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Judy Bentley takes listeners through hiking Washington's history and reveals the stories behind Washington’s landscape, from Cape Flattery to Cascade Pass, from the Blue Mountains to Cape Disappointment. We discuss trails as old as 7000 years cross the Cascades. Hikers may climb to mountain lookouts and follow wagon roads, rail-trails, and expediti…
 
Misty shares the 5 next Michigan backpacking trips you need to add to your bucket list. From a quick weekend loop hike getaway with designated campsites to create your own adventure on the North Country Trail, there is a backpacking trip for all hiking levels and skill sets. We cover: Manistee River Trail Loop Jordan Valley Pathway Porcupine Mounta…
 
Chris “Cookie Monster” Pirrello shares his New England Trail thru-hike with listeners and gives information on planning, logistics, responsible stealth camping, resupply and what any hiker needs to know about this trail. Chris and Lori also talk about how his love of trail and love of great coffee intersected with the purchase of the Triple Crown C…
 
Amanda Hughes share three of her favorite backpacking trails with Lori. These are trails that you could also do some day hikes on, but would be best experienced as an overnight backpack. 1. Potawatomi Trail at Pickney State Recreation Area Trail Map 2. Little Carp River Trail Info on Backpacking via The Outbound Porcupine Mountains map 3. Shingle M…
 
Kris shares her first solo backpacking adventure in the Porcupine Mountains. Listen to her talk about the trails she hiked, where she camped and all the tips and resources hikers might want to know about before setting off to the Porkies in the Upper Peninsula. Connect with Kris Van Handel: Check out her book: Hiking with Hair Tie Hike Episode: Sec…
 
Join Lori on Day 2 of her Sleeping Bear Dunes adventure where she takes in the beautiful sunrise from D.H. Day Campground's Lake Michigan access and then continues for a morning hike at a deserted Sleeping Bear Point. Learn more about Sleeping Bear Point here Learn more about D.H. Day Campground here There are plenty of hikes and activities for all…
 
Sarah shares her Spring road trip with her fiancé from Ohio to Michigan - exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leland's Historic Fishtown, backpacking on the Manistee River and doing some hikes on the NCT and more. We even talk about Michigan's state food (or at least I think it is) - the Pasty. Find out more by listening to our conversation in this Mich…
 
Lori takes listeners on a day of adventures at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a 60 km (35 mi.) stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including…
 
Jen, Jessica, Andrea, Angie and Kim share their adventures backpacking at Isle Royale. We discuss planning, transportation, campsites, privies (bring TP!), moose encounters and the legend of the over protective, dive bombing Goshawk. We talk about the highlights and the no so fun moments. But in the end, it sounds like they wouldn't trade any of th…
 
Lori takes listeners on a recap of her December 2019 trip to the Muskegon area where she visited Hoffmaster and Muskegon State Parks. This short episode gives you a first hand account of hiking forested dunes and walking along Lake Michigan on a late December day. Connect with Lori: Instagram: @thehikepodcast Twitter: @thehikepodcast Blog: thehikep…
 
In this episode Lori shares some winter hiking in Michigan state parks. This is part of her series sharing hikes from around Michigan - both short day hikes and longer overnight trips. In this episode Lori hikes Tobico Marsh in Bay City State Recreation Area and then hikes the ski and hiking trails in Port Crescent. Resources: Learn more about the …
 
Lori shares her hike at Port Crescent State Park at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. She’ll visit the boardwalk, hike through the Dune Nature Area and checked out the Birds of Prey observation deck as well as the Dark Sky Preserve. You can also camp at Port Crescent with spots right along the water. This is definitely a park to check out. Visit the blo…
 
Lori explores the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park in Sanilac County, Michigan 8251 Germania Road Cass City MI, 48726 The main feature of the park is a 1,000-square-foot sandstone outcrop with around 100 petroglyphs on it. The largest grouping of such carvings in Michigan, they were likely carved between 400 and 1,400 years ago. They were di…
 
Lori does an out and back on the Highbanks Trail along the Au Sable River in Michigan. She takes you from Iargo Springs which is the western terminus to the Au Sable Dune Overlook and passes through the Canoer’s Memorial Monument and the Lumberman’s Monument. Hike is an out and back and Lori hiked 10.3 miles total and had 623 feet of elevation gain…
 
Benny Braden catches up with Lori and gives listeners some insight into his Benton MacKaye thru hike, how he got involved with Save Our Smokies - a non-profit focused on cleaning up the Great Smoky Mountains and promoting the Leave No Trace principles, and his upcoming project with Chris Smead and Outmersive Films that's taking him to Alaska this s…
 
