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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


Nature's Call Annette McGivney backpacking interview

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


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Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike



Liz is a prolific thru-hiker. She’s done the AT, the PCT, and the Colorado Trail. She’s currently planning a trip to do the Continental Divide. She teaches the thru-hiking course at my local REI, we became fast friends after I attended the class (and she made fun of me throughout it). Hike Your Own Hike (and … Continue reading Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike


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Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale



Simon is BACK on the show. We’re fresh off another REI Garage Sale and we’re giving you the 7 strategies we use at every garage sale to maximize our savings. The Garage Sales are awesome events and I want to give a shoutout to the Dallas REI for throwing another great one. Everybody in line … Continue reading Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale


Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike



Last year, my friend Derek Tusing began a thru-hike of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) with a friend. After ~300 miles, Derek made the decision to bail. We take a deep dive into the decision and the intense psychological challenges that accompany the equally daunting physical challenges of a 1600 mile hike across the U.S. Because … Continue reading Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike


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