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Hey, BirdShooter here. I am a Hiker, Backpacker (GAME '94), Author (Best Hikes With Dogs Georgia & South Carolina) and frequent visitor to the backcountry - especially in the Southeastern U.S.



If you are interested in hiking and backpacking topics like long distance trails, backcountry destinations, trans-continental adventures and major mishaps and learning experiences from the trail – subscribe here. I’ve worked since 2011 to podcast both novice and experienced travelers on the trail and hope you enjoy the interviews. You can also click to n2backpacking.com for older episodes and bonus shows.

n2backpacking Steve "BirdShooter" Goodrich

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Hey, BirdShooter here. I am a Hiker, Backpacker (GAME '94), Author (Best Hikes With Dogs Georgia & South Carolina) and frequent visitor to the backcountry - especially in the Southeastern U.S.



If you are interested in hiking and backpacking topics like long distance trails, backcountry destinations, trans-continental adventures and major mishaps and learning experiences from the trail – subscribe here. I’ve worked since 2011 to podcast both novice and experienced travelers on the trail and hope you enjoy the interviews. You can also click to n2backpacking.com for older episodes and bonus shows.

    Episode 88: A Look Back (And Forward)

    Episode 88: A Look Back (And Forward)

    In Episode 88, we break from the typical format to take a look back at 10 years of podcasting.  The N2Backpacking podcast launched a decade ago this Spring, so Therm Rider joins me in the studio to talk about some of the original podcasters, the evolution of backpacking shows these last ten years, and the origins of the N2Backpacking podcast.  We also discuss our favorite episodes and play a few clips from them.





    A decade goes by pretty fast, so Therm Rider and I close the podcast with projections on how both podcasting and backpacking may evolve over the next ten years.  And we specifically discuss how some things may change here in the Southeast.  Check this show out - it's a great summary of 10 years of podcasting!



    Subject: A Look Back (And Forward)

    Interviewees: Therm Rider

    Interview Date: May 28, 2021

    Runtime: 1:08:18





    Stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the N2Backpacking podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have posted our most recent episodes on these podcast networks and hope you enjoy them.



    You can also support the show with a $10 donation and download the entire 80+ podcast series including older episodes and bonus shows. Thanks for being a loyal listener, and drop us an email or post a comment below to let us know how we are doing! Best wishes, BirdShooter



     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 87: 10th Anniversary Show

    Episode 87: 10th Anniversary Show

    In Episode 87, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show by speaking with Glenn (Helmet) & Susan (Doughgirl) who were in the inaugural N2Backpacking podcast - recorded just over 10 years ago.  We last spoke with them in April 2011 when they detailed their thru-hike of the John Muir Trail, but they are here tonight to update us on their adventures this last decade - including caring for their 3 kids, visiting the National Parks, and raising an outdoor family.  



    We also have time to talk about our first trips together in the wilderness, our favorite gear, and their plans for the coming summer.  So check out the show and catch up with Helmet and Doughgirl, or go retro and follow this link to Episode 1 to flash back 10 years and hear our discussion on the JMT.



    Subject: 10th Anniversary Show

    Interviewees: Glenn (Helmet) & Susan (Doughgirl)

    Interview Date: May 26, 2021

    Runtime: 52:54





    Stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the N2Backpacking podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have posted our most recent episodes on these podcast networks and hope you enjoy them.



    You can also support the show with a $10 donation and download the entire 80+ podcast series including older episodes and bonus shows. Thanks for being a loyal listener, and drop us an email or post a comment below to let us know how we are doing! Best wishes, BirdShooter



     

    • 52 min
    Episode 86: Trust The Trail

    Episode 86: Trust The Trail

    In Episode 86, I welcome fellow podcasters Scott and Ariane to the show. They are the hosts of the popular backpacking podcast “Trust The Trail”, and despite living within 15 minutes of each other these last few years in metro-Atlanta, we chat long distance from their retrofitted 1976 Airstream camper in Arizona.



    In the podcast, Scott and Ariane discuss life on the road, their backpacking show, how they met, and their life as backcountry guides.  This podcast is simulcast on both our podcast networks - so check it out - or you can click to the the Trust The Trail website and hear their release.     



    Subject: Trust The Trail

    Interviewees: Scott & Ariane

    Interview Date: April 1, 2021

    Runtime: 1:32:55





    Stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the N2Backpacking podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have posted our most recent episodes on these podcast networks and hope you enjoy them.



