Rated one of the best backpacking podcasts going.
This is a rare second episode this week! Todd & Ashlie Martin from the current season of the Amazing Race join the show to discuss some of the life challenges, physical challenges and fun stories from the show.
Backpacking Tech Gear Expert Cris ‘Hiking Guy’ Hazzard joins the show to discuss the latest and greatest GPS locator beacon devices. Are phones rivaling the capabilities of these devices to the point where we don’t even need them? Which one is the best GPS device to buy for functionality and overall bang for your buck? Cris has answers for everything! And what type of ‘hazardous’ trivia did Derek cook up this time?
Backpacking Gear Expert Justin Outdoors joins the show to discuss red flags for popular ultralight backpacking gear that he consistently recommends. Carl brings up a few red flags of his own. Poor fitting jackets, backpacks that pool water in pockets, sleeping pads that are too thin are just a few things items discussed. Justin also recommends his top ultralight gear choices and previews new gear coming out in 2024. Carl also accuses Justin of making up a story about a bear sighting.
Derek and Carl discuss backpacking trends for 2024 that they believe will not last. Everything from shoe brands to ultralight gear. Derek has a minor meltdown during ‘Trend Trivia’.
Jessica ‘Dixie’ Mills from Homemade Wanderlust joins the show to discuss an intense survival experience she had in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. She shares 3 lessons she learned from the event as well as the ongoing battle with rescue costs. And how did her backcountry CPAP machine work?
Jeff Garmire joins the show. He has set FKTs (Fastest Known Times) on some of the most popular long trails in America: The Colorado Trail, the John Muir Trail, the Arizona Trail, and many, many more. He is one of the most interesting characters in the world of backpacking. Is he the Michael Jordan of backpacking? You be the judge.
Rob Pelton's joins the show to discuss why your bucket list trips will fail...and how to overcome the issues. Also, are Canadian computer hackers helping people get permits. And Rob has a big and exciting announcement!
Derek and Carl discuss whether this is a legitimate ultralight strategy or a crazy myth.
Derek and Carl discuss recent real and absurd events in the outdoor world. You will not believe some of these crazy happenings!
Derek and Carl discuss the latest and "greatest" gadgets on the market. Are the helpful, are they game-changers or are they simply a waste of time and money? Also, clips from the latest Patreon trip are shared. Most of the group has some interesting things to say about how things went down.
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Film-maker, story-teller, YouTuber Elina Osborne of New Zealand joins the show to discuss some of her amazing experiences on the world's long trails. Additionally she recaps some of the gear that's stood the test of time and use...and the gear that has not. Also, Elina shares a story about coolers that saved her life while Derek shares one that almost cost him his life.
Doc, from the podcast Hiker Trash Radio, joins the show and shares 5 of his best stories from the amazing guests he's had over the years. They truly are impressive stories. References to Jeff Garmire, Alex Honold, and Lael Wilcox.