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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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Fresh off the PCT, thru hiker Matt "Schmutz" Lyons sits down with Doc to talk trail. In addition to updating us on his documentary project, Schmutz covers a lot of ground, including the magic of oatmeal, Trash Crocs, creative recipes with Snickers bars, and what happens when your IT band isn't cooperating with your 2,650-mile hike from Canada to Me…
 
In an instant classic, thru hiker and trail creator Thomas Bouïssaguet joins Doc in the studio to talk about the newly created long trail in France, the HexaTrek. During their conversation, the pair cover a lot of ground, including talk of berets, emergency alcohol, French pocket knives, aggressive mountains, holding grudges, the danger of being na…
 
What does it take for an 18-year-old woman to convince her parents to drop her off alone in the woods 2,000 miles away to hike the Appalachian Trail by herself? Moxie. Kaylin "Moxie" Brown did exactly that. Less than six months later, she meets up with her parents at the base of Mt. Katahdin as she completes an epic adventure. Tune in and hear Moxi…
 
Doc interviews author and adventure blogger Jonny Blair about his upcoming book, Backpacking Centurion, his blog, Don'tStopLiving.Net, and his travels and adventures in over 180 countries. Tune in and hear about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Tasmania, Antarctica, Jonny's fascination with unrecognized countries, and the uncanny connection with Lock …
 
Film producer, storyteller, thru hiker, and bikepacker Dylan "Lucky" Harris drops into the studio on the eve of his documentary premiere in Denver. During his chat with Doc, Lucky covers a lot of ground, including his early years when he was desperate to care about something, how his dog encouraged him to pursue the outdoors, a 60-day sprint up the…
 
Jupiter sits down with Doc to talk ultralight, how to hike the 5,000-mile Eastern Continental Trail, how not to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, setting the FKT on the Florida Trail, unique and less traveled American trails, and the beautiful simplicity of tarps. And you're not going to want to miss the Ultralight Edition of the JFM Pod Hiking Poll. -…
 
After seven months and 4,200 miles spent on the trail in 2022, Jason "Out and About" Tompkins comes in from the cold to share some adventures and lessons learned from the trail in the warm confines of the JFM Pod studio. Tune in and hear about waist deep walks through swamps in the dark, the dangers of deadfalls, hopping on freight trains, the beau…
 
What does it take to hike all three of America's long trails in one calendar year? Settle in and listen up as Doc and special co-host Jeff "Legend" Garmire talk to the four thru hikers who took on this feat in 2022 and completed what has been called the most prestigious accomplishment in long-distance hiking. Charlie "Kansas Express" Janssen, Rene …
 
Thru hiker, storyteller, and future documentarian Elina "TipTap" Osborne drops in from her new circus-themed flat in New Zealand to talk about what's she's been up to since her last visit to the studio. Listen in as TipTap and Doc discuss weka attacks, the luxury item that makes thru hiking bourgeois as hell, hiking with legends across Europe, lear…
 
Doc sits down with Gabe Peterson and Kevin Goldberg, who share their background in endurance sports and talk about how they completed the John Muir Trail in less than six days. In addition to the JMT, the two discuss their experiences in the Moab 240 (yes, a 240-mile trail race), Ironman races, 100 miles on a treadmill, and a glorious loop on the B…
 
Ashly Winchester, the women's unsupported solo SOBO JMT FKT-holder (phew!), cools her jets for a bit and drops into the John Freakin' Muir studio to chat with Doc. Tune in and hear Ashly and Doc discuss her record-setting adventure, as well as growing up in the boonies, the Women of the Wild Pod, hallucinations during sleep deprivation in the Sierr…
 
Thru hiking is hard enough, but when you add six kids and your spouse, you're taking it to a whole new level. Ben Crawford, author of 2000 Miles Together, sits down with Doc to discuss the logistics, prep, and the highs and lows of hiking with kids aged 2 to 17, and he and Doc also take detours to talk about marathoning as a family as well as the y…
 
The race director of Adventure Race Croatia, Igor "Werewolf" Dorotic, drops by the studio to talk adventure with Doc. During the convo, Igor shares his newest creation, the Relive Project, which allows endurance athletes of all experience levels to customize their next adventure on an actual professional Adventure Race course! This is the multispor…
 
Nikola Horvat, trail name Tesla, hiked the PCT in 2016, and then went back home to create the 1,400-mile-long Croatian Long Distance Trail. He joins in from Croatia to talk about his viral hiking documentary, dangerous encounters on the trail, the art of listening to your feet, and navigating both the external and internal wilderness while hiking. …
 
AT Section hiker AND Thru hiker Chris "Stretch" Hurlbut drops into the John Freakin' Muir studio to talk trail with Doc. Listen in as Stretch discusses gear, tramily, philosophy, fear mongering, living in the moment, the benefits of growing up in the woods, and the fine art of flipping thrift apparel in the Northeast. --- Support this podcast: http…
 
Jason Fitzpatrick, co-producer, co-director, and writer of the quintessential John Muir Trail documentary, Mile. Mile & a Half, sits down with Doc and Chopper to talk about the film, the overwhelming response of fans, feather allergies, the importance of snacks, and what the cast is doing now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakin…
 
Josh "Long Story" Murphy sits down with Doc to share an amazing tale. From his early beginnings roaming the hills in Pennsylvania and then onto his unhealthy teen years that led to serious weight gain, Long Story describes the life events that took him to a 200+ pound weight loss, enlisting in the military, and then thru hiking the PCT. Tune in and…
 
After battling his inner demons and recovering from being hit by a van and almost losing his leg, what did Nasty Noodle do? He took on his childhood dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail . . . and more! Listen in to hear how Nasty Noodle beat the odds and hiked over 3,000 miles in 2020, including a trail I bet the vast majority of you have never ev…
 
Ironman athlete and holder of 100 FKTs, Jason Hardrath stops by the studio to talk with Doc. During the conversation, Jason talks about his childhood with ADHD, competing in Ironmans, the horrific car accident that changed his path, Norman's 13, and his journey to summitting Washington's 100 tallest peaks in less than 51 days. Incredible stories fr…
 
AT and PCT thru hiker, Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver, sits down with Doc on the cusp of his departure to attempt the CDT to talk personal challenges, trail stories, gear, how to earn Hiker Trash trail cred, and chafing where you don't want to chafe. Buckle up and hunker down for this one!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support…
 
Newly minted Triple Crowner Eddie "Bard" Janicki drops into the studio to talk some trail with Doc. During their discussion, the two chat about gear, large animals, bad weather, remote places, unplanned stream swims, and marriage proposals! Tune in and learn from a seasoned thru hiker! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/sup…
 
Three best friends embark upon an epic trek on the PCT; only one crosses the Canadian border 2,600 miles later. Chris, Bo, and Eich sit down with Doc to share the glory and the misery along the country's preeminent long trail. Along the way, they discuss the incredible trail magic they found, the epic new friends they met, and we settle once and fo…
 
The author of The Unlikely Thru Hiker, Derick "Fab" Lugo, stops in for a chat with Doc. Fresh off the Continental Divide Trail, Fab waxes eloquent on a wide variety of topics, including Type II Fun, racing storms, Clint Eastwood, Trail Brothers, CDT trail culture, and how to keep the thru hike from leaving you. Epic episode with an epic guest. --- …
 
Triple Crowner Ginger Ballz sits down to talk with Doc about joining the thru hiking cult, his lack of preparation when he set out on the AT, discovering the best version of himself on the trail, the distinctive soul of each of the long trails, and story after story of hijinks and adventure in the backcountry. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, Hiker Tr…
 
