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A Visit to the “Inhuman Zone” with Jim Bridwell

9/18/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:14:20

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

9/10/2018
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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!)

Duration:01:01:41

NEW Camp Food for 2018

9/3/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:30:32

How the American Hiking Society works for You

8/27/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:48:16

Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market

8/19/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:47:09

How Parks Project saves Joshua Trees

8/13/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:48:09

The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market

8/6/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:15:22

I Made it to DENVER

7/30/2018
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First episode with recordings from the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We chat with: Sierra Designs about their brand new Nitro Quilt WigWam about 113 years of sock experience NEMO about reinventing the closed-cell foam pad ENO about the revised Guardian bugnet We’ve got a lot more content coming from the Summer Market. … Continue reading I Made it to DENVER →

Duration:00:51:18

Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1)

7/23/2018
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My journey from Dallas to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. I camped in Palo Duro State Park, a great halfway point between the two. To follow along with the Summer Market this week, follow me on your drug -erm- “social media platform” of choice: Facebook Instagram Twitter Shout out to Josh and Lauren, … Continue reading Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1) →

Duration:00:16:54

Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm

7/16/2018
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Allison Haskell is a backpacking instructor at my local REI. She was cool enough to come by and talk to us about our own outdoor journey AND the history of America’s first long-distance hiking trail, Vermont’s Long Trail. You can find her on Instagram (@thewildhaskell) Join the Nature’s Call Patreon Community (be a Wild Mark!) … Continue reading Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm →

Duration:00:58:32

7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking

7/9/2018
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This week we’re talking about the best ways to beat the heat while hiking in the summer (hint: #1 is to hike somewhere it’s not hot). Resources: American Hiking Society’s Guide to Hot Weather Hiking Cody’s Guide to The 10 Essentials (check out that sun protection section) The 100% Official, Totally Cool Nature’s Call Patreon … Continue reading 7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking →

Duration:01:46:30

How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent

7/2/2018
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Liz and Danny are back. They’re leaving for their 7,000-mile, cross-country trek in a little over a month but before they leave, they’re advising you on your next backpacking tent (or your very first)! Join the Wild Marks Club on our Patreon today. The dynamics at play when choosing a new tent are: Weight Comfort/Durability Cost … Continue reading How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent →

Duration:01:54:41

Murder on the Appalachian Trail

6/25/2018
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TW: This episode contains descriptions of violence. Susan Ramsay and Robert Mountford Jr. were social workers in the early ’80s who were hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise for the disabled children they worked with. They were murdered outside of Pearisburg, Virginia in May of 1981. The same man later attacked Scott Johnston and Sean … Continue reading Murder on the Appalachian Trail →

Duration:01:24:30

Daniel Boone: Frontier Real Estate Agent

6/18/2018
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Carson Sailor is back to discuss Boone, North Carolina’s namesake, Daniel Boone. We learn that most of Boone’s legend was made up by soulless marketers to sell mediocre land in Kentucky but Daniel Boone was a cool guy who found a way to get businessmen to fund his cool HYOH-style lifestyle. Resources: Carson’s other episode, How … Continue reading Daniel Boone: Frontier Real Estate Agent →

Duration:00:58:18

Tim Hunt, AT (’15) and PCT (’14)

6/13/2018
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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! Sorry for the delay, guys and gals. I had a technical issue earlier this week when I sat down to edit and delayed the episode. Tim Hunt (@timgoeswild) is a “Good Guy to Know” at SlingFin, the makers of the wonderful 2LiteTrek. He’s PCT and AT class of ’15 and he’s here … Continue reading Tim Hunt, AT (’15) and PCT (’14) →

Duration:01:24:18

Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?

6/4/2018
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Tesla believes their Model X can take me into the backcountry. I took one for a test drive and asked a lot of questions of their sales rep to decide if I think this is true. Resources from this episode: Tesla’s Model X (go check one out) Outside Magazine’s Tesla article Chacos – the most … Continue reading Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler? →

Duration:01:22:40

How Mountain Men Won the American Revolution

5/28/2018
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They hiked 200 miles in 2 weeks, killed the guy who insulted them and changed the course of American history while completely drunk. Carson Sailor, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, sat down with me in Boone, North Carolina to talk about the mountain men of the Lost Province and their outsized impact on … Continue reading How Mountain Men Won the American Revolution →

Duration:01:46:12

Two Days til Her PCT Thru-Hike

5/21/2018
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We. Talk. Food. Sabrina left for the PCT TWO DAYS after we did this episode. She was in final planning mode and was getting her last ducks in a row. Here are all the foods she recommended: Smashmallow Baker on Main ZipFizz Snickers (Almond AND Hazelnut) Excalibur Dehydrator (it makes food) We compared poison ivy (great audio … Continue reading Two Days til Her PCT Thru-Hike →

Duration:01:36:29

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)

5/14/2018
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The CONCLUSION to Kinsey and Cody’s Appalachian Adventure. Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s AT map (the trailhead and weather overlays are super helpful!) The trailhead we started from Gear I mentioned: Osprey Exos 58 (I LOVE THIS PACK!) MSR Water Filter (smaller and updated since I purchased) Gear Kinsey mentioned: NEMO Rave – … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3) →

Duration:00:58:12

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 2)

5/7/2018
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Trekking poles are tricky. I talk about how I use them to go up and downhill. If you’re interested in the Nature’s Call Merit Badge system, send me a Facebook message (just click the “Send Message” button) and we can chat about you’d like to see in the program! Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 2) →

Duration:01:10:59