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Episode 84: The Shikoku Pilgrimage

In Episode 84, Paul Barach tells us about his 750 mile and 42 day backpacking trip on the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan.  In the show, Paul shares the history of this religious Buddhist route, talks about hiking in traditional pilgrim clothing, and shares some of the challenges that he faced - including heat, hunger, injuries, and infections. You can check out Paul's book "Fighting Monks & Burning Mountains" for all the details, or listen to this interesting discussion about a little … [Read more...]

Protected: New Years Hikes 2004-2020

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Episode 83: The Longest Straw

In Episode 83, Samantha Bode joins the show to talk about her 338 mile and 65 day hike along the Los Angeles aqueduct in California.  In the show, we talk about this unique and rarely attempted route, some of the challenges that Samantha faced, and how the ranchers, native Americans, and Los Angeles water personnel viewed her hike.  Since the 1950's, Southern California has been growing at an explosive rate and this podcast is about L.A.'s ever expanding need for water as much as … [Read more...]

Falls Branch Falls

We hiked a 2.9 mile loop via the Stanley Gap and Benton MacKaye Trail to Falls Branch Falls on New Years Eve 2015. The kids enjoyed the hike. … [Read more...]

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Yonah Mountain

180+ degrees views from the rock ledges of Yonah Mountain in North Georgia. The ridgeline in the distance is the Appalachian Trail near Rocky Mountain. … [Read more...]

Episode 81: Tahoe Rim Trail

Sprinkles

In Episode 81, Jennifer “Sprinkles” Kelley is back on the show to share some great information on how to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail - which runs nearly 170 miles along the border of Nevada and California.  If you work full time and dream of a thru-hike, then this is the show for you. In the podcast, we discuss logistics, permits, wildlife, resupply, and why a 10 day hike on the TRT is the ultimate first thru-hike.  We also catch up her life since we spoke on the podcast five years … [Read more...]

Colorado Trail Views From ~11,700′

We finally cleared the trees and walked in to this open area along the ridgeline of the Colorado Trail where there were amazing views at ~11,700'. The Continental Divide Trail also shares this section of trail near Leadville. … [Read more...]

Cheoah Bald – October 2020

A hiking friend of mine, Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan shot this video from Cheoah Bald in the fall of 2020. It's a tough hike, but the views are phenomenal from the top.  They hiked to the summit from Stocoah Gap on the Appalachian Trail, but you can also access Cheoah Bald from the Wesser, N.C. area via both the Bartram and Appalachian Trails.   … [Read more...]

Early September Snow On The Colorado Trail

We backpacked through an early September snowfield on Segment 9 of the Colorado Trail about a mile past Beaver Lake. Here is the view from the ridgeline. … [Read more...]