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Hiking Thru Life

Hiking Thru Life

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Hiking Thru Life

Hiking Thru Life

Hiking Thru Life

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We've all been gifted a journey called 'Life'. Hiking Thru Life aims to inspire people from all walks of life to live a more meaningful life. The outdoors is a place we find meaning and connection. This podcast is a collection of stories and connections with people we encounter along our journey. We also provide some helpful tips for outdoor adventures. Where will your journey take you?----Hiking Thru Life T-shirts and water bottles: https://hikingthrulife.net/shop/Be a guest on the podcast: https://hikingthrulife.net/podcast/ Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/support

Latest Episodes

#41 Superior Hiking Trail with Jo Swanson

In this episode, we talk with Jo Swanson who is part of the Superior Hiking Trail Association team of staff members. Jo has been a trail volunteer since 2007 and staff since 2015. She coordinates volunteers and trail work and manages trail data and mapping. We cover how Jo got involved in trail work and talk about her hiking background. The Superior Hiking Trail is a well-loved trail covering 310 miles of northern Minnesota. Stretching from lakeshores to cliff overlooks, the trail holds a special place in many people’s hearts. We are all trying to navigate how to safely get back on the trails this summer with the pandemic amongst us. We dig deep into the information and logistics about the Superior Hiking Trail. We talk about proper trail use during the pandemic, trail trips, some favorite spots on the trail, and ways people can support the trail. For avid Superior Hiking Trail users or for those just starting out, this is a must-listen for you! Superior Hiking Trail Association Website: https://superiorhiking.org/ Volunteer Portal: https://superiorhiking.galaxydigital.com/ Trail Conditions: https://superiorhiking.org/trail-conditions/ ---- Hiking Thru Life GIVEAWAY: hikingthrulife.net/giveaway ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shirts and water bottles: hikingthrulife.net/shop Be a guest on the podcast: hikingthrulife.net/podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/support

68 MIN6 d ago
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#41 Superior Hiking Trail with Jo Swanson

#40 No Such Thing as Bad Weather with Linda

In this episode, we talk with Linda Akeson McGurk. She is an author, journalist, outdoor advocate, and mother of 2 who lives in Sweden. Linda is passionate about promoting the benefits of outdoor experiences for families and children. She has a blog Rain Or Shine Mama and wrote the book There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather. As she puts it in her book, Scandinavia’s nature-centric culture embodied in the term of friluftsliv is not just the sum of all outdoor activities people take part in, rather it’s a way of life that to this day is considered key to raising healthy, well rounded, and eco-conscious children. We dive into the details of her bookand what it means to create a lifestyle of friluftsliv. We also talk about the differences in school systems and raising children between the USA and Sweeden. If you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, or anyone hoping to engage and advocate for children more in the outdoors this podcast is for you! Website: http://lindamcgurk.com/about-me/...

56 MIN1 w ago
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#40 No Such Thing as Bad Weather with Linda

#39 Backpacking Moms

In this episode, we talk with Barbara and Stephanie of Backpacking Moms. When you enter the world of parenting, it’s no doubt that hiking or any hobby for that matter will look different. It’s key during the early childhood stages that you introduce your children to your passions and your world, then adapt that passion to fit you and your little ones. That is exactly what Stephanie and Barbara are doing. We talk about how their friendship started and how Backpacking Moms got started. They share practical tips and advice on backpacking with young children and remind us that first-time parents often make it harder on themselves than it has to be! We also talk about some of their favorite hiking memories in their home countries. If you are a new parent who is needing some inspiration to get your little one out on the trail, this episode is for you! Website: backpackingmoms.com Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/backpackingmoms Instagram: @backpackingmoms ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shir...

89 MIN2 w ago
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#39 Backpacking Moms

#38 Adventures with Matt and Karen Smith

In this episode, we talk with Matt and Karen Smith. As they were nearing age 50 in 2010, they decided to take a break from the regular grind of life and set a goal to visit all of America's National Parks. They were able to do this in two years and have had the adventure bug since. Matt and Karen are the authors of the Dear Bob and Sue series of books which chronicles their National Park travels and progresses into other epic adventures. They also have a website where they've shared detailed trip reports and very stunning photography of their travels to the parks. They also host The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast where they relive and share their adventures traveling the national parks and give insiders tips to those parks and other public lands. If you are needing some motivation to go visit the National Parks or hear perspectives from everyday people who began outdoor endeavors later in life, this is a perfect listen for you! Websites: mattandkaren.com and dearbobandsue.com Podcast: the...

