Podcast Episodes 51-60

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EPISODE 50: WINTER BACKPACKING

In Episode 50, Rich, Mark, and Aaron join us from the ADK Winter Mountaineering School to discuss winter backpacking and how it is one of the best kept secrets of the wilderness – no crowds, no bugs, no humidity … no problem.

EPISODE 51: NOBO
In Episode 51, I speak with 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) who spent 7 months hiking northbound or NOBO on the Appalachian Trail last summer. On March 26th I had the opportunity to see him off at Springer Mountain, and in the podcast we speak about his preparations for the hike, experiences on the Trail, and what the vibe is like as a 50+ year old thru-hiker.
EPISODE 52: CASCADE HIKER
In Episode 52, it’s a first on the N2Backpacking podcast because I speak with a fellow podcaster – Rudy from the Cascade Hiker. He approached me for an interview, but we end up trading questions and discussing a range of hiking and backpacking topics.
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, backcountry campsites, wildlife, insects, weather and FOOD.
EPISODE 54B: AWESOME (AND AWESOMELY BAD) HIKING & BACKPACKING MOVIES
In Episode 54, we discuss Backpacker Magazine’s list of 35 Awesome (and Awesomely Bad) Outdoor Movies while sitting fireside on the Chattooga River. In the show, I review the hiking and backpacking movies on Backpacker‘s list with 3Dub, BeerRun, Brownie, The Camel, Napster, The Ox, and Wagonhammer after we sit out a rainstorm on the river. We discuss the movie, the plot, and the major actors of each film. Then after a brief debate, the group gives a thumbs-up or down on the movie. We are sometimes enthusiastic and sometimes not, but frequently have strong opinions on each show – and rarely agree on all the films on the list.
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.
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.
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.
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!
EPISODE 59: THE MAN WHO HIKED IT ALL
In Episode 59, I speak with Bart Smith (aka Infinite Dust) who was recently featured in Backpacker Magazine as “The Man Who Hiked It All”. Since 1992, Bart has hiked nearly 35,000 miles on 30 of America’s National Scenic and Historic Trails – completing the last of the Trails by October 2nd, 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act.
EPISODE 60B: TROUBADOUR (APPALACHIAN TRAIL THRU-HIKER 25TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES)
In Episode 60, I speak with Troubadour about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the first release in a special bonus series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our hike, and it was recorded at Trail Days on May 13, 1995 in Damascus, Virginia.

 


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