026: Blisters Suck

026: Blisters Suck

 
 
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We couldn’t find a better title for this one because it is true, Blisters Suck…big time.

That’s why we wanted to put together this episode and share some experiences, tips and suggestions on how to try and prevent getting blisters on your hiking adventures.

There’s not one-single miraculous solution for them. Since each human being is unique our feet react differently to blisters’ formation, so in order to avoid them and keep them away we’re laying out a bunch of solutions for you to try and see which works better.

Episode Highlights:

  • Figuring out the best system for you to prevent from getting blisters
  • Choosing between talcum powder and a greasy product for your skin. It all depends on your situation
  • It’s not only about what you apply to your skin, but it’s also about what kind of socks you wear
  • What to keep in mind when buying your hiking shoes or boots to avoid getting blisters
  • Are waterproof shoes the best option against blisters?
  • Don’t forget to take some breaks while hiking. Could be the best idea to “calm down the blister factor”
  • Ancient blistering dilemma: “to pop or not to pop”
  • Keep your nails clipped and you may add another defense point against blisters

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“Fixing your Feet” on CamperChris

Quotes from the episode

“Even if you’re not a person who whines, blisters make you whine” Christopher

“If you’re trying to keep your feet from getting blisters, try to keep your feet dry” Nate

“There’s nothing silly when you’re trying to save your feet” Christopher

“When it comes to blisters, moisture can really be the worst case scenario when your feet get wet” Nate

025: Choosing your Pack

025: Choosing your Pack

 
 
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Today we’re talking about what to take into consideration when choosing your pack. We know there are many different brands and models out there, all with a huge variety of prices, pockets, zippers and designs. It can get overwhelming but that’s why we’re bringing this episode to you Campers to try and shed some light on the matter.

Choosing the proper pack will not only assure you’ll have all the right space for your camping or hiking stuff but it will definitely make the difference between enjoying your trip or make it a painful one for your back, shoulders, legs, knees and feet.

Episode Highlights:

  • Proper pack size depending on the needs of your adventure and the gear you’re going to carry
  • Taking your gear to the outfitters to check what pack to get, is not as crazy as it sounds
  • Different brands and models
  • Pockets and zippers…it’s all about access and organization
  • Just like we recommended with a tent, practice packing your gear at home
  • Learn what “The Brain” is on a pack and how useful it can be
  • Properly distributing the weight around your body to avoid injuries
  • Weight rating for optimal performance
  • Compression straps
  • Price vs Durability
  • Packs with external frames. Some may giggle when they see one but they offer plenty of advantages
  • Portage Packs: check out all their benefits
  • “Ultra-light backpacking” may not be as easy as it sounds

Links and Resources:

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Quotes from the episode

“Before you go out to buy a pack (…) find the gear you’re going to use first (…) That’s going to determine the size” Nate

“In the military we have an external frame pack (…) keeps it sturdy, it’s durable, it’s able to take a beating” Christopher

“Whether is the right color, whether is the right brand (…) doesn’t matter. For me is actually how it actually fits and how it carries” Nate

“I tend to over-pack on the outside of my pack (…) it keeps the bears away” Christopher

“The pack is not the place to skimp on the money” Nate

024: Canoe Q&A

024: Canoe Q&A

 
 
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We have a particular episode for you guys. Nate will pick Christopher’s brain on canoeing and all there is to know about this amazing activity. If you’ve never done it before and you’re curious about trying it out some time soon, then you definitely need to check out all the amazing tips and suggestions we have for you today.

Canoeing can even be an invitation to get back in touch with old navigation systems.

Episode Highlights:

  • If you’ve never gone canoeing before, check out some tips that’ll help you get started
  • Kayak vs Canoe. Which can be of better use when going on your trip and what are their main differences
  • “Portage” if you don’t know what this means, Christopher tells you all about it
  • Hiking trips vs Camping trips vs Canoe trips
  • Canoe performance under rain
  • Wind factor and how it can affect your canoe trip
  • Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your canoe adventure
  • Smart ways to carry your canoe around
  • Canoe styles, sizes and prices
  • Cool gadgets for canoeing

Links and Resources:

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Info

Quotes from the episode

“If anyone is going to plan an outdoor trip(…)I recommend the Boundary Water Canoe Area” Christopher

“I see a canoe as a vessel that floats in water. It is impenetrable from water. What happens when it rains?” Nate

“Your canoe can handle probably three inches of rain before it actually starts causing issues” Christopher

“Getting into a place that you can go and rent them for the day and not actually having to purchase one, would be a good starting point” Nate

” When you’re in a canoe trip you tend to go back to old school maps” Christopher

023: Going Stoveless

023: Going Stoveless

 
 
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Today we’ll be talking about the experience that is going hiking and camping STOVELESS. Things you can actually gain from skipping to pack your stove and what are some things that you might be giving up.

