Nature's Call: Backpacking Through History
By Cody Owen
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Does the fluorescent light of your office building make you long to be somewhere deep in the woods? We're your people. Nature's Call is a series dedicated to exploring backpacking, hiking, and the outdoors, historically and through trail diaries, gear reviews, and interviews.
||CleanDaniel Boone: Frontier Real Estate Agent||Carson Sailor is back to discuss Boone, North Carolina’s namesake, Daniel Boone. We learn that most of Boone’s legend was made up by soulless marketers to sell mediocre land in Kentucky but Daniel Boone was a cool guy who found a way to get busines||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTim Hunt, AT (’15) and PCT (’14)||BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! Sorry for the delay, guys and gals. I had a technical issue earlier this week when I sat down to edit and delayed the episode. Tim Hunt (@timgoeswild) is a “Good Guy to Know” at SlingFin, the makers of the wonderful 2LiteTrek||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?||Tesla believes their Model X can take me into the backcountry. I took one for a test drive and asked a lot of questions of their sales rep to decide if I think this is true. Resources from this episode: Tesla’s Model X (go check one out) Outside Magaz||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Mountain Men Won the American Revolution||They hiked 200 miles in 2 weeks, killed the guy who insulted them and changed the course of American history while completely drunk. Carson Sailor, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, sat down with me in Boone,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Days til Her PCT Thru-Hike||We. Talk. Food. Sabrina left for the PCT TWO DAYS after we did this episode. She was in final planning mode and was getting her last ducks in a row. Here are all the foods she recommended: Smashmallow Baker on Main ZipFizz Snickers (Almond AND Hazelnut.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvernight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)||The CONCLUSION to Kinsey and Cody’s Appalachian Adventure. Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s AT map (the trailhead and weather overlays are super helpful!) The trailhead we started from Gear I mentioned: Osprey Exos 58 (I LOVE THIS PACK!||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvernight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 2)||Trekking poles are tricky. I talk about how I use them to go up and downhill. If you’re interested in the Nature’s Call Merit Badge system, send me a Facebook message (just click the “Send Message” button) and we can chat about you’d like to||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvernight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 1)||My wife Kinsey’s first backpacking trip! We stayed at the Moreland Gap Shelter on the AT. We met a lot of thru-hikers and even more sections hikers. You can hike the AT in bite-sized pieces if you only have a week or two a year to get out!||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Burn Your Space Blanket… The Bushwhack-Mountaineer Way||For hundreds of years, people have walked the Camino de Santiago from all over Europe. Our guest this week, Jeremy Enns is a podcast producer and long-time hiker and backpacker. He told us the story of the time he woke up to find a friend burning his s.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy FIRST River Diary + Tentsile Una Review||The Big Red Canoe, affectionately named “Clifford” by my wife, made his first splash in the San Marcos River. It. Was. A. Blast. I threw my little brother into the water. I got wet. I got cold. It was all worth it.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ULTIMATE Camp Food Taste Test||I contacted every company that makes camp food, freeze-dried or not. These are the kickass companies who supported our community by getting back in touch with me AND sent a ton of samples for us to test on this episode and upcoming episodes: OvaEasy (f.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow a Plane Crash Changed Rock Climbing Forever||Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The winter of ’76/’77 was a crazy time to climb in Yosemite Valley. The source of the cash?||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow ONDA Blazed a Trail in the Oregonian Desert||Renee Patrick, prolific thru-hiker and adventure blogger, works with the Oregon Natural Desert Association to craft a brand-new, 750-mile route in the Oregonian high desert. She tells us her outdoor story, which began in the woods of Wisconsin,||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10-Year Globetrotting Couch-Surfer invents BivyPack||Kenny Flannery has been hitch-hiking, couch-surfing, and (stealthily) camping for the last 10 years. He doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. How to Travel the World on a Shoestring Kenny just started. He caught a ride from New York City to Wyoming o||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin||Tested out a new backpacking tent from SlingFin on this episode. David and I give a thorough, whiskey-fueled review of SlingFin’s 2Lite Trek. Guys, seriously, SlingFin is making cool stuff and they have been awesome to the podcast.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRe-Inventing the Rain Jacket||The co-founders of Perilous Outdoor Company, Michael and Konner, share their outdoor journey (altitude sickness in Colorado and hail in Big Bend) AND their vision for a new rain jacket, one with an integrated pack cover. As promised in the episode,||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiz and Danny Share Thru-Hiking Wisdom and Their 7000mi Plan||Pro-tips abound with veteran thru-hikers Liz and Danny. To everyone asking to hear from Liz again, you’ve been heard! If you’re looking for those Liz and Danny approved footwear selections, here ya go: Alta Lone Peak – Men’s Alta Lone Peak – W||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month||Conor McElyea, Senior Product Guru with Cairn, told his outdoor and professional story (hint: it involves a lot of mosquitos, a search for snow in a drought, and a smidge of tricking friends into the backcountry).