Episodes

114: Winter is Summer Prep  

Today on the First 40 Miles, we have work to do!  Winter is summer prep for backpackers!  Then we’ll share the top 5 extras that you’ll want to consider next time you pack.  For the SUMMIT Gear Review, a daypack that packs down to the size of a baked potato.  Next, a Backpack Hack of the Week that will fill up the dark winter days with a flood of backpacking memories.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from someone who knew how to hike light.

113: How to Pack for a Trip  

Today on the First 40 Miles, packing for a backpacking trip can sometimes look like the aftermath of an REI rummage sale.  Gear everywhere.  We can’t help you with that, but we’ll share some tips for packing that will make your trip go a little smoother.  For today’s Summit Gear Review, a load of insulation for your next winter adventure.  Next, the Backpack Hack of the Week will show you a sleeping bag hack for all you claustrophobes out there.

112: CREATE: The Outdoor Innovators Episode  

Today on the First 40 Miles, CREATE: The Outdoor Innovators Episode.  If you’ve ever had a great idea for a piece of outdoor gear, we’ll share some stories today that will help to inspire you to take the next step.  This episode will feature the creative minds behind some up and coming outdoor gear companies.  Then on our Top 5 List, you’ll learn the basic steps for how to coax more great ideas out of your head and turn those ideas into the next big thing.

111: Zero Days  

Today on the First 40 Miles, hiking and backpacking go together like Lewis and Clark, but is it ok have a day in the wilderness where you don’t hike at all?  Absolutely!  We’ll give you a few ideas for what else you can do.  For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a pack that is incredibly adaptable.  Next, our Backpack Hack of the Week is a soul-filling pot of beans that can only be made on a zero day.

110: The Shortest, Darkest Day of the Year  

Today on the First 40 Miles, on the shortest, darkest day of the year can we still find a glimmer of light?  Yes!  We’ll talk about lumens, lightbulbs, and LEDs and what they can do for you in the dark.  On the SUMMIT Gear Review, a flexible light that transitions seamlessly from from lantern to landing strip.  Next on the Backpack Hack of the Week, if your closet is crammed with coats, we’ll help you find the perfect home for them.

109: Wish List  

Today on the First 40 Miles, if we could give a pack full of brightly wrapped gifts to each of our listeners, what would we give?  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, Columbia has cracked the code on rain gear.  Next today’s Backpack Hack of the Week is a unique way to find deals ultralight backpacking gear.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom to denumb your brain.

108: SKETCH: Art on the Trail  

Today on the First 40 Miles, SKETCH: Art on the Trail.  If you’re inspired by purple mountains majesty, we’ll give you a few reasons why you should take the time to sketch what you see.  Plus, on today’s Top 5 List we’ve put together a two ounce packing list for your artistic adventures.  On the SUMMIT Gear Review, an ultralight way to liven up your plein air sketches with vibrant watercolors.  Then on the Backpack Hack of the Week, an entire watercolor palette that weighs less than the toothpaste you put on your toothbrush this morning.

107: We Have a Cookbook!  

Show Notes: Episode 107 Today on the First 40 Miles, we have a cookbook!  And we’ll share some behind the scenes details along with some tips to help you create your own recipes!  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a flameless cooker that will keep your meals hot and toasty to the last bite. Next, … Continue reading 107: We Have a Cookbook!

106: Black Friday Backpacking Options  

Today on the First 40 Miles, along with thousands of other folks this week, we'll ditch the midnight shopping, the mall mayhem and the deals on flat screen TVs for a little time on the trail.  Next on today’s Top 5 List, we’ll share some gifts that just keep on giving.  For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a top of the line, fully featured two-way radio that has an undergrad degree in Communications, and a masters in Global Positioning.  Next, our Backpack Hack of the Week will give you the map to anywhere.

105: Is There a Right and Proper Way to Backpack?  

Today on the First 40 Miles, if your mother in law tells you there is one right way to set the table for Thanksgiving dinner, you may or may not believe her.  But believe us when we say there is not one right and proper way to backpack.   However there are some key elements that will ensure that your trip is safe, fun and memorable!  Then, on today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, accessible storage for your pack that keeps your essentials within reach.  For the Backpack Hack of the Week, we’re going to #OptOutside this black Friday, but later we may do a wee bit of browsing for deals online. 

