Episode 94: Ticks!!!

In Episode 94, Brian Anderson (aka "The Tick Terminator") joins the show to educate us on your biggest danger in the backcountry - TICKS!!!  In the podcast, we discuss the tick lifecycle, when and where they are most likely to find you, how to prevent ticks, and what to do if one embeds in your skin. This discussion hit home for me personally since I was infected by and recovered from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  After two days in the hospital, a home healthcare nurse came to my … [Read more...]

Head Butting Pony

This large pony decided to give me a head butt in the Jefferson National Forest! … [Read more...]

The Jolly Roger

Birdshooter-Country Club-The Camel

Two of my backpacking friends had milestone birthdays in 2021, and we had grand plans to celebrate on distant mountains in the western U.S.  But after numerous attempts to synchronize schedules, we settled on a road trip to The Camel's mountain house near Hays, N.C. to celebrate his 60th.  Here we are pulling into his driveway after a long drive from Atlanta. The Camel had neighbors over when we arrived.  So we had a few beverages with them and enjoyed the sunset from the back … [Read more...]

The Thief Is The Wolfie!

The Wolfie likes Muscle's shoe and a few other things. And Muscle is not happy about it. … [Read more...]

Friendly Pony

To say the ponies are friendly in the Jefferson National Forest is an understatement. The Kidd looks a bit skiddish!!!! … [Read more...]

Midnight Cow Invasion

This cow came in to our campsite in the Jefferson National Forest looking for a midnight dog! … [Read more...]

Protected: Therm Rider Dislikes Mosquitoes

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: … [Read more...]

Episode 78: Brooks Range

In Episode 78, Sarah Histand tells us about her three week traverse of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska.  She is a native Alaskan who has done multiple packrafting and backpacking trips across the Brooks Range and throughout the State.  So Sarah talks about the logistics of the summer trip - including trailheads, resupply, the wildlife, and how to maintain communications across this vast wilderness that stretches ~700 miles across northern Alaska into Canada's Yukon … [Read more...]

Backcountry Death Scene

Stumbled on to this death scene on a recent hike. It appears the battle ended in a draw. … [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...]