Sounds of the Trail

Sounds of the Trail

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EP 2-11 The Beginning of the End  

It's getting to be that time of year again - the end of summer thru-hiking season. Our first hikers are completing their journeys - today we get to hear from two of them, Homework and Juan Durer. Lessons learned, summits summitted, and the feeling of the end. There's a lot of heart in this episode - take a quiet half hour and make sure you listen through to the end of the podcast, I think you'll be glad you did.

EP 2-10 The Great! Outdoors Pt 2  

What's so great about the outdoors anyway? It's worth one more podcast at least, so we re-visit the topic in today's episode. The best part of being outdoors, true love, and a community too good to leave behind - it's just cool to be in the forest.

EP 2-09 All the Angels  

Are thru-hikes a spirit quest? Or just a long walk? Sometimes spirituality on the trail is the goal, sometimes it just happens to us anyways. We have two great interviews today with hikers of different stripes who've both found things worth believing out on the trail. We're especially pleased to have a Triple Crown hiker on the show - this is a guy who's done his miles! Today's podcast's special guests are Scarecrow and Pace.

EP 2-08 The Great? Outdoors  

It's time for a little catching up! In this week's podcast, we spend a bunch of time with Homework, to find out where he is on the Continental Divide Trail. In between updates we try to figure out what's so great about the outdoors anyhow. Special guests Smiles and Umgawa

Ep 2-07 The Elephant on the Trail  

Mt Whitney marriage proposals, injuries, and goats as wedding guests... this episode has it all! But one conversation that often gets left out of trail talk is the stickier subject of race in the thru-hiking community. Well, today we talk about that too. The subject of hikers of color has been making the rounds on the online community, so we took the chance to address it head-on, with the firm belief that nothing helps understanding more than sitting down and listening to each other. Don't understand what the hullabaloo is about? Take a listen! Big thanks to special guest Double Sprainbow. If you're interested in hiking and you're a person of color, go ahead and check out the Hikers of Color Facebook Page.

Ep 2-06 You and Your Meat Suit  

Your most important piece of hiking equipment? It's your meat suit, that ol' body of yours that's doing the work to get from place to place. In today's episode we talk about the effects of thru-hiking on our bodies... and our minds, because that's part of our body too. We also have two interviews with former combat veterans hiking with Warrior Expeditions, who talk about how thru-hiking is affecting them. Special guests: Yours Truly, Push, Bare Bones, Slim Jim, Helton, and Sage. Music Attributions: Go Tell It On The Molehill (Doctor Turtle) / CC BY 4.0 and Songs For The Dawn Of Peace (Leon Lishner) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Ep 2-05 Getting Acquainted (With Yourself)  

Being on trail is a great way to get to know... yourself. From the gross to the profound, our correspondents and fellow hikers discuss what they've learned so far from their time as thru-hikers. Big thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast! Get a free 30 day trial at Special guests: Magic Mike, El Tejano, Rafiki, and 2%. Check out El Tejano's blog here.

Ep 2-04 The Finite Life  

With just one life to live, why spend it walking around the country, being hot, cold, thirsty, hungry, and tired? In today's podcast, we ask some hikers what is the best part of their thru-hiking day - the part that makes it worthwhile - and they tell us what keeps their spirits up despite the blisters and the hemorrhoids (ouch!). Our trail correspondents are starting to pick up trail names, so you'll hear some new names with the voices you've already been introduced to. I'm working on an update of the About Us page which will be up soon and should help out with keeping all the names and voices straight. Special Guests: Raven, Goofy, P.S., Storytime, Patriot, and Chance.

Ep 2-03 I didn’t know…  

Thru-hiking season has officially begun! All our correspondents are out on trail, finally finding out what trail life is all about, and what they didn't know before they started. This podcast fills us in on the reality vs the expectations. Special guests: Mishap, Shortcut, Spoony, Knees, Bacon, Fruit Snax, Boyardee, and Splinter.

Ep 2-02 More Introductions  

We've heard from our Appalachian Trail correspondents, but it's time to meet the rest! In this podcast episode we get to hear from our 2016 Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail correspondents. From the night-before-the-trail jitters to their motivations for getting on trail, we get to know them a little better.

Episode 2-01 – Hyperfreedom  

Sounds of the Trail is back for the summer thru-hiking season! In this podcast episode we introduce some of our new correspondents who will be attempting thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. We get to hear about their reasons for thru-hiking, some of their hopes, and some of their fears. Is that a random twinge of the the knee or is it...? Next week we'll be hearing from our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers as they get started. Thanks to Smiley 501, John Malusa, and Jesse Silverman for help with the new intro.