Andrew Steven shares how a fitness journey, grieving the loss of his mother and being on the John Muir Trail transformed his life. After 30 years of feeling stuck, Andrew Steven attempted to get in shape for a month-long backpacking trip through the Sierra Nevadas. Looking at his career for inspiration, Andrew finds an unlikely revelation by imagin…
 
Rue takes listeners along his backpacking adventures in Michigan as he works on the route for the American Perimeter Trail. The American Perimeter Trail is a 12,000 mile loop that circumnavigates the continental U.S. It uses existing trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Appalachian Trail (AT) or parts of the North Country Trail. Rue sh…
 
Zach shares his tips for thru-hiking and backpacking the Art Loeb Trail. From completing the entire trail in one day to putting together day hike loops, Zach has a great perspective and provides excellent advice for creating your own adventure on the Art Loeb. Zach gives us his Top 3 for hiking & mountain biking in the North Carolina mountains. Con…
 
Patrice La Vigne and her husband Justin trekked New Zealand's Te Araroa trail over 2014-15. In this episode, Patrice shares some background about the hike itself, figuring out the logistics and some of her favorite memories of Kiwi hospitality. Patrice is an author, thru-hiker, Leave No Trace trainer and advocate, and backpacker who lives a life le…
 
Emily Ford recently completed a winter thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail, becoming the second person - and the first woman - to thru hike the trail during the winter time. Emily and Diggin's journey has inspired others. We have a candid conversation about the importance of taking care of your mental heath, the loneliness of thru-hiking and the drive t…
 
Christine Reed shares her personal journey of how the trail helped her process the grief of losing her mother, provided the opportunity to discover both inner strength and self-acceptance, and allowed her the space to open herself up to a community at a time when she felt the most alone. Connect with Christine: Instagram: @ruggedoutdoorswoman Web s…
 
Justin shares his thru-hike of West Virginia's Allegheny Trail. Listeners will learn about the trail, it's segments, highlights of each section and tips on hiking it. We chat about some of the more popular places on the Allegheny and other West Virginia hikes, including the 360 views that you can find at the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory (which c…
 
Jester comes back on Hike to talk about her recent completion of 40 day hikes along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and all the adventures she had as part of the MST community. She shares what to expect as part of this challenge and some of her favorite hiking and trail towns. We learn about the book that inspired her and was the guide for this challeng…
 
Heidi "Picasso" Nisbett aka Sketching Summits shares her journey from her first long thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail to helping to blaze the hiking community within Charlotte, North Carolina. Heidi shares how the Appalachian inspired her to sketch (and be featured as a Appalachian Trail Conservancy featured #trailismymuse artist), and find a com…
 
Leisel and Dave share tips on preparing and planning for thru hikes, hiking as a couple and their favorite hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Southern Appalachian Mountains including the Foothills Trail, Art Loeb Trail and completing the South Beyond 6000 Challenge. Listen to Leisel's Season 2 episodes: On The Trail: Leisel Bailey (CDT Class of…
 
Lori, Julie, Benny and Johnny share their own personal stories about going solo on the trail, tips for being new to backpacking and answer listener questions on an episode recorded live in 2020. Connect with Lori: Instagram: @thehikepodcast, @lori_the_explorer Twitter: @thehikepodcast Blog: thehikepodcast.wordpress.com Facebook: @thehikepodcast Ema…
 
Paul Barach takes us on his 2010 pilgrimage around Japan's Shikoku Island, visiting 88 Buddhist temples on a 750 mile walk around the island. Only knowing a few words in Japanese and minimal research, Paul not only learns a lot about himself but about he generosity and kindness he is met with by those who he encounters along the way. His journey is…
 
James Appleton of the 46 of 46 podcast takes listeners into the heart of the Adirondacks where peak bagging, backpacking and adventures await. We'll learn about becoming an ADK46er, backpacking the Northville-Placid Trail, and how you can create your adventure around seasons and outdoor interests. Connect with James: Web: 46 of 46 Instagram: @46of4…
 
Denise shares all of the adventures you can have on the trail and the waterways in Indiana. We also chat about Hiker Babes and how the community supports women getting outdoors. Denise recommends places to explore if you're out for a day, an overnight, weekend or even longer backpack. Hiker Babes Mission: We are a community of like-minded, diverse …
 
John takes listeners on his section hike of the Pinhoti Trail. We also talk about section hiking the Appalachian Trail and his hike of the Benton MacKaye Trail. "The Pinhoti Trail is a Southern Appalachian Mountains long-distance trail, 335 miles (540 km) in length, located in the United States within the states of Alabama and Georgia. The trail's …
 
