PBP Episode 52 – Brunton Solar Power

Brunton

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.

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    PBP Episode 51 – Hiking Goals

    Kolby KirkIn 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 feelings regarding trail mileage and gear selection.

    Kolby has led many new adventurers on their first hikes into the wild, and his down-to-earth passion and sense of creative adventure that shines in this interview will, undoubtedly, inspire many more to head into the backcountry.

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      PBP Episode 50 – Eric Ryback Hiking Legend

      Eric Ryback 1970This 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 achieve what is now referred to as the Triple Crown (for hiking all three of these national scenic trails).

      At the young age of 17, Eric kicked off these ambitious journeys with a zealous yearning for personal discovery and high adventure.  Because theses trails were also young, this presented Eric with sparse trip-planning resources and an opportunity to help establish some trail routes sections as we know them today.

      Anyone interested in hiking and backpacking will certainly be enriched amd inspired by Eric’s legendary hiking adventures.

       

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        PBP Episode 49 – Outdoor Research Handwear

        Outdoor ResearchIn 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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          PBP Episode 48 – Eddie Bauer First Ascent

          First AscentThis episode features details regarding cold-weather insulation clothing in the First Ascent line from Eddie Bauer.

          To get the facts on layering, insulative clothing, and insight into the history and outdoor gear offerings of Eddie Bauer, I speak with the company’s Director of Technical Outerwear and Technical Sportwear: Andrew Turner.

          Andrew has extensive knowledge of Eddie Bauer products and the technology that goes into making them. He’s both experienced in and enthusiastic about getting out into the backcountry.

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            PBP Episode 47 – Trail Designs Ti-Tri Sidewinder

            Trail DesignsIn this episode, I talk with Russ Zandbergen about the Trail Designs Ti-Tri Sidewinder stove system and inferno wood-burning insert.

            Russ is the President and Co-Founder of Trail Designs LLC and maintains the innovative manufacturing company along with fellow-founders Lee Zandbergen and Yosemite-resident Rand Lindsly.

            With detail and pride, Russ explains the Ti-Tri’s multi-fuel capabilities and function.  I ask him questions regarding the use of alchohol, solid fuel (Esbit), and wood in this unique stove system.

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              PBP Episode 46 – Exped DownMat

              Exped DownmatThis episode presents a conversation that I had with Kaj Bune.  Kaj is the Director of Marketing for Exped LLC in North America.

              Our talk centers on the company’s DownMat – Exped’s popular goose-down backcountry sleeping mat that features an integrated pump.

              Kai shares detailed information about the DownMat’s design and its wide range of practical benefits – including its superior ability to protect the user from conductive heat loss.

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                PBP Episode 45 – Hammocks 101

                Warbonnet OutdoorsThis episode is all about hammocks.  I’ve asked Brandon Waddy of Warbonnet Outdoors to help answer some basic, introductory questions regarding camping hammocks and hammock accessories.

                Brandon and I discuss the types, benefits, and features of hammocks. And offer some practical tips for the use of hammocks in the backcountry.

                Whether you’re a curious beginner needing a little more information, or a seasoned hammocker who just loves talk about hammocks, this episode is likely to capture your interest.

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                  PBP Episode 44 – RailRiders

                  RailRidersThis episode features my conversation with John d’Arbeloff – the President and Founder of RailRiders.

                  Our talk focuses primarily on the company’s popular VersaTac pants and Eco-Mesh shirt.  However, there’s a generous overview of several other RailRiders products.

                  John tells us about the fabric, features, and function of his tough and practical outdoor clothing line.

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                    PBP Episode 43 – Blue Mountain Heritage Trail

                    Blue Mountain Heritage TrailIn this episode I talk with Dick Hentze. Dick is the Chairman of the Board for the Blue Mountain Heritage Trail Association [501(c)(3)].

                    Dick amd others are working hard to establish a new, long trail for backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy year-round.  The Blue Mountain Heritage Trail (BMHT) is a loop trail of approximately 870 miles of remote, scenic wilderness located largely in northeastern Oregon.

                    The BMHT provides a footpath through one of America’s greatest treasure troves of majestic scenery – complete with a wide variety of wildlife such as antelope, elk, moose, and wolves.  Dick presents an open invitation and an exciting opportunity for listeners to get involved in the beginnings of a wonderful new wilderness trail.

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                      PBP Episode 42 – Walking the Amazon

                      Walking the AmazonThis episode features my interview with former British Army Captain Ed Stafford.  Ed is in the midst of an expedition of a lifetime – backpacking the entire length of the Amazon River.

                      Driving himself through constant obstacles and denying fear’s hold on him, Ed’s spending over 2 years trekking thousands of miles of dense jungles, wading chest-deep swamps, and experiencing interesting encounters with various insects, reptiles, fish, indigenous tribes, and more.

                      What drives him to do this?  What gear does he use? How dangerous is this expedition?  Listen in for answers to these and other probing questions.

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                        PBP Episode 41 – Backpacking Couple

                        Disco and PODIn this episode Lawton Grinter (Disco) and Felicia Hermosillo (P.O.D.) share what it was like to backpack as a couple for over 5,000 miles.

                        In recent years, the couple hiked both the Continental Divide Trail (see Walkumentary) and the Pacific Crest Trail, living on love, patience, trial and error, and whatever they could fit into their modest backpacks.

                        Having spent nearly every minute and mile after mile with mere paces between them, the two learned a lot about each other, themselves, and even how to yogi a thing or two.  Listen in to laugh, learn, and dream as this adventurous duo shares their memorable journey.

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                          PBP Episode 40 – Backpacks 101

                          Backpacks 101This episode is all about backpacks!  Those with questions such as “Which pack should I get?” or “Is this pack big enough?” will be provided a wealth of information to help them with their decision making process.

                          Brian Frankle of Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) in on board with me to talk about a full-range of topics related to backpacks.  Listen in for a generous overview of pack attributes, usage tips, and problem solving.

                          Whether you’re planning a dayhike or a trek across country, this episode is likely to touch on something that will be of interest and practical application.

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                            PBP Episode 39 – AMK Emergency Blankets and Bivvies

                            Adventure Medical KitsThis episode features my discussion with the President of Adventure Medical Kits, Chris Gubera.

                            Chris answers my questions that are focused on the company’s Heetsheets Blankets and Bivvy and the Thermo-Lite 2 Bivvy Sack.

                            These increasingly popular products are lightweight, durable, and quiet – and may just be what keeps you alive in an wilderness emergency.

                            Also in this episode is a little AMK company history and a few interesting stories regarding these survival products in use.

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                              PBP Episode 38 – SPOT Satellite Messenger

                              SPOT Satellite MessengerIn this episode I talk with Derek Moore of SPOT LLC about the SPOT Satellite Messenger.

                              Derek is the Public Relations Manager for SPOT, and he’s enthusiastic about sharing the wonders of the company’s proven, life-saving device.

                              If you travel into the wilderness, you may want to consider taking a SPOT Satellite Messenger along to send Check-In (I’m OK), Help, or 911 messages out via satellite to others.

                              Listen in to learn about the SPOT’s lightweight design, easy-to-use features, and communications functions.

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