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Backpacking & Blisters

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A podcast for newbies to grizzled veterans of the trail. Each week a new themed episode is released addressing a range of camping, hiking, and backpacking topics.

Latest Episodes

Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

This is not your typical list of hypothermia, getting lost, and broken bones. This list involves common tasks, scenarios and decisions trail users encounter. Are they all potentially deadly? You be the judge. Also, Derek is feeling free with his stories during this episode and shares an experience that involved a relatively benign object that almost killed him. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

60 MIN14 hours ago
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Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

Episode 70 - 8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

Season 3 has begun! This episode explores using gear in creative ways and learning how to handle gear more efficiently to make for more successful trail days. How do you fill that darn filter bag with the small hole? Are there light weight hygiene options? Should you be aware when others are taking care of their business? These questions and much more will be addressed. Also, is there Giardia dirt? To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

43 MIN1 weeks ago
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Episode 70 - 8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

Famous Youtuber Dan Becker joins the show to share some of his insights on lightening one's load...without spending much (or any) money. He also outlines the merits of the Aquaclip. Was Carl using this simple device incorrectly? Also, what is the best defensive weapon when you encounter a potentially scary hiker? Check out Dan's popular Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

61 MINAUG 20
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Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

For all of their experience, Derek and Carl still manage to make significant blunders on backpacking trips. This episode answers questions like...when are pants better than shorts, how to find the worst shuttle service, what really is an electrolyte, is it okay to sleep in until 9:30, how did both Derek and Carl manage to have significant pieces of gear go missing, and more! Also, is Olympic worth a visit?

51 MINJUL 30
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Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

Sometimes we fall into bad habits and don't even realize it. This episode examines inefficiencies that occur due to lack of awareness, affordability, or downright laziness. Carl suggests a cheap way to save pack ounces but Derek isn't buying it (literally and figuratively). Also, how do you know where to go on a first trip or to a new place? And what embarrassing mistakes has Carl made in the past? Check out our new sponsor: Summit Strength! For more backpacking inspiration check out our Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

49 MINJUN 17
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Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

Derek and Carl wrap up Season 2 reflecting on takeaways big and small. The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time vote has concluded and the winner is announced (much to Carl's displeasure). Carl shares a blister story that he's been hanging onto for two seasons. And both guys throw out a video challenge for each other for the upcoming trip. Might this inspire others to create their own trip video challenge? We hope so. Thanks to everyone for becoming part of the Backpacking and Blisters community! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

46 MINMAY 11
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Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

Episode 65 - The Death Hike FKT Attempt

This is an episode about embracing the challenge. Do you ever try to stretch yourself to your physical limits? Is there a high probability of disaster potential? "The Death Hike" is an event that Carl is attempting this July with a couple of guys from his backpacking crew -- Jared and Rocky. This episode discusses the details surrounding this Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempt. This includes training, gear, general strategy and putting this event together. Will telling somebody that they won't succeed actually motivate them to succeed? Does drinking fast food salsa a great nutritional trail strategy? And is jumping into a pool with your clothes on a great way to train? These are just a taste of the topics that pop up. Please check out the Trailblaze Challenge mentioned in the tidbits of this episode. It's put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

58 MINMAY 4
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Episode 65 - The Death Hike FKT Attempt

Episode 64 - The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time & Trip Report

Many of us have brought items into the backcountry that are regrettable. But some do this intentionally. Derek and Carl share the nominations for the Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time Award.Carl discusses his trip report from Capitol Reef NP -- highlights, challenges and, of course, fails. Carl has poked fun at Derek for making a silly mistake last summer. But did he make the same blunder? You be the judge. Please check out Mohawks and Mustacheson our Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

44 MINAPR 27
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Episode 64 - The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time & Trip Report

"Wisdom" for Thru-Hiking the Loooooong Trail (Rebroadcast)

It's Easter weekend! Derek and Carl are rereleasing one of the more popular episodes from Season 1 with legendary backpacking filmmakers Chris Smead and Jason Fitzpatrick. There is one new release this week though...a video mockery of the podcast performed by Rocky and Jared out in Yosemite... Mohawks and Mustaches on our Youtube Channel! Please check outYoutube Page. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

78 MINAPR 20
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"Wisdom" for Thru-Hiking the Loooooong Trail (Rebroadcast)

Episode 63 - The Trail Name Generator

Where did trail names come from and how does one get one? Derek and Carl explore the idea of trail names and then really dig into the results of a quiz they put out a few weeks back by plugging them into a newly designed "generator" to give a few folks some of the strangest names you've ever heard. Also, Carl shares some surprising (in a bad way) backpacking news about an upcoming trip. Does Derek have a good solution? Please check outYoutube Page. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

