If you're new to backpacking, or if you’re hopelessly in love with someone who wants you to love backpacking, then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about the essentials, how to lighten your load, and how to make the most of your time on the trail.
Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 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.
Less gear, more beer!
Rank #1: The Trail Show #70: The LOOP.
Show #70 – #nuderamen – On this month´s Trail Show we discuss mountain bikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, special guest Wesley “Crusher” Trimble joins us in studio to talk American Hiking Society, single serve wet-ones and 22 mile fun runs, P.O.D. discusses a new trail in New England and cooking sans clothes, Scott “Squatch” Herriott skpes in to discuss his new film “3 Trails in Australia” and plans for haggis, Sirena Dufault talks to us about her jaunt on The LOOP and Jasmine the mini-donkey, Wolverine gives us an update from south of the wall, and a Trail Tip Trifecta is delivered. We pay homage to our monthly Trail Show donors, and to the iTunes Top 5’ers! A fat mailbag is pried open and D-Low rides the rails during Ask-A-Hiker. And as always … Beer O’ Da Month (delicious IPAs courtesy of Chardonnay, local Colorado favorites care of Bobbi and a 6’er of Gold Rush Belgian Ale thanks to Crusher), Trail News with P.O.D., Trail O’ da Month (The LOOP), and Ask-A-Hiker with D-Low. Big thanks again to Crusher for guesting on this month’s show. Learn more about the American Hiking Society at https://americanhiking.org/. And thanks goes to Sirena Dufault (https://trailsinspire.com/) for schooling us on The LOOP! Learn more about this urban hiking adventure at http://webcms.pima.gov/government/the_loop/.
Rank #2: The Trail Show #84: The American Hike.
Show #84 – #moonkid – On this month´s Trail Show extra special guest Moonkid from France joins us live in studio to talk about his hike up South and North America (aka The American Hike) and no music! We have an exclusive interview with @PublicLandsHateYou, D-Low has gone missing, Good Ol’ Boy checks in, Speshul 41 talks wolves and blueteeth, OOO does not talk paddling, Disco speaks on the loblolly pine, the Trail Show Hotline is front and center, Salty asks about hiker boxes, Wolverine sends us a missive from Ecuador, Fidgit brings us song, and POD has an #idatude. We holla out the monthly donors and find a lone postcard! Ask-A-Hiker is asked and we discuss raves during Gear Review. Beer O’ Da Month: Colorado beers courtesy of Trail Show Nation! Learn more about The American Hike at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEOhKgemvYw3UPBxRp8WxbA Music on this month’s Trail Show was from the band The Del-Vipers off their album Terror of the Del-Vipers. Get the jams at www.doublecrownrecords.com. Disco’s book I Hike Again is now available as an eBook….get it now!
Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.
Rank #1: High on Failure.
Last spring, Jordan Wirfs-Brock attempted one of the toughest trail running races in existence: a 550-miler called Infinitus. Jordan wasn't new to ultra running, but this race was more extreme than anything she'd done before. And it broke her; she failed to finish. Curiously, though, the failure didn't leave her feeling defeated. In fact, it turned out to be one of the best things that's ever happened to her. On this episode, she shares her story.
Rank #2: The Outsider.
Producer Jackie Sojico brings us a story about a man who doesn’t fit the description of a traditional “outdoorsman.” It’s a story about trying to do something you love, when you don’t look the part. And it's about making space for yourself in a world that excludes you.
This is adventure. Climbing. Skiing. Hiking. Biking. Running. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
Rank #1: What Is Hardcore?.
Our sports have long heralded rating systems that let us know just how we're doing. We may bicker over their ratings, but we return to them again and again. They help us set goals, and push ourselves harder. Today, Brendan Leonard dives in with some simple ideas on who and what are hard core. How do you measure up?
Rank #2: The Great Big Garage in the Sky.
Many of us associate our vehicles with freedom, independence and youth. But can a hunk of metal have a soul? Fitz presents the sometimes-true tale of a 1974 Mitsubishi Sigma, a boy on the cusp of adulthood and a life changing journey across Australia.
From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking. Co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.
Rank #1: #49 | Matt "Pretzel" Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything.
