Adventure for your earbuds. California outdoors and travel: Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad Day and Holly Kulak discuss what's new in the world of travel in the West and where to get outdoors.
39. How the Outdoors Affects Health & Wellness
As a new season comes and life continues with Covid variants, wildfires, and big changes to our lives as the result of a global pandemic, we've got to remember to take care of ourselves mentally and physically, and thankfully the outdoors still offers a respite for rejuvenation and proven health benefits. Brad and Holly discuss everything from meditation to local outdoor adventures to clear your head, and their favorite fall hikes for relaxing.
Then they talk with Dr. Sean Amegadzie, a medical doctor in his second year residency specializing in psychiatry who is also an advocate of the benefits of nature and the outdoors to help improve individual health and wellness. Dr. Amegadzie (IG @drseanmdmba) shares his thoughts on nature and parks as a prescription for well-being, along with some of his favorite outdoor adventures and activities to do in the San Francisco Bay Area and greater California, along with profound and illuminating insights about what we may take for granted about access to outdoor space, and the importance of belonging, representation, and safety, because the outdoors is for everyone.
38. We're Apocalyoptimists
With wildfires raging, a serious drought, and a sobering UN climate report, Brad and Holly discuss some of the impacts on California's great outdoors—state parks, national parks, thru hikes such as the Pacific Crest Trail, and more. They also talk about redwood hikes, car-free bike paths locally and beyond for do-it-yourself bike touring. Then Caitlin Cornwall, a biologist at the esteemed Sonoma Ecology Center and an expert in land use ecology, joins the conversation for an illuminating discussion about California's climate challenges, and ways to create a future where people, land, water, and wildlife can thrive.
37. Chicken Soup for the Hiker's Soul
Like chicken soup for the soul, there are some hikes that just deliver comfort in their familiarity and natural beauty—from iconic views, ocean scenery, wildlife sightings, and locations within national, state and regional parks. Brad and Holly talk about some "comfort food" day hikes and backpacking trails to do in California and a few points beyond (Wyoming), including a 3-beach day hike in the Marin Headlands that's panoramic buffet of coastal bliss. They also discuss the challenges and devastation of wildfires, as well as party fouls happening on the camping scene.
36. Yosemite's Magic Trick
Something magical happens when you hike for a couple of miles in Yosemite... Brad and Holly catch up on summer backpacking adventures, including a gloriously quiet Yosemite High Sierra trek of lake hopping and peak bagging. Get all the details and tips on this two-to-three-night backpacking journey: where to camp, Volgensang Peak, lakes to visit, food to pack, and plenty more. Later in the podcast find out all about the upcoming SIFF Summerfest weekend in Sonoma (Aug 5-8): food, wine, outdoor films at wineries, live music, plus a spectacular lineup of independent films from across the globe, including The Cave. This is a Weekend Sherpa favorite film festival amid the cinematic scenery of Sonoma's rolling vineyards.
35. Height of Summer Adventures
A treasure hunt in San Francisco, backpacking in Yosemite, an easygoing bike ride in Point Reyes, a state park with a storied past, and a multi-day trek far off on Vancouver Island feature into this mid-summer podcast with Brad and Holly sharing trip ideas and more. SoCal's head writer, Matt Pawlik, also joins the podcast to share hikes to hidden lakes in Angeles National Forest, a secret side-trip to an historic dam, his recent backpacking adventure in Zion, camp spots, and plenty more. Get your fill of California outdoors and a few points beyond!
34. From the High Sierra to Mount Everest
After a brief hiatus we're back! Brad and Holly have a special summer edition episode on a lake hopping High Sierra backpacking trip that doesn't require a reservation, Canada's backpacking system vs. the US, and then a special guest joints the podcast. Heather Werner lives in the Bay Area, owns an eco-friendly hair salon, and recently attempted to summit Mount Everest. She's a role model and inspiration for outdoor adventures, including her quest of summiting the highest peak on every continent—she's completed six so far! Heather talks about some of the peaks she's done, what's upcoming, and her very recent adventure at Everest. Having just recently returned, Heather shares the good, the bad, and the pervy (yep, there was "that guy" even at Everest). It's a fascinating conversation about the highs and lows, and the World Record she now holds from Everest.
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Since 2013 Weekend Sherpa has been my place to find cool adventures in the Bay Area! During this pandemic it’s been helpful to have Weekend Sherpa reach out to us in this very real and personal way via the new podcast! I totally recommend checking it out and hope they continue the dialogue. Cheers
Amazing Outdoor Resource!
Weekend Sherpa has been my go to for outdoor California for several years. They seem to know all the hidden nooks and crannies of the state. In addition to titled content, each episode is filled with hidden gems that they just casually mention in passing. I often find myself wanting to pause the episode and jot a few notes before continuing. Great work, Weekend Sherpa! Thanks for all of your hard work! Please keep it coming.
I have been a fan of Weekend Sherpa for years and when they cashed out with a podcast I was really looking forward to it. During these crazy times it's a breath of fresh air taking you outside to appreciate the wilderness. Brad and Holly have such great banter it seems like they're close friends. Take a listen to brighten up your day!