Episode 99 - Budget vs. Premium Gear

April 7th, 2020

Gear expert Justin Outdoors joins the show and reveals some gear you should consider that is high quality and highly affordable. Check out his awesome Youtube channel here! Derek and Carl chime in with a couple of their own gear ideas and, of course, disagree about what constitutes budget vs. premium. Derek believes Osprey and Zpacks to be in the budget category. Carl asks Derek's advice for how to get a free backpack. Also, is Backcountry Line Dancing trending?

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Episode 98 - Ramen Bombs, Spam & Jetboil Hate?

March 30th, 2020

Derek and Carl and joined by Youtuber Jesse from Backcountry Forward for an in depth discussion regarding cooking setups. They discuss budget cookware vs. titanium, fuel efficiency issues, just how reasonable it is to bring the Jetboil, and much more. Also, is Spam a common backpacking food?

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Episode 97 - A Prepper’s Paradise

March 23rd, 2020

Fieldcraft expert Bill Stoker from Stokermatic Youtube Channel joins the show to discuss essential skills while out in the wilderness. He is a wealth of knowledge and information. Derek and Carl also discuss strategies for these strange times -- head to the hills or hunker down? Carl discusses how to access National Parks that shut down while Derek encourages "onion hands." FYI - this episode was recorded over a week ago and things are changing fast so please keep that in mind.

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Episode 96 - Trail…Conspiracies?

March 16th, 2020

At times there are some strange things afoot on the trail. Derek and Carl explore some of these strange cases. Carl thinks Derek struggles with his story-telling skills. And Carl responds to the critical remarks from many fellow adventurers regarding the Buff.

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Episode 95 - The Best (and Worst) Gear of…1995

March 9th, 2020

It's that time of year when everybody comes out with their "best of" gear list for current and new models. If you've been listening for long enough you have probably figured out that Derek and Carl do not follow the pack. What about gear that has stood the test of time -- gear you probably have if you've been hiking for a while. And what about gear that's still around that shouldn't be? Maybe there's a way to repurpose some of that stuff. Also, a listener challenges Derek and Carl on their reaction to limiting packs to 25% of one's body weight. Carl fights back.

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Episode 94 - Your Longest Day Yet!

March 2nd, 2020

This is not a training episode! At least it's not in the traditional sense. Whether you're looking to knock down some miles or your permit dictates a heavy day, there are some ways to prepare for your longest day on the trail. Derek and Carl discuss strategies for putting more miles in on the trail. Awesome Youtuber "JK is Hiking" joins the show with his own story and his own perspective. Also, the Snickers bar debate is revisited.

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Episode 93 - 9 Pieces of Bad Advice You Should Stop Taking

February 24th, 2020

Women should never hike alone. Your pack weight should be about 25% of your body weight. These pieces of advice (and more) were submitted to Derek and Carl by fellow adventurers who seem to think they received some bad input. The guys discuss nine such suggestions and, of course, have serious disagreements. Also, they update their upcoming trips. And finally, have John Muir quotes become cliches?

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Episode 92 - Love It or Ditch It?

February 17th, 2020

Are you bringing items that should be left home? Everybody has an item or two (or more) in their pack that could easily be replaced with a lighter option or simply gotten rid of. Derek and Carl examine a number of these items that don't always get the attention they deserve but probably end up in your pack anyway. Will they suggest to ditch gear that's near and dear to you or will they downplay the importance of a critical piece of your arsenal? Probably. Also, Derek introduces the most outrageous gear people have brought in his trivia questions.

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Episode 91 - Don’t Go Out There Alone!

February 10th, 2020

It's hard to find the right people to go with...but it's worth it! Expert Devin Ashby from famed Youtube Channel Backcountry Exposure joins the show to share some of his experiences with different folk on the trail as well as the dos and don'ts of setting up a group trip. Derek and Carl come up with their own list of ways to find the right people to backpack with. Also, Derek has the most awkward response to a listener comment...maybe ever!

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Episode 90 - Don’t Pack Your Fears!

February 3rd, 2020

Are you packing extra items because you're simply concerned about the 'what if?' Probably. Most of us do that. But there are ways to prevent overpacking these unnecessary pieces of gear. There are lighter options and better methods to make sure you're simply not overloading your pack. Also, was Derek a podcast saboteur in the last episode as he made judgments about gear he'd never tried out?

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