In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we open the show with a Hiker Trash edition of "Hot Ones", where Chaunce and Badger are grilled by Elise while eating incredibly hot wings. Tears, fear, and slamming beers ensues. We also feature our most impromptu interview to date with our new pal, Fancy Feast. Fancy Feast just wrapped a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, after having her SOBO PCT plans thwarted by California's fires. In addition to giving us the unenviable story of finding Badger's dirty socks, she shares her experiences of working a variety of conservation jobs, including her time at the Green Mountain Club, and quite possibly the funniest trail name origin story we've ever heard. We wrap the show with a triple crown of the most beautiful spaces we've seen while backpacking, a quick n dirty gear review on the Platypus QuickDraw, and some listener feedback on period underwear. Minus33: Head to minus33.com and use code “21backpacker15” for 15% off your order Enlightened Equipment: Save 10% off of Enlightened Equipment’s Stock Revelation Quilt or Torrid Jacket with code “thetrek10” here Organifi discount code: Use code “backpacker” at organifi.com/backpacker for 20% off your purchase ZBiotics: Use code “trek10” at zbiotics.com [divider] Interview with Fancy Feast Fancy Feast's Instagram Time stamps & Questions 00:04:40 – QOTD: Do people attempting an FKT take the time to bury their poop? 00:06:30 – Backpacker Team Hot Ones 00:07:23 – How is everyone’s spice tolerance? 00:09:05 – Chaunce, what’s the longest you have gone without a shower? 00:11:00 – Zach, are there any big adventure plans with Leo? 00:12:20 – Chaunce, if you could co-host with someone other than Zach, who would you pick? 00:12:42 – Zach, if you could co-host with someone other than Chaunce, who would you pick? 00:14:03 – Can you name the first 10 episodes of Backpacker Radio in order? 00:18:11 – Zach, do you and Chaunce ever argue over creative differences? If so, when? 00:21:10 – Chaunce, what annoys you the most about Zach? 00:23:03 – Zach, can you explain this Tweet: “We imitate dog stretches and sexual positions, but not their affinity for goose shit. Seems arbitrary to me.” What inspired that? 00:24:23 – Chaunce, are there any episodes you wish you could erase? 00:27:29 – What’s the most annoying thru-hiking cliche? 00:31:34 – Chaunce, are you single? 00:32:07 – Zach, what was the last thing you lied to Jenna about? 00:33:39 – Chaunce, do you know what the Vas Deferens are? The seminal vesicles? The corona? 00:38:21 – Zach, can you sing “Walking Slow” by Animal Years? 00:40:11 – What’s the worst Leave No Trace error you’ve made? 00:43:13 – Out of all the guests on the show, are there any that you’d never want to hike with or have back on the show? 00:44:50 – Chaunce and Zach, will either of you triple crown? 00:49:10 – Introducing Fancy Feast 00:50:26 – Backstory of Zach’s sock search 00:53:22 – When did you finish the Colorado Trail? 00:53:39 – Give us your backpacking resume 00:57:06 – What was it like to work for the Green Mountain Club? 00:57:12 – Walk us through your job 00:58:00 – How do you go about educating other hikers? 00:58:43 – How did you handle poop stirring tasks? 00:58:57 – What do you stir the waste with? 00:59:43 – How many total privies have you stirred? 01:01:14 – What is the difference between the privies? 01:01:51 – Do you wear a N95 mask when doing those tasks? 01:02:02 – Have you ever gotten poop soup on you? 01:03:13 – What happens after the composting process begins? 01:03:34 – Where does the new soil get distributed? 01:04:34 – Do you have any advice for others looking for a similar job? 01:05:46 – Anything else on the hiking resume? 01:07:00 – What is it like to be told you need to get off trail vs. when you make the decision yourself? 01:10:05 – When you switched to the Sierra, was it a strategic decision? 01:10:48 – Did you hike the CT with other PCT hikers? 01:13:04 – What was the journey like getting from the PCT to the CT? 01:15:58 – What’s the Southwest Conservation Corp? 01:16:35 – What are some examples of the work? 01:18:00 – How did you end up getting into conservation work? 01:19:33 – Give us your pitch on why trail maintenance is rewarding 01:22:52 – How many compliments do you get on your hat? 01:23:20 – How did you find out about Zach’s socks? 01:24:04 – Did you have trouble finding them? 01:24:48 – What was appealing about the sock hunt? 01:26:44 – What hike is next? 01:27:28 – Do you have to worry about snow? 01:29:04 – What knowledge do you need to have about cows? 01:30:26 – Is this a paid role? 01:30:36 – Is there an adventure planned for after ski bumming? 01:31:29 – If you went back on the conservation end of the spectrum, do you have a dream conservation job? 01:32:15 – How did you get the name Fancy Feast? 