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30 minutes | 9 days ago
#04 | Backcountry Safety ft. Dr. Elizabeth Andre & Molly Herber
In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth Andre, an associate professor of nature and culture at Northland College, and Molly Herber, a project manager for NOLS. Dr. Elizabeth Andre has instructed white water canoeing, mountaineering, and dog sledding at Outward Bound, joined a National Geographic dog sled expedition across the Canadian Arctic in 2007, and teaches a course on outdoor safety. Molly Herber is the Creative Project Manager at NOLS in Wyoming. Blissful Hiker covers the basics of human psychology geared towards safety, the theories of risk homeostasis and heuristics, and how to practice “negative thinking” to be more safe on the trail. Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code “walkingdistance” to save 15% off your cart at GossamerGear.com Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Andre 3:00 - Introduction to outdoor safety in psychological theory 3:47 - How does our limbic system inform our decisions? 6:20 - What does risk homeostasis mean? 7:34 - It’s important to take courses on wilderness first aid and anything that will help you be safe. But you have to balance that with the right attitude towards safety on the trail as well. 8:36 - Alison recalls her scariest outdoor scenario. How much of feeling in control or having control is just an illusion? 10:02 - Recognizing that we have a natural propensity for optimism that might help us in the frontcountry, but hurt us in the backcountry, is important. 10:45 - Can you explain heuristics? 12:40 - This past winter, two teams of Nepali climbers submitted K2, and it was an incredible feat. But they were incredibly prepared, having many plans. Do you have a list of simple things that we can do that are simple back up plans? 14:24 - What’s a way we can reshape our thinking to be a bit more negative, or realistic? 15:48 - There’s one phrase I repeat for how to be successful in the backcountry, which is “be deliberate.” Do you have a phrase? Interview with Molly Herber 20:30 - Where do you start with basic safety concerning animals on trail? 22:06 - What about inclement weather, especially concerning thru-hikers who might not be able to check the weather forecast while on trail? 24:00 - What other kinds of weather should hikers be aware of as a possibility? 25:30 - Every NOLS instructor must be certified as a wilderness first responder. What guidance did that course give you? 26:20 - Can you speak about having a level head and how to make safety decisions on trail? Mentioned in this episode: About Dr. Elizabeth Andre Dr. Elizabeth Andre’s Outdoor Safety course Molly Herber’s blogs for NOLS NOLS wilderness first responder course Get all of the Walking Distance Podcast episodes. About Alison Young Alison Young, aka Blissful Hiker, is a former host and producer at American Public Media and professional flutist. She’s thru-hiked New Zealand’s Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as long trails in South America, South Africa, Europe, Pakistan and all over the US. In her podcast The Pee Rag she shares personal essays from the trail along with collected sound. Her goal in life is to hike until she drops. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. Follow The Trek, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek on YouTube.
27 minutes | a month ago
#03 | Nicholas Kristof
In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Nicholas Kristof, an award winning columnist at the New York Times and dedicated section hiker. Nicholas has won two Pulitzer prizes for his coverage of China and the genocide in Darfur, and section hiked the PCT with his daughter Caroline over a few summers. Now, he’s working on section hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, hiking with his wife, their daughter, and her boyfriend. Blissful Hiker covers the benefits and drawbacks of section hiking versus thru-hiking, how to plan hikes and stay in shape while working a job, and hiking with others. Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code "POOPSTORY" to save 15% off your cart at GossamerGear.com Interview with Nicholas Kristof 4:02 - When and how did you get involved in backpacking? 4:52 - What’s your relationship like with Caroline, your daughter? You section hiked the PCT together over several summers when she was a teenager. 6:33- Did you give yourself trail names, or were they given? 7:03 - You section hiked the PCT, and I wanted to talk about the difference between thru-hiking and section hiking. What are the advantages and disadvantages? 9:10 - I found it interesting that you pushed yourself so hard while on the trail, even though it was your vacation time. 10:54 - I’m curious about ultralight, have you always been ultralight? 12:01 - How do you plan your trips, itinerary and resupply, and stay in hiking shape while you’re in your “normal life” working? 14:17 - Background of ultralight origins before the mainstream movement 17:00 - You’ve been to many countries in precarious situations while working at the New York Times, so I assume you feel no fear on the trail. 17:48 - Would you describe your backpacking experiences as diversions, vacation, or even therapy? 19:16 - The pandemic has changed our relationship with the outdoors, with more use of our trails. Do you think it’s a good thing? 20:45 - You mention your “summer place” as a spot on Mount Hood. 21:15 - If you could share one thing with someone considering giving backpacking a try, what would you say? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Nicholas Kristof - NYT columns Nicholas Kristof - Backpacker Magazine Nicholas Kristof on Facebook Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of Agriculture Follow The Trek on Instagram. Follow The Trek on YouTube.
