of their fears. Is that a random twinge of the the knee or is it…?

Next week we’ll be hearing from our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers as they get started.

Thanks to Smiley 501, John Malusa, and Jesse Silverman for help with the new intro.

May 09 2016

44mins

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Episode 30 – Before and After

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In this episode we get to hear from two hikers at two different points in their thru-hikes – the Before and the After. Special guests Sandpiper and Buff. We also include some very dubious info on water treatment – I personally recommend a filter.

Music by: Baby Gramps

I’m getting back on the AZT this afternoon, but I’ll be back in May to officially launch our second season! – Gizmo

Mar 31 2016

45mins

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Episode 29 – The Key Players

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Today’s podcast is all about the real stars of our show – the trails themselves. We talk about our 2016 lineup – the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail – discuss hiking family histories, and get to hear from the Triple Crown hiker Wired one more time for some trail stories.

Wired keeps a blog of all her hiking adventures, so if you want to learn more about her, check it out here: Walking With Wired

Music by: Baby Gramps
Other sounds are from Freesound.org and include:
Les Paul Rock by guitarelement
Boom4 by noisecollector
1234567_guitar by growingup
(Used under CC-BY 3.0 License)

Feb 29 2016

51mins

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Episode 28 – This Is Why We Do It

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IMPORTANT: If you are an Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 hiker (thru-, section, or otherwise), please listen right away! We need your help!

As we get ready for thru-hiking season, we take a minute to remember why we want to do this. In this episode we hear from special guest Wired as she tells us what she has gotten out of thru-hiking and what about it has motivated her to keep hiking (over 10,000 miles by foot and counting).

Then we get to hear from our friends at the Dirtbag Diaries, as they share with us the story of a hiker named Paul, and why they need our help.

If you are interested in helping Paul, go to Paul’s Boots and see how you can help out. The Dirtbag Diaries is trying to find all their volunteers by February 17, 2016, and it’s coming up fast.

When you’re done with that, take a minute to check out Wired’s blog: Walking With Wired.

Music by Baby Gramps.

Feb 16 2016

32mins

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Episode 27 – An Everyday Commitment

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One guy, with one goal – to ski 2.5 million vertical feet in one year. That is, 2.5 million feet UPHILL. To make this happen, Aaron Rice is planning on skiing 10 hours a day, every day, for an entire year. Kimchi sits down with Aaron and his friend Joey Campanelli to talk about what it takes to do something like this, and why skiing uphill every day for 10 hours a day is something that anybody would even want to do.

This subject is a little bit of a break from our usual hiker talk – we hope you enjoy it! The Sounds of the Trail team is working REALLY hard right now to get ready for the upcoming 2016 thru-hiking season. We’re lining up a lot of great stuff, so stay tuned!

If you’re interested in learning more about our guests today, check out their webpages and instagrams.
Aaron Rice
www.airandrice.com
His insta: @airandrice

Joey Campanelli
www.joeycamps.blogspot.com
His insta: @joey.camps

For avalanche awareness
https://utahavalanchecenter.org

And as always, big thanks to Baby Gramps for the music.

Feb 11 2016

39mins

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