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Blisters, post-holing, spam and ramen, helicopter evacs, and hiker midnight. A not-so-expert romp through trails long and short by those who barely survived. Trail talk about prep, gear, food, legends, and misadventure with host Doc, with additional interviews with world travelers and adventure athletes. Amplifying the outdoor experience for those hooked on adventure! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
 
Anyone who's ever visited the Yosemite National Park will find this book a treasure trove of descriptions, information and evocations of the fabled beauty of this amazing piece of heaven on earth! The Yosemite by John Muir was published in 1912. Born in Scotland, England, this world-famous conservationist was a multi-talented genius. He was a geologist, naturalist, engineer, writer, botanist and a passionate and prolific writer on the preservation of the natural environment. His family migra ...
 
First published in 1894, this wonderful travelogue by a famed naturalist and conservationist still remains a book that delights and informs its readers. The Mountains of California by John Muir recounts the author's exploration of the Yosemite Valley, Mount Whitney, the famed sequoia forests and King's Canyon among other places of immense natural beauty. Written in his characteristic zestful style, with a deep understanding and respect for nature, the book is a treasure trove of geography, g ...
 
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Dr. Morgan "Blaze" Brosnihan takes a brief break from helping thru hikers with their injuries on the PCT to drop into the studio for a great chat with Doc. During their discussion, the two dive into some deep rabbit holes, including some talk about Bridge Troll, nuns, van life, listening when the universe speaks to you, sucking on pebbles, finding …
 
In this week's episode, we leave the ground behind and take to the skies as Joe "Moab Joe" Lohmuller parachutes into the studio to share some pulse-pounding stories from the world of skydiving, BASE jumping, and wingsuit flying. Tune in to hear about some near misses, first jumps, homemade equipment, trigonometry, margins, and how Moab Joe left the…
 
Jackson "Wow" Sims-Myers stops by the studio to chat with Doc about some soul-satisfying high routes. During the conversation, they venture off trail to discuss the finer points dumpster diving, inaccurate trail names, hiker trash criteria, favorite trail poops, the problems with loaf flaps and meat slivers, and the value of map and compass skills.…
 
Britt and Andy from Bad Hikers stop by the studio to talk with Doc about their 20-day hike of the John Muir Trail. Along the way, the three discuss potential trail names (TMI and Panic), as well as the finer points of pizza philosophizing, the problem of being allergic to mosquitoes, Type II fun, marriage proposals, and the typical love story of a …
 
Jeremy Walker takes a break from chasing waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest to drop into the studio and chat with Doc about some off-trail adventures. Tune in for some great discussion on bear spray, cougars, log rolling, wilderness apps, spelunking, and a brand new set of hiking poll questions. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfrea…
 
In an episode for the ages, Julia "Jacks" Renn, creator of the How to Poop in the Woods website, stops by the studio to drop a dime on how to drop a deuce out there. Tune in and hear about poop soup, poop yoga, human poop grenades, an existential crisis in a bar, and how everything good stems from Ultimate Frisbee. --- Support this podcast: https:/…
 
Children's author Michelle "Two Ls" Adshead sits down with Doc to discuss the Appalachian Trail and its impact on her life. She covers a lot of ground in the episode, including imaginary plywood, chainsaws on the trail, our primal roots, the importance of the Oxford comma, and the adventures of a couple foxes on the AT. --- Support this podcast: ht…
 
Alpinist, storyteller, and climate advocate Graham Zimmerman drops by the studio to chat with Doc. Tune in and hear some prime discussion of how GZ went from a mogul mite to a ski instructor to becoming a big wall climber, alpinist, and winner of the 2020 Golden Ice Axe, mountaineering's highest award. Along the way, the two discuss the attraction …
 
Sierra "Lucky Charm" Peters-Buckland takes a brief break from her PCT hike to chat with Doc in the studio about how this Scottish lass ended up on a 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada. During this rollicking interview, the two range far and wide, discussing the benefits of canceled weddings, dog-gility, sun suits, chasing the right kind of high…
 
