The Practical Backpacking™ Podcast features informative interviews with adventurers and leaders in the outdoor community. More episodes are available at www.practicalbackpacking.com/show/
PBP Episode 54 - The Unseen Africa
This episode features an intercontinental talk that I had with Francis Tapon. Francis is in the midst of a 4-year adventure in which he will visit the 54 countries of Africa. Part of his mission involves creating a television show that will depict unique features concerning life, culture, and experience throughout Africa that might otherwise be missing or is seldom presented in mainstream programming.
Wilderness hiking, car camping, and travel backpacking are essentially the ways in which Francis immerses himself into The Unseen Africa. Along the way, he's actively working on his goal to climb the highest mountains in each African country. He's experiencing Africa life like the locals - eating bread baked in the desert sand and bathing in urban rivers. Francis is full of stories of adventure that you are likely to hear only from him. Each country he visits will bring a wealth of things for him to share.
Listen in to discover more about his journey and some of what he's experienced so far.
There is also a bonus audio available for download on the Practical Backpacking™ Podcast website titled Adventure Financing in which Francis shares how he funds his trips.
PBP Episode 53 - Tell it on the Mountain
In this episode Shaun Carrigan, producer of the long-awaited Tell it on the Mountain film, talks about the inspiration, experiences, and challenges behind producing this adventurous tale that follows the journeys of several hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail. Tell it on the Mountain entertains everyone from the casual hiker to the mileage-minded goal setter. Listen in to get some behind-the-scenes 411 on the making of this two-hour film that is now available via digital download and DVD.
PBP Episode 52 - Brunton Solar Power
This episode is all about power in the backcountry. Chris Currah, Product Line Manager for Brunton, talks with me about solar and portable power options to charge everything from headlamps to laptops.
Chris explains some basic terms associated with solar panels including amperes (amps), volts, watts, and photovoltaic cells. Various power solutions are discussed to keep electronic gear going for longer adventures in the wilderness.
PBP Episode 51 – Hiking Goals
In this episode, Kolby Kirk (Condor) talks with me about his hiking goals, journaling, trail adventures, and creative projects. Kolby speaks candidly about his hiking experiences and shares his personal approach to getting the most out of his time spent in the wilderness. The Hike Your Own Hike mentality is alive and well in Kolby’s […]
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PBP Episode 50 – Eric Ryback Hiking Legend
This episode features my talk with hiking legend Eric Ryback. Eric hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1969, the Pacific Crest Trail in 1970, and the Continental Divide Trail in 1972. He is recognized as the first person to thruhike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. And he was the first person to […]
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PBP Episode 49 – Outdoor Research Handwear
In this episode I interview, Ammi Borenstein, the Director of Design and Development for Outdoor Research. Ammi answers use-specifc questions regarding the company’s wide-ranging line of gloves and mittens. He provides thorough details regarding the technical materials included in various handwear models, for protecting the hands in a variety of wilderness situations.
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