Erik Schlimmer found the Trans Adirondack Route in 2013 and through the Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route has provided support, resources and intel on what is some of the most rugged and challenging hikes in the United States. "Established in 2013, the Trans Adirondack Route is a primitive pathway that traverses New York’s Adirondack Park, the …
 
Gina shares some tips and techniques for those new to trail running or transitioning from hiking to now running on the trail. We chat about gear and the considerations of running a trail. Gina also introduces listeners to Trail Sisters - a community for women trail runners and those who support them. "Trail Sisters was created to constitute for an …
 
Luke takes listeners on his journey of being the 4th person to thru hike the North Country Trail in 2013. We chat about the challenges of thru hiking the longest national scenic trail in the United States, logistics around planning for the hike and how he transitioned to a career working with the NCTA. Luke also gives an overview of another long di…
 
On the heels of a breakup, Nathan Pettijohn rents a RV and hits the road for a month long trip in the Pacific Northwest. He takes along his dog Hafa. Lori catches up with Nathan and they chat about life lessons that can be found on the road, including the power of saying yes and how Hafa can teach us to live each day as your best day. Connect with …
 
Hike shares an encore episode from Season 1, featuring Victoria Buitron and Latinas Who Hike. Learn why Victoria started this hiking group based out of Connecticut/Tri State area and how to get involved and support their mission of getting Latinas/Latinx on the trail. For more information and to connect with Victoria Buitron and Latinas Who Hike: I…
 
Victoria and Lori share their best car camping tips, and stories of their adventures and misadventures. They also chat about safely camping during a pandemic, including things to consider as part of social distancing and being self-sufficient at the camp site. Whether you're new to car camping or been at it for awhile, this episode will make you th…
 
Mei-Ling shares her experience hiking the Buckeye Trail (BT) as part of a Warrior Expeditions adventure. She also goes into some background of how she set out on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail leading up to doing the BT. We talk about trail towns, the amazing volunteers of the Buckeye Trail Association and what it's like to be a trail ange…
 
Andrew Bashaw, Executive Director of the Buckeye Trail Association, gives an overview of the Buckeye Trail. He shares info to consider as you get out for a day hike, section hike or thru hike. We chat about trail towns, trail maintenance and creating a community around the trail that encompasses all generations. The Buckeye Trail is a 1,444-mile hi…
 
Ryan Bunting, trail name Constantine, takes listeners on his 5 year journey of hiking 7 of the 11 National Scenic Trails. From completing his first long trail thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, then the Triple Crown, and to his most recent hikes in Canada this year - we cover a lot of miles. Ryan also shares how his love of the outdoors community …
 
Lori, Jester, Plug-It In and Johnny on the Trail chat about their thoughts on trail etiquette, experiences they have had on trail and tips for how to leave no trace. We talk about topics such as food storage, hiking out trash and shelter best practices. Special guests Ever Green Adventure Foods and Mad Hippies also contribute to this conversation. …
 
Bronwyn Preece shares how improvisation, creativity and a lot of positivity allowed her to complete her backpacking trip on the Berg Lake Trail this year. Just a few months before she had shattered her leg and was not sure if she would be healed enough to hike. Listen in on her journey, from coastal life off the grid to spending the last three year…
 
Annie Lang brings together her love for the outdoors with her background in graphic design to create the Northern Michigan based small business Compass Paper Co. This year Compass Paper Co expanded from their online based stationary business to open a shanty in historic Fishtown of Leland, Michigan. Annie chats with Lori about what inspired her to …
 
Sarah and Andy Kermode of Hiking Thru Life share planning tips for road tripping, overcoming challenges on Andy's thru-hike of the SHT, and the quest to explore all 70+ of Minnesota's State Parks. They also share more about their podcast "Hiking Thru Life" and their goal of sharing stories to both inspire others and help educate them on the outdoor…
 
Sarah Waite takes listeners on her adventures from being a beginner backpacker to tackling an 11 day traverse on Isle Royale. We also talk about local hikes in the Midwest, camping in Death Valley, and her recent attempt of The Wonderland Trail. Sarah is a Women Who Explore Ambassador, upcoming The Trek Ambassador and an advocate for Leave No Trace…
 
Andrea Ketchmark, Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association, gives listeners an overview of the North Country Trail - including some must hike sections across the 8-state 5000 mile trail. The North Country Trail Association is located in my home state of Michigan in Lowell - and you can follow the blazes right to their office. Andre…
 
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