A legend, she won multiple Olympic medals in both Summer and Winter Games — 6 medals total. The only person ever to have won multiple medals in both.
BUT she met her husband, Peter Guzman, on the AT.
And went on to become a legendary thru-hiker.
#193 | Hiking the PCT in a High Snow Year with Daniel Winsor and Ned Tibbits –
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are yet again talking all things hiking the PCT in a high snow year. This episode was recorded in early March, now that we have a clearer picture of what the 2023 hiking season will look like, and it is historically snowy. Today's episode features a pair of interviews- first we are joined by Daniel Winsor, 2017 PCT NOBO thru-hiker and author of "Crunch: A Million Snowy Steps Along the Pacific Crest Trail". Daniel was one of the first people through the Sierra in 2017, another historically high snow year, and shares in detail what his experience looked like, including his preferred traction, how to safely navigate high water crossings, the importance of traveling with a group, the schedule necessary for making miles, his close calls, and more. We are then joined by Ned Tibbits, founder of Mountain Education, a non-profit, public charity wilderness school that has been teaching people how to safely backpack year-round since 1982. Ned gives us even more nitty gritty detail about his advice for navigating the Sierra in high snow, including the safest time to enter the Sierra, the proper traction equipment, managing water crossings, and more. A lot of Ned and Daniel's advice overlaps, some of it deviates. Importantly- the advice issued in today's show is for informational purposes only. This is not intended to and should not be relied upon solely for how to navigate dangerous, backpacking conditions, which the PCT is sure to offer this year and beyond. Please seek the guidance of a skilled instructor for learning how to backpack through high snow and do not rely solely on any podcast, this one included. We wrap the show with two very embarrassing stories for ole Badger. 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Support us on Patreon! 00:11:23 – Introducing the episode and Daniel 00:13:47 – Tell us your outdoors experience. 00:16:52 – What prep did you do before hiking the PCT in 2017? 00:20:19 – How much of your prep was self-taught versus watching tutorials? 00:23:50 – Tell us your start date and when you reached Kennedy Meadows. 00:26:00 – What was your mindset at the start of the Sierra? 00:29:49 – What were other people’s mindsets at the start of the Sierra? 00:36:10 – Did you encounter sketchy parts of trail prior to reaching the Sierra? 00:39:05 – Which conditions are better for crampons versus microspikes? 00:43:30 – What are your opinions on snowshoes or skis? 00:48:08 – What other gear changes did you make going from desert to snow? 00:55:00 – What were the snow conditions like given that you were so early in the season? 01:03:10 – Discussion about 2017 Sierra incidents 01:18:30 – Can you talk about your approach to water crossings? 01:23:06 – Was there a chain of command within your group? 01:27:38 – What other non-obvious advice do you have? 01:29:42 – Walk us through the schedule of your typical day in the Sierra. 01:32:30 – What other elements were particularly difficult to deal with? 01:36:15 – What signs did you look for to indicate if you were walking over water? 01:39:23 – If someone was on the fence about the Sierra this year, what should their thought process be? 01:42:25 – Where to find Daniel’s book 01:44:15 – Introducing Ned Tibbits 01:45:53 – Tell us about hiking the PCT in 1974. 01:51:00 – How did you plan your PCT hike? 01:54:18 – Were there other people on the trail? 01:55:20 – How did you stay so connected to the trail all this time? 01:59:15 – Have you ever estimated how many hours you’ve spent traveling on snow? 02:01:35 – Can you put into context what we’re looking at for the 2022-2023 winter? 02:09:38 – Is March the right time to start, or no? 02:15:58 – Do you have thoughts on the safest window for entering the Sierra? 02:20:28 – What day would be Ned Day? 02:24:14 – What are the requisite skills a PCT hiker should have before arriving at Campo? 02:29:50 – Can you talk about an ice ax versus a whippet? 02:38:00 – Is using a whippet ever risky during water crossing scenarios? 02:49:10 – Discussion about traction 03:01:10 – What’s your take on the appropriateness of snowshoes? 03:06:27 – Can you talk about pitching a tent in snow? 03:11:30 – What’s your top advice for dealing with water crossings in a high snow year? 03:25:29 – For river crossings in general, what shoes should I wear? 03:31:51 – Where can people find more information from you? 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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.
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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.
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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. …
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