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The Hiker Podcast | Day Hiking, Backpacking, Thru Hiking

The Hiker Podcast | Day Hiking, Backpacking, Thru Hiking

By The Hiker Podcast
Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking. Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles. Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting past the how and to the why of hiking. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
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Ask Andy Anything | The Hiker Podcast S2E17
This week Host Andy Neal takes your questions from Social media. Big thanks to everyone who submitted a question and sorry if I was unable to get to yours. :( Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast! We'd like to thank our sponsors: - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  - Big thank you to our  Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy & our newest Patreon Patron Stephanie for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. Music licensed through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6  Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
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April 30, 2021
Ashley Manning: Plus-size Outdoor Professional & Adventurer | The Hiker Podcast S2E16
This week I'm excited to bring you a conversation I had with Plus-size outdoor professional and adventurer Ashley Manning. We have an amazing conversation talking about our experiences as plus-sized outdoors people regarding social media, stigmas, gear, how other hikers like Jenny Bruso of Unlikely Hikers have encouraged us, and how much we appreciate companies like Columbia that make clothes for plus sized adventurers! Thank you so much Ashley for coming on the show and having this conversation with me. This was one of my favorite thus far and I am so excited to share it with you all! Ash Manning is a plus-size hiker and river runner from North Georgia. Her mission is to encourage others to break the stigma around fat bodies and get into the outdoors responsibly and safely. Through humor and entertainment, Ash aims to bring knowledge to aspiring plus-size outdoors folk.  ***Some language used in this episode may not be appropriate for younger audiences*** Follow Ashley on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashleysadventure/ Follow Ashley on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ashleysadventure Thumbnail photo by Tommy Corey : www.instagram.com/@twerkinthedirt Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast! We'd like to thank our sponsors: - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  - Big thank you to our  Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy & our newest Patreon Patron Stephanie for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. Music licensed through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6  Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
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April 23, 2021
John Sprankel of The Oahu Coastline Trail | The Hiker Podcast S2E15
This week I'm excited to bring you all a conversation I had with John Sprankel of The Oahu Coastline Trail. Big thank you to John for being so patient on getting this episode out!  John Sprankel is an Eagle Scout and US Army veteran that graduated from Georgia Southern Universitywith a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, where he met and married his wife, Tori. Since then, their careers lead them to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and later to Honolulu, Hawaii, in order to pursue the opportunity to ive in paradise, while also demonstrating to their daughter, Rowan, the value of travel, meeting new people, and seizing opportunities. With a civilian career path that has always focused around logistics and leadership consultation, the availability of time that came from the COVID shutdowns provided an opportunity to develop the idea of hiking around the island of Oahu from a passing thought to a viable endeavor.  While training for the Honolulu Marathon in 2019, the idea of circumnavigating the island transitioned from anidea for a fun challenge to a backpacking thru-hike, and, finally, to a scouting trip to develop a recognizedNational Scenic Trail. Working with the Hawaii DLNR and the National Park Service, John has been working to identify the many facets of a National Scenic Trail that this pathway will need to meet in order to fulfill the requirements said status, while also working to generate interest via Instagram (@the_oct_project) by bloggingthe 100 days leading up to the start of the scouting trip.  Follow John on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_oct_project/ Go to https://www.facebook.com/TheOCTProject/ for more information on the OCT Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com  Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!  We'd like to thank our sponsors:  - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS  - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  - Big thank you to our Patreons Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob and Tommy for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast.  Music licenced through musicbed.com.  Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6  Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
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April 16, 2021
Franziska Weinheimer of Hike Oregon | The Hiker Podcast S2E14
This week Andy talks with Hiker, Author, YouTuber and founder of Hike Oregon Franziska Weinheimer. Franziska Weinheimer is a 25+ year resident of Oregon and grew up enjoying the outdoors. In her mid-twenties she started hiking every week and grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of reliable information about the hiking trails that was available online. So she decided to work her way through the hiking guidebooks she owned and after every hike documented the hike online with detailed photos, trail descriptions, accurate mileage and elevation gain and made her own fun maps that point out special things to look out for along the way. This website was named Hike Oregon. Over the next few years Franziska started the Hike Oregon YouTube channel, published two hiking guidebooks, and continues to add hikes to the website monthly. Subscribe to Hike Oregon on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClmtRlQX9GvG6vQohRcRoSg Follow Franziska on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hike.oregon/ Go to www.hikeoregon.net for more information on Hike Oregon and to buy Franziska's Book: OREGON'S BEST VIEWS: 50 BREATHTAKING VIEWPOINT HIKES Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast! We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal \ Big thank you to our Patreons Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob and Tommy for supoorting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. Music licenced through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!
