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Destroying My Achilles on the Good Water Loop

Sabrina, Scott, David and I head to the Texas Hill Country for some VERY CLOSE to the city backpacking around Lake Georgetown. David takes an Uber when his Oboz fail him. We did a commercial for Topo Terraventure. We drank some genuine #hikertrash boxed booze. We slept under a huge ENO tarp. It was a … Continue reading Destroying My Achilles on the Good Water Loop →


My Top 11 Backpack Bucket List

I count down the Top 11 place I want to go backpacking – hopefully giving you plenty of ideas for your bucket list. ERL Guidebook available for download now. It’s 33% off until the end of the year! The Backpacking Bucket List: 11. Buffalo River – This is in Arkansas and I’ve been saying I want … Continue reading My Top 11 Backpack Bucket List →


The Yosemite Killer

This is a true crime story with quite a bit of violence discussed – just a heads up. Cary Stayner murdered four women in the area immediately surrounding Yosemite National Park – he had grown up in the area and worked for a lodge frequented by guests of the National Park. Resources Mentioned: Outside Magazine: … Continue reading The Yosemite Killer →


“Why am I wandering around outside in a soaking wet jacket?”

Patrick and I put the LoftTek Adventure Jacket through the paces of a quick fall into a river (or, uh, a bathroom sink). I also speak with Tayson from Outdoor Vitals about the insulation (LoftTek) that powers this new puffy and why it’s better than down in (almost) every way. Go check out their Kickstarter and … Continue reading “Why am I wandering around outside in a soaking wet jacket?” →


Behind the Scenes of a Gear Kickstarter Campaign

Craig Rowe was a backcountry guide before he had the idea for TripTarp. He walks us through his journey from idea to Kickstarter and all the way to store shelves near you. Craig was kind enough to offer Nature’s Call listeners a 20% off deal with the code “CALL”.


“My Tent is Flooding” (Dinosaur Valley)

I went to Dinosaur Valley State Park outside of Fort Worth, Texas. They have foam dinosaurs that’re pretty cool. It had been raining all week and the ground was saturated. Then it rained some more. Resources: Dinosaur Valley State Park


Journey to Thunder Lake (and back again!) Pt. 2

The conclusion. Connor and I made it to the lake, had a great time wandering around in the empty forest around. Really enjoyed teetering at the edge of the alpine zone. Gear and Grub from this Episode: SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, but they make kickass tents) JetBoil Flash (REI | Amazon, it’s cheaper … Continue reading Journey to Thunder Lake (and back again!) Pt. 2 →


Journey to Thunder Lake (Part 1)

Rocky Mountain National Park with my friend Connor. We got CRAZY LUCKY to get the wilderness permit we wanted (Thunder Lake). It’s a beautiful lake, the weather was very cooperative (some drizzling). It’s well worth your time, next time you’re going to RMNP. Gear and Grub from this Episode: SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, … Continue reading Journey to Thunder Lake (Part 1) →


Playing a Board Game around the Campfire

Mike is a designer, a backpacker, and (of late) a board game creator. He made Trailhead, which is available on Kickstarter now through Halloween (10/31). Resources: Trailhead’s Kickstarter Bohnanza (the other game Mike mentioned taking on the trail)


A Million Ways to Die on the PCT

Sabrina RETURNS! Super excited to have Sabrina back in Dallas to give us all of her great PCT stories. Remember: the Eagle Rock Loop Guidebook is available now! Hike the ERL this fall! Resources: Topo Athletics Terraventure (Women’s) Topo Athletics Terraventure (Men’s) Sabrina’s Instagram Bodhi’s Instagram Info on the Greater Patagonia Trail


A Quick Coffee Focus (Minisode)

FULL EPISODE COMING TOMORROW – Sabrina is back from the PCT and couldn’t record until Tuesday night so the full episode is delayed by a day. In this episode, I give a review after a couple weeks of using the Espro Ultralight (it’s pretty nifty) and a quick review of Jiva Coffee Cubes. I also … Continue reading A Quick Coffee Focus (Minisode) →


Getting Your Car Stolen in the Desert

Mario and Audra tell their stories of getting involved in climbing, backpacking (to climb), and introducing kids to climbing. If you want to read the blog post Mario mentioned, you can find it here. CHECK OUT THE EAGLE ROCK LOOP GUIDEBOOK! I had a great time making it and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it (the … Continue reading Getting Your Car Stolen in the Desert →


Brown Girls Climb + BioLite’s Kickstarter

Bethany founded Brown Girls Climb (@browngirlsclimb) as a community for women of color to rally around rock climbing and each other. We chat about Bethany’s outdoor journey as we sit beneath the giant blue bear. BioLite is running a Kickstarter RIGHT NOW for their new headlamp. I’ve got my grubby little paws on one and … Continue reading Brown Girls Climb + BioLite’s Kickstarter →


A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell

The “inhuman zone” is the point of altitude and frigid cold where man, and all of his gadgets, cease to function as intended. Jim Bridwell and climbing partner, Mugs Stump, found themselves in the inhuman zone as they climbed the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaskan Wild. Resources: “Vantage Point” – this story is an excerpt … Continue reading A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell →


“My Goal is to Catch a Fly in My Mouth”

Big City Mountaineers takes under-resourced kids on wilderness adventures. Here’s how they do it (and the story of Bix Firer, BCM’s Director of Programs). Resources: Big City Mountaineers (you can get involved in your area or donate!)


NEW Camp Food for 2018

Cody tastes and sips his way around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Resources: AlpineStart Instant Coffee ESPRO P7 (pitcher-sized French press, the ultralight is available exclusively at Starbucks for now) Campfire Meals Know Brainer (drinkable Ketogenic breakfast options) Nature’s Coffee Kettle Mighty Organic jerky and meats (they gave me a jalapeno beef stick and IT WAS AWESOME) … Continue reading NEW Camp Food for 2018 →


How the American Hiking Society works for You

Wesley Trimble tells us about his own outdoor journey and how you can get involved with the good work being done at the American Hiking Society. Resources: CP and the PCT (Wesley’s short film) Wesley’s blog American Hiking Society How to Hike in Hot Weather Stuff You Can Buy to Help the Show: REI’s Labor … Continue reading How the American Hiking Society works for You →


Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market

A collection of interviews with the companies making the coolest tech and gadgets for camping and backpacking. There’s a definite mix of backpacking gadgets AND car camping accessories, even ones that might be just as comfortable on your patio as at base camp. Treat Yo’ Self: Zippo Electric Handwarmers BioLite Firepit (NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon) … Continue reading Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market →


How Parks Project saves Joshua Trees

Sevag Kazanci talks with Cody about giving back to the wild places that inspire campers and backpackers (and looking great while you do it!) Parks Project works with top-notch designers to create products that won’t become “landfill gear.” Those products (t-shirts, hats, candles, etc.) are sold and a huge portion of the proceeds supports a specific … Continue reading How Parks Project saves Joshua Trees →


The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market

Alright, time to spill the beans on the BEST GEAR from Outdoor Retailer this summer. NEMO addressed David’s concerns with the Hornet 2P. Helinox made a super lightweight cot! Awesome gear abounds, our gear nerd cup runneth over! Gear/Brands Mentioned this episode: Helinox (Lite Cot launches soon!) Rumpl Poncho – If you’re looking for a Rumpl … Continue reading The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market →