Bennett "Jolly" Fisher takes a quick break from the trail and from his hiking apparel company, Jolly Gear, to sit down with Doc in the studio to chat about some Type II fun. From his early start as an 18-year-old on his first overnight hike (um, the entire Appalachian Trail!) to his current ultralight status with a seven-pound pack on the PCT, Joll…
 
Best-selling author and dromomaniac Keith Foskett (Fozzie) joins Doc to share his travels and stories from his long-trail thru hikes. Tune in and hear about erupting volcanoes, ghostly accusations in the middle of the night on the trail, rattlesnakes, synchronicity, and the definitive answer for why thru-hikers do what they do. --- Support this pod…
 
Season 5 of the podcast leaps out of the gates when Adriel "Bacon" Young takes a breather to drop into the studio and chat with Doc. The former Bondi Beach lifeguard, reality TV star, and winner of the inaugural One Water Race covers a lot of ground in his convo with Doc, including his unsuccessful sporting years in high school, lifeguard rescues o…
 
Barney "Scout" Mann spends some time with Doc to talk about his PCT memoir, Journeys North, in which he gives readers a vivid account of the highs and lows of a PCT thru hike. Scout is a Triple Crowner, the Board president of the Partnership for the National Trail System, the former Board chair of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the former pre…
 
In spectacular fashion, Doc wraps up Season 4 of the podcast by talking to Rob Pope, the bloke from Liverpool who recreated Forrest Gump's 15,600-mile run back and forth across America. Rob, who is an author and the host of Red Bull's How to Be Superhuman podcast, shares some incredible stories from the run, including his interactions with American…
 
Polar explorer Eric Larsen did what no other person had done before or since: reached the South Pole, the North Pole, and the summit of Everest in a single year. Eric sits down with Doc and shares how he got his start in polar expeditions, his creation of Stateathons, his book On Thin Ice, and his incredible year of reaching the "Three Poles" of th…
 
Chad "Scratch" (or Hooch) Lubinski takes a break from the busy world of content creating to talk to Doc in the John Freakin' Muir studio. The two range far and wide in their discussion, including chats on Stateside slop, Homer, the next level of thru hiking, how to run 100 miles, the 4x4x48, and the Wind River High Route. --- Support this podcast: …
 
Brian "B.S." Sheridan sits down and shoots the bull with Doc. Fresh off his second attempt at the 300-mile Everglades Challenge, B.S. recounts his recent exploits and much more, including life as an engineer on a container ship, two-way trail magic, deet cream, predator eyes, and the magical memories of Chokoloskee, Buttonwood Canal, and the Nightm…
 
Photographer, metalsmith, and thru hiker Katelin Reeser joins Doc in the studio for some serious trail talk. Tune in for discussions of gear and photography and some stories from the JMT, the Long Trail, the PCT, and the Collegiate Loop. Kate opines on Type II AND Type III fun, as well as the futility of long-range planning on the trail, eerie mome…
 
Phil "Swamper" Tucker joins Doc from Mississippi for a very special episode. Underneath the fun-loving exterior, Swamper hides a tough past and a difficult journey. Tune in and hear the incredible story of a young boy raised in the swamps of Mississippi who loses his path, only to pull himself up and find it again by moving to Montana. But the stor…
 
When you leave everything behind to pursue your dreams on the PCT, do you expect to fall in love with a stranger on the trail? Tune in and listen in as Joey (Area 52) and Alyssa (Crunch) talk to Doc about building a relationship on the trail. Along the way, you'll hear about a Close Encounter (yes, that type of Close Encounter), the synthetic world…
 
Cal "Starburst" Dobbs, the first transgender Triple Crowner, stops by the podcast studio to talk trail with Doc. During the conversation, Cal shares their journey on the trail as well as their journey to self discovery and awareness. Spreading a message of advocacy and inclusivity, Cal also talks with Doc about gear, ill-fitting pants, painful less…
 
