A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell



The “inhuman zone” is the point of altitude and frigid cold where man, and all of his gadgets, cease to function as intended. Jim Bridwell and climbing partner, Mugs Stump, found themselves in the inhuman zone as they climbed the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaskan Wild. Resources: “Vantage Point” – this story is an excerpt … Continue reading A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell


NEW Camp Food for 2018



Cody tastes and sips his way around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Resources: AlpineStart Instant Coffee ESPRO P7 (pitcher-sized French press, the ultralight is available exclusively at Starbucks for now) Campfire Meals Know Brainer (drinkable Ketogenic breakfast options) Nature’s Coffee Kettle Mighty Organic jerky and meats (they gave me a jalapeno beef stick and IT WAS AWESOME) … Continue reading NEW Camp Food for 2018


How the American Hiking Society works for You



Wesley Trimble tells us about his own outdoor journey and how you can get involved with the good work being done at the American Hiking Society. Resources: CP and the PCT (Wesley’s short film) Wesley’s blog American Hiking Society How to Hike in Hot Weather Stuff You Can Buy to Help the Show: REI’s Labor … Continue reading How the American Hiking Society works for You


Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market



A collection of interviews with the companies making the coolest tech and gadgets for camping and backpacking. There’s a definite mix of backpacking gadgets AND car camping accessories, even ones that might be just as comfortable on your patio as at base camp. Treat Yo’ Self: Zippo Electric Handwarmers BioLite Firepit (NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon) … Continue reading Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market


Parks Project Joshua Tree Interview

How Parks Project saves Joshua Trees



Sevag Kazanci talks with Cody about giving back to the wild places that inspire campers and backpackers (and looking great while you do it!) Parks Project works with top-notch designers to create products that won’t become “landfill gear.” Those products (t-shirts, hats, candles, etc.) are sold and a huge portion of the proceeds supports a specific … Continue reading How Parks Project saves Joshua Trees


The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market



Alright, time to spill the beans on the BEST GEAR from Outdoor Retailer this summer. NEMO addressed David’s concerns with the Hornet 2P. Helinox made a super lightweight cot! Awesome gear abounds, our gear nerd cup runneth over! Gear/Brands Mentioned this episode: Helinox (Lite Cot launches soon!) Rumpl Poncho – If you’re looking for a Rumpl … Continue reading The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market


I Made it to DENVER



First episode with recordings from the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We chat with: Sierra Designs about their brand new Nitro Quilt WigWam about 113 years of sock experience NEMO about reinventing the closed-cell foam pad ENO about the revised Guardian bugnet We’ve got a lot more content coming from the Summer Market. … Continue reading I Made it to DENVER


Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1)



My journey from Dallas to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. I camped in Palo Duro State Park, a great halfway point between the two. To follow along with the Summer Market this week, follow me on your drug -erm- “social media platform” of choice: Facebook Instagram Twitter Shout out to Josh and Lauren, … Continue reading Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1)


pudding while backpacking in a thunderstorm lightning

Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm



Allison Haskell is a backpacking instructor at my local REI. She was cool enough to come by and talk to us about our own outdoor journey AND the history of America’s first long-distance hiking trail, Vermont’s Long Trail. You can find her on Instagram (@thewildhaskell) Join the Nature’s Call Patreon Community (be a Wild Mark!) … Continue reading Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm