Trail angels Andrea and Jerry Dinsmore have been hosting hikers for years at their Washington home, which is known as Hiker Haven. Ratatouille visits Hiker Haven and talks to the Dinsmores about the challenges of being full-time trail angels and how the forest fires in Washington have affected the PCT this year. He also chats with thru-hiker David “El Flaco” Lowe, who, at the age of 58, has already hiked the Appalachian Trail three times.
PCT hiker “Properly Chill” talks about how she got involved with Hike the Pipe, a protest against a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross southern Oregon. Ratatouille discusses PCT Days with event organizer Jason “Neighbor Jay” Waicunas. Interviews with other PCT hikers in northern Oregon.
On September 24, 2015, Heather “Anish” Anderson set the new speed record for a self-supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, becoming the first person ever to simultaneously hold the record for both the AT and PCT. Less than 3 days later, she sat down with Trailside Radio to talk about her records and the obstacles she has overcome to achieve them.
Interviews with people hiking southbound on the Pacific Crest Trail. While hiking north to Cascade Locks, Ratatouille bumps into Par 3 of the podcast Sounds of the Trail, and they simultaneously interview each other at PCT Days. An on-trail musical performance by hiker Gabriella “Ukulele” Smith.
Ratatouille attempts the Oregon Challenge– hiking 456 miles in 14 days– but exhaustion and dehydration have other plans. Forest fires cause a trail closure near Crater Lake, but a familiar face comes to the rescue. Interviews with artistic and musical hikers at Shelter Cove.
From a rave in Belden to a church in Chester, Ratatouille hikes and hitches his way through northern California to the Oregon border– and defends his camp from a bear. Really, it was a bear this time! Bluegrass in Belden. A mysterious shoe appears. Poop talk in Sierra City. A conversation with another hiker about being behind schedule on a thru-hike.
Next week Trailside Radio will take the week off as Ratatouille attempts to hike the entirety of Oregon in 14 days– 32.5 miles a day! Trailside Radio will return the following week to share that journey.
A return to the Sierra Mountains. Far behind schedule, still overcoming a sprained ankle, Ratatouille skips two beautiful sections of trail to catch up with other hikers. A rendezvous in Mammoth Lakes. Interviews with a group of trail maintenance workers and the owner of Sonora Pass Resupply.
Welcome to The Hostel California in Bishop, where dozens of hikers rendezvous, congregate, linger, and have their willpower tested as they attempt to return to the trail. 20 hikers take a U-Haul to San Francisco to attend the Pride Celebration and get stopped by police along the way. Thunderstorms. Fireworks. How not to make a jello pool. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
(U-Haul photos courtesy of eedahahm)
An extended, hour-long version of the interview with Shawn “Highwalker” Snyder featured in Episode 13: Higher Ground.
Ratatouille and Mr. Universe brave snakes, bears, cows, and giardia to reach Kennedy Meadows. A lingering injury forces Ratatouille to make a difficult decision. Featuring an interview with Shawn “Highwalker” Snyder, who has spent much of his life on the Pacific Crest Trail. Also, a glimpse behind the scenes: How to podcast from the trail.
For 18 years, Donna and Jeff Saufley hosted PCT hikers at their home in Agua Dulce, California. They take the time to share their story on Trailside Radio, talking about how 50 hikers per season grew to 50 hikers per night, and why they made the decision to close Hiker Heaven.
Ratatouille encounters a rattlesnake and watches other hikers hitchhike past him. Interviews include a part-time trail angel, a group of tired hikers, and a young military veteran hiking as a way to cope with PTSD. A hiker entertains others at bedtime with his flute playing, and Ratatouille performs an original song about the PCT with his newfound ukulele skills.
Ratatouille heads north and interviews other hikers. Some are hiking for charitable causes. Others are hiking with family. One is making art… naked. One is airlifted out, but returns to tell the tale. An episode full of dehydration, fatigue, nosebleeds, and determination.
The song “Sunrise, Sun Arise” was written and performed by Lojo Russo. Used with permission.
Third and final episode of interviews from the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off 2015. Paul “Nohawk” Hacker and Bob Riess talk about the history of the PCT Kick Off and the legacy of Greg “Strider” Hummel. Teddi Boston talks about hiking the PCT southbound in 1976 and the work she does now to protect it. Ravensong (Carolyn Burkhart) talks about hiking the PCT northbound in 1976 and being a trail angel today. Also: Matt “Double Tap” Parker, 30-Pack of Backcountry Ninjas, and Spartan of Zero Day Resupply. Next week: Ratatouille heads north!
More interviews from the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off 2015, including POD and Disco (The Trail Show), Meadow Ed, Marmot, Lon “Halfmile” Cooper, Barney “Scout” Mann, and the people behind Guthook Trail Guides, Gossamer Gear, and Trail Logistics. Next week: interviews with PCT thru-hikers from the classes of 1976 and 1977!
Now coming to you from the Pacific Crest Trail! Ratatouille arrives in Campo, California and hikes to Lake Morena for the Annual Day Zero PCT Kick Off. Featuring interviews with PCT winter thru-hiker Shawn “Pepper” Forry, filmmaker Scott “Squatch” Herriott, and retired trail angel Georgi “Firefly” Heitman, as well as a Trail Food trail tip from Teresa “Dicentra” Black, author of the backpacking cooking guide One Pan Wonders.
Shawn “Pepper” Forry’s website
Justin “Trauma” Lichter’s website
Kickstarter page for Squatch’s Icelandic film
One Pan Wonders by Teresa “Dicentra” Black is available from Yogi’s Books and Amazon.
Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa talks about ALDHA-West, PCT Days, and the annual ALDHA-West Gathering. Renee “She-ra” Patrick of Hikertrash Gear talks about the Continental Divide Trail, which she’s thru-hiking this summer. Ratatouille has less than a week to finish getting ready to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. He is NOT freaking out.
Starting April 28, Trailside Radio finally goes trailside! New episodes will be released every Tuesday, direct from the Pacific Crest Trail. If you haven’t already subscribed, now is the time!
Ratatouille travels to Bend, Oregon to find out why many hikers choose to call themselves hikertrash. He talks with Erin and Carl Miller (a.k.a. “Hummingbird” and “Bearclaw”) about Erin’s book, Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail. Renee “She-ra” Patrick discusses her company, Hikertrash Gear. Kolby “Condor” Kirk talks about sharing his wilderness adventures through art, and how the journey is more important than the destination. Does Ratatouille learn to embrace the term hikertrash? Listen to find out!
Three weeks left until Trailside Radio goes mobile on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Interviews with two Triple Crowners: Erin “Wired” Saver and Sage Clegg. Wired discusses her popular hiking blog, Walking With Wired, hiking the major long-distance trails, and her plans for 2015. Sage Clegg talks about earning her Triple Crown in only 18 months, hiking lesser-known routes, and blazing her own trail. Featuring the debut of a new segment, Trail Food.
Five weeks left until Trailside Radio goes mobile on the Pacific Crest Trail!
The first episode of Trailside Radio! Two months before his big adventure, Ratatouille interviews PCT thru-hikers Paul “Blurr” Burdick (2013) and John “Cupcake” Brennan (2002) about trail culture, going the distance, and readjusting to life after a thru-hike. He also talks with his mother, Mary Hepokoski, about her wilderness experiences and the camping trips she took him on as a child.
Recording assistance provided by Ariana Rosales. Theme song by Nicholas Austin Skinner.