Backpacking

G.O. 104 – John Muir Trail

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G.O. 104 - Diaries from the John Muir Trail

Named for the beloved naturalist, the John Muir Trail (JMT) traces 213ish miles through California’s spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. Jason spent 26 days on the JMT in 2019. These are his daily musings and listener’s stories of joy, awe, hardship, frigid lakes, never-ending passes, thunderstorms, food, animals, friendships, trail culture, and the beautiful side of humanity.

 

LINKS:

johnmuirtrail.org
JMT on PCTA
JMT on NPS

Mile, Mile and a Half Documentary

JMT Guide on Brown Gal Trekker
JMT Guide on Trail to Peak
JMT Guide on Bearfoot Theory

G.O. 103 – Sean Kamp

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G.O. 103 - Thru-hiker Sean Kamp Chooses a Path

Sean Kamp sought a life of business suits and politics. As his career began to flourish, he was faced with a decision: a promotion or the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hiking would lead Sean to reassess what he wanted from life and his place in society. Sean and Jason spoke one night about the intricacies of thru-hiking, traversing the outdoor industry, and the nitty gritty of living on the trail.

 

LINKS:

instagram.com/seankamp

 

G.O. 101 – John Gage

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G.O. 101 - John Gage Seeks to Innovate

North Carolina native John Gage grew up exploring the woods and his mechanical predilections. His drive to understand things lead him into the manufacturing industry. An experience with hypothermia while backpacking shifted his perspective on gear culminating in the founding of Appalachian Gear Company. He and Jason sat in a windy AT shelter one afternoon discussing John’s history with the outdoors, his career in textiles, and the path to 100% alpaca clothing.

 

LINKS:

appalachiangearcompany.com
instagram.com/appgearco

mondamin.com

 

G.O. 093 – Rowan Smith

Rowan Smith is a personal trainer for trekkers and mountaineers in Sydney, Australia. In a world bereft of quality training for adventure athletes, he aims to create programs targeting their specific needs. Rowan and Jason spoke over Skype one day about the intricacies of adventure training, his history in the outdoors, and why you shouldn’t sleep on public transit while traveling.

G.O. 090 – Liz Thomas

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G.O. 090 - Long Walks With Thru-Hiker Liz Thomas

Experiences as a child and in college placed Liz Thomas on a path that has lead her to an adulthood exploring long distance trails in the backcountry and in urban areas. She is recognized as an authority on hiking and is the author of Long Trails: Mastering the art of the Thru-Hike. She and Jason spoke one morning about her experiences hiking long distances, her on-trail research, why urban hiking is a passion, and why she is known as “Snorkel.”

 

LINKS:

treelinereview.com
instagram.com/lizthomashiking
facebook.com/LizThomasHiking
instagram.com/treelinereview
facebook.com/TreelineReview
eathomas.com

Book: Long Trails
Book: SoCal Waterfalls

 

G.O. 089 – Chef Corso

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G.O. 089 - Outdoor Gourmet Chef Corso of MONTyBOCA

Washington native Chef Corso was introduced to the natural world by a group of high school friends. He quickly embraced a multitude of adventure sports, especially backpacking, but was always underwhelmed by the camp meals. A lifelong cook, Chef Corso founded MONTyBOCA, an online community dedicated to getting everyone to eat better in the outdoors. He and Jason spoke over Skype about the social importance of food, the path to creating MONTyBOCA, and how we all can elevate our meals.

 

LINKS:

MONTyBOCA.com
MONTyBOCA on YouTube
instagram.com/montyboca
MONTyBOCA on Pinterest

G.O. 086 – West Coast Trail

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G.O. 086 - Doubt on the West Coast Trail

In 2010, Jason and Steven Calcote embarked on the week long journey of hiking Vancouver Island’s beloved West Coast Trail. Four days of non-stop rain, swollen rivers, and numerous obstacles would create a seminal event in their outdoor experiences. This is their story of accepting hardship and chasing epiphanies.

 

LINKS:

Parks Canada WCT
westcoasttrail.com
hikewct.com
Blisters and Bliss Book
WCT Wikipedia

 

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G.O. 084 – Cyndi Wyatt

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G.O. 084 - Running to Life With Cyndi Wyatt

Cyndi Wyatt grew up running along the beaches of Florida, practicing aerobics, and eventually modeling. Running is what would stick with her, especially as it helped her cope with the aftermath of an abusive marriage. Now Cyndi competes as an ultrarunner, organizes outdoor events, and guides others. She and Jason met one rainy day to discuss the progression of her life in nature and how running has improved her life and those around her.

 

LINKS:

facebook.com/cyndi.wyatt13
instagram.com/cyndi_skyrunner_wyatt
Lowa Boots Blog

Chick-a-Boom!
Facebook Group
YouTube

L.A. Marathon
Catalina Marathon
Santa Monica Mountain Goats
REI Outessa
REI School

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G.O. 082 – Courtney Condy

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G.O. 082 - Courtney Condy and Occupation Wild

Courtney Condy was a workaholic go-getter intent on becoming a millionaire before 30. Yet, she hated her life. A spontaneous trip to Nepal shifted her perspective ultimately leading her to pursue a new career as an outdoor leader. She founded Occupation Wild, an online resource that helps others find employment in the outdoor industry. Courtney and Jason sat in a park one evening discussing existential issues, the joys of being a camp bitch, and how avoiding Coachella can change a person’s life.

 

LINKS:

occupationwild.com
instagram.com/occupation_wild
instagram.com/courtneymcondy

G.O. 076 – Marinel de Jesus

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G.O. 076 - Marinel de Jesus, From Lawyer to Nomad to Brown Gal Trekker

After 15 years as a prosecuting attorney, Marinel de Jesus craved a change. Her mother’s unexpected death caused her to reevaluate her own life. She left her career to become a permanent nomad and founded Peak Explorations, an adventure travel company focused on including local communities. Marinel and Jason discuss the transition to nomadic life, why change is important, inclusivity in the outdoors, and the experiences she shares under the moniker Brown Gal Trekker.

 

LINKS:


peakexplorations.com
browngaltrekker.com
facebook.com/BGTPeakExplorations
twitter.com/bgtexplorations
instagram.com/browngaltrekker

Brown Gal Trekker Publications
OR Inclusivity Article

Meetup.com
Adventure Gap Book
She Explores Book

 

 

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