By Steve "BirdShooter" Goodrich
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Hey, BirdShooter here. I am a Hiker, Backpacker (GAME '94), Author (Best Hikes With Dogs Georgia & South Carolina) and frequent visitor to the backcountry - especially in the Southeastern U.S. If you are interested in hiking and backpacking topics like long distance trails, backcountry destinations, trans-continental adventures and major mishaps and learning experiences from the trail – then subscribe here. Since 2011, I’ve worked to podcast both novice and experienced travelers on the trail and hope you enjoy the interviews. You can also click to my personal blog at birdshootersbackcountryblog.com or visit n2backpacking.com for older episodes. Enjoy and best wishes.
||CleanEpisode 51: The Appalachian Trail w/ 3Dub||In Episode 51, I speak with 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) who spent 7 months hiking northbound on the Appalachian Trail last summer. On March 26th I had the opportunity to see him off at Springer Mountain,||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 50: Winter Backpacking||In Episode 50, Rich, Mark, and Aaron join us from the ADK Winter Mountaineering School to discuss winter backpacking and how it is one of the best kept secrets of the wilderness – no crowds, no bugs, no humidity … no problem. In the show,||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 49: Hiking News Review (Coleman Ridge Show)||In Episode 49, the Camel, Pixie, and I review a few of the major U.S. hiking news events of 2017. Some of the topics we discuss include nails on trails, backcountry treasures, girls joining the Boy Scouts, and the hardest partiers on the A.T.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 48: Machu Picchu||In Episode 48, Cardiac and Drone Boy discuss their summer backpacking trip on the Inca Trail in Peru. Their four day hike took them over ~14,000 feet peaks in the legendary Andes Mountains and culminated at the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu – wh||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 47: Backcountry 301 – Your Screwed Dude!||In Episode 47, Beer Run and Therm Rider join me from the mountains surrounding Lake Burton to sit fireside and discuss more rookie mistakes. In this special “Your Screwed Dude” episode we talk about overconfidence,||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 46: Renegade Camping||In Episode 46, we continue the conversation with author Bryan Snyder who talks about Renegade Car Camping in North America. In the podcast, we discuss how to find free campsites while you are on the road. Bryan also tells us how to leverage some pub||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45: Off The Map||In Episode 45, I speak with author Bryan Snyder about his latest book “Falling Off The Map: Fifty-Four Explorations into the Wildest Reaches of the American West“. Bryan is an educator, hiker, backpacker, climber,||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly||In Episode 44, we delve in to The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – our best and worst experiences from the Trail. Recorded live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I sit “lantern-side” in the backcountry with long-time hiking friends BeerRun, The Cam||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43: The Hammock||In Episode 43, we talk about the hammock!!! Marc Bohman joins us live from the Teton Hammock Company in Idaho Falls, ID to provide some tips and tricks for sleeping “between the trees”. We also discuss some common misconceptions of the hammock a||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Most Significant Backcountry Gear Of All Time?||In Episode 42, we discuss a March 2017 article that appeared in Outside Magazine titled “The 40 Most Significant Tools & Toys Ever Designed”. In honor of the magazine’s 40th anniversary, the editors choose 40 products that “stood out for their||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Trail Days 1995||In Episode 41, we revisit Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia on March 13, 1995. The town has hosted the biggest event on the Appalachian Trail for over 30 years and most of these interviews were recorded live at the annual festival.||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: Hiking News Review (Great Smokies Show)||In Episode 40, The Camel and I continue the discussion on hiking news from 2016 in a show recorded right before our annual Klondike hike on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Forewarning, we talk felonies, guns,||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Hiking News Review (Grand Canyon Show)||In Episode 39, Therm Rider and I do a live winter show from the Yavapai Lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After a day hiking on the Arizona and Rim Trails, we kick back a cold one and discuss some of the major hiking news events of 2016.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Distant North – The Kungsleden||In Episode 38, Theo and Bee give us all a New Years gift and tell us about their adventures on the 273 mile (440 km) Kungsleden Trail in northern Sweden. The couple has lived out of their VW van for the last three years,||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Thirty At Thirty – Part Two||In Episode 37, we continue the conversation with 30 Pack. During the second hour of our interview, we discuss his summer rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon, the resulting hallucinations, ultra-marathons, and working with troubled teens in Utah.