    You can also support the show with a $10 donation and download the entire 80+ podcast series including older episodes and bonus shows. Thanks for being a loyal listener, and drop us an email or post a comment below to let us know how we are doing! Best wishes, BirdShooter



     

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 85: The Arizona Trail

    Episode 85: The Arizona Trail

    In Episode 85, "The Man Who Hiked It All" is back on the podcast to tell us about one of his favorite long distance trails - The AZT.  The Arizona Trail is a nearly 800 mile path that runs from Mexico to Utah and Bart Smith thru-hiked it all in 2009 - the year that it was first designated as a National Scenic Trail.  In the show, Bart tells us about his walk through the lowlands of the Sonoran Desert, his climbs to the sky islands of the San Francisco Peaks, and his traverse of the majestic Grand Canyon.   We also discuss some logistics of his thru-hike on the AZT - including getting to the trailheads, resupply, permits, and timing the seasons to get the most out of your hike.







    If the winter snows have you dreaming of warmer climates, or if Covid 19 has you feeling cooped up in the house - then the Arizona Trail is waiting for you this Spring.  Check out the podcast and learn more!  Or click to Bart's website and get inspired by his books and photography.







    Subject: The Arizona TrailInterviewees: Bart Smith (Infinite Dust)Interview Date: February 4, 2021Runtime: 1:11:53







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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 84: The Shikoku Pilgrimage

    Episode 84: The Shikoku Pilgrimage

    In Episode 84, Paul Barach tells us about his 750 mile and 42 day backpacking trip on the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan.  In the show, Paul shares the history of this religious Buddhist route, talks about hiking in traditional pilgrim clothing, and shares some of the challenges that he faced - including heat, hunger, injuries, and infections.



    You can check out Paul's book "Fighting Monks & Burning Mountains" for all the details, or listen to this interesting discussion about a little known thru-hike and religious journey on the remote island of Shikoku, Japan.  The trail passes 88 temples and sacred sites where the Buddhist priest Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) trained during the 9th Century.



    Subject: Shikoku Pilgrimage

    Interviewees: Paul Barach

    Interview Date: January 14, 2021

    Runtime: 1:22:17





    Stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the N2Backpacking podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have posted our most recent episodes on these podcast networks and hope you enjoy them.



    You can also support the show with a $10 donation and download the entire 80+ podcast series including older episodes and bonus shows. Thanks for being a loyal listener, and drop us an email or post a comment below to let us know how we are doing! Best wishes, BirdShooter



     

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 83: The Longest Straw

    Episode 83: The Longest Straw

    In Episode 83, Samantha Bode joins the show to talk about her 338 mile and 65 day hike along the Los Angeles aqueduct in California.  In the show, we talk about this unique and rarely attempted route, some of the challenges that Samantha faced, and how the ranchers, native Americans, and Los Angeles water personnel viewed her hike. 



    Since the 1950's, Southern California has been growing at an explosive rate and this podcast is about L.A.'s ever expanding need for water as much as it is about backpacking.  But The Longest Straw is a fascinating film and long distance journey along a pipeline that is largely forgotten by those that live in the City.  For more information on this documentary, you can follow this link to visit Samantha's website.  



    Subject: The Longest Straw

    Interviewees: Samantha Bode (Aqua Duck)

    Interview Date: December 15, 2020

    Runtime: 1:18:39





    Stream this episode for FREE by clicking the bar below or follow this link to subscribe to the N2Backpacking podcast (via iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry (Android), Facebook, Google+, Twitter, RSS or email). We have posted our most recent episodes on these podcast networks and hope you enjoy them.



    You can also support the show with a $10 donation and download the entire 80+ podcast series including older episodes and bonus shows. Thanks for being a loyal listener, and drop us an email or post a comment below to let us know how we are doing! Best wishes, BirdShooter



     

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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Great Channel

I began hiking the AT and BMT and found your podcast and then you webpage. Fantastic! I’ve been listening to your podcasts since day one. You make hiking and backpacking so fun for people of any age or skill level. Just Terrific! Keep up the impressive, passionate work-it is appreciated!

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A Must Listen!

With so many entering the Podcast world it’s refreshing that this podcast has stayed true to form and stays entertaining. If you love backpacking then this podcast should be in your favorite list. - Scott & Ariane TTT

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A fantastic podcast for hikers

N2Backpacking is a great podcast for anyone who’s already into hiking or planning to get into it. Fun, in depth interviews with plenty of hiking tips to take away.

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