Episode 42: Most Significant Backcountry Gear?

In Episode 42, we discuss a March 2017 article that appeared in Outside Magazine titled “The 40 Most Significant Tools & Toys Ever Designed”.  In honor of the magazine’s 40th anniversary, the editors choose 40 products that “stood out for their sheer inventiveness” and their general impact on the outdoor community.

Tonight we sit fireside on the South Carolina side of the Chattooga River and debate the merits of some items on the list.  Our group rarely reaches a consensus on each product – which makes for an entertaining show and guarantees that we’ll do a follow-up episode in the future to expand on the list.

So listen in and tell us what gear Outside missed.  And while you are at it … enjoy the fire cracking in the foreground and the Chattooga River flowing in the background as we talk about the Most Significant Backcountry Gear Of All Time!

Subject: Most Significant Backcountry Gear Of All Time?
Interviewee: BeerRun, PokeyBo, Therm Rider
Interview Date: April 13, 2017
Runtime: 1:15:13

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  1. Rudy says:

    I have been a subscriber to your podcast for over three years! Love it and you give me inspiration. In fact I have since started my own podcast here in Washington State cascadehikerpodcast.com

    I love your fireside talks and was wondering what happened to the rest of episode 42? Seemed like it cut short there.

    Anyway, keep up the great work

    • BirdShooter says:

      Thanks Rudy. I just subscribed to your podcast and will check it out. I tested Episode 42 and it seems to be working. So maybe you just caught my web host when they were doing maintenance or something. Give it another try if you haven’t already. Best wishes, BirdShooter

  2. Jason Thomas says:

    Loved this episode. Sounded like you were all enjoying the time and the beer was flowing! Might be time to invest in a two mic setup as it was sometimes hard to hear the guys further away.

    • BirdShooter says:

      Agreed Jason. Had the same issue on Episode #35. I need to find something that is lightweight and works with my existing set-up. Any suggestions are welcome.

  3. Lone Wolf says:

    The last fire side chat concerning the Outside gear review was the best show ever!…. I too loved the format of the fireside chat that you did in early podcasts and now you have nailed the mood you were looking for. I felt like I was there and part of the group of hikers. Please do more shows like this one. What about talking about hiking shoes and cook pots / stoves around the fire with this group of Hikers?

    • BirdShooter says:

      Lone Wolf, you are in luck. We are already planning a follow-up to EPISODE 42: MOST SIGNIFICANT BACKCOUNTRY GEAR OF ALL TIME. It’s a perfect subject to discuss on a podcast, and frankly we only covered about half of the items in the Outside Magazine article. Plus the topic is ripe with opinions – which makes for good banter around the campfire.

      If you liked the “Rookie Mistakes” series (Episode #24 and #32) we might get to that next. Backpacker Magazine ran their own list of 52 Common Mistakes which merits a debate on our next multi-day backpacking trip – scheduled for South Dakota in June. Stay tuned … and thanks for reaching out.

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