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"The audio journal about getting into the wilderness." For 10 minutes each week, we help you explore and appreciate America's wilderness. Listen to The Wildebeat to explore new places, learn safe and responsible skills, and prepare to get into the wilderness! You don't need to do extreme sports to enjoy nature and being outdoors; anyone can enjoy backcountry activities, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, or snowshoeing. We're a non-profit, listener-supported educational service of Earth Island Institute. (For a complete audio archive, please visit our web site: www.wildebeat.net.)

"The audio journal about getting into the wilderness." For 10 minutes each week, we help you explore and appreciate America's wilderness. Listen to The Wildebeat to explore new places, learn safe and responsible skills, and prepare to get into the wilderness! You don't need to do extreme sports to enjoy nature and being outdoors; anyone can enjoy backcountry activities, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, or snowshoeing. We're a non-profit, listener-supported educational service of Earth Island Institute. (For a complete audio archive, please visit our web site: www.wildebeat.net.)
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"The audio journal about getting into the wilderness." For 10 minutes each week, we help you explore and appreciate America's wilderness. Listen to The Wildebeat to explore new places, learn safe and responsible skills, and prepare to get into the wilderness! You don't need to do extreme sports to enjoy nature and being outdoors; anyone can enjoy backcountry activities, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, or snowshoeing. We're a non-profit, listener-supported educational service of Earth Island Institute. (For a complete audio archive, please visit our web site: www.wildebeat.net.)

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Episodes

Announcement: A New Show

11/7/2008
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Steve announces a change in our format and our production schedule. Our future programs will be presented in a longer format on roughly a monthly schedule. We expect to release the first in our new series of programs in December. Special Announcement on November 6, 2008 [MP3 format; length 6:32; 3,133,896 bytes] JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

Duration:00:06:32

Update: Using All Fours, part 2

10/30/2008
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This skills program is part 2 of our look at the science and skills, myths and fact around trekking poles. Is hiking with poles a trendy gimmick, or a valuable skill? (This is an update of our edition 87 originally presented on May 24, 2007.) Julianne Abendroth-Smith talks about the results of research into the effects on the body of hiking with trekking poles. She's a biomechanics professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. We hear from Jayah Faye Paley, an author and educator,...

Duration:00:10:20

Reprise: Using All Fours, part 1

10/23/2008
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This skills program is part 1 of our look at the science and skills, myths and fact around trekking poles. Is hiking with poles a trendy gimmick, or a valuable skill? (This is a reprise of our edition 86 originally presented on May 17, 2007.) Steve talks to Julianne Abendroth-Smith of Willamette University in Salem Oregon. She's a biomechanics professor studying the physics of hiking, and how hiking with various poles and walking sticks affect the body. Steve talks to Jayah Faye Paley, an...

Duration:00:09:55

The New Rust Belt

10/16/2008
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In this wild places program, Guest Correspondent Kurt Repanshek investigates the changes coming to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Kurt explains how the mountain pine beetle is affecting the white bark pine trees, and man animals and people who depend on these trees. Why is this beetle a growing problem now? We also hear from Dr. Jesse Logan, a recently retired U.S. Forest Service entomologist, Diana Tomback, a biology professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, and Louisa...

Duration:00:09:51

Wild Shelters

10/9/2008
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This skills program presents skills for building primitive shelters. This is the fifth in a series featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. Other shows in this series are edition 141, First Skills, edition 146, Starting with Fire, edition 150, Ancient Firemaking, and edition 155, Primal Grooming. Using primitive tools and natural materials, naturalist Norm Kidder explains how to choose a sheltered location, demonstrates how to cut wood with a rock, and describes how to...

Duration:00:11:47

Autumn Gear 2008

10/2/2008
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This gear program presents the first of our new series of gear reviews. Now, more than ever, our gear programs depend on your participation. Steve talks to Backpack Gear Test founder and publisher Jerry Goller about the new relationship between Backpack Gear Test and the WildeBeat. Richard Lyon reviews the Ryders Eyewear Intersect sunglasses. If you're interested in reviewing for Backpack Gear Test (BGT), read: How to become a tester. Manufacturers provide more gear than the volunteers at...

Duration:00:09:57

Keep Me Connected, part 2

9/25/2008
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In part two of this wild places program, Assistant Producer Kate Taylor presents the pros and cons of using communication devices in the back-country, a topic that has sparked controversy among outdoor enthusiasts. (Here is part 1 of Keep Me Connected.) Listeners respond to part one with their opinions and experiences using communication devices on wilderness trips. Derek Moore, SPOT LLC's manager of marketing and public relations, and Gregg Fauth, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's...

Duration:00:09:56

Keep Me Connected, part 1

9/18/2008
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In part one of this wild places program, Assistant Producer Kate Taylor presents the pros and cons of using communication devices in the back-country, a topic that has sparked controversy among outdoor enthusiasts. Blogger Paul Magnanti shares an essay he wrote about the issue, and Derek Moore from SPOT LLC comments on his company's device, the SPOT Satellite Messenger. Gregg Fauth and Laurel Boyers, both wilderness managers of national parks, tell how communication technology has changed...

