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If you are new to backpacking or if you’re hopelessly in love with someone who wants you to love backpacking, then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about the essentials, how to lighten your load, and how to make the most of your time on the trail. New episodes every Tuesday.

If you are new to backpacking or if you’re hopelessly in love with someone who wants you to love backpacking, then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about the essentials, how to lighten your load, and how to make the most of your time on the trail. New episodes every Tuesday.
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If you are new to backpacking or if you’re hopelessly in love with someone who wants you to love backpacking, then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about the essentials, how to lighten your load, and how to make the most of your time on the trail. New episodes every Tuesday.

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Episodes

192: Getting Back to Basics

7/17/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, sometimes life gets out of control—and when that happens, it’s time to get back to basics. We’ll talk a little about how to simplify your trip. Then, the Top 5 ways that backpacking can make you more effective, more productive, and less stressed. Next, if you’ve always wondered how Native Americans hung their laundry to dry before clothespins were invented, we’ve got something you might be interested in. Then we’ll share a simple, one ingredient backpack hack for...

Duration:00:29:00

191: Micro Improvements

7/10/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, how would you do things differently next time? Today we’re talking micro improvements. Then on our Top 5 List, we’ll share why we prioritize backpacking. If you’re looking for a way to bring a game and lighten your load, we have a fun option for you. And, a hack that will make you rethink toilet paper.

Duration:00:26:32

190: COLD + HUNGRY: The Stoveless Cooking Episode

7/3/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, what you may have thought of as an essential piece of backpacking gear isn't as indispensable as you think. Today, we’re going stoveless, and we’ll share some delicious ways to ditch the stove for your next trip. Then we’ll taste test a whole food, energy bar that has some sneaky vegetables added. And we’ll share a thru hiker’s go to container for soaking their meals.

Duration:00:20:17

189: What is Real?

6/26/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, what is real? Social media does a pretty bang-up job of convincing us that everything that’s posted is real, but we’re smart enough to know better. Today, we’ll call their bluff and prove that being outdoors is about as real as it gets. Then we’ll review a headlamp that uses a unique swipe gesture to boldly illuminate your path. Today’s hack is a cheap, easy way to store and access your ten essentials.

Duration:00:28:19

188: Wise Words from a Old Mountain Goat

6/19/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, are you over 50, 60, 70 and wondering if it’s too late to begin backpacking? It’s never too late. We’ll share some wise words from an old mountain goat. Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, an unassuming flashlight that packs a ton of power, versatility and technology into 23 little grams. And we’ll share an easy way to cut your trash in half—mathematically.

Duration:00:31:18

187: How Would You Describe Your First Backpacking Trip?

6/12/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, still wondering what your first backpacking trip will be like? We think we can boil it down to five words. Then, we’ve found a solar charger that will not only power your electronics, but also rolls up to the size of a Payday candy bar. And a hack for all you hammock hangers out there—sorry ground dwellers.

Duration:00:28:56

186: TRAILS: A Little Light Trail Maintenance

6/5/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, I used to believe that trails just existed and that they were just the well-worn footpaths created by thousands of people walking those same miles over and over. Nope. Trails are made and maintained. Today we’ll talk about some things you can do to help. Then, if you’ve always wanted to pack a chainsaw for clearing fallen trees on the trail, but just didn’t have enough room in your pack…we have a solution. And we’ll share a hack that will upcycle your favorite...

Duration:00:30:39

185: Weekend with Friends

5/29/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, within 24 hours we hiked a cumulative 25 miles, ate about 15 pounds of food, built three teepees and breathed in more campfire smoke than the Surgeon General would recommend. Today you’ll hear a trip report from our adventure with our friends who have never been backpacking before. And we’ll share a hack for DIY soap sheets.

Duration:00:30:53

184: Camp Chores

5/22/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, after a long, glorious day of hiking, you arrive into camp and you can relax. Almost. We’ll share a few things you’ll need to do first that will make it so you can truly kick back. Then, we discovered a tool that not only helps with minor trail clearing. but also earns it’s weight when it comes time to build a long-burning campfire. For today’s hack, not all putts drop—and when they don’t, you need to make sure you clean them up. We’ll show you how.

