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


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


AT Killer backpacking history

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


Daniel boone backpacking history

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


Backpacking camping tesla review

Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?



Tesla believes their Model X can take me into the backcountry. I took one for a test drive and asked a lot of questions of their sales rep to decide if I think this is true. Resources from this episode: Tesla’s Model X (go check one out) Outside Magazine’s Tesla article Chacos – the most … Continue reading Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?


mountain men american revolution

How Mountain Men Won the American Revolution



They hiked 200 miles in 2 weeks, killed the guy who insulted them and changed the course of American history while completely drunk. Carson Sailor, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, sat down with me in Boone, North Carolina to talk about the mountain men of the Lost Province and their outsized impact on … Continue reading How Mountain Men Won the American Revolution


PCT thru hiking food interview

Two Days til Her PCT Thru-Hike



We. Talk. Food. Sabrina left for the PCT TWO DAYS after we did this episode. She was in final planning mode and was getting her last ducks in a row. Here are all the foods she recommended: Smashmallow Baker on Main ZipFizz Snickers (Almond AND Hazelnut) Excalibur Dehydrator (it makes food) We compared poison ivy (great audio … Continue reading Two Days til Her PCT Thru-Hike


backpacking appalachian trail tennesee

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)



The CONCLUSION to Kinsey and Cody’s Appalachian Adventure. Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s AT map (the trailhead and weather overlays are super helpful!) The trailhead we started from Gear I mentioned: Osprey Exos 58 (I LOVE THIS PACK!) MSR Water Filter (smaller and updated since I purchased) Gear Kinsey mentioned: NEMO Rave – … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)