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April 8, 2021
Justice Wise: Hiker, Backpacker, Advocate | The Hiker Podcast S2E13
This week Andy talks with hiker and backpacker Justice Wise. Justice Wise is a day hiker and a backpacker who is returning to it after a short hiatus which caused her to miss it greatly. She was a Girl Scout as well as a YMCA Camp Counselor in Northern New Mexico. She grew up exploring the mountains of New Mexico and this is where she feels the most at home. She feels that the mountains ground her and finds healing as she moves through trails as she explores with her dog, Rio. She is an advocate for mental health and healing in the outdoors and shares her experiences with mental health. In addition, she promotes Leave No Trace principles. In her off trail life, she is a Special Education Math teacher as well as a classical flautist. This summer, Justice plans to complete the Colorado Trail as well as many backpacking trips in New Mexico and has plans for future thru hikes in the years to come, one of which she hopes to take her dog Rio on next year. Follow Justice on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mindfulsyncopations/ We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Music Licenced through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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April 1, 2021
Tracy from BearVault | The Hiker Podcast S2E12
On the 2nd episode this week, Andy talks with Tracy, owner of BearVault. Thank you to BearVault for sponsoring this weeks episode. Tracy is the owner of BearVault, manufacturer of bear resistant food canisters for backpackers and adventurers. An experienced backpacker, Tracy idolizes a world in which wilderness stays truly wild, and considerate adventurers will have the privilege of being awed by nature, now and forever. Tracy stays busy working on virtually every aspect of the business, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking and skiing. Before focusing on bears, Tracy worked for startups and initiatives in wind, solar, green building, and with environmental nonprofits. She holds an MBA, a BS, and a BA.  Get a BearVault Bear Canister at www.bearvault.com  We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast   CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal    Music Licenced through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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March 26, 2021
Tommy "Twerk" Corey: Photographer, Filmmaker and Thru Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E11
This Week Andy Talks with photographer, filmmaker and hiker Tommy Corey. Tommy Corey, otherwise known as “Twerk” is a 33-year-old thru-hiker and outdoor photographer from Bend, Oregon. In 2018, while thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail he created an editorial photo series called “Hiker Trash Vogue”. Currently, he has created a film project called “Twerk’s Visual Podcast” where he explores the emotionally intimate stories of those that inhabit the outdoor community. Follow Tommy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twerkinthedirt/  Check out Tommy's work on his website: https://www.tommycorey.com ***Some content in the episode may not be appropriate for younger audiences*** We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Music Licenced through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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March 24, 2021
Kayla Bold: Writer, Artist, and Thru Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E10
This Week Andy Talks with AT and LST Thru Hiker Kayla Bold! Kayla Bold is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Lone Star Hiking Trail thru-hiker. She lives in her RV full time in Central Texas and plans to start traveling in a few years. In her free time, she enjoys writing and painting.She's a strong advocate for mental health and is open about her own struggles. She has plans to complete the Long Trail this year and many more next year. Follow Kayla on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kayla.bold/  We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Music Licenced through musicbed.com. Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
43:50
March 17, 2021
Christine Reed: Author and Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E9
This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker and author of ALONE IN WONDERLAND, Christine Reed !  Christine discovered long distance backpacking while surfing the internet at work. She decided that day to attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. One adventure led to another and a few years later she set out on the Wonderland Trail in Mt Rainier National Park. Her Rugged Outdoors Woman persona started as a joke, a nod to the outdoor adventurer that she wished to be. But in the years since, she has come into her own as a backpacker, rock climber, and trail runner. Her debut memoir, Alone in Wonderland, is a testament to the decision to name who you want to be and make it so. Get ALONE IN WONDERLAND - https://campsite.bio/ruggedoutdoorswoman  Follow Christine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ruggedoutdoorswoman/   We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Music Licenced through musicbed.com.  Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6  Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
51:13
March 10, 2021
Mandy Bland: Purple Rain Adventure Skirts | The Hiker Podcast S2E8
This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker and owner of Purple Rain Adventure Skirts, Mandy Bland. Purple Rain Adventure Skirts was founded by Mandy ‘Purple Rain’ Bland and first launched on Etsy in March 2014.  During a 2012 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Mandy was inspired to try hiking in a skirt.   Unable to find what she wanted, she went about designing her own. Hacking up an old pair of convertible hiking pants, adding a comfortable waistband and some pockets, Mandy then headed back out on trail testing the design on the PCT that following summer.  Thus the Purple Rain Adventure Skirt was born. Originally based out of Portland, Oregon Mandy launched the business from a dining room table.  Completing a grant program with Mercy Corp Northwest she gained access to small business resources and assets to further expand the company.  Now residing in southern Oregon, each skirt is handmade with love from her in-home studio.  All emails are handled by Mandy directly, providing an intimate customer/owner connection unrivaled by big box stores. Purple Rain Adventure Skirts is dedicated to providing people with performance apparel that inspires the freedom of adventure without compromising style or function.  We believe that hiking gives us strength to take on life's challenges.  The wilderness we trek through teaches us to find peace and perseverance in a hectic world.  Purple Rain Skirts encourages others to take comfort in the natural world, find their inner strength and to simply live. Find out more about Mandy and get your own Purple Rain Adventure Skirt at https://www.purplerainskirts.com. We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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March 3, 2021