Duration:00:31:45

183: Taking Some Friends Along

5/15/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re planning a family backpacking trip with another family who hasn’t been backpacking before. What can we do to give them a great introduction to the wilderness? Then we’ll share a listener story about his introduction to the wild woods. For Today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a ten-card, 17-gram microgame that will provide minutes of fun on your next backpacking trip.

Duration:00:22:29

182: Tinkering with Tarps

5/8/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, what do you get when you mix the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with a huge sheet of silnylon? Tarpigami. We’ll talk tarps today and learn about some of the risks and rewards of changing up your shelter. Then, an ultralight shoe that fits in on the trail, in the creek or just bumming around camp. For Today’s Hack, an idiot-proof tarp shelter that you, yes, you can put up in seconds, plus a lovely little poem to go with it.

Duration:00:28:06

181: Raising the Next Generation of Hikers and Backpackers

5/1/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, it’s too hard. I’m too tired. I just can’t. Is resilience a lost skill? And how can we pass it on to the next generation? On today’s Top 5 List we’ll talk about how to raise the next generation of strong hikers and backpackers. Then, if you’re looking for a way to introduce backpacking to new readers, we have the perfect book for you. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, an instant food option that can fill a tortilla and feed a crowd.

Duration:00:36:57

180: Do You Know What You Signed Up For?

4/24/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, are you sure you want to go backpacking? Do you know what you’re signing up for? We’ll wisen you up a little. On today’s Top 5 List, learn what not to do on your first backpacking trip. And if you’re looking for a way to compress your gear, here's a stashable water bottle option. For the Backpack Hack of the Week, learn where to borrow backpacking gear before you buy.

Duration:00:32:15

179: Spring Break at the Metolius River

4/17/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we report on our spring break adventure to the Metolius River. Then, we'll review an ultralight headlamp from UCO. Today's Backpack Hack of the Week will give you a good reason to knock marshmallows off your packing list. And we'll wrap up the show with some wisdom from a man who was no dummy.

Duration:00:31:05

178: Test of Time

4/10/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, some gear is fun for just a few trips, but other gear stands the test of time. We’re going back into The First 40 Miles Archives, to find out which gear made the final cut. Then, we’ll dive into the five different types of trails and how to navigate them. The rest of the show is just fun and games, and we’ll wrap it all up with a quote from James Fenimore Cooper.

Duration:00:25:50

177: BEGINNERS: One Step at a Time

4/3/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’re a beginner backpacker, you are on the threshold of one of the most thrilling adventures of your life. We’ll help you navigate this new adventure with confidence. For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a monthly subscription service that will keep you excited about backpacking all year long. Today’s hack will help you repurpose a Pringles can. And we’ll leave you with some Trail Wisdom from our favorite mountain goat.

Duration:00:37:47

176: The Importance of Redundancy

3/27/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’re bringing something on a backpacking trip “just in case”, there’s a good chance you’ll probably never use that item. How do you know which “just in case” items are actually important? Then, a classic backpacking gear standard that’s lightweight, cheap and easy to use. And we’ll share a hack that will help slim down your trekking poles.

Duration:00:37:39

175: Backpacking is Better With Friends

3/20/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, hockey may be better with Wayne Gretsky, but who are the people you want to backpack with? Then on today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a gear repair that takes 15 minutes, and leaves your gear looking cooler, by far, than your friend’s gear. And we’ll share a hack from one of our listeners, Paul.

Duration:00:28:52

174: Scared or Prepared?

3/13/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, have you ever thought about how your skills as a backpacker can be a huge benefit to yourself and others during a natural disaster? Today we’ll share a story from a listener who experienced the devastation in Puerto Rico. Then, we’ll share a survival hack that will turn your empty pack into something that everyone should have—just in case.

Duration:00:34:40

173: Backpacking Conversations

3/6/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we talk about our latest project, a children’s book designed to help get kids outside. An on-the-fly top 5 list emerges as Josh and Heather plan ahead for future episodes. Then we each share one of our favorite “must-have” backpacking items. Next, a super-healthy, super-crunchy trail snack that can be ready in minutes. And we'll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from a couple of nutty backpacking podcasters.

Duration:00:29:31