95 MIN3 w ago
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#38 Adventures with Matt and Karen Smith

#37 Strider's NCT Thru-Hike and Beyond

In this episode, we talk with Luke Jordan better known on the trail as “Strider”. Strider is known for being amongst the small number of people (8) to thru-hike the North Country Trail (NCT) and the first person to thru-hike the Great Plains Trail. He hiked the NCT in 2013 with a goal to raise awareness about the trail. While on the trail, he had many positive experiences and wrote about them eventually publishing a book Thru And Back Again which covers his time on the NCT. We also discuss how his time on the trail influenced his career choice afterward. He currently works for the North Country Trail Association and is involved with some trail projects for the Great Plains Trail. Most recently he was attempting a thru-hike of the Trans-Ozark Trail but due to the current pandemic, he had to postpone the remainder of his thru-hike. If you are curious about what a thru-hike on the NCT is like or if you want to hear some tips and positive experiences of a thru-hike, this episode is fo...

93 MINMAY 3
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#37 Strider's NCT Thru-Hike and Beyond

#36 American Backcountry with Frank Hintz

In this episode, we talk with Frank Hintz who is a seasoned traveler and outdoorsman himself. He is the founder of American Backcountry which specializes in t-shirt designs for National Parks and Forests for all types of outdoor enthusiasts! We discuss how American Backcountry got started, how it has evolved, and how they connect with the hiking community. We also discuss some of Frank's hiking experiences and his favorite hiking memories. If you are a hiker and outdoor enthusiast who likes to support your favorite parks, this episode is for you! Website: americanbackcountry.com ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shirts and water bottles: hikingthrulife.net/shop Be a guest on the podcast: hikingthrulife.net/podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/support

59 MINAPR 26
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#36 American Backcountry with Frank Hintz

#35 The 11th Essential with Britany Freeman

In this episode, we talk with Britany Freeman who is an adventurer, traveler, and advocate for leaving our lands better than we found them. She started the nonprofit The 11th Essential with the goal in mind to make stewardship a priority on every adventure. Most outdoor adventurers have heard of the 10 essentials. Brittany is introducing the 11th essential to people: adding a trash bag to your essentials! We talk about the goals of The 11th Essential and plans for the future. With advocacy and education, The 11th Essential is set up to educate adults and children on the importance of taking care of our lands. Brittnay also shares about some of her favorite places to get outdoors in her home state of Ohio. Listen to this episode and you are sure to pick up some trash on your next hike or walk! 11th Essential website: 11thessential.org Instagram: @11thessential All links 11th Essential including virtual Earth month and Earth Day cleanup: https://linktr.ee/11thessential Virtual Earth D...

91 MINAPR 19
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#35 The 11th Essential with Britany Freeman

#34 Wedded Wellness with Ashley Sondergaard

In this episode, we talk with Ashley Sondergaard who is the founder of Wedded Wellness. Although not directly tied to outdoor inspiration, we connected with Ashley because of the mindful way of life she practices and promotes that is equally as important as getting outdoors. It’s especially important to be mindful within the “new normal” we are navigating with COVID-19. As you enter a new life with a partner, a mindful practice is an important foundation to have. Wedded Wellness ties together yoga, meditation, and mindful practice hosting special events in the Twin Cities metro area. Ashley also produces a weekly podcast, The Wedded Wellness podcast. We talk with Ashley about her journey of practicing yoga, entrepreneurship, and how it eventually led her to launch her own business. We talk about how the practice of yoga is beneficial in everyday life. She also covers some basic yoga terms a person might hear in a yoga class. If you are in the midst of wedding planning and need so...

67 MINAPR 12
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#34 Wedded Wellness with Ashley Sondergaard

#33 Erin Egan's PCT Pandemic Predicament

In this episode, we talk with Erin Egan who is the host of the Hiking Thru podcast. She started the podcast as a way to share experiences from other thru-hikers with an end goal of her own thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Erin's plan was to set out for her thru-hike of the PCT on April 4th. However, the world has changed with the recent COVID-19 pandemic which has affected many people’s plans, including thru-hikers. The original interview with Erin was recorded on March 5th but with all the changes to the world in the past month, we decided to follow up with Erin to discuss how her plans have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak and what her current state of emotions is around all of this. This all-encompassing episode highlights our most recent discussion with Erin about the current state of her hike followed by our original discussion with her a month ago about her initial preparation and plans. This episode is a perfect listen for anyone who is struggling with plans that hav...

124 MINAPR 5
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#33 Erin Egan's PCT Pandemic Predicament

#32 Nigel the Litter Hunter

In this episode, we talk with Phill Monson an advocate for cleaning up our lands, founder of Adventure Responsibly, and most recently author of the children’s book Nigel The Litter Hunter. Phil shares his background about how the principal for Leave It Better was taught to him at a young age. He also shares some of the most significant moments that encouraged him to advocate for our lands further. Advocating for our lands also means educating people about the lands and the places we travel. We discuss simple ways people can be more educated. Through the character Nigel, Phil gets the message out in an entertaining, positive and humorous way to the next generation of young stewards who will care for our lands. Nigel The Litter Hunter is currently on Kickstarter and the campaign is open until April 16th, 2020. If you like this episode and want to support this book further, go check it out and consider making a donation! Kickstarter for Nigel The Litter Hunter: https://www.kickstarter...