Matt "Pretzel" Mason is a triple crowner, trail runner, sober hiker, former Mountain Crossings employee, wildland firefighter, gear snob, and bona fide character. His beard game is strong, and his opinions are stronger. This is our longest episode to date, and it promises to entertain throughout. Use code "ATDrink15" at GossamerGear.com to save 15% Gossamer Gear The One Gossamer Gear Gorilla Gossamer Gear Liteflex Umbrella Gossamer Gear Giveaway on Instagram Sawyer Picaridin Packets Use code "Trek10" at Greenbelly.co Take the 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey! San Diego Backpacker Radio Meetup Matt "Pretzel" Mason Interview The Lone Star Trail His time at Mountain Crossings Why he hikes without a stove His experiences with Baltimore Jack Gear advice His perception of the thru-hiking party culture as a sober hiker His take on maps vs. apps His Continental Divide Thru-Hike His time as a wildland firefighter and search and rescue Trek Propaganda Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Trends: Examining Gear, Budget, and Resources Over the Past 5 Years by Mariposa PCTA Releases Updated Permit Regulations, Including Continuous Travel Through the Sierra by Maggie Slepian The Best Tents for Thru-Hiking Triple Crown of First Things We Notice When We Get Back From a Long Backpacking Trip 5-star iTunes Reviews Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years Intro beats: Pauly Boy Shallcross Check out Trail Correspondents Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise or praise for Backpacker Radio? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Download this podcast. Find us on Stitcher and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen Mcdaniel, Christopher Marshburn, Lance Whitley, S11N, Sawyer Products, Thomas Fullmer A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Douglas Koeneman, Gregory Gardner, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven, Peter Ellenberg Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube. Follow Backpacker Radio, and Chaunce on Facebook. Follow The Trek on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.
Rank #2: #4 - The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, & Thru-Hiking Nutrition.
For Episode #4, we are again joined by our buddy, The Real Hiking Viking. This time, instead of an interview, Jabba joins us as the third co-host of the show. It does not disappoint. Or maybe it does. Who can be sure. Subjects discussed in Episode 4 include: The Real Hiking Viking and Badger's PCT Diet Nutrition hack: GREEN POWDERS! Amazing Grass and Navitas The Danger of Relying on Faux Foods by Katie Gerber Chaunce loves powdered milk Tree sap seals a crack Ian Mangiardi ambushes Badger and Jabba (their documentary- As It Happens) Badger gets charged by a mountain lion Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/backpackerradio Leave us a review on iTunes. Drop us a line at email@example.com. Follow us on Instagram at @BackpackerRadio.
Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
Rank #1: When You Just Have to Laugh.
Those moments on the trail when you just have to laugh because it's the only way forward. Live storytelling of mishaps in the outdoors and an interview with Marielle Cowdin of Oregon Wild. Recorded at the Columbia Flagship store in Portland, OR. Women Featured in this Episode: Marielle Cowdin, Amy Faust, Stephanie Smith, Stacey Arnold, and Stephanie Makris Hosted and produced by Gale Straub. In this episode, you'll hear: About how Marielle Cowdin's love of the outdoors overlaps with her work at Oregon Wild, an environmental nonprofit Advice for hiking and camping solo Advice for getting started in the nonprofit field Marielle's funny stories on the trail (including animal encounters) Live stories about when things go "wrong" hiking in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere (spoiler alert: it probably rains) Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. Sponsored by Columbia Sportswear. Watch the "Offline" video featuring She Explores here. Join the She Explores Podcast community on Facebook. Visit She-Explores.com Resources mentioned in this episode: Oregon Wild Marielle Cowdin's Instagram Stephanie Smith: Boredom the Adventure Youtube and Instagram Stacey Arnold: Blog, Instagram, Facebook Stephanie Makris: Instagram Columbia Sportswear Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Music for this episode is by Chris Zabriskie via freemusicarchive.org with a CC by A license. Music is also by Danielle Grubb.
Rank #2: "Being Here": How the Outdoors Make Us Feel.
Interview with adventure writer Hilary Oliver about her short film, "Being Here." We talk about her motivation to create the film, how she felt about sharing it with the world, and how she sees adventure films changing for the better. We also include listener voice memos about how the outdoors make them feel.
