June 21, 2022

Episode 65: John Soares on Boondocking and Hiking Guidebooks

On this episode: guidebooks, boondocking, breakfast burritos, and the best hiking in Northern California. We’re talking with hiking guidebook author and boondocking aficionado John Soares.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing John Soares and how he grew to love the outdoors
  • 03:30 – The Trinity Alps, Burney Falls, and social media
  • 08:10 – Why skipping the campfire is a great idea
  • 11:25 – Managing expectations and avoiding crowds?
  • 18:00 – Why use a guidebook when there are so many online resources?
  • 21:31 – How John became a guidebook author
  • 28:10 – What John drives for boondocking and dispersed camping (no, you don’t need 4WD)
  • 32:20 – Updating guidebooks
  • 35:00 – What is dispersed camping, and how do you get started?
  • 50:00 – Great hikes in the Shasta area (for the next time Jason drives up to Bend)

Mentioned in this Episode

  • Find details of John’s Northern California hiking guidebooks at NorthernCaliforniaHikingTrails.com.  
  • Get info on John’s book Camp for Free: Dispersed Camping & Boondocking on America’s Public Lands along with a dispersed camping gear checklist and info on related apps and resources at DispersedCamping.net.
  • Interested in journaling your hiking and camping experiences? See the journals John has created for you to fill in at GetOutsidePress.com
  • Find John’s Northern California Hiking Trails Facebook page here
  • Seven Suns Coffee in Shasta (get a breakfast burrito)
  • The Fifth Season – great gear shop in Shasta
  • GetOutsidePress.com

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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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