Jason Kinosh and Mike Kucharski come in from the Northeast cold to chat with Doc about how to properly suffer out on the trail. In this laugh out loud episode, the three of them cover some serious distance, including the peak bagging culture in the Northeast, trail envy, legacy mountains, Old Man Phelps, tree pee, and mountain meltdowns. They also …
 
Sion Owen calls from Wales to talk to Doc about some of his UK adventures. In between the chat about Welsh weather, Snowdonia National Park, and Mount Snowdon, the two cover a lot of territory, including what qualifies as Hiker Trash, the difference between thru hiking and section hiking, dressing up for your 100th summit, and the prettiest gym he'…
 
Thru hikers Renee "Tok" Miller and Tim "Tik" Beissinger, who are also the creators of the @thruhikers TikTok account, drop into the studio with Doc to take a cruise through the data of their 2021 CDT hike. During the discussion, the trio covers long distance triathlons, Strava, Cramps, dehydrating your own food, the challenge of running out of food…
 
Thru hiker Kayla "Nugs" Bold drops into the studio for a conversation about her recent adventures. She and Doc discuss all manner of trails and environments, including the finer details of swamp hiking, water moccasins, love on the trail, the importance of siestas, and the glory of hiking with Wipes, Flush, and Stinky P. --- Support this podcast: h…
 
Long distance thru hiker and artist Kate "Feathers" Cloud and her pet goat Little Leaf call in from a motel room on the AT to share some stories and laughter from the trail. During the episode, we learn: the difference between bougie, flarey, and ratchet; the difficulty of hiking with just one clavicle; the importance of face-savers; what not to do…
 
Kalman "Ghost Mule" Tinka comes in from the Montana cold to talk to Doc about a wide variety of topics. During their chat, they cover some serious ground, including flying tents and hypothermia, Wright-Patterson AFB, adventures in stinging nettle patches, the magazine test, the characteristics of the Ultimate Go To Hiking Buddy, and moose and grizz…
 
Where to start? In this instant classic, Wesley "Megaman" Tils drops into the studio with Doc to share some incredible stories. Self-described as a sensitive, goofy soul, Megaman talks about his childhood with 10 siblings in Missouri, bare-knuckled fighting at the railroad tracks to solve school disputes, making a run for it at a crucial time in hi…
 
David "Swivel" Smith, forced off the trail for seven weeks with a foot injury, stops by the studio to talk with Doc about his current thru hike of the AT. With the resumption of his thru hike just a few days away, Swivel shares his preparation and his experiences on this adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, they cover crucial German phrases to k…
 
In an episode for the ages, Gabe Peterson, Kevin Goldberg, and Jeff Garmire each make their third appearance in the JFM Pod studio to spend some quality time with Doc and talk about their most recent adventure. During the episode, we get to hear about essential gear, how to train for a 250-mile race, match making, the Barkley, hallucinations, sleep…
 
David "YoYo" Poston stops by the studio to talk to Doc about the benefits of being a minimalist on and off the trail. Along the way, they discuss the hazards of moose, bear, and bison, as well as spreadsheets, the Food Equation, esbit stoves, and how to get the right shot for the B roll. And there's some good discussion of luxury hiking and camping…
 
Dina "Dinabean" DeLeon drops by the studio to talk trail with Doc. During the discussion, they cover a lot of ground, including ecotherapy, kid camping, the problem with algorithms, hiking from the Latina perspective, and the awkwardness of show shoes. And, they reach a definitive answer for the age-old question of whether or not pineapple belongs …
 
World traveler, veteran, college professor, author, and five-time Guinness World Record holder Joshua Biggers drops into the studio for rollicking episode. Tune in and hear about which MRE (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) is the one to avoid; the definitive boot height choice between ankle, mid-shin, and thigh-high; travels around the globe; and the perils of …
 
Derek Mathewson, aka Dreadhead Derek, drops in to talk to Doc about living a life of adventure. Along the way, he and Doc cover a lot of ground, including talk of Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl, intervalometers, soy protein isolates, proud moments, tips for shooting landscapes with an iPhone, and how someone's life can change because of a chance …
 
