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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


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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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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


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)