Backpacking

G.O. 068 – G.O. Gumbo 2

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G.O. 068 - G.O. Gumbo 2 - End of Season 3

Another season of the podcast comes to a close. Before our hiatus begins, enjoy three stories from previous guests.

  • Reflections on traveling through Kathmandu during an historic earthquake.

  • A tale of boredom trapped in a Canadian snowstorm.

  • And an account of an overstuffed pack, duct tape, and life lessons on the West Rim Trail.

See you in September.

G.O. 065 – Jen Hopper

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G.O. 065 - Jen Hopper's Road to Mentorship

A badly organized backpacking trip at age 14 triggered an enthusiasm for adventure in Jen Hopper. As an adult, she left the confines of a laboratory to pursue the wonders of nature. An accomplished caver, climber, SAR member, and explorer, she also shares the outdoors with students through the Outdoor Excursions program at UC Riverside. She and Jason met one afternoon to discuss the importance of good partners, a modicum of her adventures, and the perils of goat rescue.


LINKS:

Outdoor Excursions
Contact Info
instagram.com/globehopperjen

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
National Speleological Society
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Global Underwater Explorers

G.O. 058 – The Monroys

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G.O. 058 - The Monroy Canyon Family

It’s the classic story where a country girl meets a city boy, they get married, start a family, and start rappelling down waterfalls around the world. Tale as old as time? Maybe not. Danielle and Brian Monroy discovered the adventure of canyoneering after a failed family backpacking trip when their children were on the cusp of adulthood. They now travel the globe exploring dry and water-filled gorges while giving back to their canyon community through leadership and stewardship. Jason met them at their home to drink lemonade, discuss the impact of canyons on their life, and reveal the reasons for Danielle’s disdain for blue webbing.


LINKS:

CAC: americancanyoneers.org

ZAC: zionadventures.com
Uber Adventures: uberadventures.net
ACA: canyonsandcrags.com
CUSA: canyoneeringusa.com
Canyoning in Italy: canyoningvalbodengo.com

Meetup.com
Canyon Beta: ropewiki.com
In We Go Canyoneering

Trans Zion Trek

G.O. 057 – Steven Calcote

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G.O. 057 - Steven Calcote Stumbles Across the Globe

An artsy kid born in Kerrville, Texas and raised across the U.S. as a military brat, Steven Calcote always sought unique narratives and varied experiences. After moving to China for a work study program, he became enamored with seeing the world and finding the hidden places where untold stories lie. He one day realized that filmmaking was his ultimate calling eventually cofounding Butcher Bird Studios with Jason and three other artists. He and Jason sat in the park near their office one afternoon reliving Steven’s adventures and calamities worldwide, his early days in film production, and a tragic error in interactive storytelling during his senior year of high school.


LINKS:

butcherbirdstudios.com
facebook.com/butcherbirdstudios
vimeo.com/scalcote

G.O. 056 – Corrina Peipon

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G.O. 056 - Walking Across Pangaea With Corrina Peipon

Corrina Peipon grew up in the bohemian world of Martha’s Vineyard immersed in art and nature. Chasing her passion for art carried her to the west coast where she eventually rediscovered the draw of the outdoors and the joys of backpacking. She founded Pangaea Outdoor Supply in 2016, a gear shop where she curates a selection of products that are effective and aesthetically pleasing. She and Jason sat in Pangaea HQ one breezy afternoon discussing how art and walking merged into Pangaea.


LINKS:

pangaeaoutdoorsupply.com
Mailing List
Pangaea on Instagram
Pangaea on Facebook
Days Store: days-la.com

Solo Hiking Story
Walk On Blog

Ray Jardine’s Beyond Backpacking

G.O. 047 – Dan Sedlacek

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G.O. 047 - Uphill on the PCT with Dan Sedlacek

Dan Sedlacek, at 14, was inspired to seek out the PCT when he met a group of friendly thru-hikers. Years later, he and his brother tackled the 2600+ mile trail using gear they had made themselves. Here a second inspiration would hit, a desire to create a handmade gear company. Now, Dan runs Uphill Designs located in Seattle. He and Jason sat in the office one morning discussing the triumphs and travails of the Pacific Crest Trail and running a small business.