31 minutes | a month ago
#02 | "What's in your Pack?" ft. Alan Dixon & Kelly Floro
In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Alan Dixon, an outdoor guide and competitive athlete, and Kelly Floro, lead writer and content editor for The Trek. An elite kayaker and triathlon competitor, Alan grew up in California hiking Yosemite and the Sierra Nevadas. Alan has been backpacking since he was 5 years old, and helped found the ultralight backpacking movement in the early 2000’s. Kelly Floro’s first thru-hike, and basically first backpacking trip ever, was her 2016 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Since then, she’s become an accomplished adventurer and the lead writer for The Trek. Blissful Hiker covers how to straddle the line between ultralight and luxurious hiking, how to feel you have “permission” to take whatever you need, and gives the 411 about testing gear before going on a long hike with it. [divider] Listen Download this episode. [divider] Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code "POOPSTORY" to save 15% off your cart at GossamerGear.com [divider] Interview with Alan Dixon 3:15 - How did you get your start? 4:05 - How did you get into ultralight? 6:05 - Can you share what’s in your backpack that’s what you call “practical ultralight”? 6:48 - Why do you always bring a two-person tent? 7:55 - What about your pack? Do you use a frame or frameless? 9:00 - I find it interesting that it’s possible to make all these decisions to change your food, or pack in order to make your goal pack weight. 9:30 - For your sleep system, you recommended using a woman’s style sleep pad. Why? 10:10 - I’ve heard of ultralight backpackers even using bubble wrap as a sleeping pad - your set up seems like luxury. 11:30 - I hear you talking a lot about speed and hiking people into the dust. Do you really think you need to go fast? 12:58 - Alan is not a “gram weenie”; but lets a few sneak back in to make sure he’ll rest better. Ensure you have what you need to recover faster, and then hike faster. 14:10 - There’s a way to balance luxury and realistic packing. A post on Alan’s website even advertises a backcountry cup of coffee. Interview with Kelly Floro 16:55 - How did you succeed on the AT while being a beginner backpacker, and entering ultralight? 18:10 - Let’s go through the big three gear items, backpack, shelter and sleep items. What’s your backpack? 19:05 - What about your sleeping bag? 20:05 - What about for shelter? 21:00 - There is a benefit to hiking with someone because you can share things, such as cookware. Do you cook or do you cold soak? 22:07 - Tell us more about your food, you heat your water during winter? 23:15 - Is there anything else you think is a staple that people might not consider? 24:20 - You said you had been researching ultralight before your AT hike. What gear do you have that you would say is for sure ultralight? 26:20 - Is there anything you carry that an ultralight guru would think is a luxury? 26:58 - Did you figure this all out as you were hiking the AT? 29:02 - Alan and Kelly both gave us permission to take what we really need. But what you should also consider is extensively testing your gear before you set out on an expedition. Interview with Alan Dixon 29:15 - You should always go on a shakeout hike with new gear to see how it performs. When the weather predicted a 6 degree night, I sought out the extreme weather just to see how his gear would perform. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Kelly Floro’s writing for The Trek Adventure Alan, blog by Alan Dixon Alan’s gear lists Kelly’s gear list Suggested Appalachian Trail thru-hiker gear list Suggested Pacific Crest Trail Trail thru-hiker gear list Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan and Alan Dixon Follow The Trek on Instagram. Follow The Trek on YouTube.
33 minutes | a month ago
#01 | "Getting Started" ft. Dr. Alan Carpenter & Heather Balogh Rochfort
In the first episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Dr. Alan Carpenter and Heather Balogh Rochfort. Carpenter is the author of Choose Better, Live Better, and a veteran long distance hiker and cyclist. Carpenter has over 11,000 trail miles logged, most of them hiked in his 60s, and now 70s. He’s completed the John Muir trail and the Colorado trail twice, as well as the PCT, AT, and Continental Divide trail. Heather Balogh Rochfort is the author of Backpacking 101 and the blog Just a Colorado Gal. Balogh Rochfort spent the first 20 years of her life as a ballerina, and discovered her love of the outdoors as a college student at the University of Colorado- Boulder. Blissful Hiker covers how to transition from day hiker to backpacker, from preparing mentally and physically, learning about gear and building camaraderie, and how to get over beginners’ perfectionism. [divider] Listen Download this episode. [divider] Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code "POOPSTORY" to save 15% off your cart at GossamerGear.com [divider] 00:01:30 - Welcome to Walking Distance! Interview with Dr. Alan Carpenter 03:30 - Carpenter’s introduction to backpacking and hiking was his boy scout troop as a child. 05:30 - What inspired you to start your first solo backpacking trip on the John Muir trail? 07:25 - As a beginner backpacker, how did you find out what gear worked for you? 09:25 - Another one of the struggles of beginning backpacking is bolstering confidence. How did you mentally prepare? 11:30 - You’ve written a book about healthy living. Many beginning backpackers are concerned about being in shape in order to hike. What’s your opinion on that, and did you have a routine when you were beginning? 12:57 - A lot of fears about backpacking become our reasons for backpacking. Did you have discoveries about how backpacking adds to your life? 15:10 - There’s sometimes a sense of perfectionism when we’re starting out. Any thoughts on getting information to beginners or what they need to know? Interview with Heather Balogh Rochfort 20:00 - Heather Balogh Rochfort literally wrote the book on beginner backpacking! 20:15 - Heather’s background was as a ballerina dancer, until she went to college in Colorado and went on her first backpacking trip. 21:40 - How do I know what I really need to bring? 24:00 - Is there a place where you can borrow or rent gear cheaply? How do you finance your gear while starting out? 25:50 - There’s a feeling that you have to have it totally dialed in, even for veteran backpackers. But try to enjoy the process of figuring out backpacking rather than focusing on making sure your first trip goes perfectly. 27:00 - What should I do to keep safe as a woman backpacking solo? And what should I say to people telling me that I shouldn’t go? 28:10 - Anyone starting out should learn how to use a map and compass, and bring them on the trail. 30:00 - It matters where you choose to go on your first trip, and how far you go. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE About Dr. Alan Carpenter Backpacker Radio w/ Dr. Alan Carpenter Dr. Alan Carpenter’s notes Just a Colorado Gal: Heather Balogh Rochfort Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort [divider] Follow The Trek on Instagram. Follow The Trek on YouTube.
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