104: Trip and Fall  

Today on the First 40 Miles, usually your pack is lighter on the way home… but not on our most recent trip, and we’ll tell you why.  Then on today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, what do you get when you mix the coverage of an underquilt with the structure of a pad?  Next on the Backpack Hack of the Week, three tent stakes might be your ultralight solution for leaving your stove at home.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from a mononymous French philosopher.

103: SNOOZE: The Sleeping Episode  

Today on the First 40 Miles, SNOOZE: The sleeping Episode.  This does not mean you can sleep through this episode.  However you may sleep a little better on your next backpacking trip after listening.  On today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll share a down sleeping bag that’s a great deal!  Then on the Backpack Hack of the Week, a quick fix for an uncomfortable air mattress.

102: Stories that Inspire  

Today on the First 40 Miles, there is power in sharing stories—and we’ll tell you why your stories are so important!  Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a super simple water filter that uses very long and impressive words to keep you safe on the trail.  On Today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, Happy Halloween—now let’s get on to Christmas.  And we’ll share our experience with Rainy Pass Repair and a zipper repair that was beyond our skill level.

101: The Ultimate Pancake Challenge  

Today on the First 40 Miles, we’ve always wondered why people make pancakes on the trail…so today we face The Ultimate Pancake Challenge.  We’ll also share the top 5 ways to make your pancakes worth the extra effort.  On the SUMMIT Gear Review, we have  three pieces of gear that all contributed to the success of the Ultimate Pancake Challenge.  And we’ll leave you today with a little trail wisdom from someone believes that pancakes equal love.

100: Celebrating Episode 100!  

Today on the First 40 Miles, this is episode 100!  And we have a shocking revelation: this is not a backpacking podcast—and we’ll tell you why in our top 5 list today.  We’ll also have a fun announcement that will put our First 40 Milers and their stories on center stage. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a simple no cook dinner that packs in flavor, nutritional density, and over 1000 calories.

099: BLINK: The Eyes Episode  

Today on the First 40 Miles, BLINK: The Eye Episode.  Most of us rely on our sight to help us navigate the trail, which means that eye health is a critical part of backpacking. Today’s episode focuses on eye health basics and how to care for your eyes while backpacking.  And we’ll be swapping out our SUMMIT Gear Review for a SUMMIT Film Review.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, Josh shares his tips for using contact lenses while backpacking.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from our good friend on the trail, Helen Keller.

098: Seeing Beyond the Marketing Hype  

Today on the First 40 Miles: New! Improved! Ultralight! Waterproof! Breathable! And loaded with functionality!  These are words you might read on the packaging for backpacking gear—but where does the hype end and the honesty begin?  Right here.  Then on today’s Top 5 List, the top 5 pieces of gear that ensure that you won’t get flustered on your next blustery trip.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, Gilbert from the Patagonia Worn Wear program shares a hack for revitalizing a corroded zipper.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from the son of an organist and an anarchist.

097: Google Trails  

Today on the First 40 Miles, Google Maps is awesome, but what if you could brainstorm a new Google initiative called Google Trails—what would you include?  Then on Today’s Top 5 List, a few simple suggestions to help diffuse conflict on the trail.  For the SUMMIT Gear Review, a neck gaiter that does double duty with a secret storage compartment.  Then for the Backpack Hack of the Week, a trashy way to keep your pack contents dry.

096: The Last Trip of the Summer  

Today on the First 40 Miles, our last family trip of the summer—and this trip did not disappoint!  We’ll share the top 5 things we loved about our trip to the Oregon coast.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review,  we’ll share a hammock that’s light enough to throw in your day pack—and may even fit in your back pocket!  Next, on the Backpack Hack of the Week, a simple hammock hack that will keep you cocooned and snug on your next hammock hang. 

095: TWO: The Couples Episode  

Today on the First 40 Miles, TWO: The Couples Episode.  If you’re hiking or backpacking with your significant other, there are some great benefits—and some relationship pitfalls.  We’ll do our best to share some helpful information for how to include your spouse in your next backpacking trip.  Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll share a pair of shoes that will help you get through better or worse.  On the Backpack Hack of the Week, a tweak to your sleep system that maximizes your heat output.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom that just may save your relationship.

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