Backpacking & Blisters: A Hiking, Backpacking, and Adventure Show

Backpacking & Blisters: A Hiking, Backpacking, and Adventure Show

Are you looking for adventure? We've got the best guests in the outdoor world, gear expertise, unbelievable stories...all lined with a sense of humor.

Episodes

April 11, 2024 77 mins
The World's Toughest Race (The Eco Challenge) is currently the best running adventure-based series on Amazon Prime. Sonja Wieck, from team Iron Cowboy, joins the show to discuss all things adventure. Dubbed the race "that eats Iron Men for breakfast" Sonja discusses all aspects of adventure and what it's like to have Bear Grylls give you some encouragement...from a helicopter. Also, how would Derek fair in such an event? Check out ...
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Extreme Adventurer Chad Lubinski joins the show to discuss some truly amazing stories from some of America’s long trails. He legitimately almost died in 3 different circumstances. What was the secret to his survival? What should he have done to avoid those situations? How did he handle spilling his water on a dry section of the Highline trail? Also, Derek is providing trivia. He asks a question he seemingly knows nothing about. How...
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Derek and Carl discuss the BEST backpacking items that come in around $1. While many of the suggestions may prove helpful…even to the well-seasoned backpacker, Derek has 1 or 2 that will blow your socks off. Derek accuses Carl of cutting coupons. And how will Derek perform in $1 trivia this week? Some of the topics discussed: -Backpacking Gear -Backpacking Food -Budget Backpacking Gear -Backpacking Hacks Gear Reviewed This Episode:...
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Derek and Carl discuss fun, light-hearted and mean-spirited pranks. They recount a number of pranks they’ve already pulled off (and one that keeps failing). Additionally, they highlight interesting prank opportunities for the upcoming trip. Derek believes Carl pranked himself with a rock. One of the guys admits to eating paste as a kid; the other says he ate paper. Which was which? Also, can Derek pass Historical Hoax Trivia? Some ...
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On our first THROWBACK THURSDAY, famous Youtuber Dan Becker joins the show to discuss gear choices he wish he bought sooner based upon a series of videos he's put out over the last couple years. Carl agrees with some of his choices but gives some pushback on others. Derek seems to agree with all of Dan's choices...even when they contradict prior statements made by him on the show. Also, feedback about Derek's REI purchase history i...
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Brooke is back! One of the most popular guests of last season, Brooke Whipple joins the show to share about her Yukon canoe adventure, her latest off-grid projects, and some interesting (and surprising) obstacles that came up along the way. As always Brooke brings an encouraging, you-can-do-it vibe that is so inspirational. Inspired by her recent ranking in Bathroom magazine, Derek tries his hand at Magazine Trivia. Check out Brook...
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Derek and Carl discuss the new gear from some of the biggest backpacking companies. Carl had a chance to sit down with reps from various brands to hear about the latest and greatest backpacking gear of 2024 and beyond. Hear if from the source! How does Carl ask the tough question to the company he’s been poking fun at for years? Also, Derek is up to his usual antics with trivia. Some of the topics discussed: -New 2024 Backpacking G...
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Sam ‘Shade’ Carter joins the show to discuss one of the most interesting backpacking stories we’ve heard to date. He’s 21 years old. His goal was the hike the calendar year Triple Crown (PCT, AT, CDT). He wanted to do this with a 3lb base weight. How did it go? What were the biggest challenges and how did he overcome them? Find out on this week’s show. Also, how will Derek do with 3lb trivia? Some of the topics discussed: -Backpack...
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Derek and Carl discuss legit trip planning and gear tips that are helpful, controversial, and, sometimes, questionable. Are these the cheat codes you’ve been looking for to go on your bucket list trips? Probably. Hopefully. Also, does Derek really know what he’s talking about with these tips? Finally, Derek has trivia this week. What crazy questions will he ask this time? Some of the topics discussed: -Backpacking Permit Hacks -‘Re...
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John Kelley from The Backpacking Podcast joins the show as a guest host to discuss backpacking gear we used to hate, but now we like. Carl accuses John of intentionally sabotaging the upcoming Red River Gorge Patreon trip. And Carl confesses to purchasing something he told everybody to avoid. Also, some serious punishments are on the line for Terrible Products Trivia. Some of the topics discussed: -Tents vs. Hammocks -Synthetic vs....
