Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

September 16th, 2019

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.

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

September 9th, 2019

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?

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Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

August 19th, 2019

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?

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Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

July 29th, 2019

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?

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Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

June 17th, 2019

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?

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Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

May 10th, 2019

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!

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Episode 65 - The Death Hike FKT Attempt

May 3rd, 2019

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.

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

April 26th, 2019

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.

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“Wisdom” for Thru-Hiking the Loooooong Trail (Rebroadcast)

April 19th, 2019

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...

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Episode 63 - The Trail Name Generator

April 12th, 2019

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?

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