March 10, 2021

Episode 34: Maggie Slepian on Backpacking and Writing About the Outdoors

On this episode: cats in small children’s clothing, glamour versus reality, and what exactly is a thru-hike? We’re talking with another awesome woman of the outdoors as part of Women’s History Month: Maggie Slepian, hiker, writer, outdoors person and cat dresser.

Show Notes

  • 02:00 – How Jason almost knows Maggie (involves the Colorado Trail and an FKT)
  • 06:00 – Backpacking, Thru-hiking, and trail cred
  • 14:00 – Finding peace in backpacking without fear of judgement (it’s not about how fast or far you go)
  • 16:25 – Backpacking is not all sunshine and unicorns (and how do we accurately portray our outdoor experiences on social media?)
  • 26:45 – Signs on summits
  • 34:30 – Maggies pandemic project: Backpacking Routes
  • 41:42 – How hard it is to make a living as a freelance outdoor writer
  • 44:00 – What happens in your “dream 2021?” Four thru-hikes: one in each season.
  • 46:15 – When does a backpacking trip become a thru-hike? (And does it really matter?!)
  • 60:01 – Where you can find Maggie online

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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.

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