Pacific Crest Trail

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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.

LINKS!
The Hostel California
Halfway Anywhere
eedahahm on Instagram
Trailside Radio on the Nerdist Podcast

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(U-Haul photos courtesy of eedahahm)

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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.

LINKS!
Highwalker on Facebook
Ratatouille’s Gear List
The Trail Show
The Pox and Puss Podcast
Sounds of the Trail

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Ratatouille visits Casa de Luna and talks with Terrie Anderson, trail angel extraordinaire. A 10-mile drunken night hike tests Ratatouille’s ukulele abilities. A podcast rivalry escalates into war. The debut of Hiker Haikus.

LINKS!
The Trail Show
Mile, Mile and a Half

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Ratatouille and Terrie Anderson

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Ratatouille and Sandizzzle

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Casa de Luna

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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.

LINKS!
Backpacker Magazine article about Hiker Heaven
Pacific Crest Trail Association

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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.

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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.

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Eugene Yoon’s “I Will Walk” campaign
Nina on Instagram
eedahahm on Instagram
eedahahm’s Kickstarter
Tyler & Joey on Facebook
Hike for High Hopes
Featured music: Lojo Russo

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eedahahm - Dancing on Eagle Rock

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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!

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PCTA article about Greg “Strider” Hummel
Ravensong’s Roost
Double Tap Hikes
PCT water report
Backcountry Ninjas
Zero Day Resupply

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Greg "Strider" Hummel (photo courtesy of Monte Dodge)

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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!

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The Trail Show
Halfmile’s PCT maps
PCT water report
Pacific Crest Trail Association
Guthook’s Trail Guide Apps
Gossamer Gear
Trail Logistics

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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.

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Shawn “Pepper” Forry’s website
Justin “Trauma” Lichter’s website
Squatch Films
Kickstarter page for Squatch’s Icelandic film
One Pan Wonders by Teresa “Dicentra” Black is available from Yogi’s Books and Amazon.

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Ratatouille at the Southern Terminus of the PCT

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Ratatouille at the Southern Terminus of the PCT

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!

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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!

Links!
ALDHA-West (2015 Gathering: Sept 25-27 on Mt. Hood, OR)
PCT Days (Aug 28-30, 2015 in Cascade Locks, OR)
Leave No Trace
Allgood’s K-9 Adventures
She-ra Hikes
Hikertrash Gear

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Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa hiking with canine companion

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Renee "She-ra" Patrick showing off her hikertrash style

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ALDHA-West Gathering in 2014

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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.

Erin Miller: Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail
Renee Patrick: Hikertrash Gear & She-ra Hikes
Kolby Kirk: The Hike Guy & The Wilds Project

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Erin "Hummingbird" Miller and Carl "Bearclaw" Miller


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Kolby "Condor" Kirk


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Renee "She-ra" Patrick

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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!

Wired’s blog: Walking With Wired
Sage’s blog: Sage Clegg Adventures

Mentioned in this episode:
Sticky Fingers’ blog: Walk for Jake
Rockin’s blog: Lady On a Rock
Boston & Cubby’s blog: PCT 2010
Squatch/Flip Flop Flipped: Squatch Films

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Erin "Wired" Saver

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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.

Paul’s blog: Shapeless Chaos
John’s blog: Cupcake Walk
Bonus link: Naked American Hero

Recording assistance provided by Ariana Rosales. Theme song by Nicholas Austin Skinner.

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It’s official. I have my permit. In only ten weeks I’ll be at the Mexican border to start my 2,660-mile journey northward. Right now, that day feels like it’s a lifetime away, but if I’m not careful, it will be here before I’m ready.

Even though I have a fair amount of backpacking experience, I’ve been spending absurd amounts of time researching the trail. There are plenty of books to read, documentaries to watch, and online forums to browse. I’ve talked with people who have done the hike before, some of them multiple times. I attended a class at a local outdoor gear store. (Shout out to Gary at the Mountain Shop!) I’ve connected with other people who will also be doing their first thru-hike this year. I’m starting to develop a severe case of information overload.

Fortunately, I already have most of my gear. I recently bought a new backpack and I’m about to upgrade my hammock, but most of what I’m carrying will be the same equipment I’ve used in the past. While this will be my first long-distance thru-hike, I’ve done solo hikes as long as 300 miles, which has given me plenty of time to find my hiking style and dial in my gear. This definitely gives me a leg up in the preparation department.

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My earliest camping experiences go back to my childhood in Minnesota. My mother took my brother and me on trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from a very young age, usually with other friends or family in tow. We’d paddle and portage from lake to lake for days at a time. My mother was (and is) an experienced wilderness adventurer who enjoyed occasional solo trips as well. She taught us how to appreciate the natural world while having fun and staying safe. These memories stand out more clearly than any others from my youth. Jumping out of a canoe to swim in the middle of a lake. Eating freshly caught fish roasted on the campfire. The magical sound of loons singing at night.

Even though I grew up in the suburbs, my childhood was filled with opportunities to appreciate nature. Cross-country skiing. Ice fishing. Visiting my grandparents’ farm. Hikes through local wilderness preserves. Family road trips. Camping with friends as a teenager.

With my brother in Alaska. (I'm on the left!)

With my brother in Alaska. (I’m on the left!)

I moved to Oregon on my own at the age of 19. It wasn’t long before I heard the wilderness calling my name. I figured I had enough experience that I could just head out onto the trail without advice or guidance. Fortunately I did know enough to keep myself safe. What I didn’t know was how to pack for a trip when you have to carry everything on your back. I was used to packing more than one bag per person, and carrying it all in a canoe. It didn’t take long for me to learn from my mistake.

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