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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

153: Trinity Alps Wilderness Trip Report

10/17/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, Is it ok to skip school and hit the trails? We think so! Josh and our two youngest will share some of the highlights of the week. Then we’ll review a clever way to get food from the plat to your mouth. And, a few nights on a deflated pad is the inspiration behind today’s Backpack Hack of the Week. Then we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from Arnold Bennet.

Duration: 00:32:17


152: Trail Parenting

10/10/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, last week we turned the mic over to the kids. And today, we’re taking it back—and sharing a little bit of insight to parenting on the trail. On Today’s Top 5 list, are there principles that are easier to teach outside than inside? Then, we’ll review a versatile, functional, rechargeable light. For today’s Backpack hack, a crowd-pleasing three ingredient granola recipe that’s just begging for space in your pack.

Duration: 00:37:50


151: For the Kids, By the Kids: The No Parents Episode

10/3/2017
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Show Notes: Episode 151 Today on the First 40 Miles, the Legler kids are on the mic to provide the kids perspective on backpacking. They’ll share some fun memories from past trips. For today’s gear review, our youngest child reviews his kid-sized pack. Then some friends join us and share their experience backpacking. And we’ll … Continue reading 151: For the Kids, By the Kids: The No Parents Episode →

Duration: 00:18:00


150: Clever and Creative

9/26/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, there’s something about being outside that lights a spark inside. It makes us more in tune with ourselves, it shuts out the noise of civilization and it slows us down—in a good way. Today we’re going to share some of our upcoming creative projects and hopefully inspire you to get started on your own! Then we’ll review a sub two pound tent that can fit you plus four really good friends. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you’ll learn how to "steal like an...

Duration: 00:34:12


149: Friends of the Flora

9/19/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you want to be a friend of the forest, get to know the flora. We’ll share some ways to make your next trip more rich as you get to know the plants that surround you. Then we’ll review a new ultra-durable, refillable lighter. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you’ll learn a plant-geek approved way to bring forest samples home for further study.

Duration: 00:28:10


148: Skip the Trip

9/12/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, is it OK to skip a planned backpacking trip, without also taking yourself on a scenic guilt trip? Yep. And we’ll share some reasons why skipping a trip is OK. Then we’ll share a new twist on the classic carabiner. And, if you had a chance to experience the total solar eclipse in August, we’ll hook you up with even more heavenly wonders.

Duration: 00:29:55


147: DRIED: The Dehydrated Food Episode

9/5/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, the surest way to lighten your food load is to extract the water from it. We’ll share our dehydrating successes, some graceful fails and some tips to help you dehydrate your own food. Then, for the SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll show you a fun tool to make jerky—and we’ll give you a recipe that will help you pack your favorite Chinese takeout flavor on the trail.

Duration: 00:34:03


Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

8/29/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, what’s new in the world of backpacking gear? We’re back from the Outdoor Retailer Show to share gear that’s relevant to backpackers. Then, we’ll share a listener story that may inspire you to rethink your freeze dried chicken a la “whatever”. And we’ll share a backpack hack that will turn your hand held flashlight into a hands-free flashlight.

Duration: 00:34:17


145: Are You a Fair Weather Backpacker?

8/22/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, Are you a fair weather backpacker? This was a question Heather asked herself on our last trip. Then, we’ll share the Top 5 features we wish our gear had…nothing too crazy this time. Then you’ll learn the simple steps to make your own whole grain flatbread for your next backpacking trip.

Duration: 00:27:33


144: Barefoot Backpacking

8/15/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, one of the best feelings after a long day of hiking is that moment when you unlace your boots and toss them next to your pack. But have you ever thought about ditching your boots altogether? We’ll share some benefits of lightening up and going more minimalist with your footwear—maybe even barefoot. Then we’ll review a pair of shoes from Vibram that will practically gift wrap your feet in Japanese wrapping cloth. Next, we’ll help you crack the code on how to...