LINKS:

uphilldesigns.com
facebook.com/uphilldesignsco
instagram.com/uphilldesigns
etsy.com/shop/UphillDesignsCo

PCT Association: pcta.org
Ray Jardine: rayjardine.com
Yogi’s PCT Handbook
Trail Life (New edition of PCT Hiker’s Handbook)
Anish Anderson

Washington Trails Association: wta.org
Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

G.O. 043 – Nick Smolinske

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G.O. 043 - Nick Smolinske Goes Rogue Panda

Nick Smolinske spent his childhood indoors playing video games. Commuting on a bicycle in college triggered something inside that lay dormant and he discovered a passion for active outdoor pursuits. Soon he was slack-lining and competing on a Broomball team. In hopes of saving money, he began creating his own bikepacking gear in his bedroom. This operation would eventually evolve into Rogue Panda Designs and turn Nick into a business owner. Nick and Jason met one day at the Rogue Panda shop in Flagstaff, AZ to discuss the birth of the Panda, the powers of smooth jazz, hacked construction signs, the pleasures of German bread, and the benefits of vacuum sealers.

LINKS:

roguepanda.com
instagram.com/roguepandadesigns/
facebook.com/smogear/
Personal Blog
Looking ahead to 2017

backpackinglight.com
huppybar.com

savetheconfluence.com

G.O. 037 – Alan Gegax

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G.O. 037 - Alan Gegax, Vegas' Hiking Mailman

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Alan Gegax from an epic hike. When not delivering mail to the Vegas community, Alan leads one of the larger hiking Meetup groups in the West, Vegas Hiker’s Meetup. And when not leading hikes, he officiates outdoor weddings and writes stories for Desert Companion Magazine. Alan and Jason hid amongst a pile of rocks in Calico Hills and discussed the finer points of hiking groups, disastrous first backpacking trips, the joys of scrambling over rocks, and the ways the outdoors can change a person for the better.

LINKS:

Vegas Hikers Meetup
Alan’s Facebook
Wedding Officiating Business

Desert Companion Magazine
First Backpacking Experience
West Rim Trail

G.O. 031 – Solo Backpacking

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G.O. 031 - Roundtable: Solo Backpacking

Some choose to travel into the wilderness alone. Jason discusses the pros and cons of solitary backpacking with previous show guests: Shawnte, Pamela, and Alden in between sips of cocoa and bouts of laughter. They review the whys, the dangers, loneliness, planning, packing, navigation, hiker stink, 29 cat holes, and the rancid aroma of bear saliva.

LINKS:

Book: The Secret Knowledge of Water
Shawnte’s fear essay
Pamela’s Tips for Thru-hikers
Alden’s JMT Memories

Sawyer Mini Filter
Sawyer Inline Filter
Aquamira Water Treatment
Whisperlite Stove
Vargo Alcohol Stove
Jetboil Stoves
Pocket Rocket Stove
Snow Peak Stoves
Optimus Stove
InReach Explorer

caltopo.com

Lleah The Llama

G.O. 013 – Pamela Zoolalian
G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson
G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

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G.O. 027 - Shawnte Salabert, Human Yogi Bear

Shawnte Salabert was raised on the mean streets of Milwaukie where a local Boys and Girls Club introduced her to the outdoors. Her newfound love of camp and adventure led her away from Wisconsin as she sought the secrets of becoming Yogi Bear in human form. Eventually, she stumbled into Los Angeles where her snark landed her a side gig writing for Modern Hiker when she isn’t hiking or drooling over Mark Ruffalo. Jason and Little Shay Shay tried to stay on topic one night in Silverlake Meadow as they discussed her life and mocked each other.

LINKS:

shawntesalabert.com
instagram.com/shawntesalabert
twitter.com/shawntesalabert
Her Modern Hiker stories
Her Book

modernhiker.com
sierraclub.org

Hike San Gorgonio:
Via Vivian Creek
Via South Fork

Instagram Grafitti Story
New CA monuments

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