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Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month

2/19/2018
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Conor McElyea, Senior Product Guru with Cairn, told his outdoor and professional story (hint: it involves a lot of mosquitos, a search for snow in a drought, and a smidge of tricking friends into the backcountry). Upgrade your adventures this month: Sign up at GetCairn.com (use the code “NATURE5” to save $5 off your first … Continue reading Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month →

Duration:01:53:47

A (Brief) History of Water Filters

2/12/2018
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Remember when you died of cholera? Dysentery? If you’re reading this, you didn’t die of those diseases. Water filtration and cleanliness is what keeps those diseases at bay. Slate.com recently published an article about why you shouldn’t filter your backcountry water, basically accusing the outdoor recreation industry of perpetuating myths about waterborne pathogens that only … Continue reading A (Brief) History of Water Filters →

Duration:00:38:51

Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands

2/5/2018
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Patagonia’s Ron Hunter, manager of employee activism, joined Cody to talk about his life spent outdoors and why it inflamed his passion to protect wild spaces. From the 1950s, camping in national parks on family road trips, to Yosemite’s hallowed Camp 4 in the 1970s, Ron Hunter has spent a lifetime in love with America’s … Continue reading Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands →

Duration:01:25:45

Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman

1/29/2018
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It all started in an empty lot in his neighborhood, next door to a mechanic’s shop. Make-believe with childhood friends turned into study and discipline, which took Joe to college, then into the woods as a guide. Joe’s Axe Recommendations I asked Joe for advice on axes during the interview. Here’s what he recommended: Gransfors … Continue reading Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman →

Duration:01:26:52

Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds

1/22/2018
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Chris Penny is a lifelong Canadian outdoorsman. He’s been camping and playing in the snow since he was a kid in Ottawa. Building a Quinzee and Urban Camping at the Bus Station Chris told a story of building a quinzee that was too big to sleep in and the time he wouldn’t pay for a … Continue reading Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds →

Duration:01:35:04

Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight

1/15/2018
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After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest. Winter Overnight at Winding Stair I hiked a couple miles in and made camp under the rock shelf where I … Continue reading Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight →

Duration:01:44:55

The Magical History of the Camp Stove

1/8/2018
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The Year was 1850. Victorian high society was obsessed with the picnic. They translated all the baubles and sophistication of a Victorian dining room outside. They were really into the juxtaposition of the formal dining experience and the informality of the outdoors. Up until this point, picnics consisted of cold food: meats and cheeses, fruit, … Continue reading The Magical History of the Camp Stove →

Duration:01:43:57

Palo Duro and The Ultimate Winter Weather Camping Hack

12/18/2017
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Followed Annette McGivney’s advice and went to Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Learn how Patrick and I planned the trip and what gear was necessary for winter camping in the second largest canyon system in the United States. Patrick and I had a blast. The Lighthouse is an amazing natural rock formation. Insert … Continue reading Palo Duro and The Ultimate Winter Weather Camping Hack →

Duration:01:15:20

Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma

12/11/2017
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Annette McGivney is the southwest editor of Backpacker Magazine and the author of Pure Land, available now. She explains her history with backpacking and the way that it helped her in her struggle with PTSD. Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives and The Search for Heaven on Earth Annette’s newest book weaves together … Continue reading Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma →

Duration:02:03:10

Kit Carson, or, How the West was Lost by Winning It

12/4/2017
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Kit Carson is more than a man; he’s a distillation of the American West. He’s the sort of guy where the idea of him eclipses who he was. People started writing fictional accounts of his deeds long before he was dead. So-called “Blood and Thunder” Western stories could be had for a quarter back east. … Continue reading Kit Carson, or, How the West was Lost by Winning It →

Duration:00:33:03

Trail Diary: Big Bend National Park

11/27/2017
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Patrick, Steven, and I go on a colossal road trip to our southernmost National Park: Big Bend. I learned that sometimes being prepared doesn’t mean that you’ll succeed. It was a difficult journey and we had to make a tough call between what was safest for the group as a whole and what was the most … Continue reading Trail Diary: Big Bend National Park →

Duration:01:16:14

Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike

11/20/2017
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Liz is a prolific thru-hiker. She’s done the AT, the PCT, and the Colorado Trail. She’s currently planning a trip to do the Continental Divide. She teaches the thru-hiking course at my local REI, we became fast friends after I attended the class (and she made fun of me throughout it). Hike Your Own Hike (and … Continue reading Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike →

Duration:00:34:49

Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale

11/13/2017
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Simon is BACK on the show. We’re fresh off another REI Garage Sale and we’re giving you the 7 strategies we use at every garage sale to maximize our savings. The Garage Sales are awesome events and I want to give a shoutout to the Dallas REI for throwing another great one. Everybody in line … Continue reading Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale →

Duration:00:29:37

Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike

11/6/2017
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Last year, my friend Derek Tusing began a thru-hike of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) with a friend. After ~300 miles, Derek made the decision to bail. We take a deep dive into the decision and the intense psychological challenges that accompany the equally daunting physical challenges of a 1600 mile hike across the U.S. Because … Continue reading Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike →

Duration:00:24:08

Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)

10/30/2017
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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the textbook definition of explorers. Let’s look at the life of Meriwether Lewis, a troubled guy with an ending you didn’t learn about in fourth grade. It’s a melancholy week at Nature’s Call, as, once again, I mourn the loss of a guy who died before I was born (shout … Continue reading Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips) →

Duration:03:01:36

Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)

10/23/2017
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My buddy Simon and I hit the road to Arkansas. We parked at the Little Missouri Trailhead in Ouachita National Forest and camped for the night before heading out on our epic backpacking, hitchhiking adventure! Get on the trail with us in a series of trail diaries direct from the trail! Action! Excitement! Bears (or, a … Continue reading Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!) →

Duration:02:17:12

Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories

10/16/2017
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Patrick and Steven jump into the studio with Cody to recount their favorite and scariest memories growing up in the Boy Scouts of America. They recall being placed in the “Turtle Patrol,” building a lean-to with Hollywood and Rabbit, and getting their pneumonia merit badges on Pikes Peak. Patrick and Steven both achieved the Life … Continue reading Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories →

Duration:00:26:24

How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)

10/9/2017
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John Wesley Powell, Union Civil War vet, amputee, and valiant adventurer, set off with his crew to do something that had never been done (and shouldn’t have been replicated). They navigated the Colorado River (and Green) from Wyoming all the way through the Grand Canyon. They did it in rowboats. Almost everybody survived. The source … Continue reading How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell) →

Duration:02:51:43

Mr. Muir Goes to Yosemite

10/2/2017
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John Muir is a heavy-hitter in the outdoors and environmental movements. His initial departure from the city to go “wherever is wild” is rambling but, eventually, he ends up where his heart was happiest: Yosemite Valley. In this episode, I take a deep, Campbellian dive into that story through the lens of The Hero with … Continue reading Mr. Muir Goes to Yosemite →

Duration:02:23:46

Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds

10/2/2017
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The winter of ’76/77 was an extraordinary time in Yosemite’s backcountry. Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The source: thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous habitation of famed climbers was … Continue reading Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds →

Duration:01:12:51

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