50 MINAPR 13
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Episode 63 - The Trail Name Generator

Latest Episodes

Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

This is not your typical list of hypothermia, getting lost, and broken bones. This list involves common tasks, scenarios and decisions trail users encounter. Are they all potentially deadly? You be the judge. Also, Derek is feeling free with his stories during this episode and shares an experience that involved a relatively benign object that almost killed him. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

60 MIN14 hours ago
Comments
Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

Episode 70 - 8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

Season 3 has begun! This episode explores using gear in creative ways and learning how to handle gear more efficiently to make for more successful trail days. How do you fill that darn filter bag with the small hole? Are there light weight hygiene options? Should you be aware when others are taking care of their business? These questions and much more will be addressed. Also, is there Giardia dirt? To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

43 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 70 - 8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

Famous Youtuber Dan Becker joins the show to share some of his insights on lightening one's load...without spending much (or any) money. He also outlines the merits of the Aquaclip. Was Carl using this simple device incorrectly? Also, what is the best defensive weapon when you encounter a potentially scary hiker? Check out Dan's popular Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

61 MINAUG 20
Comments
Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

For all of their experience, Derek and Carl still manage to make significant blunders on backpacking trips. This episode answers questions like...when are pants better than shorts, how to find the worst shuttle service, what really is an electrolyte, is it okay to sleep in until 9:30, how did both Derek and Carl manage to have significant pieces of gear go missing, and more! Also, is Olympic worth a visit?

51 MINJUL 30
Comments
Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

Sometimes we fall into bad habits and don't even realize it. This episode examines inefficiencies that occur due to lack of awareness, affordability, or downright laziness. Carl suggests a cheap way to save pack ounces but Derek isn't buying it (literally and figuratively). Also, how do you know where to go on a first trip or to a new place? And what embarrassing mistakes has Carl made in the past? Check out our new sponsor: Summit Strength! For more backpacking inspiration check out our Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

49 MINJUN 17
Comments
Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

Derek and Carl wrap up Season 2 reflecting on takeaways big and small. The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time vote has concluded and the winner is announced (much to Carl's displeasure). Carl shares a blister story that he's been hanging onto for two seasons. And both guys throw out a video challenge for each other for the upcoming trip. Might this inspire others to create their own trip video challenge? We hope so. Thanks to everyone for becoming part of the Backpacking and Blisters community! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

46 MINMAY 11
Comments
Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

Episode 65 - The Death Hike FKT Attempt

This is an episode about embracing the challenge. Do you ever try to stretch yourself to your physical limits? Is there a high probability of disaster potential? "The Death Hike" is an event that Carl is attempting this July with a couple of guys from his backpacking crew -- Jared and Rocky. This episode discusses the details surrounding this Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempt. This includes training, gear, general strategy and putting this event together. Will telling somebody that they won't succeed actually motivate them to succeed? Does drinking fast food salsa a great nutritional trail strategy? And is jumping into a pool with your clothes on a great way to train? These are just a taste of the topics that pop up. Please check out the Trailblaze Challenge mentioned in the tidbits of this episode. It's put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

58 MINMAY 4
Comments
Episode 65 - The Death Hike FKT Attempt

Episode 64 - The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time & Trip Report

Many of us have brought items into the backcountry that are regrettable. But some do this intentionally. Derek and Carl share the nominations for the Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time Award.Carl discusses his trip report from Capitol Reef NP -- highlights, challenges and, of course, fails. Carl has poked fun at Derek for making a silly mistake last summer. But did he make the same blunder? You be the judge. Please check out Mohawks and Mustacheson our Youtube Channel! To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

44 MINAPR 27
Comments
Episode 64 - The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time & Trip Report

"Wisdom" for Thru-Hiking the Loooooong Trail (Rebroadcast)

It's Easter weekend! Derek and Carl are rereleasing one of the more popular episodes from Season 1 with legendary backpacking filmmakers Chris Smead and Jason Fitzpatrick. There is one new release this week though...a video mockery of the podcast performed by Rocky and Jared out in Yosemite... Mohawks and Mustaches on our Youtube Channel! Please check outYoutube Page. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

78 MINAPR 20
Comments
"Wisdom" for Thru-Hiking the Loooooong Trail (Rebroadcast)

Episode 63 - The Trail Name Generator

Where did trail names come from and how does one get one? Derek and Carl explore the idea of trail names and then really dig into the results of a quiz they put out a few weeks back by plugging them into a newly designed "generator" to give a few folks some of the strangest names you've ever heard. Also, Carl shares some surprising (in a bad way) backpacking news about an upcoming trip. Does Derek have a good solution? Please check outYoutube Page. To react publicly or privately to any of our episodes post/message either ourFacebook page. or email:hikercman@netscape.net

50 MINAPR 13
Comments
Episode 63 - The Trail Name Generator

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