The Practical Backpacking™ Podcast features informative interviews with adventurers and leaders in the outdoor community. More episodes are available at www.practicalbackpacking.com/show/
Rank #1: PBP Episode 45 – Hammocks 101.
This episode is all about hammocks. I’ve asked Brandon Waddy of Warbonnet Outdoors to help answer some basic, introductory questions regarding camping hammocks and hammock accessories. Brandon and I discuss the types, benefits, and features of hammocks. And offer some practical tips for the use of hammocks in the backcountry. Whether you’re a curious beginner […]The post PBP Episode 45 – Hammocks 101 appeared first on Practical Backpacking™ Podcast.
Rank #2: PBP Episode 49 – Outdoor Research Handwear.
In this episode I interview, Ammi Borenstein, the Director of Design and Development for Outdoor Research. Ammi answers use-specifc questions regarding the company’s wide-ranging line of gloves and mittens. He provides thorough details regarding the technical materials included in various handwear models, for protecting the hands in a variety of wilderness situations.The post PBP Episode 49 – Outdoor Research Handwear appeared first on Practical Backpacking™ Podcast.
Outside's longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will entertain, inspire, and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, which was developed in partnership with PRX, distributors of the idolized This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, among others. We have since added three additional series, The Outside Interview, which has editor Christopher Keyes interrogating the biggest figures in sports, adventure, and politics, Dispatches, a diverse range of stories on newsworthy topics, and Sweat Science, which explores the outer limits of athletic performance.
Rank #1: Science of Survival: A Very Old Man for a Wolf.
One day in 2005 or 2006, a young wolf in Idaho headed west. He swam across the Snake River to Oregon, which was then outside the gray wolf’s range. After he established a territory, he became the most controversial canid in the state. Dubbed OR4 by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, he was the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon in more than half a century. For years, biologist Russ Morgan tracked him, collared him, counted his pups, weighed him, photographed him, and protected him. Environmentalists rejoiced. Cattle ranchers called for his death. OR4 continued making bold raids on livestock and became known for his enduring competence as a hunter, father, and survivor. But nothing lasts forever.
Rank #2: The Outside Interview: The Simple Secrets to Athletic Longevity.
Everyone gets older, but not everyone bows out of competition in middle-age. Journalist Jeff Bercovici wanted to know: Why? Why do some athletes flame out in their 30s and 40s, while others are still going as senior citizens? Is it genetics? Special training? Diet? And could amateur athletes achieve similar results? Outside editor Chris Keyes talks with Jeff about his new book, Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age, and what it takes to reverse the effects of getting older.
Our connection to the outdoors runs deep in our DNA, but our relationship to the natural world can be complicated. From the unintended human costs of clean energy, to the murky ethics of high-risk rescue missions, to our seemingly eternal conflict with invasive species, we dive head first into those complexities with stories, in-depth reporting, and a touch of nerdiness. You don’t have to be a conservation biologist, a whitewater kayaker, or an obsessive composter to love Outside/In. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been outdoors. In short, it’s a show for *almost* everyone. Hosted by Sam Evans-Brown, Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio.
Rank #1: The Particular Sadness of Trout Fishing in America.
People love fishing for trout. They love it so much that we are willing to go to insane lengths to catch them. But what should we make of the fact that much of that experience of fishing for trout is just a facsimile of what it once was… and may actually be bad for the very same fish, that we so love to catch? Find more Outside/In at outsideinradio.org
Rank #2: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bug.
When most of us heard about the "insect apocalypse" we were worried. When producer Jimmy Gutierrez heard it, he thought "this is great." Today he takes a journey in which he tries to learn to appreciate our many-legged companions. Want to read a transcript or support the podcast? Check out our website.
Rank #1: 003 All Who Wander – AT Hike (Dick’s Creek Gap to Deep Gap).
Climbing Powell Mountain from Dick's Creek GapJoin River (Dana), Ma Fred (Ma Fred), Skat (Chester) and myself in this “audio-hike” episode of All Who Wander on a “day-hike gone awry” as we tramp through snow drifts up to 2 foot deep in an attempt to reach the shelter before night fall. Layer up, strap on your boots, get ready for adventure and a laugh or two as well on this winter misadventure on the Appalachian Trail.