Sami Wolniakowski: Environmental Educator | The Hiker Podcast S2E7
This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker, mountaineer, skier, mountain biker and environmental educator Sami Wolniakowski. Sami Wolniakowski is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Before attending the program, she was a teacher and environmental educator for 4 years. She believes in utilizing the outdoors as her classroom and making it accessible for all students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, mountaineering, skiing, paddle boarding, and mountain biking. Follow Sami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/samiski21/  We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
35:35
February 17, 2021
Darwin Rakestraw: Filmmaker & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E6
This week Andy talks with filmmaker and hiker Darwin Rakestraw. They have a great conversation about being a filmmaker and a hiker, creativity, social media and the hiking community, and what he is doing to encourage everyone to protect public lands. Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to see everything Darwin is doing. "Through the Great Southwest", Darwin's  documentary film about the Arizona Trail: https://theoutdoorevolution.com/through-the-great-southwest  Darwin’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18exdGWh7piVWisrnDXiZg Support Darwin on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/darwinonthetrail Darwin’s Blog: https://darwinonthetrail.com We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
58:02
February 9, 2021
Gilad & Mika Nachmani Founders of CNOC Outdoors | The Hiker Podcast S2E5
This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks with the founders of CNOC Outdoors (pronounced K'nock, who are also a sponsors of the Hiker Podcast) Gilad and Mika Nachmani.    Gilad Nachmani founded CNOC Outdoors in 2016 upon moving to Portland, OR with his wife, Mika and two small children. An avid outdoorsman and outdoor retail industry professional of over 17 years, Gilad used, tested, broke, tinkered and played with gear in both personal and professional capacities. Throughout this time, he was developing new product ideas and improvements to items already in the market. Together, Gilad and his wife Mika scraped together enough resources for Gilad to place an order of redesigned trekking poles.  Gilad designed and made his first truly unique product with the profits from the pole sales, and CNOC quickly became known for the Vecto, as well as for our commitment to doing the right thing – for our customers, our community, and the environment.  CNOC is also offering, STARTING FEBRUARY 3, 2021, a 10% discount on new trekking poles with discount code “Hiker Podcast” or use of the following link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast The trekking poles, handmade in PORTLAND, OREGON will likely be the last pair you need to buy. FOR MORE ABOUT CNOC GO TO:  https://cnocoutdoors.com  We'd like to thank our sponsors:  CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast  CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!  Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com  Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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February 3, 2021
Maggie Slepian | The Hiker Podcast S2E4
On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Writer Maggie Slepian about her experience on the trail, social media, and the outdoor industry.  Maggie Slepian is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, a full-time writer, and the co-founder of BackpackingRoutes.com. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is loosely putting together a plan for four thru-hikes in 2021... but we all know plans are very loose right now.  Get in touch at MaggieSlepian.com. Follow Maggie on IG: https://www.instagram.com/maggie_slepian We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal For more information about Unlikley Hikers go to https://jennybruso.com/unlikelyhikers/  Check out CNOC Outdoors: https://cnocoutdoors.com Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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January 26, 2021
Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom | The Hiker Podcast S2E3
On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom about her hike of the PCT, canceling hikes because of covid, vulnerability, and her YouTube channel. Becca Bergstrom had a single-night's experience of backpacking before she embarked on her solo thru-hike of the 2,650-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. In the span of 135 days, she walked from Campo to Manning Park carrying everything she needed to make the long journey, including a newfound sense of happiness, confidence and self-worth. She earned her trail name Little Skittle very early on, powered through the Sierra during one of the highest snow years on record and unfortunately spent the final 1,000 miles processing grief and honoring her grandma, documenting it all and more on cell phone videos she would upload to YouTube. In 2020, Becca had plans, like many of us did. She had hopes of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in March, and when those plans fell through, she attempted to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail in July, but called it after only eight miles because Coronavirus cases had recently spiked and it just didn't feel like the right thing to do. She still has her sights set on hiking those two trails, earning her the Triple Crown title, but until then, she's using her voice to share her struggles with eating disorders and bringing awareness to mental health, all while prioritizing the management of her own in the best way she knows how, getting outside and moving through the mountains. Follow Becca on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ms_rebecca_ann/ Subscribe to Becca’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_pWpSu7iVSKQlYd_tQAgQ We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show! Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal Check out CNOC Outdoors: https://cnocoutdoors.com Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!