Bringing a stove to your camping trip or to your hiking adventure usually means you’ll be able to enjoy warm food, hot beverages and even the cozy and fun experience of cooking with your friends and family. Certainly, there are times when it is almost mandatory to bring one with you however, on today’s conversation, we’ll lay out some cool and smart options that might persuade you to leave your stove at home and enjoy a STOVELESS trip.  

Episode Highlights:

  • Perks of not packing your stove and things you actually need to pack when going stoveless
  • It’s not just about the weight, it’s about saving precious time that can be invested in going longer distances
  • Are you a “speed hiker”? Then you’re going to love some of the tips we’ve got in this episode
  • Benefits of leaving your stove at home when you’re a camper
  • Minimize camp odors that can, for example, attract animals
  • Summer might be the best season to go stoveless
  • Nate gives a good reason why he still hasn’t gone stoveless
  • If you like to lick the bowl after cooking, then maybe you do need to bring your stove with you.
  • Top foods when there’s no stove around
  • Using body heat can be a great asset

Links and Resources:

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Quotes from the episode

“Going stoveless can be quite a bit faster” Nate

” There are some stoves out there that you can purchase that use the materials of the woods” Christopher

” If you’re doing a longer hike…it becomes logistically hard to find places, (…) that potentially have and sell the gas that fits your stove” Nate

“You don’t have that saliva producing food when you’re going stoveless” Christopher

022: That’s in Tents

022: That’s in Tents

 
 
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On today’s episode, we’re discussing how to properly set up a tent and take full advantage of it.

This is, without a doubt, one of those main camping elements that really need our attention since it’ll be our shelter for the entire trip. Whether it’s a one-person tent or one that can fit many people, there are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to have a good rest and enjoy your nights in the outdoors.

Ever thought of setting up your new tent at home before jumping to the woods? Might be a good idea and we’ll tell you why.

Episode Highlights:

  • Differences between tents and what their uses can be
  • Looking for the perfect spot to set up your tent. Variables to take into consideration
  • Learning what a “Footprint” is and how much it can help
  • Studying your surroundings for safety reasons is a smart thing to do
  • Going online to check how to properly set up your tent when manuals are not enough
  • Useful tips when you use fiber glass poles and they start to worn out
  • How to properly set up Lightweight tents
  • Double use of trekking poles. Believe it or not, one of them is helping set up a tent
  • Taking full advantage of your rain fly
  • Thinking ahead of time to fully enjoy your trip to the outdoors and be more time effective

Links and Resources:

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Quotes from the episode

“Once I know this is where I want to set up my tent (…), the last thing I’ll do is look up” Nate

” I want to make sure that my door is going in the proper direction” Christopher

” If the tent is fighting you, you’re doing something wrong” Nate

” If you take the time and you focus on setting up your tent properly, then you can forget about the tent, the rest of the time you’re out to enjoy the outdoors” Christopher

021: Field Repair

021: Field Repair

 
 

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When you’re up on the mountain or out on the trail, the last thing you want is to find yourself with a rip in your pack or a hole in your tent. Leaking air-beds are truly no fun to sleep on!

Today’s episode is all aboutmcgyvering your gear in any situation.

Almost anything you bring with you on the trail can be repaired – at least until the end of your trip. We’re sharing all our tips on how you can set up a repair kit and be prepared to fix your gear when you’re out on your next adventure in nature.

Episode Highlights:

  • The best way to keep from having to fix anything is to buy high quality gear.
  • Whether to buy or make your own repair kit.
  • You don’t have to take every repair item with you. Modify your repair kit to suit your needs.
  • Guess what percentage of hikers will be carrying duct tape?
  • Carry a few sewing essentials for pack or cloth repair.
  • If the gear is top tier call the product manufacturer to find out about their replacement policy.
  • Take good care of your gear.
  • Unpack you gear completely upon your return from the outdoors to prepare for your next trip.
  • Check on any  field repairs you have made to see if you can make a more permanent fix once back at home.

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“The repair dollars go down when you buy high quality gear.” Christopher Hiller

“Through this podcast we can get so many people in the outdoors that we can open up opportunities for new businesses.” Nate Harrington

020: Choosing The Right Cooler

020: Choosing The Right Cooler

 
 

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Today we have a very cool episode for our listeners. Everyone knows the importance of keeping your food and beverages as cold as possible when out hiking and camping, but before you grab the first  – sometimes cheapest option, stop to consider the kind of trip you’re taking and what you will need.

