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Hey, BirdShooter here. I am a Hiker, Backpacker (GAME '94), Author (Best Hikes With Dogs Georgia & South Carolina) and frequent visitor to the backcountry - especially in the Southeastern U.S. If you are interested in hiking and backpacking topics like long distance trails, backcountry destinations, trans-continental adventures and major mishaps and learning experiences from the trail – then subscribe here. Since 2011, I’ve worked to podcast both novice and experienced travelers on the trail and hope you enjoy the interviews. You can also click over to n2backpacking.com for bonus shows and older episodes.

Latest Episodes

Episode 65: Never Work A Day

In Episode 65, I speak with an inspiring person who loves the outdoors and found a a way to follow his passion - hiking, camping, and backpacking as a FULL time career over the course of 30+ years. If you are from the South, you likely know the name Johhny Molloy. He is an accomplished outdoor writer and columnist with over 70 camping, fishing, hiking, and padding guidebooks to his credit - covering 26 States in the U.S. with many in the heart of Dixie. We recently met at Trail Days and speak on the show about the guidebook business, on what it takes to be successful, and on how to win over a publisher and be a full time writer. Johnny graduated from the University of Tennessee with an economics degree but decided to never work a 9-5 job. He found a way to live out his dreams in the wilderness and averages 150-200 nights in the backcountry each year. Jealous? If you are at a point of transition in your life - Johnny has the blueprint for your future. Love what you do, and you'll nev...

75 MINJUN 30
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Episode 65: Never Work A Day

Episode 64: Trail Days 2019

In Episode 64, Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan returns to the show to discuss our May trip to Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. He recently chauffeured me to the annual event where I joined the Class of 1994 to celebrate the 25thAnniversary of our thru-hike. In the podcast, we talk about what it's like for a first timer at the event, what it’s like for a veteran of the festival (that hasn’t been for 20 years), and review our experiences at Tent City, in town, and on the parade route - where I walked with my class in the annual Trail Days parade. Did I mention that we drove to Damascus in a 100% electric car ??? We'll discuss that too, and talk briefly about our hike on the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain on the drive up. For more information on Trail Days, you can click here, or check-out Episode 41 at N2Backpacking to hear more from the Class of 1994 who I interviewed during our 1st anniversary at Trail Days a year after our thru-hike. Subject: Trail Days 2019Interviewe...

87 MINMAY 31
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Episode 64: Trail Days 2019

Episode 63: Black Sunshine (A.T. 25th)

In Episode 63, I speak with Black Sunshine about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the second release in a flashback series where we speak with 11 prospective thru-hikers about their attempt to complete the A.T. in a single year. It was recorded in Charlotte, N.C. on March 5th, 1995, and is part of a series to honor the 25th anniversary of our '94 thru-hike on the A.T. In the episode, Black Sunshine tells us about his winter start in Georgia, the Virginia blues, and his eventual jump North to escape the brutal Southern heat and humidity. He also shares some personal tips for enjoying a long distance hike on the A.T. For a change of format, you will not hear me in this podcast. Black Sunshine speaks solo and candidly on the highs and lows of the journey - with some sound effects bridging the gaps. You can click to Episode 41 for a compilation of this series, or check out the Trail Days 2019 podcast to learn more about the annual event. Subject: Appalachian Trail Th...

43 MINAPR 15
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Episode 63: Black Sunshine (A.T. 25th)

Episode 62B: Backpacker Feud

In Episode 62, we discuss a dozen ways to die in the backcountry - based on an article published in Backpacker magazine and recently updated on their online website. In the show, Beer Run and Therm Rider join me for a "Backpacker Feud" (patterned after the TV game show) to name the top ten killers in the backcountry. Not to make light of the top dangers in the wilderness ... but they are worth knowing and you'll most certainly be surprised by what is NOT on the list. This podcast was recorded at a remote backcountry cabin near the Chattahoochee National Forest at Lake Burton. So it's not a studio recording - but the show is entertaining and informative nonetheless. It is also more rowdy than our normal podcasts, so we flagged this episode as a bonus show available to supporters of the podcast. Follow this link for access, or check back in a few months for an expanded and unrestricted discussion of this topic. Subject: Backpacker FeudInterviewees: Beer Run, Therm RiderInterview Date:...

7 MINMAR 28
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Episode 62B: Backpacker Feud

Episode 61: The Hayduke

In Episode 61, Alex "Money $hot" Maier returns to the show to talk with us about his recent film and adventure on the 812 mile Hayduke Trail which starts in Arches National Park and finishes in Zion National Park - traversing the slot canyons, desert washes, and mountain ranges that make the deserts lands of Southern Utah and North Arizona some of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In the podcast, Alex tells us about the remote wilderness and true solitude that awaits you on the Hayduke, and with brutal honesty discusses the desert hazards that make this one of the most challenging thru-hikes in North America. Money Shot also shares with us some valuable lessons from the Hayduke, and hints at why thru-hiking these lesser traveled routes may provide a front and backcountry experience that is hard to find on some of the major long distance trails of North America these days. For more information on Alex, you can click to his website or follow this link to watch his video for...