Episode 30 – Before and After  

In this episode we get to hear from two hikers at two different points in their thru-hikes - the Before and the After. Special guests Sandpiper and Buff. We also include some very dubious info on water treatment - I personally recommend a filter. Music by: Baby Gramps I'm getting back on the AZT this afternoon, but I'll be back in May to officially launch our second season! - Gizmo

Episode 29 – The Key Players  

Today's podcast is all about the real stars of our show - the trails themselves. We talk about our 2016 lineup - the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail - discuss hiking family histories, and get to hear from the Triple Crown hiker Wired one more time for some trail stories. Wired keeps a blog of all her hiking adventures, so if you want to learn more about her, check it out here: Walking With Wired Music by: Baby Gramps Other sounds are from and include: Les Paul Rock by guitarelement Boom4 by noisecollector 1234567_guitar by growingup (Used under CC-BY 3.0 License)

Episode 28 – This Is Why We Do It  

IMPORTANT: If you are an Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 hiker (thru-, section, or otherwise), please listen right away! We need your help! As we get ready for thru-hiking season, we take a minute to remember why we want to do this. In this episode we hear from special guest Wired as she tells us what she has gotten out of thru-hiking and what about it has motivated her to keep hiking (over 10,000 miles by foot and counting). Then we get to hear from our friends at the Dirtbag Diaries, as they share with us the story of a hiker named Paul, and why they need our help. If you are interested in helping Paul, go to Paul's Boots and see how you can help out. The Dirtbag Diaries is trying to find all their volunteers by February 17, 2016, and it's coming up fast. When you're done with that, take a minute to check out Wired's blog: Walking With Wired. Music by Baby Gramps.

Episode 27 – An Everyday Commitment  

One guy, with one goal - to ski 2.5 million vertical feet in one year. That is, 2.5 million feet UPHILL. To make this happen, Aaron Rice is planning on skiing 10 hours a day, every day, for an entire year. Kimchi sits down with Aaron and his friend Joey Campanelli to talk about what it takes to do something like this, and why skiing uphill every day for 10 hours a day is something that anybody would even want to do. This subject is a little bit of a break from our usual hiker talk - we hope you enjoy it! The Sounds of the Trail team is working REALLY hard right now to get ready for the upcoming 2016 thru-hiking season. We're lining up a lot of great stuff, so stay tuned! If you're interested in learning more about our guests today, check out their webpages and instagrams. Aaron Rice His insta: @airandrice Joey Campanelli His insta: @joey.camps For avalanche awareness And as always, big thanks to Baby Gramps for the music.

Episode 26 – Origins of a Thru-Hiker  

Where does it all begin? How do you grow up to become a thru-hiker? We get to hear from Rock Ocean as he interviews Kimchi and Par 3, from Gizmo, and even from Gizmo's mom as we explore our origins as thru-hikers. Also, we have a big announcement - Sounds of the Trail is looking for 2016 trail correspondents. Interested? Check out our page and JOIN US. Music courtesy of Baby Gramps.

Episode 25 – Getting Inspired  

Sounds of the Trail is transitioning to an off-season format. In this week's podcast we shift our focus to the third trail in the Triple Crown, the Continental Divide Trail, and get inspired by some youtube videos. Special Guests Liz and Bryan (along with Bumblebee Tuna and Toni the Tiger). During the hiking off-season Sounds of the Trail is switching to an every-other-week release schedule. Sounds of the Trail is planning on sticking around for a second season of thru-hiking podcasting in 2016, so stay tuned for more info on that. Music provided courtesy of: Baby Gramps

Episode 24 – Looking Back From the Finish  

We finally get to do a recap with both Kimchi and Par 3 on finishing the trail. We discuss the end of the time on the trail, their best moments, and what it means to be a thru-hiker. Music by: Baby Gramps

Episode 23 – End of A Season  

It's the end of A season, but it's not quite the end of THE season, at least not for a few hardy hikers or for Sounds of the Trail. Not many northbounders are still braving the mountain passes, but we ran into a few still heading for Maine. Special guests Smokey Bear, Homegrown, and Bailey the dog. Sounds of the Trail is back after a short hiatus. We're in the process of transitioning to an off-trail broadcast, and figuring out what that's going to look like. We have some good stuff lined up so be sure to tune in. If you are interested in getting in contact with Smokey Bear and Homegrown, either to do a little Trail Angel-ing or to possibly collaborate on some of the photo/video that they've been collecting, shoot an email to and I will get everyone in touch. We're happy to be back! Thanks for listening. Music provided by: Baby Gramps

Episode 22 – Making It Happen  

Thru-hikes are a hugely physical undertaking that take a lot of time and a lot of money - or at least the ability to forego earning money. A lot of people ask - how do you make a thru-hike happen? We have no magical secrets to share - but we do have some thru-hikers share stories about their own journeys on the Appalachian Trail. Young, old, and in-between, the trail is for everybody. Special guests Spicy Guy, Bluebird, Hakuna Matata, and Sock Ninja. We delve dangerously close to "overly inspirational" territory in this podcast, but I don't care. You need to listen to this. Check out Kimchi's photographic work (and maybe even buy a print) HERE. I am going out of the country for about a month for work. I'm going to try to keep the podcast going while I'm gone, but I can't make any promises. I'm packing my microphone just in case. -Gizmo Music, as always, provided courtesy of the inimitable Baby Gramps

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