83 MINMAR 29
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#32 Nigel the Litter Hunter

Latest Episodes

#41 Superior Hiking Trail with Jo Swanson

In this episode, we talk with Jo Swanson who is part of the Superior Hiking Trail Association team of staff members. Jo has been a trail volunteer since 2007 and staff since 2015. She coordinates volunteers and trail work and manages trail data and mapping. We cover how Jo got involved in trail work and talk about her hiking background. The Superior Hiking Trail is a well-loved trail covering 310 miles of northern Minnesota. Stretching from lakeshores to cliff overlooks, the trail holds a special place in many people’s hearts. We are all trying to navigate how to safely get back on the trails this summer with the pandemic amongst us. We dig deep into the information and logistics about the Superior Hiking Trail. We talk about proper trail use during the pandemic, trail trips, some favorite spots on the trail, and ways people can support the trail. For avid Superior Hiking Trail users or for those just starting out, this is a must-listen for you! Superior Hiking Trail Association Website: https://superiorhiking.org/ Volunteer Portal: https://superiorhiking.galaxydigital.com/ Trail Conditions: https://superiorhiking.org/trail-conditions/ ---- Hiking Thru Life GIVEAWAY: hikingthrulife.net/giveaway ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shirts and water bottles: hikingthrulife.net/shop Be a guest on the podcast: hikingthrulife.net/podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/support

68 MIN6 d ago
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#41 Superior Hiking Trail with Jo Swanson

#40 No Such Thing as Bad Weather with Linda

In this episode, we talk with Linda Akeson McGurk. She is an author, journalist, outdoor advocate, and mother of 2 who lives in Sweden. Linda is passionate about promoting the benefits of outdoor experiences for families and children. She has a blog Rain Or Shine Mama and wrote the book There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather. As she puts it in her book, Scandinavia’s nature-centric culture embodied in the term of friluftsliv is not just the sum of all outdoor activities people take part in, rather it’s a way of life that to this day is considered key to raising healthy, well rounded, and eco-conscious children. We dive into the details of her bookand what it means to create a lifestyle of friluftsliv. We also talk about the differences in school systems and raising children between the USA and Sweeden. If you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, or anyone hoping to engage and advocate for children more in the outdoors this podcast is for you! Website: http://lindamcgurk.com/about-me/...

56 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#40 No Such Thing as Bad Weather with Linda

#39 Backpacking Moms

In this episode, we talk with Barbara and Stephanie of Backpacking Moms. When you enter the world of parenting, it’s no doubt that hiking or any hobby for that matter will look different. It’s key during the early childhood stages that you introduce your children to your passions and your world, then adapt that passion to fit you and your little ones. That is exactly what Stephanie and Barbara are doing. We talk about how their friendship started and how Backpacking Moms got started. They share practical tips and advice on backpacking with young children and remind us that first-time parents often make it harder on themselves than it has to be! We also talk about some of their favorite hiking memories in their home countries. If you are a new parent who is needing some inspiration to get your little one out on the trail, this episode is for you! Website: backpackingmoms.com Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/backpackingmoms Instagram: @backpackingmoms ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shir...

89 MIN2 w ago
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#39 Backpacking Moms

#38 Adventures with Matt and Karen Smith

In this episode, we talk with Matt and Karen Smith. As they were nearing age 50 in 2010, they decided to take a break from the regular grind of life and set a goal to visit all of America's National Parks. They were able to do this in two years and have had the adventure bug since. Matt and Karen are the authors of the Dear Bob and Sue series of books which chronicles their National Park travels and progresses into other epic adventures. They also have a website where they've shared detailed trip reports and very stunning photography of their travels to the parks. They also host The Dear Bob and Sue Podcast where they relive and share their adventures traveling the national parks and give insiders tips to those parks and other public lands. If you are needing some motivation to go visit the National Parks or hear perspectives from everyday people who began outdoor endeavors later in life, this is a perfect listen for you! Websites: mattandkaren.com and dearbobandsue.com Podcast: the...

95 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#38 Adventures with Matt and Karen Smith

#37 Strider's NCT Thru-Hike and Beyond

In this episode, we talk with Luke Jordan better known on the trail as “Strider”. Strider is known for being amongst the small number of people (8) to thru-hike the North Country Trail (NCT) and the first person to thru-hike the Great Plains Trail. He hiked the NCT in 2013 with a goal to raise awareness about the trail. While on the trail, he had many positive experiences and wrote about them eventually publishing a book Thru And Back Again which covers his time on the NCT. We also discuss how his time on the trail influenced his career choice afterward. He currently works for the North Country Trail Association and is involved with some trail projects for the Great Plains Trail. Most recently he was attempting a thru-hike of the Trans-Ozark Trail but due to the current pandemic, he had to postpone the remainder of his thru-hike. If you are curious about what a thru-hike on the NCT is like or if you want to hear some tips and positive experiences of a thru-hike, this episode is fo...

