Backpacking

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

G.O. 021 – Kristina Frost

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G.O. 021 - Essential Explorer Kristina Frost

Kristina Frost grew up playing on the shores of Lake Erie. An offhand comment spurred her to try backpacking. This stoked an interest in her that has not abated. Kristina became an assistant director for the University of Michigan’s Outdoor Adventures Program where she led wilderness trips and taught clinics. Now on the West Coast, she organizes women-only adventures and has begun pursuing filmmaking. She and Jason met at her office in San Francisco to discuss her outdoor history, the formation of Essential Explorer, and the challenges of windless kite-skiing trips.

LINKS:

Trail Mavens
No Man’s Land Film Festival

Essential Explorer:
facebook.com/essentialexplorer
twitter.com/essentlexplorer
instagram.com/essentialexplorer

Let My People Go Surfing (book)

G.O. 018 – Steve Sieren

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G.O. 018 - A Steve Sieren is Worth 1000 Pictures

Steve Sieren is a California native with a great eye for capturing its beauty. An architectural photographer by day, he seizes what moments he may to travel into the wilderness backpacking or canyoneering, always with a camera in tow. He is also a father who tries to share the outdoors with his young son as much as possible. Steve and Jason conversed in Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia about his outdoor and photographic pursuits and about the lewd circumstances under which they met.

LINKS:

sierenphotography.com
easternsierraphoto.com
mojavedesertphoto.com
instagram.com/california_steve/
facebook.com/steve.sieren.1

DeLorme InReach
Spot

tastybite.com

G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson

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G.O. 016 - Embracing Freedom With Alden Anderson

Alden Anderson had an atypical childhood. Communally raised in a sheltered religious order, his access to the outdoors and exploration—and secular society—were limited. At the age of 21, he broke his billion-year contract with his indoctrinated faith and began the transition into a standard American lifestyle. While learning to navigate adult responsibilities, he also embarked on an exploration of the outdoors and adventure. Alden and Jason crouched beneath a tree in a Tujunga park on Independence Day to discuss the eventful happenings on Alden’s quest to make the most of his personal freedom.

LINKS:

360nomad.org

couchsurfing.com
sierraclub.org

Into The Wild
Walden
A Walk in the Woods

G.O. 013 – Pamela Zoolalian

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G.O. 013 - Downhill and Up With Pamela Zoolalian

Pamela Zoolalian wants to do everything. She is not content pursuing only one sport, but lets the seasons decide what is available to her. Whether mountaineering, surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, kayaking, or mountain biking, she is most fulfilled outdoors. In 2013, she decided to hike the 272 mile John Muir Trail. In addition to her love for the slow-moving world of backpacking, Pamela also has an appetite for speed with a past in professional street luge. She is the only female athlete to compete in the ESPN X Games, Playstation Xtreme games, and NBC Gravity Games. She and Jason met at the Eaton Nature Center one afternoon to discuss these lifelong passions.

LINKS:

theadventurher.com
Non-Profit Website
instagram.com/adventurher
linkedin.com/in/pamelazoolalian
facebook.com/PamelaZoolalian
Pamela’s YouTube

Great Hiking Resource
(plus Pamela writes for them)

Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course
(Pamela instructs for them)
 
Dan Cortese Twitter

FAVORITE YOUTUBE LINKS:
JMT Solo Hike Video
To Tell the Truth Gameshow
RedBull Streets of San Francisco Big Air 2000
Oxygen TV interview with Candice Bergen

G.O. 009 – Alison Hudson

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G.O. 009 - Nomadic Pursuits With Alison Hudson

Alison Hudson is a NOLS instructor and filmmaker nomadically making her way around the world seeking new experiences. She spent multiple months in Nepal shooting a documentary, Close to the Edge: Life in the Khumbu, about Nepalese high-altitude workers. Her production was cut short by the tragic earthquake in April that killed 9,000 and triggered an avalanche on Everest. She and Jason met at a park in Wyoming to discuss these subjects and her experiences on the Appalachian Trail. They even take a moment to defend the usefulness of Facebook.

LINKS:

alison-hudson.squarespace.com

NOLS:
nols.edu

Mile, Mile and a Half:
themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

G.O. 003 – Saveria Tilden

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G.O. 003 - The Multi-faceted Saveria Tilden

Saveria Tilden keeps busy. When she discovered the outdoors, she realized it needed to be shared. She made that happen by becoming an educator and consultant for various businesses and organizations. She works with the American Hiking Society, the Sierra Club, REI Outdoor School, Transforming Youth Outdoors, IslandWood, and Nature Play Western Australia. And she still finds time for herself outdoors. Jason and Saveria weathered a Southern California drizzle storm to discuss her role in the outdoors and why she values it.

LINKS:

theadventurus.com
facebook.com/theadventurus
instagram.com/adventurus
mytyo.org
americanhiking.org
rei.com/learn
islandwood.org/nature-passport-app
ironman.com
sierraclub.org