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Blisters, post-holing, spam and ramen, helicopter evacs, and hiker midnight. A not-so-expert romp through trails long and short by those who barely survived. Trail talk about prep, gear, food, legends, and misadventure with host Doc, with additional interviews with world travelers and adventure athletes. Amplifying the outdoor experience for those hooked on adventure! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
 
Romer Wilson's first novel is a study in the life of Genius, a theme that would preoccupy her throughout her life. The eponymous Martin Schüler is a young German composer of genius in the years leading up to the Great War. His great passion is to create one magnificent work that will live forever. With his passions so consumed in his art, he makes sacrifices in his human relationships, going through a series of wrenching, unequal love affairs. The novel is of interest not only for Schüler's ...
 
A collection of Muir's previously unpublished essays, released shortly after his death. "This volume will meet, in every way, the high expectations of Muir's readers. The recital of his experiences during a stormy night on the summit of Mount Shasta will take rank among the most thrilling of his records of adventure. His observations on the dead towns of Nevada, and on the Indians gathering their harvest of pine nuts, recall a phase of Western life that has left few traces in American litera ...
 
John Muir (1838–1914) was one of the first modern preservationists. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, and wildlife, especially in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, were read by millions and are still popular today. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. His writings and philosophy strongly i ...
 
A weary survivor of the Great War, Major Rane Smith wanders in a great ennui amidst the mystical beauties of the fjords of Norway after the War, seeking a spiritual renewal. Deep in the forest he stumbles fatefully upon the strange, almost elvish home of Karl Ingman, an iconoclastic old Ibsen scholar. There Major Smith meets Ingman's two beautiful young daughters and his eldritch wife Rosa, entering into long days of profound dialogue with each member of the family. A rare and exquisite gem ...
 
First published in 1894, this wonderful travelogue by a famed naturalist and conservationist still remains a book that delights and informs its readers. The Mountains of California by John Muir recounts the author's exploration of the Yosemite Valley, Mount Whitney, the famed sequoia forests and King's Canyon among other places of immense natural beauty. Written in his characteristic zestful style, with a deep understanding and respect for nature, the book is a treasure trove of geography, g ...
 
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New York now joining several other states in adopting the CDC's guideline for fully vaccinated Americans to ditch their masks both indoors and outdoors. The deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas escalates. President Biden publicly urging a ceasefire between both sides in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A former assoc…
 
Matt "Schmutz" Lyons joins Doc to talk gear and prep, his 2019 AT hike, his upcoming southbound PCT hike, and the accompanying documentary, SOBO. Schmutz also becomes the first guest on the Pod to take on the Wheel of Wilderness. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
 
The deadliest day in the Middle East after Israel launches an air strike to target a leader of Hamas. The U.N. Security Council holds an emergency meeting as protests to the violence erupt in cities around the world. The CDC defends its new mask guidance amid growing concerns American businesses will be left to police who is vaccinated and who is n…
 
President Biden speaks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as violence escalates in the Middle East. An Israeli air strike levels a building in Gaza housing international press offices. A growing number of states are adopting the CDC's latest guidance allowing fully vaccinated Americans to ditch their masks both indoors and outdoors leading to mas…
 
Ape Man, a Sierra hiker with 45 years of experience and two re-built knees, sits down with Doc to discuss bears in the backcountry, how to dodge Volkswagen-sized boulders, adventures on the John Muir Trail, and hilarious stories from more than four decades on the trail.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
The mask confusion after the CDC said vaccinated Americans don't need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors except for a few exceptions; The latest on the Yankees COVID outbreak; The attack on the Colonial Pipeline and gas shortages in several states.ABC News による
 
The CDC says no more masks for vaccinated Americans both indoors and outdoors; Answers to questions about the vaccine and transmission of COVID-19; The situation across several states with the Colonial Pipeline and gas prices; New details on tensions in the Middle East.ABC News による
 