Coolers come in all shapes and sizes, from an insulated portable to a heavy duty option with batteries and usb options, choosing the right cooler is different for every type of adventure.

We’re breaking down our tips and picks for a chilled out experience in the great outdoors.

Episode Highlights:

  • Function is key.
  • Plan your trip before making your choice. Know what you need before you shop.
  • Size. Think about how much you have to keep cold and choose the option that best fits your needs.
  • Be wary of preservation times for the ice when cooling meats and other perishables.
  • If you’re going on a multi-day adventure, we explain why to consider bringing two coolers.
  • Take into account the different materials: metal, styrofoam, fabric and plastic.
  • Water elimination is an essential feature for larger campground coolers.
  • Consider mobility and check the durability of the handles and wheels.
  • One-use items (i.e. styrofoam) tend to be not favorable. There are options now that are more eco-friendly.
  • Next tier camping coolers have air seal gaskets, usb, and cigarette lighter adaptors.
  • How to shop around for other features and more usability.

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“Your cooler has to work for what you’re doing.” Christopher Hiller

“The simpler the better, in my opinion.” Nate Harrington

019: Slackpacking

019: Slackpacking

 
 

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What the heck is slackpacking? Do you love hiking but feel daunted by trickier distances? Would you like to lessen your load or add a little comfort to your adventure? What started as a way to get in a day on the trail and then hop in a car to sleep at hostel or hotel at night – untethered by a big pack – slackpacking has grown into a widespread movement. For people that may not have the physical fitness to take on certain trails, having the option to slackpack is a new way to enjoy challenging hikes.

Nate, our expert on all things hiking, fills us in today on the phenomenon of slackpacking and the importance of being true to the hike that you’re on. There is more to slackpacking than you might think.

Episode Highlights:

  • How slackpacking allows hikers to strip down to the bare minimum.
  • You can cover much more trail without your pack.
  • Taking on higher and harder trails is the main advantage of slackpacking.
  • The difference between purists and slackpackers.
  • Leaving out some or all of “the big 4.”
  • Prep your back by adjusting other gear you won’t need to take along.
  • Any gear that has multiple function is perfect for this day pack option.
  • Food is your biggest weight saver on a slackpack hike.
  • Nate’s own slackpack tips.
  • Slackpacking allows the wonders of nature to be opened up to more people.
  • Plan your slackpack properly and trust the person helping you with your pack.

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“I can see slackpacking becoming very beneficial.” Christopher Hiller

“It really shines with the difficult sections.” Nate Harrington

018: Tailgate Camping

018: Tailgate Camping

 
 

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It’s game day! Fall is here and that can mean only one thing – tailgating season is upon us. Today’s episode is for all our hometown sports fans. Bring along friends and family and anyone who enjoys a fun event in the outdoors!

Cheering on your local sporting events is something that happens all over the country and today we’re talking about a unique spin on watching the game. Hosting tailgate camping parties can be a lot of fun for all ages. We’re sharing tips on how you can set up for an optimal day of tailgating in the outdoors!

Episode Highlights:

  • Preparation is the key to enjoying all that these fun parties have to offer.
  • Check to be sure you can hook up the tv when planning tailgate camping.
  • Take advantage of watching sports events – away from the comfort of your couch!
  • We’re sharing our top tips for setting up your tailgate.
  • You’ll find out what the heck a “chuckbox” is!
  • All your gear should be functional. From chairs, to cooking, to coolers, we cover it all.
  • Prepare games and entertainment to make your tailgate even more fun.
  • Get everyone in on the fun and get creative with party food!

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“It’s the people and what you’re doing that makes it super fun.” Christopher Hiller

“It can be really fun in that preparation stage to go all out!” Nate Harrington

017: Theft? Should I Worry?

017: Theft? Should I Worry?

 
 

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Today’s topic is about theft in the outdoors and whether you need to be worried about your personal items when out on your next adventure. What can you do to avoid the potential for losing valuables you may have with you? We’re going through the top things to do if you’re worried about theft while camping and hiking.

The takeaway, as many in the outdoor community already know, is that theft does not happen very often, but using common sense and taking stock of your surroundings can help avoid any chance of being a victim of theft.

Episode Highlights

  • Relax. Theft doesn’t happen often, especially if you take away easy targets.
  • Have your 10 essentials and your ID on your person at all times.
  • Mark your gear with a sharpie.
  • Use and overuse your gear, it will lose its appeal.
  • Stealth camp and keep a low profile. Avoid high traffic areas.
  • Count on your fellow campers and hikers if necessary
  • Protect yourself safely as you would in everyday life.
  • Be careful and be aware of your surroundings.

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“If you want something to be worried about, find something else.” Christopher Hiller

“The people out there hiking and camping are good people.” Nate Harrington