PROTECTED: FIRE MARSHALL ROGER

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PROTECTED: A MORNING SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM

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EPISODE 15: ULTIMATE SUMMER ROAD TRIP (MACKIE)

In Episode 15, Mackie and I sit down to discuss a 65 day and 17,000 mile cross-country road trip that went down in the summer of 1996.  On the journey, we hiked sections of the Appalachian, Continental, and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails and visited some treasured American wilderness including Isle Royal, Glacier, Mt. Ranier, Redwoods, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Park. In the podcast, Mackie talks about the adventure, some major mishaps, high and low moments from the … [Read more...]

RED FLAGS IN THE IDAHO BACKCOUNTRY

When Mark John spotted two hikers in the backcountry of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness - something didn't seem right:  "Usually when you meet people in the back country, you have a pretty good encounter, you know, and talk about where they've been and where they're going. But they didn't want to talk," he told reporters at CNN.Salmon River - Frank Church River of No Return WildernessThe Idaho horseman was riding with his wife and … [Read more...]

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER ROADTRIP – PART TWO (COMING SOON)

Had a chance to record a podcast with Mackie recently for "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part Two".   It's in the editing room right now and should be ready for release by the end of this week.   In the meantime, check out "The Ultimate Summer Roadtrip - Part One" if you haven't already.   It will get you primed for Part Two and recaps a cross-country hiking/backpacking trip I did with Snyder (aka The Ox)  two years after my 1996 trip with Mackie (who is shown above at our interview in … [Read more...]

EPISODE 14: ULTIMATE SUMMER ROAD TRIP (OX)

In Episode 14, Steve (aka The Ox) and I do an in-studio interview about a 38 day cross-country road trip that took place in the summer of 1998.  We spent most of the tour in the western United States and Canada (Alberta and British Columbia) where we went backpacking and fishing in the Rockies, Cascades, and on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. In the podcast, The Ox talks about the high and low moments on our road trip, some favorite campsites in the backcountry, and breaking down on … [Read more...]

A SPRING HIKE TO COOSA BALD (VIA THE DUNCAN RIDGE TRAIL)

Sixteen years ago, The Ox and I did a winter ascent of Coosa Bald (4,271 feet) via a spur off the Coosa Backcountry Trail.  I remembered a few campsites scattered near the summit and decided to return via a much shorter route this time. Coosa Bald is located near (and approachable from) Vogel State Park, and we stopped at Neel's Gap a few miles South of the park.  The store was busy on this cool and clear weekend, and The Weasel snapped this photo of hiking boots hanging in the trees … [Read more...]