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January 20, 2021
Julia "Rocket" Sheehan: Hiker & Vlogger | The Hiker Podcast S2E2
On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Julia "Rocket" Sheehan.  After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019, Julia Sheehan, aka Rocket has never looked back. Julia is a air force veteran, registered emergency medicine nurse and an avid backpacker. She vlogs, writes and hopes to inspire personal connection in the hiking community. Follow Rocket on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliasheehan/?hl=en Subscriber to Julia "Rocket" Sheehan's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jls935  We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show!  Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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January 13, 2021
Darrah Blackwater: Advocate and Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E1
We are opening up Season 2 with an amazing conversation with advocate and hiker Darrah Blackwater!  We talk about her story, hiking on Indigenous Lands, spectrum sovereignty and her work as an advocate.  Darrah Blackwater is from Farmington, NM and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned her law degree studying Indigenous law and telecommunications law. She spent a year of law school working on tribal issues in Washington D.C. for the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, the Inspector General of the Department of Interior. This summer she hiked the 486-mile Colorado Trail to raise awareness about the digital divide in Indigenous communities. For more from Darrah Blackwater: https://blackwatersoul.org Follow Darrah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackwatersoul/ Find out who’s land you’re hiking on by texting 907.312.5085 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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January 5, 2021
Season 1 Finale Q & A | The Hiker Podcast Episode 22
For the final episode of 2020 and of Season1 Andy reflects on the last 21 episodes and the last year of hiking while answering your questions. Season 2 begins Monday January 4, 2021. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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December 21, 2020
Writer, Redliner, & Hiker Rebecca “Socked In” Sperry | The Hiker Podcast Episode 21
This week, Andy is talking with Writer, Redliner, & Hiker Rebecca “Socked In” Sperry. Rebecca "Socked In" Sperry is an avid hiker based out of New Hampshire. She is a big proponent for encouraging women to get outdoors, with or without someone else, and has done hundreds of hikes solo herself. After finishing the NH48 4000'ers in 2018, she went on to hike the NE67 4000'ers in thirty-six days. In 2019 she focused her attention on backpacking and has done a small handful of backpacking trips including the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway in New Hampshire. In 2020, she began an attempt at redlining all of The White Mountains in a year, something no female has accomplished. She was sidelined in her attempt, first by COVID, and then was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August, 2020. She has continued to hike throughout her cancer treatment and hopes that she can inspire other people who are going through treatment to remain active. She uses her social media platforms to educate people about what cancer treatment is really like as well as to share her own journeys both in cancer treatment and hiking. Follow Rebecca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sockedinhikes Rebecca's Blog: https://sockedinhikes.com  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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December 7, 2020
Danni Krumins: Blogger, Gymnast, & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 20
This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Blogger and Hiker, Danni Krumins Danni has been day hiking in the Canadian Rockies since moving to Alberta in 2018. She is a former college athlete, a CrossFit Level 1 certified coach, and a gymnastics coach. Danni has created Summiting Strong to combine her passion of hiking with strength and conditioning as a way to inspire health both mentally and physically.  She has goals of completing her first thru hike in the next couple of years. Check out Summiting Strong at: https://www.summitingstrong.com Follow Summiting Strong anywhere you are social: @summitingstrong Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival & World Tour- https://filmfest.banffcentre.ca/?campaign=WT-163509 Follow the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program on Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/sououtdoorprogram/ Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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December 3, 2020
Luke Pearsall: Creative Professional & Hiker| The Hiker Podcast Episode 19
