September 9, 2022

Episode 70: Ned Tibbits on the PCT and Wilderness Readiness

On this episode: Sierra cups, self-arresting, safety, and learning to live. We're talking with Ned Tibbits.

Ned has worked as a U.S.F.S Wilderness Ranger, Rural and Urban Paramedic, Professional and Volunteer Ski Patrolman, Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue Member, and currently maintains certificates in Emergency Medical Technician-Instructor, NOLS Wilderness EMT, the National Ski Patrol, the Wilderness Medical Society’s Fellow and Diploma in Mountain Medicine status, Amateur Radio, and Search & Rescue Instructor.

Ned has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (1974), bicycle-camped 5,000 miles in Europe (1979), completed half of the Continental Divide Trail (1980), and hiked, skied, and snow-shoed his favorite trail, the John Muir Trail many times.

Show Notes

  • 01:10 – Introducing Ned Tibbits 
  • 03:50 – Why are more people getting in trouble on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this year?
  • 07:45 – The "WILD" effect and the importance of preparation and training
  • 11:55 – What Ned learned from thru-hiking the PCT in 1974
  • 14:50 – Advice for future PCT thru-hikers
  • 18:40 – Self-arrest tools and recommendations on snow travel skills
  • 33:20 – The transformative personal impact of thru-hiking the PCT
  • 38:00 – Ned's "Learning to Live" series
  • 44:30 – The internal challenges of thru-hiking 
  • 48:00 – Trip research: Vetting sources for information online
  • 53:40 – Connecting with Ned and Wrap-up

You can find Ned on Facebook and his website or via email at

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