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  • 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!

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support
  • 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/UC18exdGWh7piVWisrnDXiZg

    Support Darwin on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/darwinonthetrail

    Darwin’s Blog: https://darwinonthetrail.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 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
  • On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom about her hike of the PCT, canceling hikes because of covid, vulnerability, and her YouTube channel.

    Becca Bergstrom had a single-night's experience of backpacking before she embarked on her solo thru-hike of the 2,650-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. In the span of 135 days, she walked from Campo to Manning Park carrying everything she needed to make the long journey, including a newfound sense of happiness, confidence and self-worth. She earned her trail name Little Skittle very early on, powered through the Sierra during one of the highest snow years on record and unfortunately spent the final 1,000 miles processing grief and honoring her grandma, documenting it all and more on cell phone videos she would upload to YouTube.

    In 2020, Becca had plans, like many of us did. She had hopes of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in March, and when those plans fell through, she attempted to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail in July, but called it after only eight miles because Coronavirus cases had recently spiked and it just didn't feel like the right thing to do.

    She still has her sights set on hiking those two trails, earning her the Triple Crown title, but until then, she's using her voice to share her struggles with eating disorders and bringing awareness to mental health, all while prioritizing the management of her own in the best way she knows how, getting outside and moving through the mountains.

    Follow Becca on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ms_rebecca_ann/

    Subscribe to Becca’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_pWpSu7iVSKQlYd_tQAgQ

    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!

    Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-neal

    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: @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 Vlogger Julia "Rocket" Sheehan. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019, Julia Sheehan, aka Rocket has never looked back. Julia is a air force veteran, registered emergency medicine nurse and an avid backpacker. She vlogs, writes and hopes to inspire personal connection in the hiking community.Follow Rocket on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliasheehan/?hl=enSubscriber to Julia "Rocket" Sheehan's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jls935 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! Get some CS Instant Coffee: https://cs-instant-coffee.peachs.co/a/andy-nealEach 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!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 PodcastFollow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • We are opening up Season 2 with an amazing conversation with advocate and hiker Darrah Blackwater!  We talk about her story, hiking on Indigenous Lands, spectrum sovereignty and her work as an advocate. 

    Darrah Blackwater is from Farmington, NM and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned her law degree studying Indigenous law and telecommunications law. She spent a year of law school working on tribal issues in Washington D.C. for the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, the Inspector General of the Department of Interior. This summer she hiked the 486-mile Colorado Trail to raise awareness about the digital divide in Indigenous communities.

    For more from Darrah Blackwater: https://blackwatersoul.org

    Follow Darrah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackwatersoul/

    Find out who’s land you’re hiking on by texting 907.312.5085

    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!

    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

    Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes

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  • For the final episode of 2020 and of Season1 Andy reflects on the last 21 episodes and the last year of hiking while answering your questions. Season 2 begins Monday January 4, 2021.

    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!

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  • This week, Andy is talking with Writer, Redliner, & Hiker Rebecca “Socked In” Sperry.

    Rebecca "Socked In" Sperry is an avid hiker based out of New Hampshire. She is a big proponent for encouraging women to get outdoors, with or without someone else, and has done hundreds of hikes solo herself. After finishing the NH48 4000'ers in 2018, she went on to hike the NE67 4000'ers in thirty-six days. In 2019 she focused her attention on backpacking and has done a small handful of backpacking trips including the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway in New Hampshire. In 2020, she began an attempt at redlining all of The White Mountains in a year, something no female has accomplished. She was sidelined in her attempt, first by COVID, and then was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August, 2020. She has continued to hike throughout her cancer treatment and hopes that she can inspire other people who are going through treatment to remain active. She uses her social media platforms to educate people about what cancer treatment is really like as well as to share her own journeys both in cancer treatment and hiking.

    Follow Rebecca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sockedinhikes

    Rebecca's Blog: https://sockedinhikes.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!

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  • This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Blogger and Hiker, Danni Krumins

    Danni has been day hiking in the Canadian Rockies since moving to Alberta in 2018. She is a former college athlete, a CrossFit Level 1 certified coach, and a gymnastics coach. Danni has created Summiting Strong to combine her passion of hiking with strength and conditioning as a way to inspire health both mentally and physically.  She has goals of completing her first thru hike in the next couple of years.

    Check out Summiting Strong at: https://www.summitingstrong.com

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    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!

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  • This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Creative Professional and Hiker, Luke Pearsall.

    Luke Pearsall is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.  His career in media has spanned over 19 years including work on large scale Television and Film Productions in Los Angeles as well as Print Advertising Photography work with clients including Samsung Mobile USA and Bridgestone Tires among others.

    In 2006, Luke took a hiatus from film to work as an Adventure Guide in South America where his love for the outdoors grew in to a love for travel and adventure. Luke credits this period of time sparking what would become a lifelong pursuit of working creatively as a creative professional working primarily in the adventure lifestyle and outdoors industry genre of work.

    In 2015 Luke hiked 550 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago and after a 2020 NO GO of the PCT, Luke hiked 495 miles completing the Colorado Trail in the state that he has been a resident of since 2016.

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    Luke’s Profession Website: http://www.lukepearsall.com/

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    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!

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  • This week Andy talks with writer and hiker Katie "Oats" Houston about gear, getting injured on trail, and how hiking has changed her life!Katie got bit by the thru-hiking bug in 2019 on her trek of the AT. After meeting her partner 1,100 miles into her journey, she now lives in Texas with her partner and two pups and is currently converting a school bus into a tiny home. She has also thru-hiked the Colorado Trail and has goals including completing the Great Western Loop in 2022 and hiking 10,000 miles by 25.Follow Katie on IG: www.instagram.com/mosspetalFollow Katie On Facebook: www.facebook.com/mosspetalRead what Katie Writes: www.thethrucrew.comEach week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking. Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles. Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting past the how and to the why of hiking. A show for those first starting out on the trail and for experienced thru-hikers! 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 Follow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support

  • This week Andy talks with Hiker, Health Counselor, Nutrition Coach, & Trailblazer Aria Zoner.Aria Zoner is a dually-certified Health Counselor & Nutrition Coach, however, his goal in attaining these certifications wasn't to run a practice with clients, it was to sustain his own health & wellbeing during long-distance adventures. Zoner has completed the Pacific Crest, Arizona, Colorado, and many other long-distance trails and has even created a few original routes which he's published guidebooks for. The Hot Springs Trail and The Siskiyou Peaks Trail are both National Trail proposals, meaning they were published to be used as templates to create new trails for the National System, but are not currently designated. Should people become excited about these causes, Zoner plans to continue his efforts; however, he's also said in the past, "these trails began as personal journeys, and if they end that way, I'm okay with that." That said, Zoner invites you to explore his trails and more importantly, to "view your adventures as opportunities to invest in your health."Zoner's passion for health and adventure extends well beyond the trail. On his website Whole Food Hiker (https://www.wholefoodhiker.com) you'll find info and guidebooks for his trails, tips on trail-specific nutrition, plus insights on how to maintain optimal health during long-distance hikes. You can also learn more about his National Trail proposals and his approach to nutrition on Instagram at Aria Zoner. While you're there, share your thoughts on this episode using #wholefoodhiker.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!Leave a voice message for Andy: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcastEmail Andy andy@hikerpodcast.comGo to www.hikerpodcast.com for all our social media accounts, email, and all the ways to listen to The Hiker PodcastFollow Host Andy Neal on Instagram: @andyfilmsandhikes--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hikerpodcast/support