September 8, 2020

Episode 20: Hiking with Guidebook Author Scott Turner

In this episode: guidebooks, hiking in Converse All-Stars, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (it’s a real thing). We talk with hiker, guidebook author and licensed therapist Scott Turner.


Show Notes

  • 01:35 – How Scott got started hiking seriously
  • 05:30 – History of the Afoot & Afield book
  • 06:47 – The journey from avid hiker to hiking guidebook author
  • 09:34 – Changing and updating Afoot & Afield, San Diego County (adding 50 new hikes)
  • 12:38 – Scott’s favorite experience from the book? Rabbit Peak
  • 16:25 – The Hike the Parks book series
  • 20:28 – What information do your books provide to keep people safe?
  • 21:53 – How many trips does it take to collect the data for a guidebook?
  • 25:10 – Surprising sources of information for Scott’s guidebooks
  • 26:47 – The AllTrails/Instagram Effect vs printed hiking guides
  • 34:43 – The benefits of getting outdoors (from a therapist’s perspective)
  • 42:40 – EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, bi-lateral stimulation, and Scott’s theory about a potential connection to hiking
  • 47:25 – Favorite guidebooks that you didn’t write
  • 52:37 – Mappy Hour and the joy of maps, trip and adventure sharing
  • 54:15 – How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
  • 54:45 – Tips & tricks for leveling-up your hiking
  • 59:48 – Upcoming adventures

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