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.
First, the bad news. Episode 5 is going to be late. I thought I had considered most of the obstacles that might get in the way of podcasting from the trail, but somehow laryngitis didn’t make the list. I’ve lost my voice. I can hardly speak, and it hurts to try. Worst of all, it happened because I haven’t done a good job of taking care of myself. Much too much coffee, a little too much beer, not enough water, too much campfire smoke, and lots and lots of talking were more than my vocal chords could handle.
Now, the good news. I’m on the PCT. I’m having the time of my life. My voice will return. I got to the monument at the start of the PCT last Tuesday night and arrived at Lake Morena (mile 20) early the next day. The next five days were a whirlwind of workshops, interviews, new friends, and a little bit of partying. I interviewed a lot of people– enough for several episodes of Trailside Radio. While I hadn’t planned on it, I stayed for both sessions of the PCT Kick Off because I kept finding more amazing people to interview. Unfortunately I wore myself out and now I’m unable to finish any episodes with the necessary introductions and segues, at least for a few days. I promise, the wait will be worth it!
I intend to release episodes every Tuesday, so most likely I’ll delay Episode 5 by one week. If my voice comes back in the next couple days, I may consider releasing it sooner, but I’m not going to promise anything before May 5. By then I should have three episodes locked and loaded, ready for weekly release. Staying a few episodes ahead is the only way I’ll have any hope of consistently releasing episodes every Tuesday while I’m on the trail. I won’t always have internet access out here, not to mention all the other things that can go wrong. Hopefully this week will be the last without a new episode until I finish this adventure. Consistency is important to me, however it still takes third place on my list of priorities.
Ratatouille’s List of Priorities
1. Stay safe and healthy.
2. Have a positive and fun experience.
3. Get an episode out every week.
4. Make it to Canada.
I’m now back on the trail heading north towards Canada. Last night I cowboy camped (meaning without a tent) under a half moon and a clear sky. We got a lot of rain in the last couple days, but of course the drought is still a harsh reality here in southern California. I’ve already met people from all over the world, and we’re all brought together by a singular purpose: hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
I promise you’ll be able to join me vicariously next week!