This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Creative Professional and Hiker, Luke Pearsall. Luke Pearsall is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.  His career in media has spanned over 19 years including work on large scale Television and Film Productions in Los Angeles as well as Print Advertising Photography work with clients including Samsung Mobile USA and Bridgestone Tires among others. In 2006, Luke took a hiatus from film to work as an Adventure Guide in South America where his love for the outdoors grew in to a love for travel and adventure. Luke credits this period of time sparking what would become a lifelong pursuit of working creatively as a creative professional working primarily in the adventure lifestyle and outdoors industry genre of work. In 2015 Luke hiked 550 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago and after a 2020 NO GO of the PCT, Luke hiked 495 miles completing the Colorado Trail in the state that he has been a resident of since 2016. Follow Luke on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lukepearsallphoto. Subscribe to Luke on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5p3HvKpH0vrmqtmpn9qc4A Luke’s Profession Website: http://www.lukepearsall.com/ Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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November 23, 2020
Katie "Oats" Houston: Writer & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 18
This week Andy talks with writer and hiker Katie "Oats" Houston about gear, getting injured on trail, and how hiking has changed her life! Katie got bit by the thru-hiking bug in 2019 on her trek of the AT. After meeting her partner 1,100 miles into her journey, she now lives in Texas with her partner and two pups and is currently converting a school bus into a tiny home. She has also thru-hiked the Colorado Trail and has goals including completing the Great Western Loop in 2022 and hiking 10,000 miles by 25. Follow Katie on IG: www.instagram.com/mosspetal Follow Katie On Facebook: www.facebook.com/mosspetal Read what Katie Writes: www.thethrucrew.com Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking.   Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles.  Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting past the how and to the why of hiking.  A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!   Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com  Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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November 18, 2020
Aria Zoner: Hiker, Health Counselor, Nutrition Coach, Trailblazer | The Hiker Podcast Episode 17
This week Andy talks with Hiker, Health Counselor, Nutrition Coach, & Trailblazer Aria Zoner. Aria Zoner is a dually-certified Health Counselor & Nutrition Coach, however, his goal in attaining these certifications wasn't to run a practice with clients, it was to sustain his own health & wellbeing during long-distance adventures. Zoner has completed the Pacific Crest, Arizona, Colorado, and many other long-distance trails and has even created a few original routes which he's published guidebooks for. The Hot Springs Trail and The Siskiyou Peaks Trail are both National Trail proposals, meaning they were published to be used as templates to create new trails for the National System, but are not currently designated. Should people become excited about these causes, Zoner plans to continue his efforts; however, he's also said in the past, "these trails began as personal journeys, and if they end that way, I'm okay with that." That said, Zoner invites you to explore his trails and more importantly, to "view your adventures as opportunities to invest in your health." Zoner's passion for health and adventure extends well beyond the trail. On his website Whole Food Hiker (https://www.wholefoodhiker.com) you'll find info and guidebooks for his trails, tips on trail-specific nutrition, plus insights on how to maintain optimal health during long-distance hikes. You can also learn more about his National Trail proposals and his approach to nutrition on Instagram at Aria Zoner. While you're there, share your thoughts on this episode using #wholefoodhiker. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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November 11, 2020
Heather Diaz: Hiker, Runner, & Outdoor Educator | The Hiker Podcast Episode 16
This week Andy is very excited to talk with Hiker, Runner, & Outdoor Educator Heather Diaz!  Heather Diaz is a former experienced long-distance runner and first-generation hiker from the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She moved around Texas for her bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Life took her to San Francisco in 2012 to chase her career, and she met her partner along the way. He asked her to go on a hike for their first date, which led to thru-hiking nearly 2300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail two years later (2017). What a loaded question! The rest is history.   Her other passions include weightlifting, day-hiking, backpacking, camping, cycling, conservation, and helping even the most novice feel included and empowered in the outdoors. You can now find her day-hiking along the Central Coast or Bay area. Look out for the girl in purple pants or vibrant colors or patterns, and she might be picking up trash at her favorite local preserve too. In 2021, she and her partner, Stephen, are planning to finish the Sierra section they skipped. Check out hikeandlift.com to follow her tips, adventure plans, and Bay Area trail guides at hikeandlift.com. Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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October 30, 2020
Dylan Harris: Hiker, Photographer, Filmmaker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 15
This week Andy is excited to talk to filmmaker, hiker, photographer and director of the forthcoming documentary chronicling the “Fastest Know Time” attempt of the Colorado Trail in Summer of 2020 by prior Hiker Podcast guest Jeff “Legend” Garmire, Dylan Harris. Dylan Harris is a Freelance Photographer, Film-maker, long-distance backpacker/bikepacker and explorer who lives in Phoenix, AZ. Traveling much of the year around the American Southwest, Harris works to capture human interaction with outdoor spaces, while promoting the usage and protection of local trail systems. For more from Dylan go to https://dylharris.com. Also CONGRATS TO DYLAN on his recent engagement! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes
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October 23, 2020
Rachel Meltzer: Thru Hiker, Writer, and Podcaster | The Hiker Podcast Episode 14
On this weeks Episode of The Hiker Podcast I have a conversation with AT Thru Hiker, writer and Podcaster Rachel Meltzer. Rachel thruhiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. She now works as a freelance writer in the tech education industry empowering others to change their lives with a new career. She’s also a climber, mental health advocate, and cat lover. You can find her on Instagram @meltzerseltzer or at trailnamehere.com. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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October 16, 2020
Oregon Coast Trail: A Conversation with OCT FKT holder Josh Pulattie | The Hiker Podcast Episode 13
On this weeks Episode of The Hiker Podcast we talk with the Fastest Know Time(FKT) holder for the Oregon Coast Trail Josh Pulattie. Josh Pulattie is a public school teacher, football coach, and hiker.  He currently holds the Sefl-Supported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Oregon Coast Trail.  He got his start backpacking long sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the summers before completing the OCT FKT in the summer of 2020, which presented unique challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Josh is married to Abi and credits her support and patience as one of the biggest reasons he is able to enjoy his hiking adventures. Go to https://www.oregoncoasttrail.org for more information on the Oregon Coast Trail! Also this week on the “Sawyer Segment” we  talk with “The Prodigy” about what Sawyer is doing to encourage environmental responsibility and leave no trace principles. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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October 8, 2020
Rachael "Rabbit" DeLano: Triple Crown Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 12
On this weeks episode of the Hiker Podcast we talk with Yoga instructor,Triple Crown Hiker and rabbit enthusiast Rachael “Rabbit” DeLano. Rachael aka “Rabbit” is a long-distance hiker and outdoor enthusiast residing in Colorado. She left behind a career in corporate America to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2016, and this journey ignited her passion for backpacking. After completing the Appalachian Trail she thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017 and the Continental Divide trail in 2018 completing the triple crown of hiking. Then in 2019, she went on to section hike portions of the AT, PCT, and CDT and pursued hiking abroad in England completing the Hadrian’s Wall walk. Rabbit’s other passions include yoga, bike-packing, and caring for the two most adorable bunnies in the world. She is a certified yoga instructor and finds joy in teaching and practicing yoga. You can find out more about her adventures on Instagram @rabbithikes and on her website www.rabbithikes.com. Also this week on the “Sawyer Segment” and  talk with “Peanut” about using permethrin from Sawyer Products to threat your hiking clothes and gear. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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October 1, 2020
Fastest Known Tiger: A Conversation with Jeff "Legend" Garmire | The Hiker Podcast Episode 11
On this weeks episode of the Hiker Podcast we talk with new Colorado Trail FKT holder Jeff “Legend” Garmire. Jeff has completed the Calendar Year Triple Crown (AT, PCT, CDT in one year), climbed all the Colorado 14ers, The Great Western Loop, Nolans 14 in 59 hours, and broke the Arizona Trail self-supported FKT (Fastest Known Time), Pinhoti Trail self-supported FKT, Long Trail Unsupported FKT, and the Colorado Trail Unsupported FKT among 9 other records. You can go to https://freeoutside.com/ to find out where to buy his book or where to follow him on the various social media networks. Also this week on the “Sawyer Segment” we  talk with “The Prodigy” about what Sawyer Products has to offer to keep you insect free while on the trail. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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September 22, 2020
Oregon Wildfires: A Conversation w/ Kristen Babbs of the Oregon Department of Forestry's "Keep Oregon Green" Program | The Hiker Podcast Episode 11
In light of the tragic wildfires that have been plaguing Oregon and the Western United States this week, Andy tells you what’s been happening with the tragic wildfires in Southern Oregon that have devastated much of the Rogue Valley, especially the towns Phoenix and Talent Oregon. Andy has a conversation with the president of the the Oregon Department of Forestry’s ”Keep Oregon Green” program Kristen Babbs. Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster- orvoad.org Go to www.hikerpodcast.com to give directly to the Phoenix-Talent Families Fire Relief Fund administered by Phoenix-Talent Schools. It is estimated that approximately 50% of the families in the school district have lost their homes. Over 2,300 homes in Southern Oregon were destroyed in these wildfires. Also this week in our  “Sawyer Segment” we talk with “Peanut” about what Sawyer Products is doing to bring clean water around the world. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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September 15, 2020