Rank #2: 007 All Who Wander: To Awaken the Heart.
Does life, your job, stress, routine suck the life out of you? Do you feel like you’re dying inside? Do you daydream about being in the woods? On the trail? What do you do when it’s just not possible? How do you care for…awaken your heart? This episode is a little different than previous episodes. I hope you enjoy it. We’d love to hear from you if you do. Would you visit the comment section of this podcast episode page and let us know what you think? Maybe tell us how you care for your heart? Stay tuned at the end of the podcast for a special tribute to our friend Gunne. For more info on Tom Conlon visit: www.tomconlonmusic.com or www.myspace.com/tomconlonmusic. For more info on Gajon (aka Gary Abel) send an e-mail to Gajon Flutes @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
High-impact interviews for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Host and journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, athletes, authors, scientists, health experts, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. Some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures. Take a listen to start living more wildly today.
Rank #1: Dr. Rhonda Patrick - Health Hacks for Performance and Longevity.
Rhonda’s Wild Idea: To combine her love of research and science into a podcast and site where she helps educate people about health and wellbeing practices. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a key component to living wildly. That’s why I’m so excited to have on Dr. Rhonda Patrick. You may have heard her on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, or on her own podcast, Found My Fitness. She’s done research on and has interviewed some of the top scientists in their field about things like breath work, sauna, training, fasting, and more. Rhonda and I actually know each other from teaching surfing together at the Surf Diva Surf School in our early twenties. We reconnected a year ago when I was researching a story about Wim Hof for Outside Magazine, who she’s spent some time with. I love how she takes complex scientific studies and puts them into plain English so more people (like myself) can understand them. On this show, we talk about everything from health hacks to increase performance on the road or trail, how she got the wild idea to create her own site full of health and science information instead of going the traditional tenure track and working at a university, and how she got the attention of people like Joe Rogan and Tim Ferriss. Presented by REI Listen to this episode if: You love trying new health hacks. You’ve thought about using a sauna. You’re intrigued by time-restricted eating and/or fasting. You’re curious about the benefits of different types of exercise and which is best. You want to pave your own career path in health or science. For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/57
Rank #2: Cheryl Strayed - On Hiking, Getting Outside, Being Kind, and Writing Like a ‘MoFo.
Cheryl’s Wild Idea: To share her story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, encourage others to get outside, share their stories, and embrace kindness. Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild about her trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. The book was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. In addition to writing Wild, Cheryl also wrote the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, as well as her first novel, Torch. She is the co-host of Dear Sugar, an advice column turned WBUR podcast, and a true force of nature. On this episode, we talk about hiking, how to choose your best adventure, how to make better decisions about what to do with your life, the party she’d throw, and so much more. I have wanted to interview Cheryl since I read her first book, so this was a real treat. I hope you enjoy this show. *Please note, we are taking next week off, which is important for living wildly. Listen to this episode if: You love Cheryl Strayed. You want to go on a big adventure. You’ve ever thought about being a writer of any kind. You love hiking. You think the world needs more kindness. For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/76
Life on the road from the feminine perspective. Host Laura Hughes, alongside inspiring voices of female travelers, bring you closer to some of the honest experiences that life on the road has to offer from the perspective of women who've lived them firsthand. Find out what life is like when the road becomes your home.
Rank #1: The Girl and the Getaway Vehicle: Brianna Madia.