106 MINMAR 1
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Episode 61: The Hayduke

Episode 60B: Troubadour (A.T. 25th)

In Episode 60, Troubadour tells us about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the first release in a special bonus series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our hike, and it was recorded at Trail Days on May 13, 1995 in Damascus, Virginia. After finishing the A.T. in 1994, Troubadour went on to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 1999 and the Continental Divide Trails in 2002 - walking nearly 10,000 miles and completing the Triple Crown - which we discuss in detail in Episode 18. In this episode, however, we flashback 25 years to Damascus to sit by the river and talk about Troubadour's Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The interview was done in a field, with a small handheld mic and cassette tape recorder. So don't expect high fidelity - but I'm grateful to have this and all 11 recordings of my thru-hiking buddies and A.T. Class of 1994. For access to this A.T. bonus series buy any 10 Pack, and use promo code "AT1994" as the coupon code. Subject: Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike...

5 MINJAN 27
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Episode 60B: Troubadour (A.T. 25th)

Episode 59: The Man Who Hiked It All

In Episode 59, I speak with Bart Smith (aka Infinite Dust) who was recently featured in Backpacker Magazine as "The Man Who Hiked It All". Since 1992, Bart has hiked nearly 35,000 miles on 30 of America'sNational Scenic and Historic Trails - completing the last of the Trails by October 2nd, 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act. In the show, Bart tells us about his backcountry photography, the coffee table book he completed with Earl Shaffer on the Appalachian Trail, the photo book he did with Karen Berger on the Pacific Crest Trail, and shares some of his favorite moments capturing scenes in the backcountry. So if you have the thru-hiking bug, and want to learn more about our National Scenic Trails - now is you chance to hear from the "Man Who Hiked It All." You can also click to Bart's website at WalkingDownADream to see his photography and learn more about his travels. Subject: The Man Who Hiked It All Interviewees: Bart (aka Infinite Dust) Intervi...

113 MIN2018 DEC 16
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Episode 59: The Man Who Hiked It All

Episode 58: Havasu Falls

In Episode 58, Michael and Tim tell us about their recent hike to Havasu Falls in Northern Arizona. You’ve likely seen the iconic photos of the Falls - the turquoise water set against the desert canyon walls, the idyllic swimming holes surrounded by sunbathing backpackers, this oasis in the middle of a barren Grand Canyon. And you've probably thought about hiking here ... but these guys have actually done it. And they backpacked to the Falls at the ages of 10 and 12! So if these kids can do it .... you can too. In the podcast, the boys are going to tell you all about their trip - and get you motivated to backpack in and camp at Havasu Falls for a few days. On the show we find out more about the trail to the Falls, discover what the campsites are like, talk about guide services in the area, and learn how to plan a trip to this special canyon. And if Havasu Falls isn't on your bucket list now - it just may be by the time you finish this podcast. For trip details, pricing, etc. click ...

31 MIN2018 NOV 11
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Episode 58: Havasu Falls

Episode 57: Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim

In Episode 57, Rand tells us about his recent Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike through the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This spring he hiked the 42 mile route in 12 hours starting at the South Rim at sunrise, tagging the North Rim by noon, and returning to his starting point near The Yavapai Lodge by sunset - logging more than 20K feet of elevation change while on the trail. In the podcast, Rand tells us about the backcountry experience - with suggestions on how and when to hike the route and intel on what to expect while you are on the Trail. So click below for the show or track us down on Spotify. We just launched the podcast series this week on their network. Subject: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Interviewees: Rand Interview Date: November 1, 2018 Runtime: 1:01:27 You can stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have poste...

-1 s2018 OCT 30
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Episode 57: Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim

Episode 56: Camino de Santiago

In Episode 56, 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) returns to the show to tell us about his spring hike on the 477 mile Camino de Santiago through the countries of France and Spain. You might recall that Phillip spent 7 months hiking northbound or "NOBO" on the Appalachian Trail last summer and that we spoke in Episode #51 only a few days before his departure to Europe to hike the Camino. In the podcast, 3 Dub updates us on his travels and shares some tips and tricks for thru-hiking the Camino de Santiago. Phillip also tells us what it's like to re-enter the working world after spending the last year on the trail - and hints at his next great adventure! For more background on 3Dub, check out Episode #7 or click to his Instagram page to see more photos from his backpacking adventures. Subject: Camino de Santiago Interviewees: Phillip (aka 3Dub) Interview Date: September 27, 2018 Runtime: 1:23:06 You can stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to sub...