||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Thirty At Thirty – Part One||In Episode 36, 30 Pack is back!!! And he gives us an update on his wanderlust and travels over the last 2 1/2 years – including his post-PCT adventures with Outburst and their exploration of the wild canyons,||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Most Influential Hikers And Backpackers Of All Time||In Episode 35, we discuss the most influential hikers and backpackers of all time as we sit by a campfire in North Georgia on an autumn night with coyotes running wild in the background. First, a shout out to the trail conferences, clubs,||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Pacific Northwest Trail “A Sense Of Direction”||In Episode 34, Alex “Money Shot” Maier talks about his film “A Sense Of Direction” which documents his travels on the Pacific Northwest Trail in the summer of 2015. Alex chose the PNT for his first thru-hike (and first hiking film) to explore||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Surviving Everest||In Episode 33, Alex Staniforth talks about his recently published book Icefall which details how he survived two of the deadliest seasons of record on Mt. Everest during the 2014 and 2015 climbing seasons. Alex was picked on in his youth,||5/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Backcountry 201 – Advanced Rookie Mistakes||In Episode 32, the conversation on Rookie Mistakes continues as we sit fireside on Justus Creek along the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. In this discussion, Beer Run, PokeyBo, and Therm Rider talk about some classic rookie moves: taking the wrong .||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk||In Episode 31, we discuss the life and legacy of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, who at 67 years old was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Author Ben Montgomery gives us an intimate look at this extraordinary lady who overcame||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Camino de Santiago||In Episode 30, Scott “Squatch” Herriott is back on the show to discuss his film Wayfaring and his jaunt along the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St. James). The trail starts in France and ends near the coast of Spain and was one of the most impor||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: SOBO||In Episode 29, we discuss the expected surge of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers this spring and why a southbound hike might be the right decision for you in 2016. On the show, Popeye talks about his southbound (SOBO) thru-hike and we debunk many of th||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: The Benton MacKaye Trail||In Episode 28, Sprinkles and NoKey discuss their ultimate summer: Thru-hiking 1400 miles on four major trails along the East Coast – including the Benton MacKaye, Finger Lakes, Northville-Placid and Long Trails. Forewarning,||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Superwoman||In Episode 27, You think you’re tough? Well Niki Rellon just might have you beat! Niki’s sports pursuits include professional kickboxing, ski instructing, cross-country cycling, thru-hiking, and currently a six month journey on the Appalachian||3/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Blind Courage||In Episode 26, I speak with Director Clint Ross who is hard at work with Producer Paula O’Neal on the film adaptation of the book Blind Courage, which is based on the 1990 Appalachian Trail thru-hike of Bill Irwin – the first legally blind hiker to||2/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Flip Flop Flippin’||In Episode 25, Scott “Squatch” Herriott talks about his three part series Flip Flop Flippin’. The films were shot on the Appalachian Trail during the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2014 and they follow the thru-hiker community as they make their wa||11/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Backcountry 101- Rookie Mistakes||In Episode 24, we satisfy a listener request for a show on backcountry basics. Recorded at a remote campsite on the Chattooga River, I speak with Therm Rider and The Camel about some of our rookie mistakes in the backcountry and smart things that we||11/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Hard Way Home||In Episode 23, Kori “Rocket” Feener talks about her recently released film Hard Way Home which documents her personal journey on the ~ 2200 mile Appalachian Trail in 2012. In the movie, Kori talks about her physical and emotional struggles on the||10/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Walk In The Woods, Life As An Extra||In Episode 22, Ken (aka “The Weasel”) and I discuss our experience as extras in the soon to be released movie Walk In The Woods. It is based on the best-selling 1998 book by Bill Bryson, and stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte – both who were||6/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Great Smoky Mountain National Park||In Episode 21, JD (aka Trail Hard) tells us about his passion for hiking and backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – the most visited national park in the United States. On the show, we discuss his quest for a third map in the “Smoki||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: The Pacific Crest Trail||In Episode 20, Thirty-Pack talks about his 2013 thru-hike on the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Over six months, he hiked 420,880 feet of elevation walking from Mexico to Canada along the western mountains of the U.S.||1/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: The Pacific Crest Trail – Bonus Audio||In Episode 19, I speak with Thirty-Pack about his recent thru-hike on the 2,663 Pacific Crest Trail. This is the bonus material from the initial interview, so make sure you listen to Episode #20 first. In this bonus podcast,||1/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: The Triple Crown||In Episode 18, Troubadour recounts his quest for the Triple Crown: Thru-hiking The Appalachian Trail (in 1994), The Continental Divide Trail (in 2002), and The Pacific Crest Trail (in 1999). In the podcast, Troubadour compares the three major U.S.||12/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the stories, I pick up a lot of pointers and get a lot of great ideas for future hikes.
Thanks BirdShooter for your efforts!
Great podcast. Reminds me of trailcast. Keep up the good work.
Sexist, but otherwise good podcast
Unfortunately the first episode I listened to he interviewed a woman & made several embarassingly sexist comments about how unusual it was she backpacked w/o her husband & how he was interviewing her w/o her husband, etc - it was quite offensive, but I tried to not let that cloud my opinion of the podcast overall. I just think the host needs to realize men are not the only beings capable of backpacking solo.
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