Episodes

123: Learn As You Go  

Today on the First 40 Miles,  each of us are in a constant state of learning, and we’re all on different paths.  Today we’ll share a few things that we have learned recently.  Then, a spikey way to stay on the icy, snowy trails.  For our Backpack Hack of the Week, a listener shares a tip he learned from another hiker.

122: Giving Up on Foraging?  

Today on the First 40 Miles, is it possible to go out into the wilderness with a crusty loaf and a canteen of water—and then derive everything else you need from the land?  We’ll share our experiences with foraging.  Then on today’s Top 5 List, we’ll share the top 5 things that Heather does on every single trip.  Next, we’re skipping the SUMMIT Gear Review and having a little story time instead.  Today’s Backpack Hack of the Week is a little creepy, but super useful

121: ROPE: The Knot Episode  

Show Notes: Episode 121 Today on the First 40 Miles, ROPE: The Knot Episode.  We’ll be extremely judicious with the knot puns and deliver some solid info on how to start incorporating these mathematical beauties into your outdoor adventures.  For today’s SUMMIT Gear Review, a cheap way to get a whole lot of line that’ll … Continue reading 121: ROPE: The Knot Episode

120: Good Body Mechanics for Backpackers  

Today on the First 40 Miles, your car has a mechanic, but when it comes to good body mechanics, it’s all up to you.  Find out how to prevent injury in today’s top 5 list.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a piece of backpacking clothing that goes before the base layer.  Next, a zero gram solution that will support your lower back while you’re taking a quick break.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from the Bible.

119: Sidelined By Injury  

Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re not made of titanium (well some people are) but most of us experience injury that can sideline us from even getting out on the trail.  We’ll share some ideas that will turn that recovery time into valuable trail prep.  Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review, Katadyn rocks the water filtration scene with a collapsible, ultralight, dead-simple filter.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you’ll learn how to get your knife sharp enough to split a hair or a log…

118: The Baditude  

Today on the First 40 Miles, we’ll talk about a rare but real plague of the trail—the baditude.  And we’ll offer some easy solutions for how to combat it.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, a piece of gear to go with your down jacket, down sleeping bag or down booties.  Next, on the Backpack Hack of the Week we’ll show you how turn your plastic spoon into a weapon—no, just kidding.  We’ll just show you how to extend the handle so you can eat your freeze dried food without getting your hands dirty. 

117: RUBBISH: The Trash on the Trail Episode  

Today on the First 40 Miles, RUBBISH: The Backpacking Trash Episode.  We’ll answer some questions about trash on the trail, then share our top 5 favorite pieces of trash that we’ve found over this past year while hiking and backpacking.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, we’ll let you in on a fisherman’s secret for containing little bits of refuse.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a quick hack that will keep your pots, pans and mugs clean.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from someone who considers all trail experiences to be gifts.

116: Three Stories and Three Takeaways  

Today on the First 40 Miles,  we have three stories we want to share with you today—of women on the trail—plus our takeaways from their experiences.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review, an inflatable hammock that may not make it on your 40 miler, but might find a way onto your weekend two mile out and back packing list.  Next, we’ll share the real recipe for a healthy, simple trail snack that almost everyone makes incorrectly.  And we’ll leave you with a little trail wisdom from a guy who has strong opinions about one piece of backpacking gear.

115: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017 Report  

Today on the First 40 Miles, Heather is back from the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City with tales of what she saw!  Next,  today’s SUMMIT Gear Review features a buttery soft, ultrastrong + ultralight hammock.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you knew that a hammock had to do more than just rock you to sleep—and we’ll confirm your suspicion with today’s hack.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from a guy who has some wise insight about backpacking.

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.

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