What happens when you practice understanding with the things you understand the least? We won’t promise you’ll end up living desert back roads in a giant orange camper like Brianna Madia, but we bet you’ll build a life you never expected. The secret? Brianna takes the time to see potential where others might change course. Some people might see her old campervan, Bertha, and think that it’s not worth the trouble-- that the potential for breakdowns make it too risky to live in. Some people might see her incredibly active dog, Dagwood, and think that he’s too wild to give a home to. Some people might think that the desert back roads aren’t the safest place to call home at all. But unlike most people, Brianna fell in love with all of the above, and in taking the time to truly understand and appreciate them for what and who they are, she’s cultivated a unique life that reflects the very creatures she loves so much. From her life outdoors, to the dogs she loves, to the breakdowns and online criticism she faces-- this episode is full of Brianna Madia’s beautiful stories of adventure and understanding. About Brianna: Brianna Madia is a storyteller and big orange van-dweller, spending most of her time in the deserts of southern Utah. When she's not writing lengthy Instagram captions, she can be found rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, and canyoneering - always with her husband and two dogs in tow. In this episode, you’ll hear: What makes Brianna’s camper, Bertha, particularly unique How Brianna came into owning the campervan she drives today The massive breakdown that stranded Brianna in Wyoming Why Brianna feels like it’s worth it to own an old vehicle like Bertha What it’s like to live with active dogs like Bucket and Dagwood How her dog Dagwood inspired her family’s outdoor lifestyle Tips for people wanting to live on the road with dogs The way Brianna deals with meanness and criticism online How we can continue to foster community by thoughtful online connections Touching stories from Brianna’s positive online experiences Resources mentioned in this episode: Follow Brianna on Instagram: @briannamadia Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic Connect to the Women On The Road community online: Instagram - @womenontheroad Facebook page for extra content and updates - Women On The Road Plus, a special Women On The Road Facebook group for podcast listeners! Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support! Episodes air bi-weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and read her reflections on the road through her website, How She Views It. Music is by Common Creatures, Josh Woodward, Jason Shaw, Jahzzar, and Hyson. WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.
Rank #2: Advice.
We all like a little advice sometimes, so we asked 10 women on the road to answer your most common questions about road travel. And answers vary in some ways, while there are definite patterns in others. If you’re looking for practical tips, a fresh perspective, or to hear a few words of wisdom gleaned from time spent out on the road, this episode if for you. In this episode, you’ll hear: Answers and insights to 5 commonly asked questions about traveling on the road: What was the biggest challenge you overcame to get to a more mobile lifestyle? What was most important to you when choosing what vehicle you were going to travel in? What are your favorite “hacks” for living on the road-- things that have made your travels easier? Your #1 tip for financing this type of travel. What one piece of advice do you have for women who want to live on the road or have just started? Join our Women on the Road Podcast Facebook Group! Learn more on the episode landing page via She-Explores.com. Resources Rachel Wood and Liz Snyder: Instagram & Blog Shruthi Lapp: Instagram & Blog Kara Perez: Instagram & Kara's financial literacy company, Bravely Megan Cable: Instagram & Blog Laura Austin: Instagram & Portfolio Jayme Serbell: Instagram & Blog Macy Pate and Emily Breedlove: Instagram Martha Hudson: Instagram & swimwear business Sponsors and Discount Codes! Escape Campervans: Get 20% off your next trip (through June 1, 2019) with the code WOMEN20 at checkout. Some exclusions apply. Learn more here! Deuter Bestowed Essentials Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support! Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It. Music is by Jason Shaw, Josh Woodward, Jahzzar, and Hyson via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license. WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.
A high altitude mountaineer travels through sub-zero temperatures, scales treacherous terrain, and carries hundreds of pounds of supplies. Many of us have very little in common with this person. We don’t need to worry about the lack of oxygen in the air or the extent of frostbite in our toes.Yet, we are all human. There are certain ideas which apply to all of us, no matter if we are standing at 29,029 feet or sea level. Why is it important to step outside of our comfort zone? How do we weigh risk vs. reward? What impact does human behavior have on our decision making? On MtnMeister, we explore these ideas by talking with those who have found answers in the extremes.Ben Schenck, the host of MtnMeister (pronounced Mountain Meister), asks thought-provoking and sometimes uncomfortable questions that you won't hear in a typical interview. Notable guests include Alex Honnold, Sasha DiGiulian, Ueli Steck, Jeremy Jones, Lynn Hill, Conrad Anker, Aaron Gwin and other adventurers in climbing, skiing, hiking, biking, and everything else in the mountains.
Rank #1: #142 Life is unknown with Conrad Anker.
Conrad Anker is a world renowned mountaineer who has redefined what’s possible in climbing over the past three decades. His accomplishments span from climbing 8000m peaks without oxygen in the Himalaya, to first ascents in Antarctica, to big wall climbing in Patagonia. In 1999, he located George Mallory’s body on Mt Everest. Most recently, Meru, a documentary about the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Meru, won the Audience Choice award for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival.
