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Weekend Sherpa: Take It Outside
45 minutes | May 19, 2021
33. Bright Lights & the Great Outdoors
Is there a city with easier access to the great outdoors than Reno? In just 15 minutes you can be on the mountain trails. Or you can stay in town and wander the beside the Truckee River on the Riverwalk. In this episode Brad and Holly are joined by author and Weekend Sherpa contributing writer Nicol Szanto, a Reno local. They talk about Weekend Sherpa's recent trip to Reno, including best hikes, art walks, the newest section of city to see Burning Man installations and vintage neon signs, as well as where to go throw an axe for fun, and top spots to eat and drink in Reno's hugely up and coming Midtown District and a few points beyond.
33 minutes | May 6, 2021
32. Nature Therapy
We're no doctors, but nature is good medicine. In this episode Brad & Holly talk about some of their favorite nature experiences in Sonoma County. We're talking about lavender labyrinths, sunset hikes, wildflowers, and yes, beer and wine! Plus, Hank the bulldog is turning 10 years old, which is a very big deal.
39 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
31. National Park Nuggets
For National Park Week, Brad and Holly cover a list of top outdoor adventures in national parks across the West. Find out when to go, peaks to bag, where to camp, cool bars nearby, and a tip at the end on how to find one of the best hidden hikes in America's most famous canyon.
44 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
30. Poppies on Parade
Walk, wine, wildflowers, repeat! Co-hosts Holly and Brad have lots to cover for a springtastic time ... starting with where to catch wildflowers in the Bay Area, including Napa, Mount Diablo, and Marin. They also chat about what's blooming in Point Reyes (along with the latest controversy about Tule Elk). Then LA contributor Matt joins to share his recent, food, wine, and hiking adventures in in Santa Ynez Valley.
38 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
29. Parks and Rec
Brad and Holly talk about their favorite National Parks in spring. Which car-free road is idyllic in spring for bike riding? Where you can find some solitude in Joshua Tree and the Airstream of dreams to spend the night? What hikes in Death Valley are good for wildflowers when there's no superbloom? What's a great day-hike or overnight in the Grand Canyon? Plus Holly's backpacking trip on the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park in Hawaii, and Brad's adventure to the world's third largest cave in Vietnam.
36 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Urban forest bathing among eucalyptus... An epic waterfall hike wayyy back in regional wilderness... A lesser-known redwood grove for soaking in some ahhhs... In this episode, Brad and Holly talk about mindful hikes in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, the wonders of stairway walks, a trail less traveled with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and what they're planning when international travel is safe and allowed again.
43 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Life and Death Experience
Badwater, Hell's Gate, Desolation Canyon ... do you dare go? For all its intimidating names evoking isolation, remoteness, and heat, Death Valley National Park is an intriguing destination as the largest national park in the Lower 48. In this episode, Brad and Holly talk about their recent adventure to Death Valley, including the best sunset and sunrise locations, two excellent canyon hikes, how to best experience the Ubehebe Crater, and ultimate bucket-list hike that'll have you looking out for Baby Yoda. It's all Death Valley for this episode—tune in and start your own plan to go.
59 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Well Isn't This Romantic (Plus Sedona & the Grand Canyon)
Cupid to the rescue? Not really. Weekend Sherpa’s co-founders, Brad and Holly, have some ideas on local outdoors adventures in California that are sweet and make good last minute Valentine’s plans. They also talk about their very recent southwest road trip to Sedona and Grand Canyon National Park, discussing top hiking spots in the areas, the most Instagram popular hike in Sedona (and whether that’s a good thing), the head-scratching way some folks behave in not wearing masks.
41 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Wide Open 2021
Stay-at-home has been lifted and everyone wants their space. With the outdoors more popular than ever, places can get crowded quickly. Brad and Holly discuss some of the best Bay Area, NorCal, and SoCal spots for getting outdoors with more room to roam. From Tahoe snowshoeing to the dunes of Death Valley, mellow marshes, and more, including international outdoors destinations and backpacking adventures (Iceland!) to put on your adventure list when travel returns.
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Happy New Year?
Amid a new year that is starting off as a continuation of challenges, from an attempted coup on democracy to the importance of getting outdoors, Brad and Holly discuss the realities of now. And of course they talk about some of the best new hiking trails and winter wanders to do locally in the Bay Area and SoCal. Special guest Matt Pawlik, Weekend Sherpa's senior LA writer, joins the podcast to talk about secret vistas and plenty of other less known adventures to do in SoCal, and National Park to put on the radar.
48 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Top Adventures from The Year of the Dumpster Fire
Brad and Holly share their thoughts and lessons from 2020 and discuss the top outdoor adventures from Weekend Sherpa in this most rollercoaster of years, including how the list is developed, what their personal favorites are, the value of the outdoors in a pandemic, and more. Moving on to 2021!
