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How to Burn Your Space Blanket… The Bushwhack-Mountaineer Way



For hundreds of years, people have walked the Camino de Santiago from all over Europe. Our guest this week, Jeremy Enns is a podcast producer and long-time hiker and backpacker. He told us the story of the time he woke up to find a friend burning his space blanket for warmth (and to ward off … Continue reading How to Burn Your Space Blanket… The Bushwhack-Mountaineer Way


How ONDA Blazed a Trail in the Oregonian Desert



Renee Patrick, prolific thru-hiker and adventure blogger, works with the Oregon Natural Desert Association to craft a brand-new, 750-mile route in the Oregonian high desert. She tells us her outdoor story, which began in the woods of Wisconsin, took her to Africa with the Peace Corps, and led her to the AT (Appalachian Trail), PCT … Continue reading How ONDA Blazed a Trail in the Oregonian Desert


10-Year Globetrotting Couch-Surfer invents BivyPack



Kenny Flannery has been hitch-hiking, couch-surfing, and (stealthily) camping for the last 10 years. He doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. How to Travel the World on a Shoestring Kenny just started. He caught a ride from New York City to Wyoming on a family trip, then a friend bought him a train ticket and … Continue reading 10-Year Globetrotting Couch-Surfer invents BivyPack


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Re-Inventing the Rain Jacket



The co-founders of Perilous Outdoor Company, Michael and Konner, share their outdoor journey (altitude sickness in Colorado and hail in Big Bend) AND their vision for a new rain jacket, one with an integrated pack cover. As promised in the episode, as soon as these guys go to market I’m buying a jacket (and then … Continue reading Re-Inventing the Rain Jacket


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Liz and Danny Share Thru-Hiking Wisdom and Their 7000mi Plan



Pro-tips abound with veteran thru-hikers Liz and Danny. To everyone asking to hear from Liz again, you’ve been heard! If you’re looking for those Liz and Danny approved footwear selections, here ya go: Alta Lone Peak – Men’s Alta Lone Peak – Women’s La Sportiva Wildcat – Men’s La Sportiva Wildcat – Women’s If you’re … Continue reading Liz and Danny Share Thru-Hiking Wisdom and Their 7000mi Plan


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Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month



Conor McElyea, Senior Product Guru with Cairn, told his outdoor and professional story (hint: it involves a lot of mosquitos, a search for snow in a drought, and a smidge of tricking friends into the backcountry). Upgrade your adventures this month: Sign up at GetCairn.com (use the code “NATURE5” to save $5 off your first … Continue reading Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month


Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands



Patagonia’s Ron Hunter, manager of employee activism, joined Cody to talk about his life spent outdoors and why it inflamed his passion to protect wild spaces. From the 1950s, camping in national parks on family road trips, to Yosemite’s hallowed Camp 4 in the 1970s, Ron Hunter has spent a lifetime in love with America’s … Continue reading Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands


Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman



It all started in an empty lot in his neighborhood, next door to a mechanic’s shop. Make-believe with childhood friends turned into study and discipline, which took Joe to college, then into the woods as a guide. Joe’s Axe Recommendations I asked Joe for advice on axes during the interview. Here’s what he recommended: Gransfors … Continue reading Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman


Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds



Chris Penny is a lifelong Canadian outdoorsman. He’s been camping and playing in the snow since he was a kid in Ottawa. Building a Quinzee and Urban Camping at the Bus Station Chris told a story of building a quinzee that was too big to sleep in and the time he wouldn’t pay for a … Continue reading Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds


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Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma



Annette McGivney is the southwest editor of Backpacker Magazine and the author of Pure Land, available now. She explains her history with backpacking and the way that it helped her in her struggle with PTSD. Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives and The Search for Heaven on Earth Annette’s newest book weaves together … Continue reading Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma