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The John Freakin’ Muir Pod

The John Freakin’ Muir Pod

By Doc
Blisters, post-holing, spam and ramen, helicopter evacs, and hiker midnight. A not-so-expert romp through trails long and short by those who barely survived. Trail talk about prep, gear, food, legends, and misadventure with host Doc, with additional interviews with world travelers and adventure athletes. Amplifying the outdoor experience for those hooked on adventure!
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The Answer is Ladders
Britt and Andy from Bad Hikers stop by the studio to talk with Doc about their 20-day hike of the John Muir Trail.  Along the way, the three discuss potential trail names (TMI and Panic), as well as the finer points of pizza philosophizing, the problem of being allergic to mosquitoes, Type II fun, marriage proposals, and the typical love story of a reformed indoor kid who meets an outdoor kid at Burning Man.  Hilarity ensues. Fasten your seatbelt and settle in for this one.
01:39:48
August 06, 2022
Chasing Waterfalls with Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker takes a break from chasing waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest to drop into the studio and chat with Doc about some off-trail adventures.  Tune in for some great discussion on bear spray, cougars, log rolling, wilderness apps, spelunking, and a brand new set of hiking poll questions.
54:33
August 01, 2022
How to Poop in the Woods
In an episode for the ages, Julia "Jacks" Renn, creator of the How to Poop in the Woods website, stops by the studio to drop a dime on how to drop a deuce out there.  Tune in and hear about poop soup, poop yoga, human poop grenades, an existential crisis in a bar, and how everything good stems from Ultimate Frisbee.  
01:23:06
July 30, 2022
Folly and Molly Take on the Appalachian Trail
Children's author Michelle "Two Ls" Adshead sits down with Doc to discuss the Appalachian Trail and its impact on her life.  She covers a lot of ground in the episode, including imaginary plywood, chainsaws on the trail, our primal roots, the importance of the Oxford comma, and the adventures of a couple foxes on the AT.
01:14:53
July 25, 2022
The Golden Ice Axe - Graham Zimmerman
Alpinist, storyteller, and climate advocate Graham Zimmerman drops by the studio to chat with Doc. Tune in and hear some prime discussion of how GZ went from a mogul mite to a ski instructor to becoming a big wall climber, alpinist, and winner of the 2020 Golden Ice Axe, mountaineering's highest award.  Along the way, the two discuss the attraction of going up, the importance of logistics, search and rescue in Yosemite, and sleeping on portaledges.
56:11
July 23, 2022
A Lucky Charm on the PCT
Sierra "Lucky Charm" Peters-Buckland takes a brief break from her PCT hike to chat with Doc in the studio about how this Scottish lass ended up on a 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada.  During this rollicking interview, the two range far and wide, discussing the benefits of canceled weddings, dog-gility, sun suits, chasing the right kind of high, depression, the BBT, stealing jobs while at a house party, vanlife, and the pain of visiting 50 of 51 National Parks.  And of course, there is the obligatory conversation about Outlander.  Epic episode.
01:28:10
July 18, 2022
The Suffer Buddies
Jason Kinosh and Mike Kucharski come in from the Northeast cold to chat with Doc about how to properly suffer out on the trail.  In this laugh out loud episode, the three of them cover some serious distance, including the peak bagging culture in the Northeast, trail envy, legacy mountains, Old Man Phelps, tree pee, and mountain meltdowns.  They also stumble across some pretty appropriate trail names and try them on. Hilarious episode.
01:29:43
July 16, 2022
Get a Life - Sion Owen
Sion Owen calls from Wales to talk to Doc about some of his UK adventures. In between the chat about Welsh weather, Snowdonia National Park, and Mount Snowdon, the two cover a lot of territory, including what qualifies as Hiker Trash, the difference between thru hiking and section hiking, dressing up for your 100th summit, and the prettiest gym he's ever been to.  
01:20:48
July 11, 2022
Renee and Tim - Breaking Down the Data
Thru hikers Renee "Tok" Miller and Tim "Tik" Beissinger, who are also the creators of the @thruhikers TikTok account, drop into the studio with Doc to take a cruise through the data of their 2021 CDT hike. During the discussion, the trio covers long distance triathlons, Strava, Cramps, dehydrating your own food, the challenge of running out of food on the trail, and they reveal their next big adventure. Oh, and Tim throws down the gauntlet on Jeff "Legend" Garmire.  You don't want to miss this one.
01:15:31
July 09, 2022
Kayla "Nugs" Bold - Swamps, Deserts, and Mountains
Thru hiker Kayla "Nugs" Bold drops into the studio for a conversation about her recent adventures.  She and Doc discuss all manner of trails and environments, including the finer details of swamp hiking, water moccasins, love on the trail, the importance of siestas, and the glory of hiking with Wipes, Flush, and Stinky P.
01:01:40
July 04, 2022
Kate "Feathers" Cloud and Little Leaf
Long distance thru hiker and artist Kate "Feathers" Cloud and her pet goat Little Leaf call in from a motel room on the AT to share some stories and laughter from the trail.  During the episode, we learn: the difference between bougie, flarey, and ratchet; the difficulty of hiking with just one clavicle; the importance of face-savers; what not to do when charged by a cougar; and why you should always check for snakes before sitting on that rock.  And Feathers shares some IBTAT stories as well.
01:27:32
July 02, 2022
Spectral Pack Animals and Flying Tents with Ghost Mule
Kalman "Ghost Mule" Tinka comes in from the Montana cold to talk to Doc about a wide variety of topics.  During their chat, they cover some serious ground, including flying tents and hypothermia, Wright-Patterson AFB, adventures in stinging nettle patches, the magazine test, the characteristics of the Ultimate Go To Hiking Buddy, and moose and grizzly safety procedures.  Type II Fun in abundance. 
01:26:04
June 27, 2022
The Runaway Missionary - Wesley "Megaman" Tils
Where to start?  In this instant classic, Wesley "Megaman" Tils drops into the studio with Doc to share some incredible stories. Self-described as a sensitive, goofy soul, Megaman talks about his childhood with 10 siblings in Missouri, bare-knuckled fighting at the railroad tracks to solve school disputes, making a run for it at a crucial time in his life, jenky poor man's gear, multiple near death experiences, and living on Snickers bars and Slim Jims on the trail.  And, there's that whole thing about surviving a grizzly attack while on the CDT, too. When you look up "Epic" in the dictionary, you will find the title to this episode.
01:30:34
June 25, 2022
Singularly Focused on the AT with David "Swivel" Smith
David "Swivel" Smith, forced off the trail for seven weeks with a foot injury, stops by the studio to talk with Doc about his current thru hike of the AT.  With the resumption of his thru hike just a few days away, Swivel shares his preparation and his experiences on this adventure of a lifetime.  Along the way, they cover crucial German phrases to know, marching pigs, the physical toll of Jiu Jitsu, and how to obtain a Master's Degree from YouTube University.  
01:03:54
June 23, 2022
The Cocodona Crew
In an episode for the ages, Gabe Peterson, Kevin Goldberg, and Jeff Garmire each make their third appearance in the JFM Pod studio to spend some quality time with Doc and talk about their most recent adventure.  During the episode, we get to hear about essential gear, how to train for a 250-mile race, match making, the Barkley, hallucinations, sleep deprivation, being creative with your nose bleeds, the value of the calories provided by an IPA, and the importance of having a coherent crew member when the police show up on a dark country road on night 3.
01:27:24
June 20, 2022
Minimalist David "YoYo" Poston
David "YoYo" Poston stops by the studio to talk to Doc about the benefits of being a minimalist on and off the trail.  Along the way, they discuss the hazards of moose, bear, and bison, as well as spreadsheets, the Food Equation, esbit stoves, and how to get the right shot for the B roll.  And there's some good discussion of luxury hiking and camping on the Trans Catalina Trail, as well as thru hiking the Colorado Trail.  Epic episode with an epic guest.
01:19:49
June 18, 2022
Ecotherapy and Dinabean
Dina "Dinabean" DeLeon drops by the studio to talk trail with Doc.  During the discussion, they cover a lot of ground, including ecotherapy, kid camping, the problem with algorithms, hiking from the Latina perspective, and the awkwardness of show shoes. And, they reach a definitive answer for the age-old question of whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza.
01:13:41
June 13, 2022
Biggers World
World traveler, veteran, college professor, author, and five-time Guinness World Record holder Joshua Biggers drops into the studio for rollicking episode. Tune in and hear about which MRE (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) is the one to avoid; the definitive boot height choice between ankle, mid-shin, and thigh-high; travels around the globe; and the perils of the Double Whammy in Guatamala.  Oh, and don't miss out on the chats about cornhole, disc golf, and donut stacking. Epic. 
01:18:27
June 11, 2022
Living Cleverly, not Carefully, with Derek Mathewson
Derek Mathewson, aka Dreadhead Derek, drops in to talk to Doc about living a life of adventure. Along the way, he and Doc cover a lot of ground, including talk of Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl, intervalometers, soy protein isolates, proud moments, tips for shooting landscapes with an iPhone, and how someone's life can change because of a chance meeting on a Dreadlock Page.  Oh, and you're not going to want to miss the What Have I Not Asked You segment. Epic.
01:16:33
June 06, 2022
YoYo-ing the PCT with Airborne
Jon "Airborne" Schwarze is just one of five people to walk from Mexico to Canada on the PCT . . . and then turn around and walk back to Mexico.  Airborne drops into the studio with Doc to discuss the epic feat, as well as share details on altitude brain, the sufferfest, riding the bobsled, raw pork hands, free skin, his Dating Hokas, and the importance of proving to yourself what you're capable of. This is an episode not to be missed.
01:29:19
June 04, 2022
Her Odyssey
Bethany "Fidgit" Hughes and Lauren "Neon" Reed join Doc in the studio to discuss Her Odyssey, their trek from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean.  During the episode, the three discuss a wide variety of topics, including the cat's butthole, the terrain of the moody gods, mediations on our mortality, living in the moment, those that have walked the trails before us, and garbage interview questions.  This is an episode not to be missed. 
01:34:17
May 30, 2022
Buzz Burrell - Popularizer of the FKT
Buzz Burrell, ultra endurance athlete and popularizer of the Fastest Known Time, stops by the studio to cover a variety of topics with Doc.  If you're looking for discussions on the Barkley Marathons, Forest Gump runs, Credit Card Adventures, R2R2R.Alt, and running the JMT in 4.5 days, this is the episode for you.  Did I mention that we discuss the Barkleys?
01:07:30
May 28, 2022
Embracing the Suck with The Adventure Addicts
Kelby and Zoe, aka The Adventure Addicts, sit down with Doc for a deep dive into Type II Fun.  The two share how their outdoor adventure interests helped them to match on a dating app, and they have never looked back.  These aspiring backpacking guides talk about just a few of the pickles they have found themselves in, including creative uses of paracord, making car payments from the top of Mt. Whitney, trying to find the right weather window for Shasta, and the challenges you face while relying on 20-year-old memories.
01:12:23
May 23, 2022
Six Moon Designs - Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa
AT and CDT thru hiker (and VP of Sales and Marketing for Six Moon Designs) Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa joins Doc in the studio to talk gear, tips, long trails, short trails, and first trails.  Along the way, they hit the Gunks, a full shank, thru hikes for the working stiffs, and the gift of being able to talk a dog off a meat truck.  Don't miss a minute.
01:25:40
May 21, 2022
Ramen King Goes Coast to Coast
Triple Crowner Sam "Ramen King" Conley drops in to talk to Doc about his upcoming Coast to Coast hike, which he is undertaking for a very special cause.  During the episode, Ramen talks about how he went from wanting leave the AT on day 1 to his subsequent successful thru hikes of each America's epic long trails.  Along the way, Ramen and Doc explore the finer points of adding a bit of the unknown to your adventure, the dangers of following your hallucination off the trail, and a bit of mouse slapping.
01:20:24
May 16, 2022
Jason "Eternal" Cook and the 16,000-Mile Trail
Jason "Eternal" Cook drops in from his 16,000-mile hike of the Infinity Loop Trail, which incorporates all three American long trails, to talk trail with Doc and Chopper.  Eternal calls in after Hiker Midnight from under a tarp on the trail as he's expecting snow, and boy, are we glad he did!  This epic episode is worthy of its position as the kickoff for Season 4 of the Pod.  In addition to talking about his creation of the Infinity Loop, Eternal and the guys spend some time on some incredible trail stories, including waking up under four feet of snow on the trail, sharing coffee over a campfire with Nimblewill Nomad, and being followed and threatened on the trail by the KKK. Don't miss a minute of this one!
01:34:37
May 14, 2022
Classic Doc: Brett Gravlin (Team Curl) - Heaven and Heartbreak from Eco Challenge Fiji
Doc sits down with adventure racer, Eco Challenge warrior, and Team Curl member Brett Gravlin to talk about the 417-mile race over land, river, and ocean.  After a 17-year layoff, the Eco Challenge race returned and was featured on Amazon Prime in a 10-episode series titled, "The World's Toughest Race." Brett, the brains behind Team Curl, recounts the prep before and the adventures from this grueling race.
01:25:42
May 09, 2022
Triple Crowner Chris "Rad" Carter
Triple Crowner and documentarian Chris "Rad" Carter joins Doc in the studio to share some stories from this year's CDT and AT hikes.  Along the way, they cover a lot of ground, including what happens when you run out of things to think about, the Beta method of using your bear spray, his new friends Tim and Jim, and how to posthole when the snow reaches your chest.  An epic episode with an epic guest.
01:31:38
May 07, 2022
Getting Out of the Bubble with Sentry and Isabel
Tune in this week as Sentry and Isabel share their classic, er . . . unique, love story.  It started with strong interest at first sight on the way to a glacier, progressed to the two of them on a moped in Greece with giardia, escalated to a proposal on top of Mt. Shasta, and continues with vanlife and world travels.  Along the way, we hear about some rock climbing and mountaineering, motorcycle racing injuries, W.H.O.A., cucumber sours, and that time they climbed Half Dome with the cables down.  Oh, and there's a Pro Tip you will not believe.  Trust me. Epic episode.
01:29:37
May 02, 2022
Love on the Trail with Fancy Socks and Cougar Bait
Kelsey and Jacob park the van and join Doc in studio for a romantic romp through waterfalls, trails, vanlife, and a Grand Canyon proposal.  Along the way, the conversation follows all sorts of twists and turns, including some chat on band life, leveling up through ab exercises, slow courtships, friend zones, the Picnic, the inconvenience of being well hydrated at 19,000', and some exciting happenings in The Middle of Nowhere, Minnesota.  Oh yeah, and there's a Puggle vs. Bison story as well.
01:24:06
April 30, 2022
Behind Bars with All Day
Roger "All Day" Gross stops by the studio to share his unique historical perspective as it relates to the trails we hike.  Along the journey, All Day talks about his time behind bars (not what you think!), adventurous girlfriends, a stuffed platypus, a slap story (again, not what you're thinking), and some of the many historical events and places along America's hiking trails.  There's also a Gordon Ramsay appearance and food recommendations galore. 
01:36:19
April 25, 2022
Rue McKenrick and the American Perimeter Trail
Triple Crowner and American Perimeter Trail designer Rue McKenrick drops by the JFM Pod studio to chat with Doc about his creation of a 12,000-mile trail that circumnavigates the contiguous United States.  During this very unique interview, they discuss the art of backpacking, efficiency vs. effectiveness, unchecking a box, contributing to the greater good, and the sacrifice that goes into the creation of such a trail.  Oh, and there's that time where Rue was out on the trail and had no idea a pandemic had swept the planet.  You don't want to miss this one.
01:27:48
April 23, 2022
Obscure Trail Adventures with Coyote and Snake Eyes
Coyote and Snake Eyes call into the studio from a sauna in Estonia to discuss their preparation for an obscure 1,000-kilometer trail in Tajikistan later this year.  During the episode, they talk to Doc about swimming with crocodiles, the problems with National Park permits issued by a chieftainess in Africa, running angry, posing as experts on the King's Trail in Sweden, and hammocking with bullet ants.  Oh yeah, and there are attacking dogs on the trail in Armenia. 
01:30:29
April 18, 2022
Magnet Northbound
James "Magnet" Parsons stops by the studio on the cusp of his NOBO PCT thru hike to chat with Doc.  A landscape photographer who initially didn't understand the appeal of hiking, Magnet talks about his transformation from reluctant hiker to section hiker to aspiring thru hiker.  Along the way, they discuss gear, the definition of LASH, dogs, trail angels, and the dark side of hiking your own hike.
01:19:14
April 16, 2022
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01:08
April 15, 2022
Little Stones and Long Shadows - First Row
Sanna "First Row" Wandke drops in from Germany to talk trail with Doc.  Along the journey, they cover adventures worth drawing, trail angels, more juicy forests, suffering from post trail depression on the first day of the PCT, the dangers of heat exhaustion with Mango, and the importance of experiencing the things in between the lines.
01:17:51
April 11, 2022
Hiking the PCT and AT with Mike "Snazzy" Stone
Former section hiker and now PCT and AT thru hiker Mike "Snazzy" Stone spends some studio time with Doc to talk trail.  Snazzy's van breaks down in the Sierras, and somehow ignites the hiking flame within him.  Four short years later, he sets off from Campo heading to Canada on the PCT.  Listen in as he shares his PCT experiences with past JFM Pod guests IB TAT and Beats.  P.S., don't hang your shirt to dry on poison ivy.
01:10:11
April 09, 2022
L.A. Moms on the Trail
Krissy, Nicole, and Alysha, known collectively as their trail name "L.A. Moms," descend upon the John Freakin' Muir studio and unleash their special take on hiking.  As they take Doc on a rollicking tour of Southern California hiking and adventure, Doc is occasionally able to get a word in edgewise.  Listen in and hear about adventures on Whitney, Baldy, Iron Mountain, Kilimanjaro, and bungee jumping off the Bridge to Nowhere. Oh yeah, and the catching and naming of snakes on the trail.
01:28:43
April 04, 2022
Chili Mac and the Art of Being Remote
Fresh off the CDT, Chili Mac drops into the studio with Doc to share some stories from the long trails as well as some remote hikes that you will not believe, including the Great Yellowstone Traverse and a 500-mile loop that starts and ends in Gerlach, Nevada.  Stories and situations abound throughout (imagine an Edward Abbey meets Hunter S. Thompson vibe).
01:28:18
April 02, 2022
Classic Doc & Women's History Month: Episode 100 - Julia "Rocket" Sheehan
In this centennial episode of the John Freakin' Muir Pod, thru hiker Julia "Rocket" Sheehan sits down with Doc to talk trail and gear, as well as her 2019 AT hike, her 2021 AZT and CDT hikes, her upcoming book, and the importance of staying centered in the moment.
01:20:38
March 31, 2022
Classic Doc & Women's History Month: Deana Zabaldo - Himalayan Trekking Guide
World Guide Award winner in 2013, Deana Zabaldo chats with Doc about joining the Peace Corps, being assigned to Nepal as an English teacher, and embarking upon a career of guiding clients into the Himalayas.  Listen in as they explore Nepali culture, adventure, snow leopards, and what to do when one of your clients collapses into your arms.
01:32:51
March 30, 2022
Classic Doc & Women's History Month: Tip Tap - A Kiwi on the PCT
New Zealander Elina "Tip Tap" Osborne hiked 2,600 miles on the PCT in 2019 and 1,800 miles on Te Araroa in 2020-21.  Along the way, she gave her brother an 11-day head start, caught him 2,000 miles later, met Scout and Frodo, survived the Sierras, re-discovered her native country, dodged angry bulls, and listened to the John Freakin' Muir Pod in the land of Lord of the Rings.  She sits down with Doc and spills the tea on all of it.
01:41:29
March 29, 2022
Classic Doc & Women's History Month: Little Skittle - PCT Thru Hiker and Bona Fide Cold Soaker
Little Skittle sits down with Doc to discuss her 2019 thru hike of the PCT, rattlesnake angst, gear upgrades, the benefits of being a cold soaker, and that time she broke her fall with her face.
01:40:41
March 28, 2022
Classic Doc & Women's History Month: Lael Wilcox - Ultra Endurance Bike Racer
Lael Wilcox competed in her first ultra endurance bike race in 2015.  The next year, she won the 4,200-mile Trans Am Race, which stretched from Oregon to Virginia.  Tune in as Lael shares how she got involved in this sport, her creation of new touring routes, getting more girls started in biking, and how she chased down and caught Steffen in the last 125 miles of a cross country bike race.  Epic.
01:30:01
March 27, 2022
23 and Me with Trout
Alfonso "Trout" López-Hernández drops in from Madrid to share some stories from the Appalachian Trail, the GR 11 in Spain, and the Long Trail.  Along the way, he and Doc talk about pack shakedowns on the trail, peak bagging, hiker menus, getting lost, and an incredible bear story that does not actually involve a bear. Hilarity ensues.
01:33:36
March 26, 2022
Alone in Wonderland - Christine Reed
Christine Reed, author of Alone in Wonderland, stops by the studio to discuss her book and her journeys.  Along the way, she and Doc chat about societal expectations for women, the Seekers, Vanlife, keeping things in your back pocket, zipping it up, and the MSR Reactor.  Oh, and there's bears.
01:34:15
March 21, 2022
Wayzada
Adam Ward from Wayzada joins Doc for a fantastic episode about adventure and one of the most unique and crazy-cool ways to commemorate your outdoor escapades.  This is a feel-good episode you don't want to miss.
01:12:32
March 19, 2022
Plug It In - Benny Braden, Jr.
Benny "Plug It In" Braden, Jr. drops into the studio to talk about the documentary Highline, secret cities, the John Muir Trail, lightning strikes, PTS, advocacy for public lands, and the delight of cold soaked chili mac.
01:45:02
March 14, 2022
Backpacking and Bikepacking with Kevin Gong
Equally comfortable on the trail or on a bike, Kevin Gong drops in for a discussion of the Lost Coast, the Mountaineers Route up to Mt. Whitney, bike touring, the ultimate bathroom view, the Holy Trinity of Snacks, BLM camping, and how far you can actually make it on a doughnut tire.  Tune in to find out.
01:24:18
March 12, 2022
Scrambles, Moose Jaw, the GDT, and a SOBO PCT
Brigid "Scrambles" Scott, who lives and teaches in Jasper National Park, takes a break from her instructional duties to chat with Doc about the Great Divide Trail and her upcoming SOBO PCT thru hike. During this action-packed, hilarious episode, we get to hear about the Great Day of Booking, the totally sane and normal Canadian National Park reservation system, willow carnage, camping on Winter Island, and the soul-sucking Jack Pine River Route.  And Moose Jaw.
01:35:36
March 07, 2022
Alone Together on the Trail - Trekking Sketches
Kevin and Kathy from Trekking Sketches drop by the podcast studio and share some adventures with Doc, including their experiences peak-bagging in the American Northeast; stories from the Camino, the Long Trail, and the Trans Catalina Trail; and their preparation and expectations for their upcoming Appalachian Trail thru hike.  Doc tries his best to pin a trail name on each of them.
01:30:54
March 05, 2022
Canary and the Attempt at the Supported FKT of the Calendar Year Triple Crown
Christopher "Canary" Blackwell stops by the studio on the cusp of his supported FKT attempt of the Calendar Year Triple Crown. Doc and Canary cover a lot of territory in this episode, including the dangers of falling through the ice, rhabdomyolysis, thunderstorms on the way up Grandfather Mountain, Apple Pie, Lebanese food, and how to complete 8,000 miles of trail in less than 250 days. Epic.
01:16:44
February 28, 2022
Matty Outdoors
Matt St. Arnaud from the Great White North stops in for a visit to discuss a whole wide variety of topics, including thru hiking at 30 below, narrow toe boxes, trekking pole hammocks, Wayne Gretzky, fatherhood, plumbing, and the Wildest Thru Hike.  Also, you're not going to want to miss the definitive discussion on which is the deadlier animal:  the grizzly or the moose.
01:22:28
February 26, 2022
The True North Project - Deon "Sid" Barrett
Deon "Sid" Barrett joins Doc in the studio to talk about The True North Project, which, if successful, will result in him doing what just a handful of Black adventurers have done:  standing atop Mount Everest.  During the convo, the two cover the Green Stuff, the difficulties associated with growing up in the Machine, the efforts of Beyond Six and 5Twenty, and the inspiration behind supporting and inspiring others.  An epic episode with an epic guest.
01:09:15
February 21, 2022
Neal's Simple Life
Neal, aka The Mayor, stops by the studio to talk about rock bottoms and mountain highs as he shares how nature and his pursuit of the White Mountain Grid has helped to turn his life around.  Along the way, he and Doc cover Tom Brady, the Barkley Marathons, menu items from The Red Fox, the beauty of the undercast, and how to interrupt the pattern.
01:32:17
February 19, 2022
The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: Derick "Mr. Fabulous" Lugo
AT thru hiker, author and motivational speaker Derick "Mr. Fabulous" Lugo drops by the studio to spin some life and trail stories with Doc.  During the course of the evening, they ramble through episodes of beaver poo, give and take on the trail, expectations, reality, the Quad State Challenge, and what happens when a guy from Brooklyn with ZERO hiking experience grabs some gear, heads down to Georgia, and embarks upon a 2,200-mile journey of discovery and magic.
01:26:46
February 14, 2022
The Ethnic Explorer
James Gregory checks in with Doc from Virginia and talks about his efforts to diversify the outdoors and advocate for BIPOC on the trail.  Along the way, we get to hear about epic first dates, plant-based eating, vanlife, and more.
01:03:07
February 12, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the Trail: Upper Vidette to Whitney Portal
In this classic episode that first aired on 5/23/20, Chopper and Jukebox return to the Pod to talk about this epic section of the John Muir Trail with Doc.  From standing on a 13,200' mountain pass in a lightning storm while holding metal trekking poles to surviving the area's worst thunderstorm in decades to camping just below Mt. Whitney at 13,400', the guys will never forget this part of the most beautiful trail in the world.
01:03:19
February 07, 2022
Apple Pie on the North Country Trail in the Dead of Winter
Triple Crowner Arlette "Apple Pie" Laan takes a brief break from postholing on the 4,700-mile North Country Trail to join Doc for a chat on all things trail.  The two of them cover a lot of ground, including how she completed the Triple Crown before the age of apps and cellphones, setting the female unsupported FKT of New Hampshire's 4,000-footers, creative problem solving on the Hayduke Trail, her current 11-month endeavor on the NCT, and her quest to become the first woman to complete all of the National Scenic Trails.  This is one epic episode.
01:29:41
February 05, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the JMT: Pinchot Pass to Vidette Meadow
In this classic episode that first aired on 4/11/20, Doc and Chopper take a deep dive through another section of the JMT, answering the big questions along the way.  Who was Rae?  Why did Pinchot and Muir not get along? Did the Golden Gate of the Sierras get washed away or not?  And why isn't it a good idea to stand on top of a pass during a lightning storm while holding hiking poles?
56:00
January 31, 2022
Fighting the Darkness - Jack "Quadzilla" Jones
Long trail thru hiker and aspiring Calendar Year Triple Crowner, Jack "Quadzilla" Jones sits down for a serious chat with Doc.  As Jack hovers on the cusp of his upcoming departure on the 7,500-mile CYTC, he and Doc delve into some serious conversation.  During the episode, we learn about the tragedy and upheaval of his childhood, his bouts with depression and video game addiction, his Army experience, and his Hail Mary to hike the AT and pull himself out of the depths. You're not going to want to miss his discussions on ultraheavy hiking, how to properly hot shot, and the significance of post-trail depression.
01:29:35
January 29, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the Trail: Muir Pass to Pinchot Pass
In this classic episode that first aired on 5/9/20, Doc and the guys cover three passes in this 31-mile stretch of the John Muir Trail  Join the trek to hear about Starr Camp, the Forbidden Adirondack chairs, the Golden Staircase, Starsky and Hutch, and one of the most treacherous water crossings yet. Will they survive?
01:03:36
January 24, 2022
Triple Crowner and NCT Thru Hiker Ryan "Constantine" Bunting
Triple Crowner Ryan "Constantine" Bunting drops in to talk with Doc about some of the 20,000+ miles under his trail runners.  Along the way, they cover a lot of ground, including the challenges of having no finesse, being a slow learner, hockey injuries, snotty balaclavas, how to eat four dozen donuts in 24 hours, and embarrassing poop stories.
01:22:11
January 22, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the JMT: Muir Trail Ranch to Muir Pass
In this classic episode that first aired on 4/4/20, Doc and Chopper continue to dissect the John Muir Trail one section at a time, starting with the 21 miles from Muir Trail Ranch to Muir Pass, which is right in the middle of the trail.  What better place to start?
47:55
January 17, 2022
This is Gonna Hurt - Horsepower and the Calendar Year Triple Crown
Prior to 2021, just 10 people had ever completed the Calendar Year Triple Crown, a feat in which a thru hiker must complete the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail in one calendar year.  Brandon "Horsepower" Weis decided he would take on this challenge in 2021 despite just picking up hiking in 2018 and never actually doing a thru hike before. Tune in to hear his amazing story.
01:20:59
January 15, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the Trail: Garnet Lake to Happy Isles
In this classic episode that first aired on 5/16/20, Doc and the guys share stories, insights, and shenanigans from these 41 miles of bliss on the JMT.  Included are tales of BA the Marmot Whisperer, outrunning the Ferguson Fire, the dangers of hiking in kilts, extreme trail running, and what really happened to Buddy when he disappeared from the trail for hours. Trail Correspondent Rob joins us as well with a special trail report from Yosemite in the dead of winter.
01:28:24
January 10, 2022
Long trails, FKTs, and Ultras with Captain Caveman
Captain Caveman visits the studio to talk all things thru hiking and endurance, including past mistakes, thru hiker therapy, the appropriate climb per view ratio, and disaster style. Oh yeah, and he's only got one foot. 
01:15:35
January 08, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the JMT: Tully Hole to Garnet Lake
In this classic episode that first aired on 4/25/20, Doc and the crew continue their march along the JMT, this time through a 30-mile stretch that saw hail, stink in the pizzeria, Chafe the Naked Hiker, and what happens when the weather doesn't go your way.
01:23:55
January 03, 2022
A New Year's Story of Recovery and Love on the Trail
Astro and Streep from Adventure On Us sit down with Doc to share their incredible journey of addiction and recovery, and the love story that blooms with the help from outdoor adventuring together.  This is an episode you don't want to miss.
02:08:51
January 01, 2022
Classic Doc - Sections of the JMT: Muir Trail Ranch to Tully Hole
In this classic episode that originally aired on 4/18/20, Doc and his lively cast of characters take listeners through an in-depth look at a 28-mile stretch of the trail from MTR to Tully Hole.  Tune in and find out about Buddy's run-in with another hiker and what happened to Jukebox at Tully Hole.
01:21:25
December 27, 2021
Kayla and Stephanie Take on the John Muir Trail
First-time JMT thru hikers Kayla and Stephanie join Doc for a romp through our favorite trail.  Tune in to hear their discussion of trail prep, meals, gear, false summits, and the highs and lows they experienced in the Sierras.  
01:31:52
December 25, 2021
Jupiter Returns
Trail legend Jupiter returns to the pod to talk trail, gear, and philosophy with Doc. Tune in to hear about the AZT, the TRT, the Long Trail, and what's in store next for Jupiter.  Hint:  It's 2,600 miles long.
01:58:12
December 20, 2021
Speaking Quite Frankly
Phranque, from Speaking Quite Frankly, sits down with Doc to cover a variety of topics, including Forrest Fenn's Treasure, balancing at the equator, vanlife, mistakes on the trail, fear of commitment, embracing your weaknesses, and how to properly bask in the adulation of your media consumers. 
01:11:51
December 18, 2021
The Long Trail with Ginger Ballz and Scrapbook
In this special Season 3 bonus episode, Doc reconnects with Triple Crowners Ben "Ginger Ballz" Vaughan and Garret "Scrapbook" Hernandez to talk about their recent adventure on Vermont's Long Trail. These two do not disappoint.  Tune in or you'll miss one of the all-time best episodes.
01:38:25
December 13, 2021
Not Your Parents' Toy Story - Buzz and Woody and the Calendar Year Triple Crown
After becoming just the 11th and 12th people to ever complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown, and the youngest to ever do it, Stanford students Sammy "Buzz" Potter and Jackson "Woody" Parell sit down with Doc to share the highs and lows that come with a 7,900-mile hike.  This is an episode not to be missed.
01:31:48
December 11, 2021
Triple Crowner Jeff "IB TAT" Oliver
In this special Season 3 bonus episode, newly minted Triple Crowner and thru hiking icon Jeff "IB TAT" Oliver returns to the John Freakin' Muir studio to talk trail and gear with Doc.  An epic episode with an epic guest.
01:23:55
December 10, 2021
Triple Crowner Jeff "IB TAT" Oliver
In this special Season 3 bonus episode, newly minted Triple Crowner and thru hiking icon Jeff "IB TAT" Oliver returns to the John Freakin' Muir studio to talk trail and gear with Doc.  An epic episode with an epic guest.  
01:24:59
December 06, 2021
Empowering Women on the Trail with Kamrin "Pinecone" Peterson
Left wondering if she could do it on her own after her relationship soured, Kamrin "Pinecone" Peterson dug in, did her research, and continued to hike, mountaineer, and live a life of outdoor adventure.  She is now spreading the word and empowering other females through her social media and guided hikes in the Pacific Northwest.  Listen in as she sits down with Doc to talk about her experiences, including the secret wisdom of what to do when you encounter a moose.
01:34:21
December 04, 2021
Rewriting the Book with Sonic Boom
Mountaineer and thru hiker Melany "Sonic Boom" Boivin joins Doc from Quebec to discuss a variety of important topics, including thru hiking luxury items, poutine, stress fractures, flip flopping, the impact of the trail on anxiety and depression, and re-writing the book.  Tune in for all the deets.
01:20:07
November 27, 2021
Triple Crowner Elliot "Beats" Pacheco
Fresh off the CDT to complete his Triple Crown, Elliot "Beats" Pacheco sits down for some serious discussion with Doc.  Topics include diversity on the trail, pet peeves, shaking hands with the Devil, family and societal expectations, post trail depression, and the dangers of setting up your tent under widow-makers.
01:24:21
November 20, 2021
Lulu "TARS" Aguiniga - Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Lulu TARS Aguiniga, having just completed the PCT, sits down to talk about rugby, mountaineering, toe socks, the struggle to be comfortable being uncomfortable, letting it flow, and the importance of being in the moment.
01:19:45
November 13, 2021
Thunder and Lightning on the John Muir Trail with Detour
Grant "Detour" Breidenbach sits down with Doc to detail one of the most epic weather-filled JMT thru hikes you will ever hear about.  Detour, the son of a meteorologist, shares some stormy tales, as well as the importance of food storage on the trail, some serious uh-oh moments, and how the Thru Hiking Syndicate roped him in.
01:43:40
November 06, 2021
Triple Crowner Justin "2taps" Helmkamp
Fresh off his 3,100-mile thru hike of the CDT, Triple Crowner Justin "2taps" Helmkamp sits down with Doc to discuss gear, trail life, trail family, hiker support groups on Zoom, and the joys of post-holing.
01:31:39
October 30, 2021
Tik and Tok on the Continental Divide Trail
Tik and Tok, aka Tim and Renee Beissinger, join Doc to talk about their latest long trail as well as tracking wolves, their hiking app for trails in Germany, married life on the trail, the explosive growth of their TikTok subscribers, and how to carry 17 days of food through the Sierras without a bear can.
01:32:32
October 23, 2021
Bonus Episode - Doc interviewed for the Backpacking Podcast
Listen in as John Kelly and Jeremiah Stringer of the Backpacking Podcast put the tough questions to Doc!  
01:08:01
October 20, 2021
Return of the Hooch
Hooch, a past guest and good friend to the pod, returns for a spirited conversation an a wide variety of topics, including: the dangers of setting up your tent in the dark in a patch of poison sumac, marathon training when weddings get in the way, using a Go Pro on a thru hike, monsoons at 11,000', cold soaking, salt pills, and how to earn a Purple Belt. 
01:18:04
October 16, 2021
Spreadsheets, Salsa, and Sisters
Sisters and engineers Micro and Bicycle reconnect on an 18-day hike through the Sierras on the JMT.  Along the way, they learn a little about themselves and each other.  They sit down with Doc to discuss Micro's obsessive spreadsheeting, submerged resupply buckets at MTR, big wall climbing aspirations, and other stories from the trail.
01:20:40
October 09, 2021
Colter Barnes - Pain and Ecstasy on Chilko Lake
In this special crossover episode, the Solitude and John Freakin' Muir podcasts collide when fan favorite and epic contestant Colter Barnes from Season 8 of Alone sits down with Doc and Jukebox.  Listen in as Colter shares his experience on Chilko Lake, including stories of worm-infested woodpecker carcasses, maggot farming, building boats and many other behind the scenes details.  If you are a devoted follower of Alone, you only saw one hour of the 1,000 hours he recorded.  Hear what got left on the cutting room floor.
01:11:08
October 04, 2021
It's Not Always Sunshine and Rainbows
Jose "Pepe LePew" Zambrano drops in to share some harrowing experiences in the Sierras.  During his chat with Doc, they talk bear strategy, creative approaches to avoiding hypothermia, highlights on the JMT, Randy Morgenson,  and plenty about gear.    
01:16:48
October 02, 2021
B.S. and the Everglades Challenge
B.S. and Doc take a swing on another branch of the outdoor adventure tree, the one reserved for unsupported marine craft racing in the Everglades.  Yes, that branch.  Along with the hijinks and misadventures that come along with a 15-foot kayak on a 300-mile, 7-day race through shipping lanes, inland waterways, open ocean, and swamp, B.S. shares a whole lot of Type II fun, including the dangers of manatee PTSD.  Don't miss a minute.
01:51:44
September 25, 2021
Superhero
Branden and Jennifer Brough sit down with Doc to talk about their six-year-old hiking Superhero, who has more than a 100 thru hiking miles under her feet, including a trip to the top of Mt. Whitney last month.  Along the way, they cover a lot ground, including mountaintop marriage proposals, water ski shore starts, twinkies, ding dongs, spreadsheets, and Sherpas.  
01:22:55
September 18, 2021
11/29/18 - 12:49 p.m.
Some moments have such an impact that they bifurcate our lives.  There is a before that moment, and there is an after that moment.  Doc talks with Jack Ryan Greener, who shares his moment as well as a gut-wrenching and triumphant comeback story from the darkest depths that you have to hear to believe.  Don't miss a minute of this special story.
01:52:48
September 11, 2021
Legend, Round II
Calendar Triple Crowner and Barkley Marathon competitor Jeff "Legend" Garmire returns to the JFM Pod to share what he's been up to since March, including the Barkley Marathon and the running of the inaugural Cocodona 250.  Don't miss a minute as Legend shares his Top 5 moments from the Barkley, his Moonbeam escapades, a rundown of his hallucinations while sleep deprived, how to cope with 21 miles between aid stations, and the importance of a good pair of socks.
01:18:14
September 04, 2021
Get the F Outside - Monda
Where to begin?  Self-described outdoor comedy writer Monda, trail name Nutcrusher, is a Wildland Firefighter in Washington state and Rescue Lead of Olympic Mountain Rescue.  In this action-packed episode, she chats with Doc about her upcoming book.  Along the way, they cover a wide variety of topics, including homeless chic, snowstorms, whiteouts, cyclones, menopausal zombies, and the dangers taking a deuce with a broken collarbone while looking out for a mountain lion. Get the F outside.
44:51
August 28, 2021
Fat Man Little Trail
Hiker, blogger, and podcaster Greg from Fat Man Little Trail joins Doc to talk all things related to obsessive day hiking.  With just 15 months of experience so far, Fat Man has racked up 923 miles and 166,848' of elevation change.  Listen in as Doc tries to cajole him into taking the next step and becoming a multi-day hiker.  Along the way, they cover a lot of critical points, like the importance of stretchy pants, to pee or not to pee, the sketchiness of trail runners, and the sweet spot of 12,743-footers.
01:21:43
August 21, 2021
Endurance - The Return of Gabe and Kevin
Past guests and ultra runners Gabe Peterson and Kevin Goldberg return to kick off Season 3 of the podcast.  They share what they've been up to with Doc, including the Black Canyon 100K, the inaugural Cocodona, the Big Seki Loop, and the Badwater 135.
01:35:34
August 14, 2021
Balancing - Kelly "Star" Alvarez
Single mother to three-year-old Cora, relative newcomer to hiking Kelly "Star" Alvarez sits down with Doc to discuss how hiking helps sort out the big issues.  Along the way, they talk gear, Half Dome, the JMT, solo vs. hiking with friends, bidets, and Leave No Trace.  And there's a Top 5 List you are not going to want to miss!
01:36:42
July 31, 2021
On Mineral King Loop with Bindi and Yahtzee
Doc hits the trail with Bindi and Yahtzee as they take on the challenging Mineral King Loop in Sequoia National Park.  It's a wannabe Hiker Trash love story with plenty of stories and misadventures sprinkled in amongst all the trauma that a 28.2-mile loop with two passes over 11,500' and a total elevation gain of 9,560'.
01:27:12
July 24, 2021
It Was Good - Josh Endres
Author, photographer, and High Sierra junkie Josh Endres joins Doc to discuss how his passion for both photography and the mountains changed his life forever.  Along the way, you'll hear about his misadventures, triumphs, and near misses.  And remember, he's not a puker, he's a pooper.
01:44:24
July 17, 2021
Big Wall Climber Amity Warme
Big Wall Climber Amity Warme sits down with Doc to discuss the highs and lows of scaling 3,000-foot vertical wall faces.  Along the way, the two of them cover route topos, crux pitches, sweaty fingers, off widths, chicken wings, and all the things you've ever wanted to know about Porta-ledges.  All the things.
01:16:27
July 10, 2021
Win or Learn - Jeremiah "Yosemite Sam" Stringer
Vermont Long Trail veteran, YouTuber, and host of The Backpacking Podcast, Jeremiah Stringer joins Doc to talk trails, gear, Vermud, the Brunch Club, and the Clean Girls.
01:33:28
July 03, 2021
Second Chance Hiker
Second Chance sits down with Doc to talk about the challenges of hiking the PCT at 400 pounds, the transformative nature of the trail, solo hiking in gator-infested swamps, the dangers of hiking after a breakup, and the power of hugs (lots of hugs).  Along the way, Second Chance overshares a bit (a lot!), and Doc discovers they have a friend in common in Croatia.  *mind blown*
01:21:13
June 26, 2021
Ginger Ballz and Type Four Fun
Previous JFM Pod guest and Triple Crowner, Ginger Ballz, sits down for an in-person interview with Doc about his latest adventures on the Hayduke Trail.  Along the way, they cover a variety of important topics, like quicksand instructions, job interviews gone bad, the newly invented category of Type Four Fun, and a leap of faith you're not going to want to miss.
01:07:60
June 19, 2021
Trail Magic and Stories from the Pacific Crest Trail
Doc and Mrs. Doc head out to Agua Dulce to provide some trail magic and have some PCT hikers spin the Wheel of Wilderness.  Twelve hikers heading from Mexico to Canada participate enthusiastically and share how it's going on the PCT.
56:42
June 14, 2021
Updates from the Trail
Several former guests and fan favorites check in with the JFM Pod from the trail to provide updates on their current and future adventures. As always, Doc and Chopper provide their in-depth analysis and expert insight, and giddiness ensues.  This is the romp down trails long and short referred to in the podcast description. 
01:12:58
June 12, 2021
Solitude, The Alone Companion Podcast: Season 8, Episode 1 - The Hunt
Doc and Jukebox are back to breakdown each episode of Alone, the History Channel's epic solo adventure survival show!  In this premiere episode, you'll get the lowdown on the new location for Season 8, and analysis, fresh takes, power rankings and predictions for this season's contestants!
57:56
June 05, 2021
Crunching all the Data with Carl "Prof" Stanfield
Carl "Prof" Stanfield stops by the Pod to discuss ALL (and I mean ALL the stats) the stats from his AT and PCT hikes, as well as the ambitious plans he has to become a Triple Crowner (and much, much more!) in 2022.  Don't miss the discussions on ultralight saxophones, how to obtain a college degree in thru hiking, the dangers of chafing, being an on-call fire starter, and literally being given the keys to a stranger's car by the most magnificent trail angel you'll ever meet.  Oh, and Scout makes an appearance as well.
01:39:32
May 31, 2021
The Last Season - Eric Blehm
Eric Blehm, author of The Last Season, joins Doc to discuss the story of Randy Morgenson, the seasoned ranger who disappeared in the Sierra backcountry in 1996.  During the episode, they cover a lot of ground, including split boarding, Double Espresso Free Association, coyote pacers, and, of course, the mysterious disappearance of Randy and Eric's incredible book about what happened.  Epic.
01:27:27
May 29, 2021
Chris Smead - Outmersive Films
Successful tech industry employee Chris Smead hiked the John Muir Trail in 2016, and as a result, ended up changing his path in life.  Five years later, he now heads up Outmersive Films and has produced highly acclaimed documentaries The High Sierra Trail (2018) and Highline (2020).  As he prepares to embark on his next film, The Alaska Project (working title), Chris sits down with Doc to discuss the turns of the trail, hidden gems on the JMT, gear, volcanic eruptions, and how to poop from a portaledge.
01:14:53
May 24, 2021
Mountain Cat and the SOBO Winter Hike of the AT
Mountain Cat visits with Doc to share her multiple thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail, including her latest SOBO during winter. With her boyfriend Cobra and wonder dog Poodle Bear, the three intrepid explorers got to experience trail life like few others have.  During the episode, Mountain Cat discusses unsociable hikers, the Florida Boys, crossing alligator-infested ponds, dirt bikes, the importance of being aggressively lazy during 40 zero days, and the difficulty of using a Deuce of Spades when the ground is frozen.
01:18:44
May 22, 2021
Tayson Whittaker - Outdoor Vitals
Tayson Whittaker, the founder and CEO of ultralight backpacking gear company Outdoor Vitals, joins Doc to talk about gear, passion, frostbite, thunderstorms in the backcountry, and the Three Types of Fun.  Hilarity ensues.
01:20:16
May 19, 2021
Schmutz and the SOBO PCT
Matt "Schmutz" Lyons joins Doc to talk gear and prep, his 2019 AT hike, his upcoming southbound PCT hike, and the accompanying documentary, SOBO.  Schmutz also becomes the first guest on the Pod to take on the Wheel of Wilderness.
01:34:11
May 17, 2021
Ape Man
Ape Man, a Sierra hiker with 45 years of experience and two re-built knees, sits down with Doc to discuss bears in the backcountry, how to dodge Volkswagen-sized boulders, adventures on the John Muir Trail, and hilarious stories from more than four decades on the trail.
01:25:45
May 15, 2021
Stories with Hedge Hog the High Pointer
Spencer Morrissey, an incurable peak bagger and world class wise ass, sits a spell with Doc and spins some yarns from his outdoor adventures.  Tune in and hear about steaming heads, river nudists, spruce traps, and the answer to the age-old question, just how far can you drive on a 50-mile spare?
01:17:51
May 10, 2021
What's in a (Trail) Name?
Doc hikes down a side trail this week, as guests and listeners share their trail names and the sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, and always engaging stories behind them.
56:01
May 08, 2021
Panda Hikes the PCT: The Pre-Hike Episode
In this first of two episodes, Prospective PCT thru hiker, Panda, comes on the Pod to discuss her prep, gear, strategy, and expectations for her first long trail thru hike.  And, she'll make a return appearance after the PCT to share stories from the trail and how reality differed from expectations.  You're not going to want to miss these episodes!
54:40
May 03, 2021
Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains - Snake Eyes
Author, bikepacker, and thru hiker Paul "Snake Eyes" Barach sits down with Doc to relive the highest of highs and lowest of lows from the last five years.  Tune in for a comprehensive discussion on tragedy, healing, magic moments, and the dangers of mountaintop karate matches against monks.  And Pueblo, Colorado.
01:38:30
May 01, 2021
That's What Google Told Me
Tune in to hear Doc talk to Josh "Goat" McDonnell about his journey from a pained day hiker in Colorado to JMT thru hiker.  Along the way, they cover a lot of territory, including the power of Google, relationships on the trail, camping sites at 13,400', and old timers who know where to find beer and pictographs on the trail.  And, oh yeah, there's a scary story you won't want to miss.
01:21:42
April 26, 2021
Nasty Noodle - Beating the Odds
After battling his inner demons and recovering from being hit by a van and almost losing his leg, what did Nasty Noodle do?  He took on his childhood dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail . . . and more!  Listen in to hear how Nasty Noodle beat the odds and hiked over 3,000 miles in 2020, including a trail I bet the vast majority of you have never even heard of.
01:51:38
April 24, 2021
Heather Kovach - Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace trainer Heather Kovach joins Doc for an important discussion of the seven principles of Leave No Trace.  Doc and Heather share the principles, the reasons behind them, and use lots of stories from personal experience to illustrate them.  Hilarity ensues.  
01:28:23
April 19, 2021
Tesla - Why (Do I Hike)
Nikola Horvat, trail name Tesla, hiked the PCT in 2016, and then went back home to create the 1,400-mile-long Croatian Long Distance Trail.  He joins in from Croatia to talk about his viral hiking documentary, dangerous encounters on the trail, the art of listening to your feet, and navigating both the external and internal wilderness while hiking.
02:00:02
April 17, 2021
Triple Crown Attempt - IBTAT
AT and PCT thru hiker, Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver, sits down with Doc on the cusp of his departure to attempt the CDT to talk personal challenges, trail stories, gear, how to earn Hiker Trash trail cred, and chafing where you don't want to chafe.  Buckle up and hunker down for this one!
01:15:60
April 12, 2021
Cassie Johannes - The Faroe Islands
Former college soccer star and current military wife and mother of three, Cassie Johannes, sits down with Doc to talk about all things Faroe Islands.  She shares logistics, cost, and descriptions of waterfalls, impossible lakes, and lighthouses.  And there's talk of a rock festival in a high school gym and jumping out of a perfectly good plane over Hawaii.
01:17:12
April 10, 2021
Rowan Smith - Backpacking Training Coach
Got a long trail hike coming up quick that you're not physically ready for?  This is the episode for you.  Rowan "Coach" Smith sits down with Doc to talk backpacker-specific training and fitness prep.  Knee pain? Pack strain? Elevation gain?  Coach covers it all and more, including the abundance of hiking guides in Brazil, knowing when to keep your mouth shut on the trail, and stories from the iconic Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.
01:17:37
April 05, 2021
Ben Crawford - 2000 Miles Together
Thru hiking is hard enough, but when you add six kids and your spouse, you're taking it to a whole new level.  Ben Crawford, author of 2000 Miles Together, sits down with Doc to discuss the logistics, prep, and the highs and lows of hiking with kids aged 2 to 17, and he and Doc also take detours to talk about marathoning as a family as well as the year of living with no rules.  Sound interesting?  You have no idea.  Tune in and find out.
02:05:29
April 03, 2021
Adventure Cubed - A Podcast Crossover
Three adventure podcasts collide in this crossover episode. Check out the voices, stories and content behind The John Freakin' Muir Pod, the Lost on Purpose Pod, and the Tales of the Trails podcast. Trying to find new adventures to listen to?  Look no further.
01:16:14
March 29, 2021
Shaun Explores - Wild Camping in the UK
Shaun of Shaun_Explores sits  down with Doc to share some mishaps and misadventures while wild camping in the UK.  The accidental YouTube star and self-proclaimed serial hobbyist talks about getting his start in the outdoors, the right to roam, how to eat well on the trail, and what happens when your drone descends into a 70-foot-deep reservoir overflow tube and refuses to come out.
01:22:23
March 27, 2021
Legend - Calendar Triple Crown
Jeff "Legend" Garmire comes on the Pod to talk about the Calendar Triple Crown, the Great Western Loop, FKTs, and his upcoming attempt at the Barkley Marathons.  Along the way, he shares the hilarity and heart-stopping moments from 30,000 trail miles.
01:35:05
March 22, 2021
Jupiter Hikes
Jupiter sits down with Doc to talk ultralight, how to hike the 5,000-mile Eastern Continental Trail, how not to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, setting the FKT on the Florida Trail, unique and less traveled American trails, and the beautiful simplicity of tarps.  And you're not going to want to miss the Ultralight Edition of the JFM Pod Hiking Poll.
01:53:35
March 15, 2021
Triple Crowner - Scrapbook
A Triple Crowner at the age of 20, Scrapbook sits down with Doc to talk about planning for the PCT during high school, convincing his mom to drop him off alone at the Mexican border with just a pack on his back at the age of 18, and his official ranking of America's long trails.  You don't want to miss the discussion of prep, gear, the literal and figurative highs and lows of the trail, and a Pro Tip that you won't believe.  
01:53:49
March 13, 2021
Jamil Coury - Slam of the Damned
Ultrarunner, entrepreneur, and filmmaker Jamil Coury joins Doc for a discussion of the Slam of the Damned, a quartet of daunting and brutal ultrarunning races feared by everyone but a daring few.  Listen in and hear about the HURT100, the Hardrock 100, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, and . . . the Barkley Marathons!  Condolence letters, license plates, conch shells, book pages . . . they're all there, plus a lot more!  An epic episode.
01:37:32
March 08, 2021
Chadahooche - Excellence through Obsession
Obsessive outdoor adventurer Chadahooche sits down with Doc to discuss his 2020 thru hike of the JMT, how to become a guide, the nine things he wished he had known before hiking the JMT, adventure media must-sees, and the importance of obsession.
01:53:40
March 06, 2021
Backcountry Foodie
Aaron Owens Mayhew, the creator of Backcountry Foodie, sits down with Doc for an excellent Bonus Episode.  They cover a lot of ground, from portions of both the PCT and AT in 2017, injuries on the trail, and, most importantly, how Doc has been doing this backpacking food thing all wrong!  Aaron has combined her profession (dietician) and her passion (ultralight backpacking) to create an incredible meal planning and prep resource for hikers that is not to be missed.  Tune in and find out how to do backcountry meals right!  Game changer.
56:37
March 01, 2021
The John Muir Trail - A Billy Yang Production
Filmmaker and podcaster Billy "Bourdain" Yang, along with his hiking companions, SOGO and Tunez, sit down with Doc and Chopper to talk about his JMT documentary, the challenges of preparing for a thru hike during a pandemic, how to problem solve when things (lots of things!) go wrong, the importance of condiments, and how to pull off the perfect marriage proposal on the trail. 
02:07:58
February 27, 2021
Mile. Mile & A Half. - Jason Fitzpatrick
Jason Fitzpatrick, co-producer, co-director, and writer of the quintessential John Muir Trail documentary, Mile. Mile & a Half, sits down with Doc and Chopper to talk about the film, the overwhelming response of fans, feather allergies, the importance of snacks, and what the cast is doing now.
01:43:42
February 22, 2021
Eric Larsen - South Pole, North Pole, and Mount Everest . . . in a Year
Polar explorer Eric Larsen did what no other person had done before or since:  reached the South Pole, the North Pole, and the summit of Everest in a single year.  Eric sits down with Doc and shares how he got his start in polar expeditions, his creation of Stateathons, his book On Thin Ice, and his incredible year of reaching the "Three Poles" of the planet.  As he reminds us, Adventure is Everywhere.
01:20:21
February 20, 2021
To Measure A Mile - A PCT Tale of Tears and Triumph
Three best friends embark upon an epic trek on the PCT; only one crosses the Canadian border 2,600 miles later. Chris, Bo, and Eich sit down with Doc to share the glory and the misery along the country's preeminent long trail.  Along the way, they discuss the incredible trail magic they found, the epic new friends they met, and we settle once and for all if pineapple belongs on a pizza.  Oh yeah, and they lived under a bridge for a while.
02:02:38
February 15, 2021
Triple Crowner - Ginger Ballz
Triple Crowner Ginger Ballz sits down to talk with Doc about joining the thru hiking cult, his lack of preparation when he set out on the AT, discovering the best version of himself on the trail, the distinctive soul of each of the long trails, and story after story of hijinks and adventure in the backcountry.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride, Hiker Trash!
01:38:57
February 13, 2021
Jamie Compos - Down the Trail
Down the Trail website creator Jamie Compos joins Doc for a discussion of his excellent trail prep website, how he came by the trail name of Duct Tape, and his treks on the AT, the Long Trail, the JMT, Denali, the Grand Canyon, and the Hayduke Trail.
01:47:48
February 06, 2021
Jay and Michelle Wilson - Elevation Gain
Author Jay Wilson and his wife Michelle sit down with Doc to discuss Jay's JMT trail memoir, Elevation Gain, Life Lessons Above the Tree Line. They cover a lot of ground in this episode: there are Pro Tips aplenty, a discussion of the Drinking Pants Hall of Fame, conquering stomach troubles atop Mt. Whitney, and lamenting over the injustice of thousand-word pictures and million-word places.
01:38:29
January 30, 2021
Andrew King - Between Worlds
Named New Trail Star by Outside Magazine, featured in Gear Junkie, and given control of HOKA's Instagram account for a day, mountaineer Andrew King is on a mission to become the first African-American to summit the highest peak AND highest volcanic summit on each continent.  Andrew sits down with Doc to discuss his epic journey, the remaining summits ahead, and his Between Worlds Project.  Oh, and there's big wave surfing stories, too.
01:34:11
January 23, 2021
Michael Wardian - Outsider of the Year
Outside Magazine called Michael Wardian "perhaps the world's most prolific distance runner" and named him one of their 2020 Outsiders of the Year. Michael sits down with Doc and talks about FKTs, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, winning the Quarantine Backyard Ultra (262.5 miles and 63 hours!), and his two stints in . . . THE BARKLEY MARATHONS!
01:20:13
January 16, 2021
The JFM Pod - Season 2 Trailer
Season 2 starts on Jan. 16!
01:06
January 09, 2021
Season 1 Finale - The Reunion Episode
To commemorate the Pod's 50th episode, Doc welcomes back fan favorites Chopper, Jukebox and Big E to catch up on their latest adventures, a new backpacking quiz, adventure media, and hiking goals for the new year.  Hilarity ensues.
01:36:53
January 09, 2021
127
127 sits down to share his unconventional AT hike, where he was a SOBO with a start date of Aug. 1.  Listen in as the drama unfolds with 127 earning his nickname, finding his trail family, all while trying to outrun the snow and avoid trench foot.  
01:41:06
January 02, 2021
The Dr. Bob Episode
By popular demand, the legendary JFM Pod contributor Dr. Bob gets his own episode, and he does not disappoint.  Tune in as Dr. Bob sits down with Doc and Chopper and discusses how he got his start, the story behind his trail name, why VVR is a favorite trail destination, and some of the epic moments and sites from his 14 previous thru hikes of the JMT.
01:37:10
December 26, 2020
NoHike2ThruHike - PJ Gets Obsessed
Former golf professional and occasional day hiker PJ made a New Year's Resolution to do a thru hike, and just eight days later found himself with a permit to hike the John Muir Trail.  What had he gotten himself into?  PJ sits down with Doc to talk about that fateful decision, his descent into an obsession with all things hiking, and his planning and his prep to get ready for the thru hike of a lifetime.
02:04:32
December 19, 2020
Mike Toffey - Peak Bagger
Mike Toffey hiked more than 2,000 miles in 2020, bagging more than 240 peaks during that time period, 140 of which were in the Sierras.  Tune in as Mike sits down with Doc and talks about some amazing trail-adjacent adventures that are just off the beaten path. Plus, there's bonus audio from Matt D on a scary tale from the AT!
01:24:44
December 12, 2020
Journeys North - Barney "Scout" Mann
Barney "Scout" Mann spends some time with Doc to talk about his PCT memoir, Journeys North, in which he gives readers a vivid account of the highs and lows of a PCT thru hike. Scout is a Triple Crowner, the Board president of the Partnership for the National Trail System, the former Board chair of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the former president of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and just a damn cool human.
01:37:20
December 05, 2020
Mac - Halfway Anywhere
If you've ever planned for a thru hike of the PCT or CDT, you've probably visited the Halfway Anywhere website.  Its creator, Mac, sits down with Doc and talks about some of the 10,000 trail miles he's logged, some uh-oh moments,  his favorite gear, and why the Appalachian Trail is just not his cup of tea.
01:35:10
November 28, 2020
Jen Lucas - Up From the Depths of the Grand Canyon
From a first hike into the Grand Canyon that nearly ended in disaster, Jen bounced back, regrouped and hiked the John Muir Trail, the High Sierra Trail, and got her family hooked on a new family tradition.
01:12:14
November 21, 2020
Henry Chen - Soloist Extraordinaire
John Freakin' Muir Pod superfan and solo hiker Henry Chen chats with Doc about his adventures in the Sierras and how he got his hiking legs by taking on Everest Base Camp, the Inca Trail, and Patagonia.  Doc helps Henry find a Trail Name.
01:28:03
November 07, 2020
Climbing All 58 of Colorado's Fourteeners - Brittney "Bert" Woodrum
When faced with a worldwide pandemic wreaking havoc on fragile populations around the world, Bert didn't sit back and order extra supplies for herself.  She found a way to match her two loves, helping others and adventuring, in order to raise $85,000 in COVID-19 relief money for those less fortunate and most impacted.  Tune in to hear her epic quest to help others, as well as some of her long-distance hiking tales from the AT and the Camino de Santiago.
01:30:03
October 31, 2020
Hunter Leininger - Next Gen Adventure Racer
The youngest competitor in Eco Challenge Fiji, known as the world's toughest race, Hunter Leininger talks with Doc about adventure racing, his goal of setting an FKT on the AT, and the mysteries and magic surrounding the Barkley Marathons.
51:23
October 24, 2020
A Family Affair on the John Muir Trail
Doc talks with the Reynolds Family about their 21-day, 211-mile trek on the John Muir Trail with three sons.  The Rock, Mamasaurus, Happy Feet, Fish Bait, and Cat Tail share their epic adventures, near disasters, and the challenges and rewards of hiking as a family for three weeks on the world's best trail.
01:11:44
October 17, 2020
Glenn Sweitzer - AT Documentarian
Doc sits down with documentary film maker Glenn Sweitzer, who shares the stories behind the scenes of his upcoming Appalachian Trail documentary, Trail Mix.  Tune in and hear about heartbreak, breakthroughs and the thru hikers whose lives were transformed by the trail. 
01:36:41
October 03, 2020
Trail Correspondent Rob on the High Sierra Trail
Rob, now known as Bear Bait, reprises his role as JFM Trail Correspondent and shares his adventures from the High Sierra Trail this past summer.  
01:07:11
September 26, 2020
Nate Woodruff - Whisky with a View
Doc sits down with Instagram sensation Nate Woodruff of Whisky with a View, whose fateful decision to post a photo of a whiskey bottle in a river has led to an unexpected lifestyle.
01:24:38
September 19, 2020
Gabe and Kevin Fastpack the JMT (or "How Not to do the John Muir Trail" - Kevin)
Doc sits down with Gabe Peterson and Kevin Goldberg, who share their background in endurance sports and talk about how they completed the John Muir Trail in less than six days.  In addition to the JMT, the two discuss their experiences in the Moab 240 (yes, a 240-mile trail race), Ironman races, 100 miles on a treadmill,  and a glorious loop on the Barkley Marathons course.
01:42:01
September 12, 2020
Brendan Leonard - Semi-Rad
Adventurer, author, filmmaker, Outside columnist, and the creator of the Semi-Rad Blog, Brendan Leonard, visits the JFM Pod, and talks backpacking, endurance sports, how to run 100 miles, and why you should always pack a headlamp.
01:17:17
September 05, 2020
Pedro Hernandez - Bushcraftology
Doc sits down with bushcrafter Pedro Hernandez, who goes over the 5 C's of bushcraft and shares stories of his trips to Iceland and across Mongolia.
01:24:12
August 29, 2020
Mike Chambers - Beat Monday
Doc sits down with professional mountain athlete and the host/star of Outside TV's Beat Monday, Mike Chambers.  Listen in as Mike shares some epic (and that word is not worthy of the actual epic-ness) stories about what you can pack into a weekend adventure.
01:17:03
August 22, 2020
Ric Gazarian - GlobalGaz
Doc talks to super travel blogger, author, producer, and Counting Countries podcast host, Gaz.  Tune in and hear tales about Dark Tourism, micro-nations, and the reason Gaz is a vegetarian when he travels (there's a very good, very gross reason for this choice)!
01:31:08
August 15, 2020
Jeff Hester - SoCalHiker.Net
Doc returns to the Sierras with an interview with the creator of SoCalHiker.Net and The Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, Jeff Hester.  Listen in as Jeff shares stories from the JMT, the Six Pack of Peaks, and the lesser known, but just as epic, Theodore Solomons Trail.  Doc also tries to pin down Jeff on his top five favorite trails.
01:37:21
August 08, 2020
Cole Rise - Renaissance Man
Doc talks to entrepreneur, designer, travel photographer, pilot, and citizen of the world, Cole Rise.  Tune in to hear about an attempt on Half Dome, kayaking in Norway, wandering through trails and towns of Jordan, the island country of Mauritius, an epic Harley ride, and recreating the Apollo 11 Lunar Hasselblad camera from scratch (literally)!
01:27:49
August 01, 2020
Steele Carter - Stratovolcano Circumambulator
Doc talks to stratovolcano circumambulator Steele Carter about his epic hikes of the Torres del Paine (2016), PCT (2017), and Wonderland Trail (2018).  Tune in and hear about life on the trail and its particular joys and challenges when you bring along a 22-pound, four-legged hiking buddy by the name of Korra.
01:43:42
July 25, 2020
Chris Brinlee, Jr. - Multi-disciplined Adventure Athlete
Doc talks to Chris Brinlee, Jr., a multi-disciplined adventure athlete, photographer, and writer who up and left his promising advertising career to embark on a life of adventure all across the globe.  Chris tells Doc about the power of the pivot, his first hike in the backcountry of Yosemite, his travels to Antarctica with "perhaps the greatest adventurer of all time" Mike Horn, and his bout with sun poisoning at altitude in Nepal.  
01:30:39
July 11, 2020
Jonny Blair - DontStopLiving.net
Doc interviews author and adventure blogger Jonny Blair about his upcoming book, Backpacking Centurion, his blog, Don'tStopLiving.Net, and his travels and adventures in over 180 countries.  Tune in and hear about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Tasmania, Antarctica, Jonny's fascination with unrecognized countries, and the uncanny connection with Lock In Lee!
01:45:14
July 04, 2020
Solitude, The Alone Companion Podcast
While The John Freakin' Muir Pod is on hiatus between seasons, Doc and Jukebox take a deep dive into The History Channel's hit show, Alone.  Join them by tuning into their companion podcast and try to predict who will last 100 days on their own above the Arctic Circle and take home $1 million.
03:46
June 17, 2020
The Mailbag Episode
Doc and the crew reach deep into the mailbag to answer your questions about gear, food, life on the trail, and helicopter evacuations.
01:30:26
June 13, 2020
The Fozzie Episode
Best-selling author and dromomaniac Keith Foskett (Fozzie) joins Doc to share his travels and stories from his long-trail thru hikes.  Tune in and hear about erupting volcanoes, ghostly accusations in the middle of the night on the trail, rattlesnakes, synchronicity, and the definitive answer for why thru-hikers do what they do.
01:56:20
May 30, 2020
A Proper Trail Correspondent
Doc talks to JFM Pod Trail Correspondent Rob about hiking trips both domestic and international.  Rob recounts his trips to Desolation Wilderness, Havasupai, Trinity Alps Wilderness,  the Santa Cruz Trail (Peru), and that fateful trip to the summit of Mt. Shasta.
01:25:09
May 02, 2020
Bonus Episode: Strange Happenings
Doc drops a bonus episode this week, and it's a bit . . . strange.  Take a Zero with Doc and hear about the strange events over the course of 150 years at the Wiley House in the foothills of the Sierras.  And if that's not strange enough, Dr. Bob returns with a couple of weird stories of his own from the trail.
19:57
April 26, 2020
Bonus Episode: The High Trips
In a special bonus episode this week, Doc takes a hike through the legendary High Trips of the Sierra Club.
13:50
April 12, 2020
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .
It's storytelling time with Doc as he talks about one of the legendary mountain men of the Sierras.
21:40
March 28, 2020
Six Packs, Anyone?
Doc talks about the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, and walks listeners through the original six peaks of the Southern California challenge.
30:00
March 21, 2020
Xena the Thru Hiker (I fell in New Jersey.)
Doc talks to a legitimate thru hiker with impressive bona fides.  Xena the Thru Hiker shares trail prep, trail families, how Whiplash lived up to his name, spirit animals, and readjusting to city life after hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  
01:00:12
March 14, 2020
The Jumbo-Sized Adventure Media Episode
Doc and Chopper try to satisfy your off-season adrenaline cravings by sharing their Top 10 list of adventure documentaries and books.
01:27:19
March 07, 2020
The Trans Catalina Trail
Doc and Slo Mo share their hijinks from the Trans Catalina Trail, complete with face plants, shark attack victims, Heimlich maneuvers, and a buffalo.
54:26
February 29, 2020
Shaking Down the Pack with Doc and B.A.
Doc and B.A. open up their packs to weigh and discuss their essential gear for long-distance hikes.  Who will win in the battle of the pack weight?
42:28
February 22, 2020
Short, Epic Trips
Just because the mileage is not triple digits doesn't mean the hike can't be epic.  Doc and Jukebox share three different short trips that were memorable masterpieces.  Listen in as they share their exploits and near-disasters on the Half Dome Trail, the trip from Crescent Meadow to Precipice Lake on the High Sierra Trail, and the Mineral King Loop. The territory covered in this episode includes glissading gone wrong, cramping up on the cables, deer attacks, polar plunges, and a pit toilet with a view.
01:03:28
February 15, 2020
Trail Superlatives
Join Doc and Chopper as they break down some of their most memorable trail moments in a variety of categories.  Chopper also tells us the harrowing story behind his name, and guest correspondent Dr. Bob shares a scary tale from the middle of the night on top of Mt. Whitney.
54:23
February 08, 2020
Getting Started
The JFM Pod welcomes Buddy to share his thoughts on the attraction of long-distance hiking, and the key things to consider, acquire, and do leading up to that big hike!
01:12:06
February 01, 2020
Origin Story
This inaugural episode details future topics as well as describes JFM’s origin and some background on John Muir and the trail named after him.
07:20
January 25, 2020