On this episode: Thru-hiking warm fuzzies, lime green Crocs, and being a divemaster. We’re talking with Matthew Hengst, a self-described indigent hiker who recently completed a 5,000 mile hike on the Eastern Continental Trail.


Show Notes

  • 0:30 – Introducing Matthew
  • 04:15 – What is it like to hike 5,000 miles?
  • 06:20 – The biggest animal problem in the south? Hint: it’s not the gators.
  • 08:40 – When Matthew got into hiking
  • 10:45 – How do you follow up the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT)?
  • 12:54 – The transition from 302 days on the trail back to “normal” society
  • 14:00 – Physical recovery after the ECT vs the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
  • 16:00 – Biggest challenges on the PCT vs the ECT
  • 19:00 – Would you do the PCT or Appalachian Trail (AT) again?
  • 20:00 – Footwear (socks, shoes, etc.) for hiking 8,000 miles
  • 23:30 – Food on long trails.
  • 25:00 – How did you figure out how to connect up the trails that make up the ECT route?
  • 28:30 – Mosquitos and “No See-ums”
  • 33:40 – The human connection on the trail (and the giant warm fuzzy of thru-hiking)
  • 35:40 – Preparing to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
  • 36:00 – Diving, and advice for anyone interested in getting into it
  • 41:50 – Completing the Triple Crown (AT, CDT and PCT)… and beyond
  • 44:35 – How do you support yourself while you do all this walking?
  • 48:10 – Favorite parts of the trails Matt has hiked
  • 50:45 – What is a typical day now that he is off-trail?
  • 52:41 – What he uses for tech and how he keeps everything connected and charged

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: a 2021 wrap-up, jazz, and hiking-and-beer pairings. Our guest is Ted Foster who started hiking a few years ago and recently completed all 11 peaks in the New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge in 11 days.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Saveria, Jason and Jeff wrap-up 2021 and our 2nd year of the Almost There Adventure Podcast
  • 03:40 – Jeff, Saveria and Jason share their favorite 2021 podcast highlights
  • 11:50 – Favorite 2021 adventures
  • 22:50 – Planned 2022 adventures
  • 30:00 – Introducing Ted Foster
  • 32:00 – Hiking the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge (with beer pairings)
  • 36:49 – The Taco Slayer
  • 38:00 – How Ted planned his peak-bagging trips
  • 39:20 – Why Ted was wearing a tie for the podcast 
  • 42:00 – Hiking while listening to jazz
  • 43:50 – How Ted got started hiking
  • 48:40 – Hiking all 11 peaks in the New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge in 11 days
  • 54:38 – Aspirations for multi-day backpacking trips (and how NOT to do it)
  • 57:30 – Bucket list trips
  • 63:23 – How do you make hikes
  • 67:00 – Wrapping up

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

 

On this episode: the Bat Cave, campervans, and what is the first thing you do in the morning? We’re talking with Sunshine Loveless and Michelle Dunn-Loveless of Outshine Adventures, a queer-owned, women led company dedicated to providing sustainable eco-tours and immersive outdoor experiences.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Sunshine and Michelle of Outshine Adventures
  • 04:30 – What brought them to Chattanooga
  • 12:30 – Adding the campervan to the offerings
  • 29:00 – Their top SUP adventures
  • 34:10 – How they research new places to adventure
  • 35:57 – Partnering with local park agencies
  • 40:00 – The value of guided outdoor experiences
  • 43:00 – Working as a white water rafting guide
  • 45:15 – We’ve all had “epics” (and being kinder about accidents) 
  • 48:00 – The impact of everyone getting outdoors, and converting them to advocates
  • 52:20 – Best time of year to visit Chattanooga

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: the Kalahari, “lagom” (it’s Swedish), hating mountaineering, and FLO. We’re talking with Moose Mutlow. His name alone might pique your interest, but the story of his career path is fascinating.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Who is Moose Mutlow?
  • 03:55 – What is a Family Liaison Officer (FLO), and how Moose got into that
  • 10:10 – What is NatureBridge?
  • 15:00 – The potential of technology, kids and the outdoors
  • 20:00 – Moose in the Kalahari  
  • 21:50 – Working in South Africa, exposure to the horror of apartheid, and our responsibility to fight injustice  
  • 29:00 – The transcendent nature of outdoor experiences like Yosemite’s Tunnel View
  • 34:40 – How technology can add to the outdoor experience
  • 37:00 – Moose’s book: When Accidents Happen and more about being a FLO
  • 45:15 – We’ve all had “epics” (and being kinder about accidents) 
  • 48:00 – The impact of everyone getting outdoors, and converting them to advocates
  • 51:45 – Landing a gig running a beachside concession on the Mediterranean (and the value of always saying “yes” to opportunities)
  • 56:40 – Is “Moose” your given name?  
  • 58:50 – Storytelling > slide shows
  • 60:00 – Wrap up

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: quests, balls of twine, and windowless Chinese restaurants in Phoenix. We’re talking with Scott Jones, one of the few people to visit all National Park units, public lands conservationist, and fervent advocate for travel quests.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Who is Scott Jones?
  • 04:20 – How a giant ball of twine led to Scott’s first quest
  • 06:45 – Eating at all the “windowless Chinese restaurants in downtown Phoenix”
  • 08:20 – His quest to visit all ten Japanese internment camps
  • 11:50 – Visiting all the National Park units… the most remote, favorites, and more
  • 21:50 – What National Park units surprised you?  
  • 25:45 – How many National Park units are there?
  • 27:00 – What are good ways to track your progress on a quest?
  • 29:25 – How long did Scott’s National Park unit quest take?
  • 30:45 – What is the most (or least) amount of time you spent in a unit?
  • 34:55 – How many simultaneous quests does Scott have going at any one time?
  • 39:50 – ROA: Return on Adventure
  • 43:30 – Have you ever aborted a quest?
  • 47:30 – The “weirdest” quest
  • 50:00 – Scott’s primary outdoor activities
  • 52:40 – Tools that Scott uses to help track and plan his quests

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  • Notion – a free database Scott uses to plan his travels

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: gloves, sizing charts, the gateway drug to road cycling. We’re talking with Jamie Wallis, co-owner of Handup Gloves, and we get a recap of Jeff’s experience on The Big Lonely with Jesse Blough.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions and how Handup got started
  • 05:20 – The challenge of finding good biking gloves
  • 06:40 – Putting sayings on the palms, and the community effect
  • 09:20 – The positive side of social media
  • 12:30 – Online shopping live with Jason
  • 14:30 – What’s a “kit?”
  • 16:45 – How big is Handup today?
  • 21:38 – Any designs that didn’t do as well as you expected?
  • 24:35 – Motherhood and juggling
  • 27:00 – Talking about the fun in life
  • 28:45 – Jamie’s bikes and how she got started biking (hint: it involves butter biscuits and sweet tea)
  • 32:55 – Where to buy Handup Gloves 
  • 34:45 – Advice for anyone wanting to start a business in the cycling business
  • 37:00 – Gloves That Give program
  • 39:35 – The future?
  • 41:00 – PBR and other collaborations
  • 45:00 – Wrap up
  • 46:45 – Recap of Jeff’s experience on The Big Lonely with Jesse Blough (who you might remember from Episode 24)

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: 14ers, skydiving, and breaking generational struggles. We’re talking with Jess Newton, founder and CEO of Vibe Tribe Adventures.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions (and how Saveria and Jess met at Outdoor Retailer)
  • 03:10 – How Jess was introduced to the outdoors 
  • 06:50 – How Jess got started with Vibe Tribe Adventures
  • 09:00 – Going from Denver to nationwide
  • 11:00 – Developing leaders within the community
  • 13:30 – Launching the children’s program
  • 17:27 – Growing the Urban Trekker program
  • 19:38 – The Black 14er program
  • 30:20 – Supporting Vibe Tribe Adventures
  • 31:55 – First all-black Everest summit team
  • 35:20 – The importance of outdoor education
  • 40:50 – “Outdoors for All” collaboration with Merrell 
  • 45:45 – Skydiving and other “extreme” adventure goals

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You can connect with Jess at the Vibe Tribe Adventures website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

This episode is all about Yosemite National Park. We’re taking with Scott Turner, hiker and author of a new book on Yosemite for Mountaineers Books.


Show Notes

  • 00:40 – Catching up on our summer adventures
  • 07:30 – National Forests closure in California through 9/17
  • 09:00 – Welcome guest Scott Turner
  • 11:00 – Scott’s new book
  • 12:50 – The magic of Yosemite National Park
  • 15:00 – The process of choosing which hikes to include in the book
  • 28:00 – Lesser-known ways to get into Yosemite
  • 31:45 – What qualifies Scott for writing a book on Yosemite?
  • 40:20 – Of the famous Yosemite hikes, which is your favorite? 
  • 42:25 – How many days did it take to hike the trails in the book?
  • 47:54 – What was most surprising about Yosemite as you did your research?
  • 54:10 – Experiencing Yosemite across the seasons 
  • 60:00 – Closing it out with Scott’s embarrassing Yosemite story
  • 68:00 – When and where to get Scott’s new Yosemite book

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Scott’s new book Day Hiking Yosemite National Park is available on October 1, 2021 and you can find it here on Amazon or at Mountaineers Books.

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: Outward Bound, Hogzilla, trail magic, and “wilderness camping is illegal in Germany?!” We’re talking with Carsten “Sauerkraut” Jost, AT & PCT thru-hiker, outdoor instructor and ultralight blogger.


Show Notes

  • 00:45 – Introducing Carsten Jost
  • 05:00 – His first attempt on the PCT (and some serious trail magic)
  • 09:00 – The recent flooding in Germany
  • 11:00 – Working for Outward Bound
  • 17:00 – Wild camping illegal in Germany
  • 22:30 – Hiking the Via Alpina (and other hut-to-hut routes)
  • 24:45 – Why do europeans travel to California to go backpacking?
  • 27:55 – One plus to hiking in Europe: No man-eating animals 
  • 29:30 – A short explanation of the GR trail system in Europe
  • 36:20 – On being a newbie, and the fear of doing something for the first time
  • 41:40 – Age, the outdoors and what’s your next adventure?
  • 50:00 – Where to find Carsten online

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You can find Carsten online at his website, fastpacking.de and on Instagram at @fastpacking.

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode: Bill Murray, 180° South, mountain lions, and hunting around in the woods, trying to be quiet. We’re talking with Ty Emmett, outdoorsman, camera person and cinematographer with a love for the outdoors.


Show Notes

  • 00:50 – Introducing Tyler Emmett
  • 03:00 – How Tyler ended up working on 180° South
  • 07:40 – Two degrees of separation between Tyler and Jason
  • 10:00 – Working on MeatEater (and a mountain lion story)
  • 24:30 – Saveria, a dog and a bear
  • 26:45 – What it’s like to carry the camera gear for filming MeatEater
  • 36:45 – Advice for people wanting to film outdoor adventures
  • 42:00 – Where Tyler would go with two weeks off to go anywhere 
  • 46:00 – The Bill Murray connection
  • 49:50 – Where to find Tyler on the interwebs

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Connect with Tyler

You can find Tyler on Instagram at @ty_Emmett and on the web at tyleremmett.com

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

 

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