Jon "Airborne" Schwarze is just one of five people to walk from Mexico to Canada on the PCT . . . and then turn around and walk back to Mexico. Airborne drops into the studio with Doc to discuss the epic feat, as well as share details on altitude brain, the sufferfest, riding the bobsled, raw pork hands, free skin, his Dating Hokas, and the importa…
 
Bethany "Fidgit" Hughes and Lauren "Neon" Reed join Doc in the studio to discuss Her Odyssey, their trek from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean. During the episode, the three discuss a wide variety of topics, including the cat's butthole, the terrain of the moody gods, mediations on our mortality, living in the moment, those that have wa…
 
Buzz Burrell, ultra endurance athlete and popularizer of the Fastest Known Time, stops by the studio to cover a variety of topics with Doc. If you're looking for discussions on the Barkley Marathons, Forest Gump runs, Credit Card Adventures, R2R2R.Alt, and running the JMT in 4.5 days, this is the episode for you. Did I mention that we discuss the B…
 
Kelby and Zoe, aka The Adventure Addicts, sit down with Doc for a deep dive into Type II Fun. The two share how their outdoor adventure interests helped them to match on a dating app, and they have never looked back. These aspiring backpacking guides talk about just a few of the pickles they have found themselves in, including creative uses of para…
 
AT and CDT thru hiker (and VP of Sales and Marketing for Six Moon Designs) Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa joins Doc in the studio to talk gear, tips, long trails, short trails, and first trails. Along the way, they hit the Gunks, a full shank, thru hikes for the working stiffs, and the gift of being able to talk a dog off a meat truck. Don't miss a min…
 
Triple Crowner Sam "Ramen King" Conley drops in to talk to Doc about his upcoming Coast to Coast hike, which he is undertaking for a very special cause. During the episode, Ramen talks about how he went from wanting leave the AT on day 1 to his subsequent successful thru hikes of each America's epic long trails. Along the way, Ramen and Doc explore…
 
Jason "Eternal" Cook drops in from his 16,000-mile hike of the Infinity Loop Trail, which incorporates all three American long trails, to talk trail with Doc and Chopper. Eternal calls in after Hiker Midnight from under a tarp on the trail as he's expecting snow, and boy, are we glad he did! This epic episode is worthy of its position as the kickof…
 
Doc sits down with adventure racer, Eco Challenge warrior, and Team Curl member Brett Gravlin to talk about the 417-mile race over land, river, and ocean. After a 17-year layoff, the Eco Challenge race returned and was featured on Amazon Prime in a 10-episode series titled, "The World's Toughest Race." Brett, the brains behind Team Curl, recounts t…
 
Triple Crowner and documentarian Chris "Rad" Carter joins Doc in the studio to share some stories from this year's CDT and AT hikes. Along the way, they cover a lot of ground, including what happens when you run out of things to think about, the Beta method of using your bear spray, his new friends Tim and Jim, and how to posthole when the snow rea…
 
Tune in this week as Sentry and Isabel share their classic, er . . . unique, love story. It started with strong interest at first sight on the way to a glacier, progressed to the two of them on a moped in Greece with giardia, escalated to a proposal on top of Mt. Shasta, and continues with vanlife and world travels. Along the way, we hear about som…
 
Kelsey and Jacob park the van and join Doc in studio for a romantic romp through waterfalls, trails, vanlife, and a Grand Canyon proposal. Along the way, the conversation follows all sorts of twists and turns, including some chat on band life, leveling up through ab exercises, slow courtships, friend zones, the Picnic, the inconvenience of being we…
 
Roger "All Day" Gross stops by the studio to share his unique historical perspective as it relates to the trails we hike. Along the journey, All Day talks about his time behind bars (not what you think!), adventurous girlfriends, a stuffed platypus, a slap story (again, not what you're thinking), and some of the many historical events and places al…
 
Triple Crowner and American Perimeter Trail designer Rue McKenrick drops by the JFM Pod studio to chat with Doc about his creation of a 12,000-mile trail that circumnavigates the contiguous United States. During this very unique interview, they discuss the art of backpacking, efficiency vs. effectiveness, unchecking a box, contributing to the great…
 
