The ULTIMATE Camp Food Taste Test



I contacted every company that makes camp food, freeze-dried or not. These are the kickass companies who supported our community by getting back in touch with me AND sent a ton of samples for us to test on this episode and upcoming episodes: OvaEasy (fear not the egg crystal, boys and girls) Omeals (free samples available … Continue reading The ULTIMATE Camp Food Taste Test


How a Plane Crash Changed Rock Climbing Forever



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 winter of ’76/’77 was a crazy time to climb in Yosemite Valley. The source of the cash? Thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous … Continue reading How a Plane Crash Changed Rock Climbing Forever


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


Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin



Tested out a new backpacking tent from SlingFin on this episode. David and I give a thorough, whiskey-fueled review of SlingFin’s 2Lite Trek. Guys, seriously, SlingFin is making cool stuff and they have been awesome to the podcast. They lent me the 2Lite Trek I used in this episode. David and I loved this tent. … Continue reading Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin


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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


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A (Brief) History of Water Filters



Remember when you died of cholera? Dysentery? If you’re reading this, you didn’t die of those diseases. Water filtration and cleanliness is what keeps those diseases at bay. Slate.com recently published an article about why you shouldn’t filter your backcountry water, basically accusing the outdoor recreation industry of perpetuating myths about waterborne pathogens that only … Continue reading A (Brief) History of Water Filters


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