In an instant classic, thru hiker Jocelyn "Ballsack" Smith drops into the studio to cover a wide variety of trail topics with Doc. Tune in and hear the pastor's daughter gone rogue discuss the Fork Cartel, interesting uses for the tent vestibule, the Human World, Bernie Sanders' drink of choice, Irish goodbyes, night terrors on the trail, and selli…
 
Backpacking guide Kamrin "Pinecone" Peterson takes a brief break between treks to drop into the studio and chat with Doc. During the conversation, the two discuss the extra burden and reward to guiding, the dangers of being a back base, torn biceps, gathering water with a Deuce of Spades, summit fever, and her friends, Karen and Chad. --- Support t…
 
Infinity Trail creator and long-distance walker extraordinaire, Jason "Eternal" O. Cook calls in from the trail to update Doc on his progress on the 16,000-mile trail. Along the way, the two discuss Biscuit, Smiles, Jolly Gear shirts, the difficulty of resynchronization, finding answers on the trail, the human condition, and finding a balance. Don'…
 
Jeff "Legend" Garmire sprints into the John Freakin' Muir Pod studio to chat with Doc about his newly established FKT of the JMT. The conversation, as you might imagine, ranges far and wide, with insights into Simulation Theory, discussion on the Roaring '20s, hitchhiking stories, and Star Wars. They do eventually get to the heart of the matter: wh…
 
Carl "Prof" Stanfield calls in during a Zero in Glacier National Park during his quest to set the record for most miles traveled on foot in a calendar year. With his eyes set on 10,500 miles by Dec. 31, Prof talks to Doc on day 238 about the challenges involved while hiking on a time budget. During the discussion, appropriately, they cover a lot of…
 
This week on the pod we have a very special guest: the creator and host of JFM Pod itself, Doc! Doc and new intern Lupin talk about the inner workings of the podcast including the how and why it was created. They discuss Doc’s experiences running marathons as well as some type 2 fun adventures hiking the JMT. You’ll even get to hear his opinion on …
 
High school, college, PA school, career, house, wife, kids. That was the trajectory for Dylan "Fruit Loops" Lopez of New York City, until the day he saw the hoodoo wallpaper on his friend's device. Intuitively, something clicked, and Dylan's life was changed forever. Tune in and hear tales of Walmart Outfitters, Uncle Eddie's tent, whether it's bet…
 
Tommy "Twerk" Corey takes a brief break from his many exploits to drop into the studio and talk with Doc about a wide range of subjects. The long-distance backpacker, outdoor photographer, filmmaker, and creator of the book Hiker Trash Vogue ranges far and wide in his discussion of growing up in Redding, the dangers of drunken promises, defining ch…
 
Angela "Lupin" Hu joins the podcast in more ways than one. During her interview, Lupin shares the painful lessons learned from suffering on the Tahoe Rim Trail, Rosie the Outback, her time on Section J, her pit toilet rating system, and the value of picking up new hobbies later in life. Hilarity ensues.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jo…
 
In this very special episode, Mike "Smooth" Riggs drops into the JFM Pod Studio before AND after his epic John Muir Trail hike. During this episode two months in the making, Smooth talks about prep and expectations and then comes back to share some crazy stories from the trail. Tune in and hear from this unforgettable guest on this epic episode. An…
 
Fresh off a 23-day hike of the John Muir Trail, Luna "Easy Rider" Bailey sits down with Doc to talk about the impact of one of the world's best hiking trails. Besides revealing some very recent, very major life changes, Easy Rider also talks about the importance of feet on fresh sheets, the benefits of hippie parents, why solo hiking is the best hi…
 
Eschewing the expected and traditional life path, Zeeshan Parvez enlisted in the Marines after high school, became part of an elite special forces unit, excelled in extreme survival training, and became a wingsuit BASE jumper and instructor. This modern-day Renaissance man takes a break from grad school, his nonprofit (Veterans in STEM), and jumpin…
 
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 …
 
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