Long-distance solo hiker Alison Young knows hard-core backpacking as few people do. With footprints on six continents and memories from trails like Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest, she is a member of a very small and prestigious group. In a series of self-effacing essays, accompanied by her own original flute playing, she shares a journey of self-discovery as a middle-aged woman. Like the small backpacking essential of the same name, “The Pee Rag” tells the sometimes unglamorous but vital truth about empowerment as a bad-ass woman who doesn’t need permission to blaze her own trails in this journey we call life.
Kia kaha (be strong)
Two mountains bookend Blissful Hiker's walk of the Te Araroa in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island – the Hakarimata Range and Mount Pirongia, and she discovers that a hiker is both spectator and participant. In this episode: Blissful walks...
The Blissful Hiker is back on New Zealand's Te Araroa walking through the Waikato Region in the center of the North Island. She learns to face her fear – as well as ambivalence and irritation – and muscle through the bad parts so she can be open to...
The Blissful Hiker is back on New Zealand's Te Araroa thru-hike, "slackpacking" through Auckland then celebrating Thanksgiving with her Kiwi hosts, discovering she has a lot to be grateful for. In this episode: "Slackpacking" means hiking on a thru-hike...
The Blissful Hiker learns that not knowing what comes next in our lives can be difficult to handle and nearly intolerable. The power is in choosing between accepting limited circumstances with grace.In this episode: Blissful learns her arthritis has...
Isle Royale part 5
The Blissful Hiker is reminded that backpacking is her favorite activity because she is at her most mindful and feels closest to the Goddess, a spirit guiding her to see the beauty in all things, even rain and leeches! In this episode:Blissful wakes up...
Isle Royale part 4
The Blissful Hiker learns to recognize and savor joy, not so much that joy is fleeting, but to remember when times are tough, that joy will return. In this episode: Blissful forgets her water filter at the dock, but in finding it, she sees a stunning...
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Pee Rag Podcast
Alison has an amazing talent for writing and then speaking about her travels! She describes every detail of the trail including hiking and weather conditions,vegetation ,wild life and the people she meets. Her expressive voice against a wonderful soundtrack of her performances as a professional flutist makes for a masterful presentation.
I have known Alison for quite some time, and was always impressed with her talents that have taken many different forms. She has always brought enthusiasm and expertise to everything she has accomplished. But I must say that she blew me away with these podcasts - they are expertly done with her fantastic voice, and create a narrative that captures her amazing experiences in travel and hiking. These are much more than hiking experiences, though - these podcasts contain a compelling story about an exceptional life: you will be thoroughly entertained, moved, and even learn about things you had no idea about, and you will be very glad that you did.
The Pee Rag
I am always happy to see another episode of the Pee Rag. Your descriptions of the
landscapes and your enthusiasm for your adventures make me want to be walking with you. Thanks too for talking about the gear you’re using. I always appreciate hearing what works well. We’ve all been burned by bad gear. So keep on walking. Keep us informed about where you’re going, what you’re seeing, what you’re hearing, and what you’re thinking. I’ll stay tuned.