BARNEY "SCOUT" MANN: Trail Angel, Hiker, & Author | The Hiker Podcast Episode 9
This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks about his upcoming and first ever backpacking trip along the PCT AND we are excited to talk with legendary “trail angel”, author, and hiker Barney “Scout” Mann.  We talk about his journey as a trail angel and hiker along with his new book “Journey’s North: The Pacific Crest Trail” Also this week we have our second “Sawyer Segment” and  talk with “The Prodigy” about Lyme disease and what Sawyer Products is doing to raise awarness and help prevent Lyme disease and tick born illness. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Barney Scout Mann has hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails. He is president of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Mann has been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Journalism Award and is the coauthor of The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail and author of The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America’s Ridgeline Trail. He and his wife, Sandy, live in San Diego and have hosted more than 7,000 PCT hikers. Visit him online at his Website--BarneyScoutMann.com. Scout's new book Journeys North spins a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. This ensemble story unfolds as these half-dozen hikers--including Barney and his wife, Sandy--trod north, forming relationships and revealing their deepest secrets and aspirations. They face a once-in-a-generation drought and early severe winter storms that test their will in this bare-knuckled adventure. Only a third of all the hikers who set out on the trail that year would finish. "Journeys North is a masterclass in story telling. Barney Scout Mann invites readers into his trail family to experience a journey in goosebump-inducing detail. Zach Davis, editor in chief of The Trek. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast  Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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September 2, 2020
Hiker and Author Jim Falkenstein | The Hiker Podcast Episode 8
This week on The Hiker Podcast we talk with day hiker, trail runner and author of the trail book “Ashland Trails”,  Jim Faleknstein. Jim Falkenstein self-published his hyper-local trail guide AshlandTrails.com – The Book in 2019. Jim wrote the book based on his website www.AshlandTrails.com when he realized that some people couldn’t always figure out the internet and still liked purchasing books. He started building his website in 2015 when he realized that Los Angeles was noisy and crowded and moved to Ashland, Oregon. Jim had already created the hiking website www.TrailDummies.com in Los Angeles with help from his  co-host John Cooper. Something else that helps Jim out every day? - His Forestry degree from Michigan State University and his Master’s degree in Film and Television from The University of Michigan. Something else that really helps him out every day? – His wife Beth of 27 years and his two, not-in-the-house-anymore, daughters Freya and Gretel. Jim still dabbles in his 30 year career as a Property Master on television shows in Los Angeles, but that is just to support his full time bad habit of exploring, and sharing, as many trails in Southern Oregon as he can. Also this week we have our first “Sawyer Segment” and we talk with Andrew “Peanut” Glenn about the importance of properly filtering water while hiking and how Sawyer Products filters are making it easier and safer to do so. This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail! Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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August 26, 2020
Thru Hikers Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau & Andrew “Peanut” Glenn | The Hiker Podcast Episode 7
On this weeks episode of The Hiker Podcast we are excited to talk with Hikers Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau and Andrew “Peanut” Glenn. Not only are they amazing hikers but they work for Sawyer Products, the sponsor of this episode. We spend our time talking about their story and how hiking has changed them and they in turn are making an impact on the world around them.  This weeks episode is brought to you by Sawyer Products, makers of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter.  Go to https://sawyer.com for where to buy all of their amazing products that help keep us safe on the trail!  Follow Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingprodigy/  Some Facts about “The Prodigy” - Dual Citizen of Hong Kong and the USA - Always enjoyed hiking and turned that into 10 plus seasons of trail work, wild-land fire, conservation work, natural resource management, environmental education work across the US and even abroad. - First thru-hike PCT 2016 (also included the JMT cause why not?) - Calendar Year Triple Crown (PCT, CDT, AT) in 2018, becoming 1st Person of Color, Asian-American and 9th Person overall to do so. - Finished Colorado Trail (the non-CDT shared miles) in 2019. - The Hiker Meme King - Passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the outdoor space, making access available for disadvantaged groups - Likes long walks on the beach, bare foot of course Check out  Andrew “Peanut” Glenn on his blog: https://stilloutside.com or email Andrew@stilloutside.com Some Facts about “Peanut” - Texan, grew up in Arkansas with three older sisters - Thru-hiked the PCT (2017) - Thru-hiked the JMT with my dad (2018) - 5th person to connect the CDT to Canada's Great Divide Trail (2019) - The high snow years of 2017 and 2019 developed a love for mountaineering, which is where my outdoor love is currently focused. - Most likely to be found on trail dancing, napping, eating cereal, or finding a questionable ridge-line to scramble on.  Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast   Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast  Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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August 19, 2020