||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA (Brief) History of Water Filters||Remember when you died of cholera? Dysentery? If you’re reading this, you didn’t die of those diseases. Water filtration and cleanliness is what keeps those diseases at bay. Slate.com recently published an article about why you shouldn’t filter yo||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands||Patagonia’s Ron Hunter, manager of employee activism, joined Cody to talk about his life spent outdoors and why it inflamed his passion to protect wild spaces. From the 1950s, camping in national parks on family road trips,||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman||It all started in an empty lot in his neighborhood, next door to a mechanic’s shop. Make-believe with childhood friends turned into study and discipline, which took Joe to college, then into the woods as a guide.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds||Chris Penny is a lifelong Canadian outdoorsman. He’s been camping and playing in the snow since he was a kid in Ottawa. Building a Quinzee and Urban Camping at the Bus Station Chris told a story of building a quinzee that was too big to sleep in and t||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight||After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest. Winter Overnight at Winding Stair I hiked a couple miles i||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Magical History of the Camp Stove||The Year was 1850. Victorian high society was obsessed with the picnic. They translated all the baubles and sophistication of a Victorian dining room outside. They were really into the juxtaposition of the formal dining experience and the informality o.||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPalo Duro and The Ultimate Winter Weather Camping Hack||Followed Annette McGivney’s advice and went to Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Learn how Patrick and I planned the trip and what gear was necessary for winter camping in the second largest canyon system in the United States.||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma||Annette McGivney is the southwest editor of Backpacker Magazine and the author of Pure Land, available now. She explains her history with backpacking and the way that it helped her in her struggle with PTSD.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKit Carson: How the West was Lost… by Winning It||Kit Carson is more than a man; he’s a distillation of the American West. He’s the sort of guy where the idea of him eclipses who he was. People started writing fictional accounts of his deeds long before he was dead.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Diary: Big Bend National Park||Patrick, Steven, and I go on a colossal road trip to our southernmost National Park: Big Bend. I learned that sometimes being prepared doesn’t mean that you’ll succeed. It was a difficult journey and we had to make a tough call between what was||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLove & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike||Liz is a prolific thru-hiker. She’s done the AT, the PCT, and the Colorado Trail. She’s currently planning a trip to do the Continental Divide. She teaches the thru-hiking course at my local REI, we became fast friends after I attended the class (a||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSimon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale||Simon is BACK on the show. We’re fresh off another REI Garage Sale and we’re giving you the 7 strategies we use at every garage sale to maximize our savings. The Garage Sales are awesome events and I want to give a shoutout to the Dallas REI for thr||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPsychology of a Failed Thru Hike||Last year, my friend Derek Tusing began a thru-hike of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) with a friend. After ~300 miles, Derek made the decision to bail. We take a deep dive into the decision and the intense psychological challenges that accompany the equ||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)||Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the textbook definition of explorers. Let’s look at the life of Meriwether Lewis, a troubled guy with an ending you didn’t learn about in fourth grade. It’s a melancholy week at Nature’s Call, as, once aga||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)||My buddy Simon and I hit the road to Arkansas. We parked at the Little Missouri Trailhead in Ouachita National Forest and camped for the night before heading out on our epic backpacking, hitchhiking adventure!||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories||Patrick and Steven jump into the studio with Cody to recount their favorite and scariest memories growing up in the Boy Scouts of America. They recall being placed in the "Turtle Patrol" and getting a pneumonia merit badge on Pikes Peak.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)||John Wesley Powell, Union Civil War vet, amputee, and valiant adventurer, set off with his crew to do something that had never been done (and shouldn’t have been replicated). They navigated the Colorado River (and Green) from Wyoming all the way throu||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Muir Goes to Yosemite||John Muir is a heavy-hitter in the outdoors and environmental movements. His initial departure from the city to go “wherever is wild” is rambling but, eventually, he ends up where his heart was happiest: Yosemite Valley. In this episode,||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds||The winter of ’76/77 was an extraordinary time in Yosemite’s backcountry. Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The source: thousands of pounds of primo weed||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJedediah “Sew My Face On” Smith: The Original Backpacking Mountain Man||Jedediah Smith was an archetypal, backpacking mountain man. He spent his life exploring the Western United States, hunting mythical rivers, trapping beaver pelts, and surviving by wit and luck. In our first podcast episode,||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Adventure Without Leaving Home
I've really enjoyed listening to the stories told on this podcast. It's interesting to think that men (and women) travelled an unknown country and created the paths we explore today.
My favorite episodes have been when guests shared their stories of hiking and backpacking, as well as the interview with the author of the true crime book. Some of the episodes when they're on the trail and have multiple people talking are harder to hear, but overall I like this show.
Thanks for feeding my addiction
I love that you cover a variety of backpacking and hiking history as well as tips for a more enjoyable hike. This complements the other shows I listen to very well.
Bias disclosure: I produce the show. I love creating trip diaries and getting great interviews on the podcast. It's a lot of fun and I'm glad that it so many people are listening.