Rank #2: #168 Alex Honnold on the 100-year anniversary of America's National Parks.
On August 25th America will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the National Parks. In good spirit, the American Alpine Club hosted its Annual Benefit Dinner in Washington DC and invited world-renowned rock climber Alex Honnold to be the keynote speaker. In this episode, I sit down with Alex to talk about his experiences in the National Parks and his opinions on protected lands. Sometimes a person who gets interviewed as much as Alex will resort to "canned answers". Not Alex. I really appreciated how he listened to each question and gave thoughtful, candid responses. Following the interview is Alex's keynote. This was recorded at the American Alpine Club's 2016 Annual Benefit Dinner presented by The North Face and REI. Special thanks National Geographic. Also, thanks to MtnMeister's sponsor for this episode, Mountain House. For 20% off of your purchase go to http://www.mountainhouse.com/meister
Follow the adventures of a hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and hear from other hikers and trail angels along the way.
Rank #1: Episode 1 - It Will Ruin You.
Ratatouille introduces himself and explains his plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Interviews with PCT hikers. We also meet Ratatouille's mom. (released March 2015)
Rank #2: Episode 3 - Hikertrash.
Why do so many hikers embrace the term Hikertrash? Erin and Carl Miller (Hummingbird and Bearclaw) discuss Erin's book, Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail. Renee "She-ra" Patrick talks about her clothing company, Hikertrash. Kolby "Condor" Kirk explains how there is more than one way to hike. (released March 2015)
An overweight, 61-year-old retiree, with zero hiking experience, decided to hike the entire 2,185.3 mile length of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. What could possibly go wrong? As his brother, Mike, commented, "It's a bit like taking up boxing and fighting Mike Tyson in your first bout." Join Steve and his guests as they discuss all aspects of the trail, from gear to Lyme Disease, then back to trail magic and injury.
Rank #1: Episode #82 - Daniel White (The Blackalachian).
Daniel White is something of a rarity on the Appalachian Trail. Black people are unrepresented on hiking trails and Daniel provides us with, perhaps, some of the unhappy reasons for that underrepresentation. He hiked in 2017 and found the trail to be an unexpected source of love and light. Daniel and Steve discuss what it feels like for a young black man to "go into the woods" and Daniel has a few stories to share that would be unlikely to be part of a white man's experience. As with most hikers, the trail was transformative for him and he has plans for further adventures. You can find out more about Daniel and connect with him on Facebook and Instagram at The Blackalachian. His YouTube channel can also be found at The Blackalachian. Sue Jeffery (Steve mistakenly refers to her as "Jefferies") has a wonderful tale about the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Sue and her three youngest children hiked the entire 319 miles of the trail in June 2017. Her photo journal is highly recommended and can be found here. https://spark.adobe.com/page/GS0DpO1Z0ibhO/ Additionally, the Sheltowee Trace Association Facebook page is an excellent resource for more information and pictures of the trail. Check out our other shows at HikingRadioNetwork.com and don't forget to reach out to our sponsor, Trailtopia, when planning your next trip into the woods and mountains.
Rank #2: Episode #84 - James Smyle (Mayhem).
This weekend, April 28 and 29, the Flip Flop Festival will be held in the adjoining towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, partly to celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in Harpers Ferry but, more significantly, it is actively promoting flip-flop hikes as a viable, responsible approach to hiking the Appalachian Trail. James Smyle earned the name of Mayhem when he did his first thru-hike, back in the 90s, but the more laid back Mayhem went again in 2016, this time as a flip-flopper. He tells us about his hikes, though the conversation is geared towards his role as Chair of the Flip Flop Festival. You should check out the festival at FlipFlopFestival.org James and Steve discuss the attractions of this alternate route, comparing and contrasting the two hikes that James has taken. Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail is a strong proponent of the flip-flop as a concept but less happy about the name!! We encourage listeners to submit ideas for a change of name and will share the entries with James and the ATC. Jessa and an old favorite–"If I did It Again"–return to the show, as Jessa reflects upon differences that she would make to her hike if she were to do it again. Please support the other shows on the HikingRadioNetwork.com and make sure that you head across to Trailtopia.com when you next plan to hit the trail.