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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

201: Cowboy Camping

9/18/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we’ll talk about cowboy camping and why we tried it. Then a story from a listener about how she transitioned from car camping to backpacking. Today’s hack is a great way to repurpose an old towel, and we’ll wrap up with a little trail wisdom from someone who knew the answer to life’s question!

Duration:00:27:55

200: A Week on the Pacific Crest Trail

9/11/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re live on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Duration:00:15:54

199: REFLECTIONS: The Four Year Anniversary of Our First Backpacking Trip Together

9/4/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we get a little nostalgic whenever September rolls around. This week marks the 4 year anniversary of our first 40 miles—the trip Josh and I took together with friends around Mt. Hood. And even though we’ve been backpacking for a few years, there are still things that take us by surprise. Next, for today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a headlamp that doubles as a flashlight and triples as a stand up torch. Then we’ll share a hack that will make your next trip to the...

Duration:00:31:56

198: Rewired Backpacking Brain

8/28/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, wilderness backpacking has the power to rewire your brain—and we’ll share the top 5 ways it’s changed us. Then, an epic way to stay clean while backpacking. Next a listener shares her one pound solution for oil painting on the trail. And we'll wrap up with a little trail wisdom from our good friend on the trail, John Muir.

Duration:00:27:27

197: Anxiety on the Trail

8/21/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, when hiking or backpacking, our whole goal is to move forward, otherwise we’d just set up our tent in the parking lot. But what do you do when anxiety stops your progress? We have some tools that will help. Then we’ll share a hack that will cut your tent weight almost in half. Then we’ll wrap up the show with a quote that revives fire from the ashes.

Duration:00:25:11

196: Lightning Safety

8/14/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, I was wondering what today’s episode should be about… and then it struck me. Today we’ll chat about lightning safety. Nothing shocking. We promise to conduct ourselves appropriately. Then ya’ll get to hear a little story from Steve about his friend’s top secret backpacking spot. Next, we’ll test some backpacking energy bars and wrap it up with a great resource from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) on everything you ever wanted to know about backcountry...

Duration:00:28:41

195: A LONG HIKE: Prepping for a Weeklong Trip

8/7/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, this week we’ll talk about an upcoming weeklong trip and what we’re doing to prepare. Then, if you’ve got an itch to hit the trail, but you have no gear, we’ll hook you up with a company who can supply the gear for your first trip. For today’s Backpack Hack for the Week, Josh picked the perfect app for our upcoming backpacking adventure. And we’ll share a little trail wisdom from someone who didn’t do anything halfway.

Duration:00:31:24

194: The Womens’ Advantage

7/31/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you think that men have the natural advantage on the trail, think again. Then for the Summit Gear Review, an STP device that levels the playing field when it comes to using the bathroom. Next, our kids’ favorite go-to site for looking up hiking and backpacking trails. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from the American Government.

Duration:00:29:42

193: The First Step

7/24/2018
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we love getting audio recordings from our listeners—and today we have one from a new backpacker who figured out his own way of doing things. Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a titanium tool inspired by a Japanese gardening knife. Next, a hammock hack that will turn any blanket or sleeping bag into an underquilt. And we’ll wrap it up with a little trail wisdom from the third best-selling poet of all time—right behind Shakespeare and Laozi.

Duration:00:27:15

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