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)


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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


7 ways to hot weather hike

7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking



This week we’re talking about the best ways to beat the heat while hiking in the summer (hint: #1 is to hike somewhere it’s not hot). Resources: American Hiking Society’s Guide to Hot Weather Hiking Cody’s Guide to The 10 Essentials (check out that sun protection section) The 100% Official, Totally Cool Nature’s Call Patreon … Continue reading 7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking


How to choose a new backpacking tent

How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent



Liz and Danny are back. They’re leaving for their 7,000-mile, cross-country trek in a little over a month but before they leave, they’re advising you on your next backpacking tent (or your very first)! Join the Wild Marks Club on our Patreon today. The dynamics at play when choosing a new tent are: Weight Comfort/Durability Cost … Continue reading How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent


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Murder on the Appalachian Trail



TW: This episode contains descriptions of violence. Susan Ramsay and Robert Mountford Jr. were social workers in the early ’80s who were hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise for the disabled children they worked with. They were murdered outside of Pearisburg, Virginia in May of 1981. The same man later attacked Scott Johnston and Sean … Continue reading Murder on the Appalachian Trail


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Daniel Boone: Frontier Real Estate Agent



Carson Sailor is back to discuss Boone, North Carolina’s namesake, Daniel Boone. We learn that most of Boone’s legend was made up by soulless marketers to sell mediocre land in Kentucky but Daniel Boone was a cool guy who found a way to get businessmen to fund his cool HYOH-style lifestyle. Resources: Carson’s other episode, How … Continue reading Daniel Boone: Frontier Real Estate Agent