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.
Mar 28 2017
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.
Mar 08 2016
Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #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: 017: How to Find Awesome Trails
Today we celebrate International Day of Awesomeness! We talk about finding awesome "backpackable" trails. Next, Heather shares her current bucket list of hikes. Then, learn about an ultralight food prep bag, and get a recipe to go with it. Fictitious listener, Dale in Oklahoma sends in a question about water filtering.
Mar 10 2015
Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 090: HANG: The Hammock Camping Episode
Today on the First 40 Miles, HANG: The Hammock Camping Episode! We’ve always schlepped a tent while backpacking, but recently our eyes were opened to the other options on the trail. And today, we’re all about the possibilities that hammock camping opens up to backpackers. Next, the SUMMIT Gear Review turns into the SUMMIT Gear Dump, as we unload the box of gear that was loaned to us for our first hammock trip. Next, on the Backpack Hack of the Week, a quick way to find the perfect distance between two trees.
Aug 02 2016
Rank #14: 201: Cowboy Camping
Today on the First 40 Miles, we’ll talk about cowboy camping and why we tried it. Then a story from a listener about how she transitioned from car camping to backpacking. Today’s hack is a great way to repurpose an old towel, and we’ll wrap up with a little trail wisdom from someone who knew the answer to life’s question!
Sep 18 2018
Rank #15: 016: Say Goodbye to Sore Muscles
Want to avoid muscle soreness? It may be preventable! Next, on the Ready for Adventure segment, we’ll see if TSA is ready for Heather’s backpacking trip to Tuscon. On the Backpack Hack of the Week™ you’ll learn the French word for “Pony” and why it matters on the trail. Then we’ll answer a REAL listener question in Backpackers Q+A. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little Trail Wisdom from an American poet who must love you very much.
Mar 03 2015
Rank #16: 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
Rank #17: 136: Move to Backpack, Backpack to Move
Today on the First 40 Miles, a hiker, a backpacker and a biomechanist all walk up to a bar. What they do next might just surprise you. On today’s Top 5 List, we’ll talk about how another podcaster we listen to has changed---nay---revolutionized the way we move. Then we’ll review some stretchy pants that allow freedom of movement along with the power of wool. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a movement hack provided by Katy herself.
Jun 20 2017
Rank #18: 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 #19: 005: Pick Any Two
Buying backpacking gear can be confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Learn the one trick that will help you buy great gear. Next, find out why you need to pack a one ounce bottle of alcohol your next trip (Hint: It's not what you think). We'll review a piece of clothing that would make your grandma jealous. And the Backpack Hack of the Week™ features a must-have item that pairs perfectly with your tube of sunscreen.
Dec 16 2014
Rank #20: 103: SNOOZE: The Sleeping Episode
Today on the First 40 Miles, SNOOZE: The sleeping Episode. This does not mean you can sleep through this episode. However you may sleep a little better on your next backpacking trip after listening. On today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll share a down sleeping bag that’s a great deal! Then on the Backpack Hack of the Week, a quick fix for an uncomfortable air mattress.
Nov 01 2016