60 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Oprah's Favorite Thing! (not our podcast)
Yosemite's backcountry ski hut, amazing sunset and mistletoe hikes, a Kobe Bryant mural walk... And, Oprah's favorite thing (a biscuit!) This holiday season episode is packed with fun stories and good ideas for making the most of the local outdoors. Brad and Holly talk about some of their favorite winter adventures (including Brad's epic challenge to reach Ostrander Hut in Yosemite, and the wild backcountry of the Canadian Rockies). They also catch up with Michael Volpatt, food entrepreneur and co-founder of Big Bottom Market in Guerneville. He tells the adventurous story of how the market's biscuits became one of Oprah's Favorite Things. He also shares his favorite outdoors spots in the Russian River region.
40 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Covid Isn't Canceling the Outdoors (yet)
In a holiday season like no other, Covid's projected surge is here, so where do you go to find some holiday cheer? While a lot has been closed down again in California, the outdoors can still offer some yuletide joy. In this episode, Holly and Brad talk about some easy and scenic bike rides in the San Francisco Bay Area, from a beach hopping roll to brew pubs (take out only currently), to a car-free and easy bike trail among the vineyards in Napa Valley, where your lunch stop is in Yountville. They also talk about summit sunset hikes in Los Angeles and San Diego, the time Brad (sort of) knocked on Bono's door in Dublin, and some favorite bikepacking destinations beyond, in Scotland and France.
35 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Pandemic Autumn Outings
Autumn in the outdoors is refreshing and recharging. Let's turn over a new leaf on 2020. Weekend Sherpa's podcast came about as a result of the early quarantine days of the Covid-19 pandemic and 9 months later many of us have never been more thankful and grateful for the great outdoors. In this episode, Brad and Holly discuss getting outside as the weather turns colder, and share top recommendations for hikes and bike rides, plus unique and classic autumn explorations in both Northern and Southern California. Learn about how to "hike Muir Woods through the backdoor." Get some ideas for how to spend your holiday weekend getting some fresh air and keeping perspective during a year that's been a real turkey.
41 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
2020 has been the year of "hold my beer" and this week is going to be no exception, as America votes! Want to clear your head? Brad and Holly are dedicating this episode to sharing some of the most meditative hikes and outdoors spots in both NorCal and SoCal for taking a breather and getting a little distance from multiple stressors. They'll talk about easy-going hikes that are beautiful this time of year, some hike-in beaches, and where to forest bathe in the redwoods, including in SoCal (yes, SoCal has redwoods). Weekend Sherpa's lead writer in Southern California, Matt Pawlik, joins the podcast to share some tips on trails (and beaches) less traveled in Malibu.
45 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Secrets of Sonoma County
Come for the wine, stay for the outdoors! However you decide to visit, fall in Sonoma County is outdoors-spectacular. In this episode, Brad and Holly give the beta on the best places to hike on the coast, drink wine overlooking the Pacific, bike ride to family-owned wineries, catch the greatest of all time sunset, and hike in to beach very few people know about. They'll also tell you where to eat mouthwatering bbq brisket on a patio overlooking a sublime harbor. Where to stay? How about a boutique hotel nestled in the redwoods near the Russian River. Halloween Bonus: Hear about Sonoma County's best state park for mystery ruins and spirit seeking, as well as the haunting personal story of a camping trip in the woods .... with a mountain lion lurking ... do not miss this episode all about spectacular Sonoma County.
37 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Post-apocalyptic Pandemic Edition
Wild times with wildfires and bad air are challenging the state. When the smoke clears and the air quality is better, beat the blues by finding blue skies. In SoCal, that includes urban hikes to less known but spectacular local bridges, including one of the few remaining pedestrian wooden trestles in SoCal, and possibly the most romantic bridge in Los Angeles. In NorCal, what's the scene at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park these days? Hear all about the things to do there right now, including an awesome jazz quartet you can listen to outdoors. And where's the best park in SF for catching a sunset? Brad has his pick...
33 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
When the Smoke Clears
Brad and Holly discuss the recent wildfires in Northern California, the new reality of wildfire season stretching longer every year, the status of the redwoods endangered by the flames, what happens next, and ways keep your spirits up (hint: get outdoors). They discuss some great local hikes and bike rides by the ocean, lakes, and reservoirs in Northern and Southern California. They also reveal a couple of their favorite hike-in beaches, and a few lakes in the Sierra with first-come, first-served camping.
33 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Okay, it's secret-ish. In this episode Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad and Holly highlight their recent visit to The Lakes Basin, a lesser known outdoors adventureland in the northern Sierra Nevada. Get tips on everything from scenic drives, old school lodges, lakeside campgrounds (including how to score a site, and which one is their favorite), and several remarkable (and uncrowded!) hikes, including to perhaps the most dramatically perched and spectacular fire lookout in California.
41 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Road Trip to Spectacular: National Park, Hot Springs & Hikes
Ready to tell 2020 to hit the road? We feel you. With reluctances to get on planes, and international travel pretty much not an option, the road trip has emerged as a welcome way to have an outdoors-focused getaway. So where do you go for wide open spaces and plenty of fresh air and fun things to do outside? We say, go for The Road Trip Less Traveled! In this special episode Brad and Holly (and others from the Weekend Sherpa team) discuss their recent road trip to Southern Oregon, and all the must-do outdoor adventures there: a beautiful national park, hot springs, peak hikes, a day on the Rogue River, glamping cabins, wine tasting... Hit the road!
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