Monthly Archives: October 2017

Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)



Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the textbook definition of explorers. Let’s look at the life of Meriwether Lewis, a troubled guy with an ending you didn’t learn about in fourth grade. It’s a melancholy week at Nature’s Call, as, once again, I mourn the loss of a guy who died before I was born (shout … Continue reading Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)


Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)



My buddy Simon and I hit the road to Arkansas. We parked at the Little Missouri Trailhead in Ouachita National Forest and camped for the night before heading out on our epic backpacking, hitchhiking adventure! Get on the trail with us in a series of trail diaries direct from the trail! Action! Excitement! Bears (or, a … Continue reading Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)


The Best Hammocks for Your Next Backpacking Trip



I get it. You’re used to sleeping on the ground. It’s nice down here in your tent. But there are better options. Loftier goals, if you will. I’ve compiled a list of backpacking hammocks that come highly recommended (either from my direct use or my scouring of Reddit and Amazon reviews). The Best Hammocks for … Continue reading The Best Hammocks for Your Next Backpacking Trip


Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories



Patrick and Steven jump into the studio with Cody to recount their favorite and scariest memories growing up in the Boy Scouts of America. They recall being placed in the “Turtle Patrol,” building a lean-to with Hollywood and Rabbit, and getting their pneumonia merit badges on Pikes Peak. Patrick and Steven both achieved the Life … Continue reading Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories


How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)



John Wesley Powell, Union Civil War vet, amputee, and valiant adventurer, set off with his crew to do something that had never been done (and shouldn’t have been replicated). They navigated the Colorado River (and Green) from Wyoming all the way through the Grand Canyon. They did it in rowboats. Almost everybody survived. The source … Continue reading How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)


Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds



The winter of ’76/77 was an extraordinary time in Yosemite’s backcountry. Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The source: thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous habitation of famed climbers was … Continue reading Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds


Jedediah “Sew My Face On” Smith: The Original Backpacking Mountain Man



Jedediah Smith was an archetypal, backpacking mountain man. He spent his life exploring the Western United States, hunting mythical rivers, trapping beaver pelts, and surviving by wit and luck. In our first podcast episode, Cody dives deep into his life (and his Wikipedia page) to look at the adventure, the face-sewing, and the contradictions of … Continue reading Jedediah “Sew My Face On” Smith: The Original Backpacking Mountain Man