Spencer Morrissey, an incurable peak bagger and world class wise ass, sits a spell with Doc and spins some yarns from his outdoor adventures. Tune in and hear about steaming heads, river nudists, spruce traps, and the answer to the age-old question, just how far can you drive on a 50-mile spare? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreak…
 
In this first of two episodes, Prospective PCT thru hiker, Panda, comes on the Pod to discuss her prep, gear, strategy, and expectations for her first long trail thru hike. And, she'll make a return appearance after the PCT to share stories from the trail and how reality differed from expectations. You're not going to want to miss these episodes!--…
 
Author, bikepacker, and thru hiker Paul "Snake Eyes" Barach sits down with Doc to relive the highest of highs and lowest of lows from the last five years. Tune in for a comprehensive discussion on tragedy, healing, magic moments, and the dangers of mountaintop karate matches against monks. And Pueblo, Colorado. --- Support this podcast: https://anc…
 
Tune in to hear Doc talk to Josh "Goat" McDonnell about his journey from a pained day hiker in Colorado to JMT thru hiker. Along the way, they cover a lot of territory, including the power of Google, relationships on the trail, camping sites at 13,400', and old timers who know where to find beer and pictographs on the trail. And, oh yeah, there's a…
 
After battling his inner demons and recovering from being hit by a van and almost losing his leg, what did Nasty Noodle do? He took on his childhood dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail . . . and more! Listen in to hear how Nasty Noodle beat the odds and hiked over 3,000 miles in 2020, including a trail I bet the vast majority of you have never ev…
 
Leave No Trace trainer Heather Kovach joins Doc for an important discussion of the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Doc and Heather share the principles, the reasons behind them, and use lots of stories from personal experience to illustrate them. Hilarity ensues. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Nikola Horvat, trail name Tesla, hiked the PCT in 2016, and then went back home to create the 1,400-mile-long Croatian Long Distance Trail. He joins in from Croatia to talk about his viral hiking documentary, dangerous encounters on the trail, the art of listening to your feet, and navigating both the external and internal wilderness while hiking. …
 
AT and PCT thru hiker, Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver, sits down with Doc on the cusp of his departure to attempt the CDT to talk personal challenges, trail stories, gear, how to earn Hiker Trash trail cred, and chafing where you don't want to chafe. Buckle up and hunker down for this one!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Former college soccer star and current military wife and mother of three, Cassie Johannes, sits down with Doc to talk about all things Faroe Islands. She shares logistics, cost, and descriptions of waterfalls, impossible lakes, and lighthouses. And there's talk of a rock festival in a high school gym and jumping out of a perfectly good plane over H…
 
Got a long trail hike coming up quick that you're not physically ready for? This is the episode for you. Rowan "Coach" Smith sits down with Doc to talk backpacker-specific training and fitness prep. Knee pain? Pack strain? Elevation gain? Coach covers it all and more, including the abundance of hiking guides in Brazil, knowing when to keep your mou…
 
Thru hiking is hard enough, but when you add six kids and your spouse, you're taking it to a whole new level. Ben Crawford, author of 2000 Miles Together, sits down with Doc to discuss the logistics, prep, and the highs and lows of hiking with kids aged 2 to 17, and he and Doc also take detours to talk about marathoning as a family as well as the y…
 
Three adventure podcasts collide in this crossover episode. Check out the voices, stories and content behind The John Freakin' Muir Pod, the Lost on Purpose Pod, and the Tales of the Trails podcast. Trying to find new adventures to listen to? Look no further. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Shaun of Shaun_Explores sits down with Doc to share some mishaps and misadventures while wild camping in the UK. The accidental YouTube star and self-proclaimed serial hobbyist talks about getting his start in the outdoors, the right to roam, how to eat well on the trail, and what happens when your drone descends into a 70-foot-deep reservoir overf…
 