Coyote and Snake Eyes call into the studio from a sauna in Estonia to discuss their preparation for an obscure 1,000-kilometer trail in Tajikistan later this year. During the episode, they talk to Doc about swimming with crocodiles, the problems with National Park permits issued by a chieftainess in Africa, running angry, posing as experts on the K…
 
James "Magnet" Parsons stops by the studio on the cusp of his NOBO PCT thru hike to chat with Doc. A landscape photographer who initially didn't understand the appeal of hiking, Magnet talks about his transformation from reluctant hiker to section hiker to aspiring thru hiker. Along the way, they discuss gear, the definition of LASH, dogs, trail an…
 
Sanna "First Row" Wandke drops in from Germany to talk trail with Doc. Along the journey, they cover adventures worth drawing, trail angels, more juicy forests, suffering from post trail depression on the first day of the PCT, the dangers of heat exhaustion with Mango, and the importance of experiencing the things in between the lines. --- Support …
 
Former section hiker and now PCT and AT thru hiker Mike "Snazzy" Stone spends some studio time with Doc to talk trail. Snazzy's van breaks down in the Sierras, and somehow ignites the hiking flame within him. Four short years later, he sets off from Campo heading to Canada on the PCT. Listen in as he shares his PCT experiences with past JFM Pod gue…
 
Krissy, Nicole, and Alysha, known collectively as their trail name "L.A. Moms," descend upon the John Freakin' Muir studio and unleash their special take on hiking. As they take Doc on a rollicking tour of Southern California hiking and adventure, Doc is occasionally able to get a word in edgewise. Listen in and hear about adventures on Whitney, Ba…
 
Fresh off the CDT, Chili Mac drops into the studio with Doc to share some stories from the long trails as well as some remote hikes that you will not believe, including the Great Yellowstone Traverse and a 500-mile loop that starts and ends in Gerlach, Nevada. Stories and situations abound throughout (imagine an Edward Abbey meets Hunter S. Thompso…
 
In this centennial episode of the John Freakin' Muir Pod, thru hiker Julia "Rocket" Sheehan sits down with Doc to talk trail and gear, as well as her 2019 AT hike, her 2021 AZT and CDT hikes, her upcoming book, and the importance of staying centered in the moment. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
World Guide Award winner in 2013, Deana Zabaldo chats with Doc about joining the Peace Corps, being assigned to Nepal as an English teacher, and embarking upon a career of guiding clients into the Himalayas. Listen in as they explore Nepali culture, adventure, snow leopards, and what to do when one of your clients collapses into your arms. --- Supp…
 
New Zealander Elina "Tip Tap" Osborne hiked 2,600 miles on the PCT in 2019 and 1,800 miles on Te Araroa in 2020-21. Along the way, she gave her brother an 11-day head start, caught him 2,000 miles later, met Scout and Frodo, survived the Sierras, re-discovered her native country, dodged angry bulls, and listened to the John Freakin' Muir Pod in the…
 
Little Skittle sits down with Doc to discuss her 2019 thru hike of the PCT, rattlesnake angst, gear upgrades, the benefits of being a cold soaker, and that time she broke her fall with her face. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
 
Lael Wilcox competed in her first ultra endurance bike race in 2015. The next year, she won the 4,200-mile Trans Am Race, which stretched from Oregon to Virginia. Tune in as Lael shares how she got involved in this sport, her creation of new touring routes, getting more girls started in biking, and how she chased down and caught Steffen in the last…
 
Alfonso "Trout" López-Hernández drops in from Madrid to share some stories from the Appalachian Trail, the GR 11 in Spain, and the Long Trail. Along the way, he and Doc talk about pack shakedowns on the trail, peak bagging, hiker menus, getting lost, and an incredible bear story that does not actually involve a bear. Hilarity ensues. --- Support th…
 
Christine Reed, author of Alone in Wonderland, stops by the studio to discuss her book and her journeys. Along the way, she and Doc chat about societal expectations for women, the Seekers, Vanlife, keeping things in your back pocket, zipping it up, and the MSR Reactor. Oh, and there's bears. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmu…
 
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