01:34:58 – Did it taste like it smells? 01:35:24 – Have you eaten cat food since? 01:36:45 – As a listener, what is something you’ve always wanted to say to the hosts? 01:37:45 – Was it a conscious decision to not wear makeup on an episode where you’re sweating? 01:38:14 – How does the studio compare to your expectations? 01:38:56 – What was your least favorite episode? 01:39:20 – What do you do to save money? 01:40:29 – What was your favorite episode? 01:42:49 – Anything else you’d like to convey, Fancy Feast? 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Coffee is life for many of us. It’s our morning ritual, a jolt that shakes us out of the afternoon doldrums, and a pick-me-up when we need to burn the midnight oil. But in the backcountry, brewing the perfect cup can be complicated. A pour-over leaves you with messy grounds to haul out and instant coffee often falls short on taste. We turned to some of our favorite professional hikers — Heather “Anish” Anderson, the Hiking Viking, Adventure Alan Dixon, and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas — to unmask the secrets to brewing the best cup of coffee in camp. We spent time with each of these world-famous hikers, learning how they use coffee in their adventures and what they do to make their morning cup of joe in the wild. Turns out their methods for making coffee on trail are as wild and varied as their personalities. They join us on the Out and Back podcast this week to share their field-tested brewing techniques, so you can get the most out of your coffee on your next adventure. Tune in to Episode 40 of the Out and Back podcast to get the details on Liz Thomas’s scientific, blind study on the best instant coffee brands. Find out what type of coffee Heather Anderson uses on longer trips. Learn about Viking’s coffee alternative and get a ridiculous story about how he hated his junior high school science teacher’s coffee breath, but somehow wound up drinking coffee anyway. Get the specs on Adventure Alan’s 1.8-ounce coffee methods that jive with even the most stringent ultralight backpacking principles. Follow these hikers on Instagram: @lizthomashiking, @1adventurealan, @anishhikes, @therealhikingvikingMake sure to check out the Out and Back podcast page on Instagram!And remember, podcast listeners get a Discount on a Gaia GPS Membership!
As publishers of nearly 400 outdoor travel guidebooks, Cicerone Press are a specialist team who love the outdoors and want to inspire and guide you on your next outdoor adventure.
In this episode, hosts Amy Hodkin and Hannah Stevenson introduce themselves and speak to Joe Williams about the history of Cicerone, our team of expert authors and the areas and activities covered in Cicerone guidebooks.
Whether walking, cycling, trekking, scrambling, mountain biking, running or skiing, Cicerone offers guidebooks written, edited and tested by outdoor experts.
Find out more and view our full range of guidebooks on the Cicerone website, www.cicerone.co.uk.
In the Out and Back podcast today, find out how backcountry navigation expert Andrew Skurka uses paper and digital maps, what's in his navigation kit, and the one simple thing people can do to stay found in the wilderness. Tune in with the link below:
When writer Ken Ilgunas set out to walk the 1,700-mile proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline and talk to the people he met there, he expected challenging debates about climate change, energy security and national sovereignty. In researching his new book, “Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland,” he expected to experience the wisdom of the people and decipher the pipe’s symbolic meaning. He expected enlightenment.
Instead, he found a country we wish were just a caricature: an America that does not actually value debate, or enlightenment, or wisdom at all. …
… The proposed Keystone XL (sometimes abbreviated KXL, with XL standing for “export limited” Pipeline (Phase IV) would connect the Phase I-pipeline terminals in Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Nebraska by a shorter route and a larger-diameter pipe. …
… The first episode is now available to download through iTunes or can be accessed directly here.
… weekly news from the adventure world, discussing major topics of interest, talking about gear, and having interviews with interesting guests.
It is co-hosted with my friend David Adlard, who has a rich background in the world of outdoor adventure as well having competed in several Ironman events and numerous adventure races, as well as working as a mountain guide and race director himself. …
We have also set up a few social media outlets for those who would like to share feedback and learn more about the podcast. Our Facebook page can be found here and we’re active on Twitter at @adventure_pod. We can also be reached by email at email@example.com. …