Jeff "Legend" Garmire comes on the Pod to talk about the Calendar Triple Crown, the Great Western Loop, FKTs, and his upcoming attempt at the Barkley Marathons. Along the way, he shares the hilarity and heart-stopping moments from 30,000 trail miles. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Little Skittle sits down with Doc to discuss her 2019 thru hike of the PCT, rattlesnake angst, gear upgrades, the benefits of being a cold soaker, and that time she broke her fall with her face. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
 
Jupiter sits down with Doc to talk ultralight, how to hike the 5,000-mile Eastern Continental Trail, how not to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, setting the FKT on the Florida Trail, unique and less traveled American trails, and the beautiful simplicity of tarps. And you're not going to want to miss the Ultralight Edition of the JFM Pod Hiking Poll. -…
 
A Triple Crowner at the age of 20, Scrapbook sits down with Doc to talk about planning for the PCT during high school, convincing his mom to drop him off alone at the Mexican border with just a pack on his back at the age of 18, and his official ranking of America's long trails. You don't want to miss the discussion of prep, gear, the literal and f…
 
Ultrarunner, entrepreneur, and filmmaker Jamil Coury joins Doc for a discussion of the Slam of the Damned, a quartet of daunting and brutal ultrarunning races feared by everyone but a daring few. Listen in and hear about the HURT100, the Hardrock 100, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, and . . . the Barkley Marathons! Condolence letters, license plates…
 
Obsessive outdoor adventurer Chadahooche sits down with Doc to discuss his 2020 thru hike of the JMT, how to become a guide, the nine things he wished he had known before hiking the JMT, adventure media must-sees, and the importance of obsession. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Aaron Owens Mayhew, the creator of Backcountry Foodie, sits down with Doc for an excellent Bonus Episode. They cover a lot of ground, from portions of both the PCT and AT in 2017, injuries on the trail, and, most importantly, how Doc has been doing this backpacking food thing all wrong! Aaron has combined her profession (dietician) and her passion …
 
Filmmaker and podcaster Billy "Bourdain" Yang, along with his hiking companions, SOGO and Tunez, sit down with Doc and Chopper to talk about his JMT documentary, the challenges of preparing for a thru hike during a pandemic, how to problem solve when things (lots of things!) go wrong, the importance of condiments, and how to pull off the perfect ma…
 
Jason Fitzpatrick, co-producer, co-director, and writer of the quintessential John Muir Trail documentary, Mile. Mile & a Half, sits down with Doc and Chopper to talk about the film, the overwhelming response of fans, feather allergies, the importance of snacks, and what the cast is doing now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakin…
 
Polar explorer Eric Larsen did what no other person had done before or since: reached the South Pole, the North Pole, and the summit of Everest in a single year. Eric sits down with Doc and shares how he got his start in polar expeditions, his creation of Stateathons, his book On Thin Ice, and his incredible year of reaching the "Three Poles" of th…
 
Three best friends embark upon an epic trek on the PCT; only one crosses the Canadian border 2,600 miles later. Chris, Bo, and Eich sit down with Doc to share the glory and the misery along the country's preeminent long trail. Along the way, they discuss the incredible trail magic they found, the epic new friends they met, and we settle once and fo…
 
Triple Crowner Ginger Ballz sits down to talk with Doc about joining the thru hiking cult, his lack of preparation when he set out on the AT, discovering the best version of himself on the trail, the distinctive soul of each of the long trails, and story after story of hijinks and adventure in the backcountry. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, Hiker Tr…
 
Down the Trail website creator Jamie Compos joins Doc for a discussion of his excellent trail prep website, how he came by the trail name of Duct Tape, and his treks on the AT, the Long Trail, the JMT, Denali, the Grand Canyon, and the Hayduke Trail. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Author Jay Wilson and his wife Michelle sit down with Doc to discuss Jay's JMT trail memoir, Elevation Gain, Life Lessons Above the Tree Line. They cover a lot of ground in this episode: there are Pro Tips aplenty, a discussion of the Drinking Pants Hall of Fame, conquering stomach troubles atop Mt. Whitney, and lamenting over the injustice of thou…
 
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