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.
#178 | Leonard Adkins on 20,000 Miles of Backpacking, Thru-Hiking in the 1980s, and Authoring 21 Books –
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Leonard Adkins. Leonard is a backpacking legend and author of more than twenty books, including several guide books, a book about the flora, fauna, and geology on the the Appalachian Trail, and his most title, "All About the Appalachian Trail" the first and only book for children grades 4-8. We go in depth on Leonard's backpacking history, which includes more than 20,000 miles dating back to the early 80s. We learn what it was like to be one of the first to hike the Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the first (alongside his wife) to hike the Allegheny Trail. We learn some fun facts about the plants along the AT. And we get the ultimate endorsement for this interview from Leonard himself, who says, "I enjoyed that more than I was expecting.” We were flattered. We wrap the show with the worst all-time Christmas songs, the triple crown of baked goods, a new stupid thing of the week, and more. RTIC Outdoors: Shop at rticoutdoors.com. Organifi: Use code “BACKPACKER” for 20% off at organifi.com/backpacker. Enlightened Equipment: Use code “ULTRALIGHT10” for 10% off Enlightened Equipment’s Stock Revelation Quilt or Torrid Jacket at enlightenedequipment.com. Gossamer Gear: Use code “TAKELESSTREKMORE” for 15% off at gossamergear.com. [divider] Interview with Leonard Adkins Leonard's Website Time stamps & Questions 00:05:15 – QOTD: What is the all-time worst Christmas song? 00:13:52 – Reminders: Hiker Meetup, Saturday December 10! 00:17:08 – Reminders: apply to blog in 2023, shop the Trek’s new shorts and hats! 00:18:34 – Introducing Leonard 00:19:19 – What’s your origin story? 00:22:56 – How popular was the trail in 1980? 00:26:18 – How was the trail or route different in 1980? 00:29:14 – Did you hike the trail to research for your books or did your books result from hiking? 00:31:55 – How much time did you spend on your first book? 00:33:33 – Tell us more about hiking the AT in 1980. 00:37:50 – If you could backpack the AT today or in the 80’s again, which would you pick? 00:40:11 – Do you remember your original backpacking gear? 00:44:29 – Tell us about the Allegheny Trail. 00:50:42 – How long do you think it would take the average thru-hiker to complete? 00:54:30 – What was the Pacific Northwest Trail like in 1983? 00:57:54 – How did you know about these trails to hike them before they were completed? 01:00:22 – How did you plan your hikes without guide books or maps? 01:03:30 – Discussion about hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 1987 01:05:26 – How many maps did you carry on the CDT and how did you get them? 01:07:37 – What does your navigation setup look like today? 01:10:05 – What shorter trail stands out from the ones we haven’t talked about yet? 01:11:54 – Would you describe your hiking experience as Type I or Type II fun? 01:12:50 – What was your most challenging day of backpacking? 01:14:58 – What percent of your time is spent hiking, researching, and writing books? 01:16:21 – If you could hike one of your international trails again, which would it be? 01:21:39 – Did you re-hike sections of the trail to write your books? 01:25:37 – What’s your favorite story about nature that’s in your books? 01:27:44 – What’s your favorite story about the animals you researched? 01:29:43 – Tell us more about your educational and professional background. 01:32:08 – What are the best overnight hikes on the AT? 01:34:06 – Are the ponies in Grayson Highlands wild or feral? 01:35:41 – Tell us about your wife getting struck by lightning. 01:40:14 – Was the pain localized to her foot? 01:42:00 – Laurie’s perspective on the story 01:42:55 – What was the inspiration for writing a book for kids? 01:45:42 – What feedback have you gotten on the book? 01:47:50 – Do you have a larger mission for writing books? 01:48:53 – Where can people follow you and get your books? SEGMENTS MG Check-In Trek Propaganda 5 Stupid Light Gear Choices That Take Ultralight Too Far by Alex Brown aka GPS Stupid Thing of the Week Triple Crown of baked goods Mail Bag 5 Star Review [divider] Check out our sound guy @paulyboyshallcross. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. Advertise on Backpacker Radio Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube. Follow Backpacker Radio on Tik Tok. A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Jason Lawrence, Christopher Marshburn, Sawyer Products, Brad and Blair (Thirteen Adventures), Patrick Cianciolo, Paul Packman Sealy, Matt Soukup, Jason Snailer, Greg Mac, Tracy “Trigger” Fawns, Mike Poisel, and Kristina Diaz. A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Liz Seger, Cynthia Voth, Emily Brown, Dcnerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Peter Ellenberg, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven.
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.
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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. …
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. …