-1 s2018 SEP 30
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Episode 56: Camino de Santiago

Latest Episodes

Episode 65: Never Work A Day

In Episode 65, I speak with an inspiring person who loves the outdoors and found a a way to follow his passion - hiking, camping, and backpacking as a FULL time career over the course of 30+ years. If you are from the South, you likely know the name Johhny Molloy. He is an accomplished outdoor writer and columnist with over 70 camping, fishing, hiking, and padding guidebooks to his credit - covering 26 States in the U.S. with many in the heart of Dixie. We recently met at Trail Days and speak on the show about the guidebook business, on what it takes to be successful, and on how to win over a publisher and be a full time writer. Johnny graduated from the University of Tennessee with an economics degree but decided to never work a 9-5 job. He found a way to live out his dreams in the wilderness and averages 150-200 nights in the backcountry each year. Jealous? If you are at a point of transition in your life - Johnny has the blueprint for your future. Love what you do, and you'll nev...

75 MINJUN 30
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Episode 65: Never Work A Day

Episode 64: Trail Days 2019

In Episode 64, Gary "Drone Boy" Vaughan returns to the show to discuss our May trip to Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. He recently chauffeured me to the annual event where I joined the Class of 1994 to celebrate the 25thAnniversary of our thru-hike. In the podcast, we talk about what it's like for a first timer at the event, what it’s like for a veteran of the festival (that hasn’t been for 20 years), and review our experiences at Tent City, in town, and on the parade route - where I walked with my class in the annual Trail Days parade. Did I mention that we drove to Damascus in a 100% electric car ??? We'll discuss that too, and talk briefly about our hike on the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain on the drive up. For more information on Trail Days, you can click here, or check-out Episode 41 at N2Backpacking to hear more from the Class of 1994 who I interviewed during our 1st anniversary at Trail Days a year after our thru-hike. Subject: Trail Days 2019Interviewe...

87 MINMAY 31
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Episode 64: Trail Days 2019

Episode 63: Black Sunshine (A.T. 25th)

In Episode 63, I speak with Black Sunshine about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the second release in a flashback series where we speak with 11 prospective thru-hikers about their attempt to complete the A.T. in a single year. It was recorded in Charlotte, N.C. on March 5th, 1995, and is part of a series to honor the 25th anniversary of our '94 thru-hike on the A.T. In the episode, Black Sunshine tells us about his winter start in Georgia, the Virginia blues, and his eventual jump North to escape the brutal Southern heat and humidity. He also shares some personal tips for enjoying a long distance hike on the A.T. For a change of format, you will not hear me in this podcast. Black Sunshine speaks solo and candidly on the highs and lows of the journey - with some sound effects bridging the gaps. You can click to Episode 41 for a compilation of this series, or check out the Trail Days 2019 podcast to learn more about the annual event. Subject: Appalachian Trail Th...

43 MINAPR 15
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Episode 63: Black Sunshine (A.T. 25th)

Episode 62B: Backpacker Feud

In Episode 62, we discuss a dozen ways to die in the backcountry - based on an article published in Backpacker magazine and recently updated on their online website. In the show, Beer Run and Therm Rider join me for a "Backpacker Feud" (patterned after the TV game show) to name the top ten killers in the backcountry. Not to make light of the top dangers in the wilderness ... but they are worth knowing and you'll most certainly be surprised by what is NOT on the list. This podcast was recorded at a remote backcountry cabin near the Chattahoochee National Forest at Lake Burton. So it's not a studio recording - but the show is entertaining and informative nonetheless. It is also more rowdy than our normal podcasts, so we flagged this episode as a bonus show available to supporters of the podcast. Follow this link for access, or check back in a few months for an expanded and unrestricted discussion of this topic. Subject: Backpacker FeudInterviewees: Beer Run, Therm RiderInterview Date:...

7 MINMAR 28
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Episode 62B: Backpacker Feud

Episode 61: The Hayduke

In Episode 61, Alex "Money $hot" Maier returns to the show to talk with us about his recent film and adventure on the 812 mile Hayduke Trail which starts in Arches National Park and finishes in Zion National Park - traversing the slot canyons, desert washes, and mountain ranges that make the deserts lands of Southern Utah and North Arizona some of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In the podcast, Alex tells us about the remote wilderness and true solitude that awaits you on the Hayduke, and with brutal honesty discusses the desert hazards that make this one of the most challenging thru-hikes in North America. Money Shot also shares with us some valuable lessons from the Hayduke, and hints at why thru-hiking these lesser traveled routes may provide a front and backcountry experience that is hard to find on some of the major long distance trails of North America these days. For more information on Alex, you can click to his website or follow this link to watch his video for...

