June 26, 2021

Episode 42: Andrew Marshall — Essayist, Poet, Painter, and Fine-Art Photographer

On this episode: kilts, pet portraiture, Giardia, and the Colorado Trail. We’re talking with Andrew Marshall, managing editor of Backpacking Light, co-founder of backpackingroutes.com, essayist, poet, painter, fine-art photographer who also hikes.


Show Notes

  • 00:45 – Introducing Andrew Marshall
  • 01:47 – Co-founding BackpackingRoutes.com
  • 8:15 – How Andrew got started painting
  • 10:20 – What camera does Andrew shoot with?
  • 12:30 – BackpackingLight.com and Andrew’s role
  • 14:00 – A single-speed bikepacking trip
  • 19:00 – Getting started hiking and backpacking
  • 22:30 – Hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound
  • 23:44 – Wearing a hiking kilt on the AT
  • 28:15 – “Imposter Syndrome” in the hiking community
  • 31:30 – Pet portraiture
  • 33:00 – Managing many different passions on a day-to-day basis
  • 36:30 – Hiking the Colorado Trail (and getting Giardia)
  • 44:40 – Is the post-pandemic hiking boom temporary or permanent?
  • 48:00 – Depression and the benefits of getting outdoors
  • 55:45 – Adventure plans for this summer

Mentioned in this Show

Connect with Andrew

Andrew Marshall is the Managing Editor and Podcast Producer of Backpacking Light and the co-founder of  Backpacking Routes. Andrew is an essayist, poet, painter, and fine-art photographer, with work regularly appearing in prestigious but low-paying national publications. He unashamedly drinks instant coffee when in the backcountry. You can find him on InstagramTwitter, and at his website. Warning: social media content is mostly cat-related.

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