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  • This week I'm excited to talk with Hiker and YouTuber Cory “Second Chance Hiker”.

    Cory better known as Second Chance Hiker was 33 years old when a cardiologist told him he was close to having a heart attack in he next few years. With the support of his family Cory sold his house and decided to change his life by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, staying on trail for 8 months and chronicling his journey on YouTube. Since the PCT Cory started hiking all over from Germany, Croatia, and Florida with no plans to stop.

    Cory’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/secondchancehiker

    Cory’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/secondchancehiker/

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    Send Andy a Postcard from the trail!

    The Hiker Podcast

    1740 Delta Waters Road STE 102-406

    Medford, OR 97504

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS     Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  GET 10% off your order by using the PROMO Code ‘hikerpodcast’.

    Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Renee Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie, Ava, Annette  and our newest Patreon Patron Maggie for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. ALL PATREONS GET AN EXCLUSIVE "HIKING IS FOR EVERYBODY" STICKER!

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week I'm excited to talk with artist and hiker Alina “Abstract” Drufovka! 

    Alina “Abstract” Drufovka is a Colombian-American painter and illustrator based out of Philadelphia, PA. She has hiked the Appalachian Trail (2015 & 2017), Israel National Trail (2018), and Pacific Crest Trail (2019). After 5,000+ miles of thru hiking, she now transforms all the nostalgia and beauty from her treks into surreal paintings back to the "trailverse."

    Website: www.thrudesigns.com

    IG: @abstract.hikes

    Follow Abstract on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abstract.hikes

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    Send Andy a Postcard from the trail!

    The Hiker Podcast

    1740 Delta Waters Road STE 102-406

    Medford, OR 97504

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS    
    Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  GET 10% off your order by using the PROMO Code ‘hikerpodcast’.

    Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Renee Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie and our newest Patreon Patrons Ava and Annette for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. ALL PATREONS GET AN EXCLUSIVE "HIKING IS FOR EVERYBODY" STICKER!

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
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  • This week I'm excited to bring back Julia "Rocket" Sheehan, after completing her thru hike of the Arizona Trail.

    Julia is a veteran thru-hiker who still feels like she has no idea what she is doing in life and trail. As a military veteran, nurse and outdoor adventure lover Julia has learned to take life one step at a time. After spending years taking care of others, Julie set out on a journey and trajectory that would have her life head down a path she had never dreamed of.  Now she juggles half her life in the real world and half as hiker trash. Julia hikes in hopes of spreading love and information about how healing the outdoors can be!

    Follow Rocket on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliasheehan

    Subscribe to Julia "Rocket" Sheehan's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jls935

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    Send Andy a Postcard from the trail!

    The Hiker Podcast

    1740 Delta Waters Road STE 102-406

    Medford, OR 97504

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS  
    Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  GET 10% off your order by using the PROMO Code ‘hikerpodcast’.

    Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Renee Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie and our newest Patreon Patrons Ava and Annette for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. ALL PATREONS GET AN EXCLUSIVE "HIKING IS FOR EVERYBODY" STICKER!

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week I'm  excited to bring you a conversation with my friend hiker, mountain biker, rock climber and skier Ben Allen.

    Ben Allan is a hiker, mountain biker, rock climber and skier who currently lives in the Bay Area, working as a Ranger Aide for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Ben was born in England and grew up in the Bay Area, and was exposed to a lot of classic hikes in both California and England by his family. In 2017 Ben moved to Ashland, Oregon to attend Southern Oregon University. Through SOU's Outdoor Program, Ben was introduced to more outdoor activities, and started working for the program as trip staff. Through working in the outdoors in an institutional setting, Ben has become passionate about making outdoor experiences more accessible for others and ensuring that others can have the same transformative experiences he has had in the outdoors. This has also led him to a complete career change from studying Communications/Digital Cinema in college, to hopefully working in public lands as a ranger. Ben is currently in the selection process for the CA State Parks Ranger Academy and hopes to become a full-time generalist ranger. His Instagram is @Ben_Allan_

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    Send Andy a Postcard from the trail!

    The Hiker Podcast

    1740 Delta Waters Road STE 102-406

    Medford, OR 97504

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS
    Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  GET 10% off your order by using the PROMO Code ‘hikerpodcast’.

    Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Renee Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie and our newest Patreon Patrons Ava and Annette for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. ALL PATREONS GET AN EXCLUSIVE "HIKING IS FOR EVERYBODY" STICKER!

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week I'm VERY VERY excited to bring you a conversation I had with Hiker, Advocate and Founder of Unlikely Hikers, Jenny Bruso!

    Follow Jenny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennybruso/

    For more about Jenny and Unlikely Hikers go to https://jennybruso.com/unlikelyhikers/

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal  GET 10% off your order by using the PROMO Code ‘hikerpodcast’. Anchor.fm- go to Anchor.FM to easily create a Podcast of your own.

    Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie and our newest Patreon Patron Renee for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. ALL PATREONS GET AN EXCLUSIVE "HIKING IS FOR EVERYBODY" STICKER! 

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy is excited to talk to hiker and yoga instructor Sarah Settimo.Sarah Settimo grew up and currently lives in Ashland, Oregon where her love of the outdoors began. With Ashland's trail network in her backyard, Sarah grew up exploring the southern Oregon forests and cultivating a bond with the natural world. In 2015, Sarah's father gifted her a camera and her passion for photography began. In college, Sarah spent her weekends hiking across Oregon to photograph the beauty that surrounded her. Over time, this led her to hike further and venture deeper into the forests of Oregon. Since returning to Ashland in 2020, Sarah has been re-discovering her love of day hiking and discovering her love of backpacking with her canine co-pilot Kyah and friends. While she's itching to thru-hike the PCT, Sarah's backpacking plans this summer include a week on the Colorado Trail, the Teton Crest Trail, and weekend trips in the Pacific Northwest.Follow Sarah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahsettimo/Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.comGo to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles. Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal Anchor.fm- go to Anchor.FM to easily create a Podcast of your own. Big thank you to our Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy, Chad, Alasdair, Stephanie and our newest Patreon Patron Renee for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast.Music licensed through musicbed.com.Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William- https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • This week Host Andy Neal takes your questions from Social media. Big thanks to everyone who submitted a question and sorry if I was unable to get to yours. :(

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS

    - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    - Big thank you to our  Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy & our newest Patreon Patron Stephanie for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast.

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week I'm excited to bring you a conversation I had with Plus-size outdoor professional and adventurer Ashley Manning. We have an amazing conversation talking about our experiences as plus-sized outdoors people regarding social media, stigmas, gear, how other hikers like Jenny Bruso of Unlikely Hikers have encouraged us, and how much we appreciate companies like Columbia that make clothes for plus sized adventurers! Thank you so much Ashley for coming on the show and having this conversation with me. This was one of my favorite thus far and I am so excited to share it with you all!

    Ash Manning is a plus-size hiker and river runner from North Georgia. Her mission is to encourage others to break the stigma around fat bodies and get into the outdoors responsibly and safely. Through humor and entertainment, Ash aims to bring knowledge to aspiring plus-size outdoors folk. 

    ***Some language used in this episode may not be appropriate for younger audiences***

    Follow Ashley on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashleysadventure/

    Follow Ashley on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ashleysadventure

    Thumbnail photo by Tommy Corey : www.instagram.com/@twerkinthedirt

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS

    - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    - Big thank you to our  Patreon Patron's Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob, Tommy & our newest Patreon Patron Stephanie for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast.

    Music licensed through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week I'm excited to bring you all a conversation I had with John Sprankel of The Oahu Coastline Trail. Big thank you to John for being so patient on getting this episode out! 

    John Sprankel is an Eagle Scout and US Army veteran that graduated from Georgia Southern Universitywith a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, where he met and married his wife, Tori. Since then, their careers lead them to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and later to Honolulu, Hawaii, in order to pursue the opportunity to ive in paradise, while also demonstrating to their daughter, Rowan, the value of travel, meeting new people, and seizing opportunities. With a civilian career path that has always focused around logistics and leadership consultation, the availability of time that came from the COVID shutdowns provided an opportunity to develop the idea of hiking around the island of Oahu from a passing thought to a viable endeavor. 

    While training for the Honolulu Marathon in 2019, the idea of circumnavigating the island transitioned from anidea for a fun challenge to a backpacking thru-hike, and, finally, to a scouting trip to develop a recognizedNational Scenic Trail. Working with the Hawaii DLNR and the National Park Service, John has been working to identify the many facets of a National Scenic Trail that this pathway will need to meet in order to fulfill the requirements said status, while also working to generate interest via Instagram (@the_oct_project) by bloggingthe 100 days leading up to the start of the scouting trip. 

    Follow John on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_oct_project/

    Go to https://www.facebook.com/TheOCTProject/ for more information on the OCT

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes 

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com 

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast! 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors: 

    - CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS 

    - Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    - Big thank you to our Patreons Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob and Tommy for supporting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast. 

    Music licenced through musicbed.com. 

