Rank #1: Episode 01 – Introductions
Welcome to Sounds of the Trail! Listen in for a little more about who we are and what to expect from the podcast. We’d love to hear from you – good bad or otherwise – so leave us a comment!
Music provided courtesy of Baby Gramps
Rank #2: Episode 02 - Milestones and Beginnings
In our second episode we get to hear from Saina, who has passed mile 100 on the Pacific Crest Trail! Kimchi has officially started the Appalachian Trail, starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia – we’re looking forward to hearing from her next week. Guest appearances by a bunch of new thru-hikers who I had the opportunity to chat with at the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff in Lake Morena, CA.
Other news: we are officially on iTunes, so don’t forget to stop by and give us a review. Or just say Hi here on the website! We’d love to hear from you. You can also catch up with Kimchi on her blog HERE, and Saina on her blog HERE.
Thanks for tuning in!
Music by Baby Gramps
Rank #3: Episode 2-01 – Hyperfreedom
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.
Rank #4: Episode 25 – Getting Inspired
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
Rank #5: Episode 03 – My Feet Hurt
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.
Rank #6: EP3-02 Some Introductions
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.
Rank #7: Episode 22 – Making It Happen
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.
Music, as always, provided courtesy of the inimitable Baby Gramps
Rank #8: Ep 2-03 I didn’t know…
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.
Mishap, Shortcut, Spoony, Knees, Bacon, Fruit Snax, Boyardee, and Splinter.
Rank #9: Episode 04 – What’s in a Name
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.
Rank #10: EP 2-11 The Beginning of the End
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.
Rank #11: EP 2-10 The Great! Outdoors Pt 2
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.
Rank #12: Episode 26 – Origins of a Thru-Hiker
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.
Rank #13: Ep 2-07 The Elephant on the Trail
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.
Rank #14: Episode 30 – Before and After
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
Rank #15: EP 2-12 Hikers That Hike Together
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.