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‘Frozen’ from Frozen’s Outdoor Adventures joins the show to discuss an array of relevant backpacking topics. As an Appalachian Trail thru hiking veteran who is about to embark upon the Pacific Crest Trail, Frozen shares some crazy stories and backpacking knowledge that will give you at least a couple of important takeaways. Derek and Carl somehow relate the conversation with Frozen to some serious grocery store talk. And Carl has t...
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Epic bushcraft expert Joe Robinet joins the show! What are the 3 essential bushcraft skills every outdoorsperson should know? Joe will tell you. And how to Derek and Carl measure up with these skills? Joe also shares stories about meeting Survivorman Les Stroud in a Blockbuster Video and he responds to Carl’s outlandish scenarios for future video ideas. And finally, it’s a Derek trivia week. You know what that means! Some of the to...
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Derek and Carl discuss some of the nonsense backpacking advice that’s lingering around the internet, or in your local gear store. Carl sites specific sources that may surprise you. Derek references his ‘friends around’ as supposed experts. Either way, what are they saying and what is the correct advice? Derek and Carl with set you straight. Also, a surprise guest joins the show (audio apps only) to challenge the guys on a recent ep...
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This is a rare second episode this week! Todd & Ashlie Martin from the current season of the Amazing Race join the show to discuss some of the life challenges, physical challenges and fun stories from the show. Follow Todd & Ashlie on Instagram! Check out all things Amazing Race on Todd & Ashlie's YouTube Channel! GET BONUS SEGMENT FROM THIS SHOW & BONUS EPISODES ON PATREON: There are over 40 BONUS episodes of B&B that you can get ...
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Backpacking Tech Gear Expert Cris ‘Hiking Guy’ Hazzard joins the show to discuss the latest and greatest GPS locator beacon devices. Are phones rivaling the capabilities of these devices to the point where we don’t even need them? Which one is the best GPS device to buy for functionality and overall bang for your buck? Cris has answers for everything! And what type of ‘hazardous’ trivia did Derek cook up this time? Some of the tech...
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Backpacking Gear Expert Justin Outdoors joins the show to discuss red flags for popular ultralight backpacking gear that he consistently recommends. Carl brings up a few red flags of his own. Poor fitting jackets, backpacks that pool water in pockets, sleeping pads that are too thin are just a few things items discussed. Justin also recommends his top ultralight gear choices and previews new gear coming out in 2024. Carl also accus...
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Derek and Carl discuss backpacking trends for 2024 that they believe will not last. Everything from shoe brands to ultralight gear. Derek has a minor meltdown during ‘Trend Trivia’. Some of the topics discussed: -Hiking shoe brands -Backpacking Rain Gear -Ultralight Backpacking Gear -Intentional Overpacking GET BONUS EPISODES ON PATREON: There are over 30 BONUS episodes of B&B that you can get by supporting us on Patreon. It's safe...
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Jessica ‘Dixie’ Mills from Homemade Wanderlust joins the show to discuss an intense survival experience she had in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. She shares 3 lessons she learned from the event as well as the ongoing battle with rescue costs. And how did her backcountry CPAP machine work? Some of the topics discussed: -Using the Garmin InReach for rescue -Garmin Insurance -Backpacking Gear -New rankings by Backpacking Magazine Ch...
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Jeff Garmire joins the show. He has set FKTs (Fastest Known Times) on some of the most popular long trails in America: The Colorado Trail, the John Muir Trail, the Arizona Trail, and many, many more. He is one of the most interesting characters in the world of backpacking. Is he the Michael Jordan of backpacking? You be the judge. Some of the topics discussed: -Stories from Unsupported long trails -Being charged by a Moose -Gear th...
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Rob Pelton's joins the show to discuss why your bucket list trips will fail...and how to overcome the issues. Also, are Canadian computer hackers helping people get permits. And Rob has a big and exciting announcement! Check out Rob’s Awesome YouTube Channel Follow Rob on Instagram Check out RNWY and reach out for a sample from Dan the Founder GET BONUS EPISODES ON PATREON: There are over 30 BONUS episodes of B&B that you can get b...
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