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy talks with Hiker, Author, YouTuber and founder of Hike Oregon Franziska Weinheimer.Franziska Weinheimer is a 25+ year resident of Oregon and grew up enjoying the outdoors. In her mid-twenties she started hiking every week and grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of reliable information about the hiking trails that was available online. So she decided to work her way through the hiking guidebooks she owned and after every hike documented the hike online with detailed photos, trail descriptions, accurate mileage and elevation gain and made her own fun maps that point out special things to look out for along the way. This website was named Hike Oregon. Over the next few years Franziska started the Hike Oregon YouTube channel, published two hiking guidebooks, and continues to add hikes to the website monthly.Subscribe to Hike Oregon on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClmtRlQX9GvG6vQohRcRoSgFollow Franziska on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hike.oregon/Go to www.hikeoregon.net for more information on Hike Oregon and to buy Franziska's Book: OREGON'S BEST VIEWS: 50 BREATHTAKING VIEWPOINT HIKESFollow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikesEmail Andy andy@hikerpodcast.comGo to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles. Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal \ Big thank you to our Patreons Danielle, Mike, Daniel, Deb, Cade, Danielle, Ren, Jacob and Tommy for supoorting The Hiker Podcast. If you'd like to support The Hiker Podcast on Patreon go to https://www.patreon.com/thehikerpodcast.Music licenced through musicbed.com.Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William- https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • This week Andy talks with hiker and backpacker Justice Wise.

    Justice Wise is a day hiker and a backpacker who is returning to it after a short hiatus which caused her to miss it greatly. She was a Girl Scout as well as a YMCA Camp Counselor in Northern New Mexico. She grew up exploring the mountains of New Mexico and this is where she feels the most at home. She feels that the mountains ground her and finds healing as she moves through trails as she explores with her dog, Rio. She is an advocate for mental health and healing in the outdoors and shares her experiences with mental health. In addition, she promotes Leave No Trace principles. In her off trail life, she is a Special Education Math teacher as well as a classical flautist. This summer, Justice plans to complete the Colorado Trail as well as many backpacking trips in New Mexico and has plans for future thru hikes in the years to come, one of which she hopes to take her dog Rio on next year.

    Follow Justice on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mindfulsyncopations/

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Music Licenced through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

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  • On the 2nd episode this week, Andy talks with Tracy, owner of BearVault.Thank you to BearVault for sponsoring this weeks episode.Tracy is the owner of BearVault, manufacturer of bear resistant food canisters for backpackers and adventurers. An experienced backpacker, Tracy idolizes a world in which wilderness stays truly wild, and considerate adventurers will have the privilege of being awed by nature, now and forever. Tracy stays busy working on virtually every aspect of the business, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking and skiing. Before focusing on bears, Tracy worked for startups and initiatives in wind, solar, green building, and with environmental nonprofits. She holds an MBA, a BS, and a BA. Get a BearVault Bear Canister at www.bearvault.com We'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles. Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal Music Licenced through musicbed.com.Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William- https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikesEmail Andy andy@hikerpodcast.comGo to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • This Week Andy Talks with photographer, filmmaker and hiker Tommy Corey.

    Tommy Corey, otherwise known as “Twerk” is a 33-year-old thru-hiker and outdoor photographer from Bend, Oregon. In 2018, while thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail he created an editorial photo series called “Hiker Trash Vogue”. Currently, he has created a film project called “Twerk’s Visual Podcast” where he explores the emotionally intimate stories of those that inhabit the outdoor community.

    Follow Tommy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twerkinthedirt/ 

    Check out Tommy's work on his website: https://www.tommycorey.com

    ***Some content in the episode may not be appropriate for younger audiences***

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or use this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast
    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Music Licenced through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

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  • This Week Andy Talks with AT and LST Thru Hiker Kayla Bold!

    Kayla Bold is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Lone Star Hiking Trail thru-hiker. She lives in her RV full time in Central Texas and plans to start traveling in a few years. In her free time, she enjoys writing and painting.She's a strong advocate for mental health and is open about her own struggles. She has plans to complete the Long Trail this year and many more next year.

    Follow Kayla on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kayla.bold/ 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Music Licenced through musicbed.com.

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker and author of ALONE IN WONDERLAND, Christine Reed ! 

    Christine discovered long distance backpacking while surfing the internet at work. She decided that day to attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. One adventure led to another and a few years later she set out on the Wonderland Trail in Mt Rainier National Park.

    Her Rugged Outdoors Woman persona started as a joke, a nod to the outdoor adventurer that she wished to be. But in the years since, she has come into her own as a backpacker, rock climber, and trail runner. Her debut memoir, Alone in Wonderland, is a testament to the decision to name who you want to be and make it so.

    Get ALONE IN WONDERLAND - https://campsite.bio/ruggedoutdoorswoman 

    Follow Christine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ruggedoutdoorswoman/  

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast
    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Music Licenced through musicbed.com. 

    Intro Song: NEVER STOP by Tyler Brown William-  https://open.spotify.com/track/4fGgmcD5Ke4I4ZfJ1hZeiW?si=cc831237612840c6 

    Closing Song: STILL WANDERING by Bronze Radio Return- https://open.spotify.com/track/7wJyGhYZ6OjFmxaD62tlbZ?si=565bd9892e944732

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker and owner of Purple Rain Adventure Skirts, Mandy Bland.