106 MINMAR 1
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Episode 61: The Hayduke

Episode 60B: Troubadour (A.T. 25th)

In Episode 60, Troubadour tells us about his 1994 thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is the first release in a special bonus series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our hike, and it was recorded at Trail Days on May 13, 1995 in Damascus, Virginia. After finishing the A.T. in 1994, Troubadour went on to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 1999 and the Continental Divide Trails in 2002 - walking nearly 10,000 miles and completing the Triple Crown - which we discuss in detail in Episode 18. In this episode, however, we flashback 25 years to Damascus to sit by the river and talk about Troubadour's Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The interview was done in a field, with a small handheld mic and cassette tape recorder. So don't expect high fidelity - but I'm grateful to have this and all 11 recordings of my thru-hiking buddies and A.T. Class of 1994. For access to this A.T. bonus series buy any 10 Pack, and use promo code "AT1994" as the coupon code. Subject: Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike...

5 MINJAN 27
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Episode 60B: Troubadour (A.T. 25th)

Episode 59: The Man Who Hiked It All

In Episode 59, I speak with Bart Smith (aka Infinite Dust) who was recently featured in Backpacker Magazine as "The Man Who Hiked It All". Since 1992, Bart has hiked nearly 35,000 miles on 30 of America'sNational Scenic and Historic Trails - completing the last of the Trails by October 2nd, 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act. In the show, Bart tells us about his backcountry photography, the coffee table book he completed with Earl Shaffer on the Appalachian Trail, the photo book he did with Karen Berger on the Pacific Crest Trail, and shares some of his favorite moments capturing scenes in the backcountry. So if you have the thru-hiking bug, and want to learn more about our National Scenic Trails - now is you chance to hear from the "Man Who Hiked It All." You can also click to Bart's website at WalkingDownADream to see his photography and learn more about his travels. Subject: The Man Who Hiked It All Interviewees: Bart (aka Infinite Dust) Intervi...

113 MIN2018 DEC 16
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Episode 59: The Man Who Hiked It All

Episode 58: Havasu Falls

In Episode 58, Michael and Tim tell us about their recent hike to Havasu Falls in Northern Arizona. You’ve likely seen the iconic photos of the Falls - the turquoise water set against the desert canyon walls, the idyllic swimming holes surrounded by sunbathing backpackers, this oasis in the middle of a barren Grand Canyon. And you've probably thought about hiking here ... but these guys have actually done it. And they backpacked to the Falls at the ages of 10 and 12! So if these kids can do it .... you can too. In the podcast, the boys are going to tell you all about their trip - and get you motivated to backpack in and camp at Havasu Falls for a few days. On the show we find out more about the trail to the Falls, discover what the campsites are like, talk about guide services in the area, and learn how to plan a trip to this special canyon. And if Havasu Falls isn't on your bucket list now - it just may be by the time you finish this podcast. For trip details, pricing, etc. click ...

31 MIN2018 NOV 11
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Episode 58: Havasu Falls

Episode 57: Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim

In Episode 57, Rand tells us about his recent Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike through the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This spring he hiked the 42 mile route in 12 hours starting at the South Rim at sunrise, tagging the North Rim by noon, and returning to his starting point near The Yavapai Lodge by sunset - logging more than 20K feet of elevation change while on the trail. In the podcast, Rand tells us about the backcountry experience - with suggestions on how and when to hike the route and intel on what to expect while you are on the Trail. So click below for the show or track us down on Spotify. We just launched the podcast series this week on their network. Subject: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Interviewees: Rand Interview Date: November 1, 2018 Runtime: 1:01:27 You can stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have poste...

-1 s2018 OCT 30
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Episode 57: Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim

Episode 56: Camino de Santiago

In Episode 56, 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) returns to the show to tell us about his spring hike on the 477 mile Camino de Santiago through the countries of France and Spain. You might recall that Phillip spent 7 months hiking northbound or "NOBO" on the Appalachian Trail last summer and that we spoke in Episode #51 only a few days before his departure to Europe to hike the Camino. In the podcast, 3 Dub updates us on his travels and shares some tips and tricks for thru-hiking the Camino de Santiago. Phillip also tells us what it's like to re-enter the working world after spending the last year on the trail - and hints at his next great adventure! For more background on 3Dub, check out Episode #7 or click to his Instagram page to see more photos from his backpacking adventures. Subject: Camino de Santiago Interviewees: Phillip (aka 3Dub) Interview Date: September 27, 2018 Runtime: 1:23:06 You can stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to sub...

-1 s2018 SEP 30
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Episode 56: Camino de Santiago