Renee "She-Ra" Patrick of the Oregon Desert Trail | The Hiker Podcast Episode 6
The week we are excited to talk with Renee "She-Ra" Patrick.  Renee measures time by the miles she hikes. This long-distance backpacker has wracked up over 11,000 miles hiked on 12 different trails around the world including the triple crown trails: Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail. To stay fit, she packrafts, skis, walks, bikes, enjoys a daily yoga practice, and sometimes drinks a beer (or two). Renee is a professional hiker whose current job is to establish the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail through south-eastern Oregon.  Follow Renee "She-Ra" Patrick on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearehikertrash/   Find out more about the Oregon Desert Trail: www.onda.org/OregonDesertTrail  Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast   Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast  Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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August 11, 2020
PCT THRU HIKER Jennifer “Close Call” McDaniel | The Hiker Podcast Episode 5
This week we have an amazing conversation with PCT THRU HIKER Jennifer “Close Call” McDaniel. We have an amazing conversation about what it means to be a hiker, expectations on the trail, when you have to get off the trails, how the trail provides and how she got her trail name. Follow “Close Call" on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/dirtyskirt/ Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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August 4, 2020
Michael "Einstein" Gelfeld: Full Time Distance Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 4
This week on Episode 4 of The Hiker Podcast we talk with Michael "Einstein" Gelfeld. "Einstein" is a semi-nomadic, somewhat full-time long distance hiker. He has hiked over 8,000 miles on various trails since 2016 and also completed two cross-country bicycle tours. He is originally from Maryland and currently lives in Flagstaff, AZ.  Follow "Einstein" on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youth.retired  Read "Einstein's" Blog: https://www.unpublishedeinsteinthoughts.com Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!  Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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July 21, 2020
Elina "Tip Tap" Osborne: PCT Hiker & Filmmaker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 3
This week on Episode 3 of The Hiker Podcast we talk with filmmaker, YouTuber, and PCT thru-hiker Elina “Tip Tap” Osborne. “Tip Tap” hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,650 mile (4270 kilometers) trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington in the US, in 2019.  Her short documentary film on her PCT hike, “It is the People”, was selected at this years New Zealand Mountain Film Festival. We talk about preparing for a thru hike, how hiking affects relationships with other people, what happened in Ashland, Oregon, and being a filmmaker on the trail. You can see Elina's film ‘It Is the People’, on her YouTube Channel as well as more amazing videos on her PCT Journey.  Elina's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/elinabox  Elina's INSTAGRAM: @elinasborne  Elina's WEBSITE:  elinaosborne.com Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!  Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen or to follow us on social media.
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July 13, 2020
Hike Oregon and Keep Oregon Green | The Hiker Podcast Episode 2
Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hiker Podcast, we are keeping it close to home today with conversations with the president of Keep Oregon Green Kristen Babbs and Franziska, the founder of hikeoregon.net and Hike Oregon On YouTube. Follow Keep Oregon Green at https://keeporegongreen.org/ Follow Franziska of Hike Oregon at https://www.hikeoregon.net For all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast  or to follow us on social media go to https://www.hikerpodcast.com Be sure to join us next week as we go half way around the world and talk with Kiwi, PCT Thru Hiker, and filmmaker Elina Osbourne. Check out her YouTube Channel before you listen to next weeks episode: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj7YznKvjMpXAXuzs9wWvtg  Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen, for our social media links, to sign up for our email list and to get more information.
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July 7, 2020
How Hiking Changed Me | The Hiker Podcast Episode 1
Welcome to the first ever episode of The Hiker Podcast. This week Host Andy Neal tells you his story of how he got into hiking and how hiking helped changed him during an existential crisis and helped heal his mind and heart. Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! Go to hikerpodcast.com for all the ways to listen, for our social media links, to sign up for our email list and to get more information. 
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June 30, 2020