Episode 78 - The Best (and Worst) Trails of All Time

November 4th, 2019

Depending upon what you're looking for, how long you plan to go, or the region you're in, there are obviously a lot of options. Derek and Carl attempt to hit a variety of categories from "Most Consistently Dramatic Scenery" to "Most Dangerous" regarding trail options. This is far from a comprehensive list, but it's a start. Also, Derek continues to express his fear of mosquitoes and seems to think there is a place in the mountains where they exist year round. Are there winter mosquitoes at high elevations?

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Episode 77 - Don’t Trust This Gear List!

October 28th, 2019

This is not an episode listing all of the items you have on your gear list. Derek and Carl each examine a gear list that pops up in top search results and then tears them apart. Is four layers for your upper body too many for a summer trip? Is a camera an essential item? And what is the best way to set up your own gear list? The guys give some strategies that may be helpful for both beginners and experts. 

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Episode 76 - Embarrassing Questions You’re Afraid to Ask!

October 21st, 2019

What backpacking questions are too uncomfortable to ask? Derek and Carl each bring a few to the table and discuss both the questions and the answers. Will this solve some of your backcountry problems? Maybe not. But it might make you more comfortable in some of the decisions you've made and the number of pairs of underwear you bring. Also, is butt sweat embarrassing? And if so, is there a solution?

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Episode 75 - Overcoming Water Filter Hate

October 14th, 2019

Carl thinks there's an issue with every type of filter and every brand of filter. But...after trying a bunch of them he has a solution that should work for everyone. The problems and the solution is revealed on this episode. Also, is Derek willing to own up to terrible camp chore etiquette from years ago? And does he really know the difference between filters and purifiers? You be the judge.

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Episode 74 - This Gear Might Break On You!

October 7th, 2019

Which gear is most likely to break on you out in the field? Derek and Carl each have their list of items to watch out for and "solutions" if the gear does break. Also, there are ways we might use gear inappropriately that will be the root cause of the breakage. So, what should you stop doing? Derek also challenges Carl on his ability (or lack thereof) to push the power button for an item that was brought up.

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Episode 73 - Do You Have Camp…Manners?

September 30th, 2019

Should notorious snorers bring earplugs for everyone? Is there a passive aggressive way to get people to go to bed at a reasonable hour? How much of a pass to you give the tired hiker who is simply unable to contribute to any camp chores? All these questions and more are addressed to help make camp life the best it can be.

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Episode 72 - Revamp Your Daytime Menu!

September 23rd, 2019

Oatmeal, energy bars, and trail mix are the most common items on a hiker's daytime menu. It's time to mix it up! Derek and Carl suggest some other breakfast items and snacks that you may or may not have considered. Also, what are some of the best energy bars out there? And is Snickers an energy bar? 

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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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