    Purple Rain Adventure Skirts was founded by Mandy ‘Purple Rain’ Bland and first launched on Etsy in March 2014.  During a 2012 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Mandy was inspired to try hiking in a skirt.   Unable to find what she wanted, she went about designing her own. Hacking up an old pair of convertible hiking pants, adding a comfortable waistband and some pockets, Mandy then headed back out on trail testing the design on the PCT that following summer.  Thus the Purple Rain Adventure Skirt was born.

    Originally based out of Portland, Oregon Mandy launched the business from a dining room table.  Completing a grant program with Mercy Corp Northwest she gained access to small business resources and assets to further expand the company.  Now residing in southern Oregon, each skirt is handmade with love from her in-home studio.  All emails are handled by Mandy directly, providing an intimate customer/owner connection unrivaled by big box stores.

    Purple Rain Adventure Skirts is dedicated to providing people with performance apparel that inspires the freedom of adventure without compromising style or function.  We believe that hiking gives us strength to take on life's challenges.  The wilderness we trek through teaches us to find peace and perseverance in a hectic world.  Purple Rain Skirts encourages others to take comfort in the natural world, find their inner strength and to simply live.

    Find out more about Mandy and get your own Purple Rain Adventure Skirt at https://www.purplerainskirts.com.

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker, mountaineer, skier, mountain biker and environmental educator Sami Wolniakowski.

    Sami Wolniakowski is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Before attending the program, she was a teacher and environmental educator for 4 years. She believes in utilizing the outdoors as her classroom and making it accessible for all students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, mountaineering, skiing, paddle boarding, and mountain biking.

    Follow Sami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/samiski21/ 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors:

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast
    CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • This week Andy talks with filmmaker and hiker Darwin Rakestraw. They have a great conversation about being a filmmaker and a hiker, creativity, social media and the hiking community, and what he is doing to encourage everyone to protect public lands.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to see everything Darwin is doing."Through the Great Southwest", Darwin's documentary film about the Arizona Trail: https://theoutdoorevolution.com/through-the-great-southwest Darwin’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18exdGWh7piVWisrnDXiZgSupport Darwin on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/darwinonthetrailDarwin’s Blog: https://darwinonthetrail.comWe'd like to thank our sponsors: CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles. Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.comGo to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks with the founders of CNOC Outdoors (pronounced K'nock, who are also a sponsors of the Hiker Podcast) Gilad and Mika Nachmani.   

    Gilad Nachmani founded CNOC Outdoors in 2016 upon moving to Portland, OR with his wife, Mika and two small children. An avid outdoorsman and outdoor retail industry professional of over 17 years, Gilad used, tested, broke, tinkered and played with gear in both personal and professional capacities. Throughout this time, he was developing new product ideas and improvements to items already in the market. Together, Gilad and his wife Mika scraped together enough resources for Gilad to place an order of redesigned trekking poles. 

    Gilad designed and made his first truly unique product with the profits from the pole sales, and CNOC quickly became known for the Vecto, as well as for our commitment to doing the right thing – for our customers, our community, and the environment. 

    CNOC is also offering, STARTING FEBRUARY 3, 2021, a 10% discount on new trekking poles with discount code “Hiker Podcast” or use of the following link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast

    The trekking poles, handmade in PORTLAND, OREGON will likely be the last pair you need to buy.

    FOR MORE ABOUT CNOC GO TO:  https://cnocoutdoors.com 

    We'd like to thank our sponsors: 

    CNOC Outdoors making our adventures the best possible, simple, enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable. Go to https://cnocoutdoors.com and be sure to use coupon code 'Hiker Podcast' for 10% off trekking poles.  Or is this link: https://cnocoutdoors.com/discount/Hiker%2520Podcast  CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal 

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! 

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com 

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Writer Maggie Slepian about her experience on the trail, social media, and the outdoor industry. 

    Maggie Slepian is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, a full-time writer, and the co-founder of BackpackingRoutes.com. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is loosely putting together a plan for four thru-hikes in 2021... but we all know plans are very loose right now. 

    Get in touch at MaggieSlepian.com.

    Follow Maggie on IG: https://www.instagram.com/maggie_slepian

    We'd like to thank our sponsor CS Instant Coffee makers of environmentally sustainable and great tasting instant coffee for the trail. Use our affiliate link to get yours and help the show: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal

    For more information about Unlikley Hikers go to https://jennybruso.com/unlikelyhikers/ 

    Check out CNOC Outdoors: https://cnocoutdoors.com

    Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you along on the trail, reviewing gear, exploring hiking trends and most importantly talking with voices in the outdoor and hiking community finding stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the world and environment around them. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers!

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: www.instagram.com/andyfilmsandhikes

    Email Andy andy@hikerpodcast.com

    Go to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker Podcast!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support