Episode 166 - The Best Gear Last Year Had to Offer with Dan Becker

January 24th, 2022

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January 21st, 2022

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Episode 164 - 8 Pieces of Gear Under $50 to Strongly Consider

January 10th, 2022

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Episode 163 - (Almost) Every Question You‘ve Ever Wanted to Ask a Zoologist with Ashley Cole-Wick

January 3rd, 2022

What would you ask? What would Derek and Carl ask? Professional zoologist Ashley Cole-Wick joins the show and answers all of the interesting, tough and ridiculous questions thrown at her from members of the B&B community as well as the hosts. Questions ranging from 'Should we be concerned if birds suddenly stop chirping' to 'What's the deal with cow mutilations' are all part of the show. Also, Derek gets fired up over some of Carl's trivia questions. Shocker.

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Episode 162 - How to Have a Showdown With These Trail Villains!

December 27th, 2021

Do you encounter trail villains? Do you just slink away from them in order to keep the peace? Perhaps you're allowing them to continue to wreak havoc on other peaceful trail users. Derek and Carl identify the most common and most egregious trail villains and then determine how to have a proper showdown...the "right" way. Which villains have yelled at Carl before? Which ones is Derek most afraid of? Also, Derek conducts Villain Trivia. You can imagine how that ends up.

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8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

December 20th, 2021

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? This episode explores using gear in creative ways and learning how to handle gear more efficiently to make for more successful trail days. Also, is there Giardia dirt?

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Episode 161 - Avalanche Survival, Bug Hordes & Mountain Guide Wisdom with Greg Hill

December 13th, 2021

How do you survive an Avalanche? Professional ski/mountaineer, Greg Hill, joins to the show to discuss a range of topics including Electric Greg (a documentary he's featured in), how to go on his guided trips, and everything in between. Also, both Derek and Carl inadvertently try to sabotage the episode.

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Episode 160 - Futuristic Inventions & Innovations That Will Change Your Adventures…Forever!

December 6th, 2021

Do you fear change like everyone else? Well, get prepared! Derek and Carl discuss major advancements (both good and bad) that will impact your outdoor adventures. Hiking aids, new policies, no more bear canisters, 3rd world batteries that may become a common part of your backpacking trip (Derek's idea), and many more are discussed. Also, a MAJOR guided trip giveaway is shared with the B&B family.

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Episode 159 - Unsolved Mysteries: 3 Insane Stories That You Could Help Us Solve!

November 29th, 2021

Have you ever watched a mystery show and thought you knew the answer? This is your chance! Derek and Carl provide three outdoor themed (but family friendly) mysteries. They share the obvious and outside-the-box theories with the limited clues provided. And somehow Derek thinks that a dining room table might have saved a life.

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Episode 158 - Sit Pads & Other Useless Items You Might Be Bringing

November 22nd, 2021

Are you carrying extra pounds and bulk for no reason? Derek and Carl discuss items they've brought or they've seen in the backcountry that simply have no purpose. This is not a rehash of the old items they like to make fun of. One of them that Carl brings up might be the most controversial item of all time. And Derek explains why he stores dirty water in his ziploc trash bag. Also, Derek invites his grandma to briefly join the show. 

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Episode 157 - The BEST Device to Save Your Life

November 15th, 2021

Over the last year Derek and Carl have investigated a few different devices for remote communication. This episode features the one they landed on: the Zoleo. Morris, president of the company, joins the show to answer all types of emergency questions you would want answered (and some you may have never thought of). Also, Derek shares his risky strategy for getting a signal from inside a car.

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Episode 156 - Odd Challenges You Might Encounter in Remote Areas (w/ Jesse)

November 8th, 2021

Jesse, from Youtube Channel Backcountry Forward, joins the show to discuss the highs and lows of hiking the Great Divide Trail. Which gear choices held up over the long haul? Which gear did not? And, is it possible to tear apart gear with "trail strength"? Also, Carl thinks Derek is making up trivia questions on the spot (which is why they don't make sense half the time).

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Episode 155 - Rocky‘s 70lb Pack Fiasco & How to Avoid Pack Hoarding

November 1st, 2021

In the Season 5 Premier Derek and Carl explore what it takes to have a 70lb pack that puts a trip in jeopardy. Rocky "weighs in" on the matter and claims he was defeated by Yosemite. Can we learn something from somebody who hoards gear and consumables in their pack? Also, Carl raises the stakes for weekly trivia.

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8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making (Rebroadcast)

October 18th, 2021

Are we making mistakes that cost us time, weight and money? 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 154 - When You (or Carl) Take a Left on Disaster Road…

October 4th, 2021

How do you make it to camp (or back to the trailhead) when you've got nothing left? How do you handle the group member who's hitting the wall? Does this describe every trip for Derek? Carl shares some of his experiences from a recent Yosemite trip where this happened. Also, just how far are you willing to go to motivate the person lagging behind?

Products Reviewed on This Episode

-Dynafit Alpine Shoes

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Episode 153 - Altitude Got You Down? (& Trip Report)

September 20th, 2021

Derek and Carl come up with an odd list of problems and solutions related to altitude sickness. Carl just got back from taking some flatlanders to elevation and some of them struggled. Was his trip plan appropriate? You (and Derek) can judge. Also, Derek blames an unexpected product for high altitude nausea.

Quickdraw vs. BeFree vs. Squeeze Showdown Video

Products Reviewed on This Episode

-Platypus Quickdraw

-Klean Kanteen

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The Ursack Strikes Back w/ Dual Survivalist Grady Powell (Rebroadcast)

September 7th, 2021

Green Beret, Ultimate Survival Alaska Star, Dual Survivalist and now, Ursack representative, Grady Powell joins the show to give a different perspective concerning proper food storage. He also shares his experience of throwing salmon at a Kodiak bear to stop it from chasing him. Derek and Carl follow up with their takeaways from the interview including What would it take to get an Ursack away from a bear? and How would a bear logically decide between attacking a canister or a bag?

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Episode 152 - Game Changing Gear, Ridiculous Equipment & A New Sock Drying Method!

August 23rd, 2021

Carl attended the latest Outdoor Retailer show in Denver and he brought the mic with him! Derek reacts to a series of interviews with a variety of organizations that respond to important, unexpected, and absurd questions. Also, Derek thinks the pine cone trowel argument is solved by the LNT organization.

Some of the companies discussed on the show:

Olukai Sandals

Reliefband

Gobi Heat

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Episode 151 - How Would You Handle These 6 Unusual/Creepy Encounters?

August 9th, 2021

Back from the Wind River Range, Derek and Carl discuss the theme of this year's big July trip: interesting encounters with a variety of hikers. Somebody bailed from the trip last minute. And, has a podcast villain emerged?

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The Ultimate Bear Discussion with Ranger Rick Sanger (Rebroadcast)

July 26th, 2021

Over the course of the podcast Carl and Derek (mainly Carl) have challenged some wilderness regulations--especially related to bears. This episode features a discussion with Ranger Rick Sanger that addresses all of these challenges. As a backcountry ranger, Rick Sanger was a key part of the search and rescue efforts for a lost colleague in Eric Blehm's book The Last Season. Does Mr. Sanger have a response to all of the B&B bear canister rhetoric? (Basically, can he shut down Carl's arguments for alternative solutions?) That, and some crazy bear stories, will be discussed in this episode.

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