Duration:00:09:57

Primal Grooming

9/11/2008
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This skills program presents primitive skills for personal grooming. This is the fourth in a series featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. Other shows in this series are edition 141, First Skills, the edition 146, Starting with Fire, and edition 150, Ancient Firemaking. Using primitive tools and natural materials, naturalist Sue Labiste demonstrates how to soap up, perform dental hygiene, and give yourself a manicure. The Primitive Ways website has many articles on...

Duration:00:09:52

Sharing Wilderness

9/4/2008
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This skills program presents the Leave No Trace principle of Be Considerate of Other Visitors. This is the fourth and final edition in a series featuring the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. We hear J.D. and Emily in several situations where someone didn't consider this seventh principle of Leave No Trace. J.D. and Emily summit a peak, encounter a cyclist on the trail, and try to get some sleep in a campsite. Emily and J.D., along with the other Leave No Trace traveling trainers,...

Duration:00:09:43

Getting Oriented, part 2

8/28/2008
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This outings program is part two of a look at the sport of orienteering. You'll win this race by getting lost the least often, because it's all about your navigation skills. Participating in orienteering events can significantly improve your backcountry navigation skills. (Part one is here.) Steve attends an orienteering meet organized by the Bay Area Orienteering Club at California's China Camp State Park. Long-time club member Terri Ferrah explains the e-punch system used to track...

Duration:00:09:56

Getting Oriented, part 1

8/21/2008
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This outings program is part one of a look at the sport of orienteering. You'll win this race by getting lost the least often, because it's all about your navigation skills. Participating in orienteering events can significantly improve your backcountry navigation skills. Steve attends an orienteering meet organized by the Bay Area Orienteering Club at California's China Camp State Park. Gary Kraght, the vice president for club services of the United States Orienteering Federation explains...

Duration:00:10:41

Summer OR 2008

8/14/2008
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This gear program is a report on the 2008 Outdoor Retailer's Summer Market. What gear will BackpackGearTest be reviewing for next summer? Volunteers Rick Allnutt, Christopher Nicolai, and Ken Bigelow report on the most interesting gear they hope to test for BackpackGearTest.ORG. They comment on products by: GoMotion, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Gerber, Bushnell, Sigg, Insect Shield, and the Therm-a-Rest division of Cascade Designs. If you're interested in reviewing for Backpack Gear...

Duration:00:09:55

Ancient Firemaking

8/7/2008
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This skills program presents advanced skills for making fire without modern tools. This is the third in a series of shows featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. (The first show is number 141, First Skills, and the second is show number 146, Starting with Fire.) Naturalist Dino Labiste talks about the three methods prehistoric humans used to make fire. He demonstrates creating fire by friction using a hand drill. He talks about two other methods, fire by percussion,...

Duration:00:10:26

Waste Training

7/31/2008
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This skills program presents a training talk and demonstration on disposing of waste properly in the backcountry. This is the third in a series of editions featuring the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. Steve recorded J.D. Tanner and Emily Ressler giving their regular presentation of the third principle of Leave No Trace, Dispose of Waste Properly. This is an important skill that most people get, but fewer people seem to get right. Emily and J.D., along with the other Leave No Trace...

Duration:00:09:51

Bagging Wild Sounds, part 2

7/24/2008
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This outings program is part two of a report on a trip to record nature sounds. You've got to be totally quiet; stand like a statue. And then, if you're in the right place at the right time, you'll capture your sound. (Part one is here.) Our assistant producer Kate Taylor reports on her visit to the annual field recording workshop of the Nature Sounds Society. She tells her story with the help of: Martyn StewartBBC You can get tips from Dan Dugan on recording nature sounds by listening to...

Duration:00:10:33

Bagging Wild Sounds, part 1

7/17/2008
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This outings program is part one of a report on a trip to record nature sounds. You've got to be totally quiet; stand like a statue. And then, if you're in the right place at the right time, you'll capture your sound. Our assistant producer Kate Taylor reports on her visit to the annual field recording workshop of the Nature Sounds Society. She tells her story with the help of: Nature Sounds SocietyMartyn StewartBBC Next week, in part two, we'll hear more nature sounds, and find out why...

Duration:00:09:48

Starting With Fire

7/10/2008
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This skills program presents the basic skill of fire building. This is the second in a series of shows featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. (The first show is number 141, First Skills.) Naturalist Dino Labiste explains and demonstrates the fundamental skill of fire building. Our ancestors depended on fire as a basic survival tool as far back as a million years ago, and yet today, among many people it's becoming a lost art. Ben Lawhon, the education director for the...

Duration:00:09:55

Stealth Gear

7/3/2008
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This skills program explains the gear you can carry to tread lightly on your favorite wild places. This is the second in a series of presentations by the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. J.D. Tanner and Emily Ressler talk about the gear you can bring along to make it easier to Leave No Trace. They talk about shoes and shelter, bags and trowels, cameras and sketch pads, lights and blankets, cans and binoculars, and radios and headphones. All of this gear, and more, can help you leave the...

Duration:00:09:47

Bear Cans Revisited, part 2

6/26/2008
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This wild places program is part two of an exploration of the situation in the Sierra Nevada wilderness areas that lead to the development of the bear-resistant food canister. (Part one is here.) Who makes these things, and how do we know they work? Steve tells the story with the help of: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National ParkInyo National ForestWild Ideas, manufacturer of the BearikadeUrsackBear VaultWilderness Solutions Harold Werner and Calder Reid are members of the Sierra Interagency...

Duration:00:10:50