93 MINMAY 3
Comments
#37 Strider's NCT Thru-Hike and Beyond

#36 American Backcountry with Frank Hintz

In this episode, we talk with Frank Hintz who is a seasoned traveler and outdoorsman himself. He is the founder of American Backcountry which specializes in t-shirt designs for National Parks and Forests for all types of outdoor enthusiasts! We discuss how American Backcountry got started, how it has evolved, and how they connect with the hiking community. We also discuss some of Frank's hiking experiences and his favorite hiking memories. If you are a hiker and outdoor enthusiast who likes to support your favorite parks, this episode is for you! Website: americanbackcountry.com ---- Hiking Thru Life T-shirts and water bottles: hikingthrulife.net/shop Be a guest on the podcast: hikingthrulife.net/podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hiking-thru-life/support

59 MINAPR 26
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#36 American Backcountry with Frank Hintz

#35 The 11th Essential with Britany Freeman

In this episode, we talk with Britany Freeman who is an adventurer, traveler, and advocate for leaving our lands better than we found them. She started the nonprofit The 11th Essential with the goal in mind to make stewardship a priority on every adventure. Most outdoor adventurers have heard of the 10 essentials. Brittany is introducing the 11th essential to people: adding a trash bag to your essentials! We talk about the goals of The 11th Essential and plans for the future. With advocacy and education, The 11th Essential is set up to educate adults and children on the importance of taking care of our lands. Brittnay also shares about some of her favorite places to get outdoors in her home state of Ohio. Listen to this episode and you are sure to pick up some trash on your next hike or walk! 11th Essential website: 11thessential.org Instagram: @11thessential All links 11th Essential including virtual Earth month and Earth Day cleanup: https://linktr.ee/11thessential Virtual Earth D...

91 MINAPR 19
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#35 The 11th Essential with Britany Freeman

#34 Wedded Wellness with Ashley Sondergaard

In this episode, we talk with Ashley Sondergaard who is the founder of Wedded Wellness. Although not directly tied to outdoor inspiration, we connected with Ashley because of the mindful way of life she practices and promotes that is equally as important as getting outdoors. It’s especially important to be mindful within the “new normal” we are navigating with COVID-19. As you enter a new life with a partner, a mindful practice is an important foundation to have. Wedded Wellness ties together yoga, meditation, and mindful practice hosting special events in the Twin Cities metro area. Ashley also produces a weekly podcast, The Wedded Wellness podcast. We talk with Ashley about her journey of practicing yoga, entrepreneurship, and how it eventually led her to launch her own business. We talk about how the practice of yoga is beneficial in everyday life. She also covers some basic yoga terms a person might hear in a yoga class. If you are in the midst of wedding planning and need so...

67 MINAPR 12
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#34 Wedded Wellness with Ashley Sondergaard

#33 Erin Egan's PCT Pandemic Predicament

In this episode, we talk with Erin Egan who is the host of the Hiking Thru podcast. She started the podcast as a way to share experiences from other thru-hikers with an end goal of her own thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Erin's plan was to set out for her thru-hike of the PCT on April 4th. However, the world has changed with the recent COVID-19 pandemic which has affected many people’s plans, including thru-hikers. The original interview with Erin was recorded on March 5th but with all the changes to the world in the past month, we decided to follow up with Erin to discuss how her plans have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak and what her current state of emotions is around all of this. This all-encompassing episode highlights our most recent discussion with Erin about the current state of her hike followed by our original discussion with her a month ago about her initial preparation and plans. This episode is a perfect listen for anyone who is struggling with plans that hav...

124 MINAPR 5
Comments
#33 Erin Egan's PCT Pandemic Predicament

#32 Nigel the Litter Hunter

In this episode, we talk with Phill Monson an advocate for cleaning up our lands, founder of Adventure Responsibly, and most recently author of the children’s book Nigel The Litter Hunter. Phil shares his background about how the principal for Leave It Better was taught to him at a young age. He also shares some of the most significant moments that encouraged him to advocate for our lands further. Advocating for our lands also means educating people about the lands and the places we travel. We discuss simple ways people can be more educated. Through the character Nigel, Phil gets the message out in an entertaining, positive and humorous way to the next generation of young stewards who will care for our lands. Nigel The Litter Hunter is currently on Kickstarter and the campaign is open until April 16th, 2020. If you like this episode and want to support this book further, go check it out and consider making a donation! Kickstarter for Nigel The Litter Hunter: https://www.kickstarter...

83 MINMAR 29
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#32 Nigel the Litter Hunter
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