29 episodes

Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking. Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles. Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting past the how and to the why of hiking. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

The Hiker Podcast | Day Hiking, Backpacking, Thru Hikin‪g‬ The Hiker Podcast

    • Wilderness
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking. Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles. Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting past the how and to the why of hiking. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

    Sami Wolniakowski: Environmental Educator | The Hiker Podcast S2E7

    Sami Wolniakowski: Environmental Educator | The Hiker Podcast S2E7

    This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker, mountaineer, skier, mountain biker and environmental educator Sami Wolniakowski.

    Sami Wolniakowski is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Before attending the program, she was a teacher and environmental educator for 4 years. She believes in utilizing the outdoors as her classroom and making it accessible for all students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, mountaineering, skiing, paddle boarding, and mountain biking.

    Follow Sami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/samiski21/ 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:


    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast

    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 


    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!


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    • 35 min
    Darwin Rakestraw: Filmmaker & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E6

    Darwin Rakestraw: Filmmaker & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E6

    This week Andy talks with filmmaker and hiker Darwin Rakestraw. They have a great conversation about being a filmmaker and a hiker, creativity, social media and the hiking community, and what he is doing to encourage everyone to protect public lands.

    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to see everything Darwin is doing.

    "Through the Great Southwest", Darwin's  documentary film about the Arizona Trail: https://theoutdoorevolution.com/through-the-great-southwest 

    Darwin’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18exdGWh7piVWisrnDXiZg

    Support Darwin on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/darwinonthetrail

    Darwin’s Blog: https://darwinonthetrail.com

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:


    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast
    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!


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    • 58 min
    Gilad & Mika Nachmani Founders of CNOC Outdoors | The Hiker Podcast S2E5

    Gilad & Mika Nachmani Founders of CNOC Outdoors | The Hiker Podcast S2E5

    This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks with the founders of CNOC Outdoors (pronounced K'nock, who are also a sponsors of the Hiker Podcast) Gilad and Mika Nachmani.   

    Gilad Nachmani founded CNOC Outdoors in 2016 upon moving to Portland, OR with his wife, Mika and two small children. An avid outdoorsman and outdoor retail industry professional of over 17 years, Gilad used, tested, broke, tinkered and played with gear in both personal and professional capacities. Throughout this time, he was developing new product ideas and improvements to items already in the market. Together, Gilad and his wife Mika scraped together enough resources for Gilad to place an order of redesigned trekking poles. 

    Gilad designed and made his first truly unique product with the profits from the pole sales, and CNOC quickly became known for the Vecto, as well as for our commitment to doing the right thing – for our customers, our community, and the environment. 

    CNOC is also offering, STARTING FEBRUARY 3, 2021, a 10% discount on new trekking poles with discount code “Hiker Podcast” or use of the following link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast

    The trekking poles, handmade in PORTLAND, OREGON will likely be the last pair you need to buy.

    FOR MORE ABOUT CNOC GO TO:  https://cnocoutdoors.com 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors: 


    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast 




    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! 

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com 

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Maggie Slepian | The Hiker Podcast S2E4

    Maggie Slepian | The Hiker Podcast S2E4

    On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Writer Maggie Slepian about her experience on the trail, social media, and the outdoor industry. 

    Maggie Slepian is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, a full-time writer, and the co-founder of BackpackingRoutes.com. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is loosely putting together a plan for four thru-hikes in 2021... but we all know plans are very loose right now. 

    Get in touch at MaggieSlepian.com.

    Follow Maggie on IG: https://www.instagram.com/maggie_slepian

    We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal

    For more information about Unlikley Hikers go to https://jennybruso.com/unlikelyhikers/ 

    Check out CNOC Outdoors: https://cnocoutdoors.com

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!


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    • 59 min
    Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom | The Hiker Podcast S2E3

    Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom | The Hiker Podcast S2E3

    On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom about her hike of the PCT, canceling hikes because of covid, vulnerability, and her YouTube channel.

    Becca Bergstrom had a single-night's experience of backpacking before she embarked on her solo thru-hike of the 2,650-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. In the span of 135 days, she walked from Campo to Manning Park carrying everything she needed to make the long journey, including a newfound sense of happiness, confidence and self-worth. She earned her trail name Little Skittle very early on, powered through the Sierra during one of the highest snow years on record and unfortunately spent the final 1,000 miles processing grief and honoring her grandma, documenting it all and more on cell phone videos she would upload to YouTube.

    In 2020, Becca had plans, like many of us did. She had hopes of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in March, and when those plans fell through, she attempted to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail in July, but called it after only eight miles because Coronavirus cases had recently spiked and it just didn't feel like the right thing to do.

    She still has her sights set on hiking those two trails, earning her the Triple Crown title, but until then, she's using her voice to share her struggles with eating disorders and bringing awareness to mental health, all while prioritizing the management of her own in the best way she knows how, getting outside and moving through the mountains.

    Follow Becca on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ms_rebecca_ann/

    Subscribe to Becca’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_pWpSu7iVSKQlYd_tQAgQ

    We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show!

    Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal

    Check out CNOC Outdoors: https://cnocoutdoors.com

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!


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    • 51 min
    Julia "Rocket" Sheehan: Hiker & Vlogger | The Hiker Podcast S2E2

    Julia "Rocket" Sheehan: Hiker & Vlogger | The Hiker Podcast S2E2

    On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Julia "Rocket" Sheehan. 
    After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019, Julia Sheehan, aka Rocket has never looked back. Julia is a air force veteran, registered emergency medicine nurse and an avid backpacker. She vlogs, writes and hopes to inspire personal connection in the hiking community.
    Follow Rocket on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliasheehan/?hl=en
    Subscriber to Julia "Rocket" Sheehan's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jls935 
    We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show! 
    Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal
    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com
    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast
    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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Loving your podcast!!

I enjoy listening to your interviews!! Great questions and amazing guests. Thank you for all of the time you are putting into your work.

suzukifast124 ,

Great podcast

I loved this podcast because the host is very relatable, and since I’m new to the hiking world it is definitely helpful to listen to so many experience hikers on this podcast, it’s definitely worth your while if you share a passion for the outdoors!

alloexat ,

Absolutely entertaining

I moved to southern Oregon in June, and new nothing about the trails in the area. After a few months of battling my own problems I found the hiker podcast! Andy, you are such an inspiration and a great speaker! I can’t wait to get out and hike more!

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