Duration: 00:31:27


143: Summer Update

8/8/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we’ve been planning this summer for the past year…and it did not disappoint—and it’s not even over yet. We’ll give you a mid-summer update on what we’ve been up to and the trails we’ve hiked. Then, we'll share a hack from a real live Philmont Scout Ranger! And we'll wrap up with a little trail wisdom that will leave you feeling refreshed.

Duration: 00:36:02


142: TICKS: The Parasitic Arachnid Episode

8/1/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, TICKS: The Parasitic Arachnid Episode. If you gross out easily when people are talking about blood sucking parasites, we give you full permission to skip this episode. However, if you’re kinda curious about ticks, how to keep them away and what to do if you end up being a host, then listen on. Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review we’ll share an innovative way to remove ticks. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, an item you may already have in your first aid kit...

Duration: 00:25:10


141: Staying Cool

7/25/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’re too darned hot, today’s episode will give you some ideas for cooling down. And we’ll keep the heat coming with a review on a fire starter that’s non-toxic, long burning and waterproof. Then, on the Backpack Hack of the Week you’ll learn how create your own ultralight human powered AC unit (is that overselling it a bit?)

Duration: 00:26:33


140: College of Blister Knowledge

7/18/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, for everyone else it’s summer vacation, but not for you. We’ve enrolled you in summer school. Welcome to the College of Blister Knowledge. We’re glad you popped in! We’re going to do all we can today to prevent this universal trail trial. Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a water filter that performs equally well in nearly dry creek beds or rushing glacial run-off. And one of our first 40 milers will share a wild trip he took with some friends.

Duration: 00:36:23


139: Giving Back to The Trails You Love

7/11/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re on site at Heather Lake in Washington State with Rudy from the Cascade Hiker podcast. We’ll talk about trail service and pulaskis. Then, we’ll review a lightweight container than can hold your precious habanero flakes or a week’s worth of ibuprofen. For the Backpack Hack of the Week, a quick flick of your foot may prevent a trail full of mug bogs. And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom, from a nature writer of the 20 century.

Duration: 00:32:56


138: TREASURE HUNT: The Geocaching Episode

7/4/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, The Geocaching Episode. We’ll show you how to turn a simple hike into a bushwhacking treasure hunt and we’ll walk you through the steps to incorporate this fun activity into your next outdoor adventure. Then, a feature-rich solar charger that can power your next backpacking trip. On today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a free app that will get you started Geocaching in minutes.

Duration: 00:28:05


137: Getting Social on the Trail

6/27/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, how do you find people to hike with? We’ll play a fun game today to see if we can answer that question. Then we’ll review a 3 liter water storage reservoir that has a unique blasting feature. On today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, have you ever made up constellation names just to impress your hiking mates? Not only is that hilarious, but it’s also avoidable—and we’ll show you how. Then a little trail wisdom from a man who wished to live deliberately.

Duration: 00:29:20


136: Move to Backpack, Backpack to Move

6/20/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, a hiker, a backpacker and a biomechanist all walk up to a bar. What they do next might just surprise you. On today’s Top 5 List, we’ll talk about how another podcaster we listen to has changed---nay---revolutionized the way we move. Then we’ll review some stretchy pants that allow freedom of movement along with the power of wool. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a movement hack provided by Katy herself.

Duration: 00:36:58


135: Dreaming of Trail Time

6/13/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, if you’re planning your first backpacking trip, you may have some visions in your head about what it will be like. We’ll help you prep for your dream trip. On Today’s Top 5 List, you’ll learn the 5 things to keep in your car that will help you upon your return. Then, on the Summit Gear Review, a battery that can charge your cell phone and your car! Next, a listener shares a story of an unexpected incredible experience.

Duration: 00:29:17


134: MUSIC: Songs on the Trail

6/6/2017
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Today on the First 40 Miles, music on or off the trail is one of the great pleasures in life. Today we’ll talk about how to incorporate music on your backpacking trip: what to bring and what not to bring. Then, a top 5 list that will help you plan your personal playlist. Next on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a three stringed instrument, that’s trail worthy and is impossible to play wrong. And our Backpack Hack has morphed today into Backpack Homework.

Duration: 00:33:53

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