Episode 58: Havasu Falls

In Episode 58, Michael and Tim tell us about their recent hike to Havasu Falls in Northern Arizona.  You’ve likely seen the iconic photos of the Falls - the turquoise water set against the desert canyon walls, the idyllic swimming holes surrounded by sunbathing backpackers, this oasis in the middle of a barren Grand Canyon.  And you've probably thought about hiking here ... but these guys have actually done it.  And they backpacked to the Falls at the ages of 10 and 12! So if … [Read more...]

Episode 57: Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim

In Episode 57, Rand tells us about his recent Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike through the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This spring he hiked the 42 mile route in 12 hours starting at the South Rim at sunrise, tagging the North Rim by noon, and returning to his starting point near The Yavapai Lodge by sunset - logging more than 20K feet of elevation change while on the trail. In the podcast, Rand tells us about the backcountry experience - with suggestions on how and when to hike the route and intel on what … [Read more...]

Pleasant Pond Lean-To Register – October 1994

Just scanned the Pleasant Pond Lean-To Register - October 1994. I walked out of the 100 Mile Wilderness 24 years ago today - brings back some great memories. Hope to see everyone at Trail Days for our 25th.   ~ BirdShooter   … [Read more...]

Episode 56: Camino de Santiago

In Episode 56, 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) returns to the show to tell us about his spring hike on the 477 mile Camino de Santiago through the countries of France and Spain.  You might recall that Phillip spent 7 months hiking northbound or "NOBO" on the Appalachian Trail last summer and that we spoke in Episode #51 only a few days before his departure to Europe to hike the Camino.  In the podcast, 3 Dub updates us on his travels and shares some tips and tricks for … [Read more...]

N2Backpacking Podcast – Episode 53, Part 2 With Photos And Video

This is part 2 of an edited version of the N2Backpacking podcast – Episode 53 with photos and video added by Amos Prudhon of the Backpacker Diaries. … [Read more...]

N2Backpacking Podcast – Episode 53, Part 1 With Photos And Video

This is part 1 of an edited version of the N2Backpacking podcast - Episode 53 with photos and video added by Amos Prudhon of the Backpacker Diaries. … [Read more...]

Episode 55: Tour Du Mont Blanc

In Episode 55, Kaylee (aka "Smiles") tells us about her recent thru-hike on the Tour du Mont Blanc which is one of the most popular long-distance walks in Europe.  It circles the Mont Blanc massif, covering a distance of roughly 170 kilometres (110 mi) and passes through parts of Switzerland, Italy and France. In the show, Kaylee tells us about the TMB hut system, "wild" camping, the critters, the ladder climbs, and the Sound Of Music scenery that awaits you on this trail.  There's … [Read more...]

Episode 53: Backpacker Diaries

In Episode 53, I speak with Amos Prudhon about his YouTube channel titled Backpacker Diaries - which documents his numerous ventures into the backcountry of the U.S and Canada.  Amos does an excellent job at capturing the experience on the Trail - and focuses on multi-day and multi-week backpacking trips that are well within the reach of most backpackers.  On the show, we discuss his recent hike on the Sawback Trail in Banff National Park and we talk specifics about securing a permit, … [Read more...]

Bottled Oxygen

Hitting the bottled oxygen at 9000 feet near Devils Thumb in Colorado. Not quite the boost I expected. Tough to go from 1K to 9K feet in 24 hours. … [Read more...]

Wayah Bald

Had a chance to #hike the #AppalachianTrail last weekend to Wayah Bald in N.C. Beautiful spring day. The black trees against the blue skies were dramatic to see. Ridge to the right of this photo was covered with black barren trees. … [Read more...]