6. "Adventure Alan" Dixon
Check out Alan's website at www.adventurealan.com and follow him on his Facebook and Instagram accounts to tap into his gear reviews, backpacking trip reports, and expert backpacking tips.Also, check out Adventure Alan’s ultralight backpacking tips in the story on the Gaia GPS blog, which sheds light on how to reduce your pack’s weight without having to spend a dime on expensive ultralight gear.Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights2:50: Adventure Alan tells us a story about his disaster in the Tetons.8:20: “We’re going to die here.” 9:12: “I’m not going to die here; I’m going to die 100 feet lower.”10:35: “You know you’re dying. You known you're on a limited time frame and you can feel the life force leaving you.“13:45: Alan describes hallucinating as he and his climbing partner descend the mountain.14:50: Alan has no “off button.” 17:00: What happened was something bigger than the person; the mountain was guiding Alan down.18:05: Alan carries what he learned from this near-death experience into every trip he takes to the mountains, even on day hikes. 20:15: Adventure Alan’s parents were wild risk-takers, taking Alan deep into the Sierra when he was 4 or 5 years old. 23:50: A non-fear-based, controlled-chaos way of life was a huge gift to Alan from his parents.25:30: How everyone can get beyond the fear of going outside, whether it is backpacking or day hiking. 26:30: The outdoors is the perfect place to tap into your inner strength, let go a bit, and embrace the chaos.27:00: It’s okay to make mistakes if the goal is to learn from them.27:30: What is your intention when going to the backcountry? Control your thinking away from a fear-based approach.29:00: High routes defined, or maybe not.30:10: Roper's Sierra High Route misses the tallest peaks in the Southern Sierra, so Adventure Alan plotted the Southern Sierra High Route.33:50: The high route gives a rewarding experience that people with off-trail skill can accomplish in a week to ten days. 36:30: What is your intention and what do you expect to get out of your trip to the outdoors? Leave fear behind.37:35: Nature is a gift; be open to what happens and experience it rather than trying to do damage control.40:10: Ultralight backpacking and Alan’s 5 to 7 pound base weight on the Appalachian Trail. What?!42:10: People pack for their fears. Leave your fear behind and your pack will get lighter.43:30: Adventure Alan backpacked once with a 50-pound backpack, but only one time because he hated it. 46:10: There is no substitute for getting out. Our legwork is just to show up.47:00: Adventure Alan turns 60 this year, and his advice to people getting a late start in the outdoors is to just show up and do it. The first two steps on the trail are the hardest; it gets easier once you’re moving.