The Trail Less Traveled

The Trail Less Traveled

Dedicated to documenting humanity by gathering stories & sounds from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind's earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with adventure (and conservation) information & inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

February 25, 2024 53 mins

Join us on location in Zion National Park for an interview with sit down with Zach Almaguer, the Director of Marketing & Communications for Zion National Park Forever Project. We take a look at the history, culture, biodiversity, conservation, and educational outreach within Utah's first National Park. 


The Zion Forever Mission at Work:


Improving Today

Established with the future in mind, National Parks a...

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Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official philanthropic and collaborative partner of Grand Canyon National Park. Our mission is to inspire generations of park champions to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon.


Preserve and protect Grand Canyon by joining Grand Canyon Conservancy! Your support will help fund projects including trails and historic building restoration, educational programs for youth ...

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For this episode, Mandela stepped back as a producer and asked Dr. Nathan Varley to interview his friend and colleague, Leo Leckie. During one of the coldest days recorded, they discuss close encounters with grizzly bears, famous Yellowstone wolves, and the incredible ways in which wolves are helping underprivileged youth in southern california.


Leo Leckie is the co-founder of the Yellowstone Wolf Family Tree on Ancestry.com. L...

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February 3, 2024 49 mins

PART II of our interview with Dr. Nathan Varley. This interview was recorded in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park whilst observing wolves with Dr. Varley.


Nathan grew up in Yellowstone National Park in the tiny community of Mammoth Hot Springs. His parents have been biologists and park rangers that have lived and worked in the park for 3 decades. Following in the family footsteps, Nathan studied biology at...

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Nathan Varley grew up in Yellowstone National Park in the tiny community of Mammoth Hot Springs. His parents have been biologists and park rangers that have lived and worked in the park for 3 decades. Following in the family footsteps, Nathan studied biology at Montana State University where he earned B. S. and M. S. degrees. 


The ecology of mountain goats in the Absaroka Mountains on Yellowstone's eastern edge wa...

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Sam Archibald is a Lead Field Educator for Yellowstone Forever.


After completing his B.A. in history, Sam served with the US Peace Corps, working with an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization to develop outdoor leadership and environmental education programs for youth. Sam has continued to focus on outdoor education, joining the National Park Service as a Crew Leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps and earning his Mast...

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Brad Dimock is an author, boat builder, geologist and Grand Canyon river guide. He has been guiding in the Grand Canyon since the early 70s and has starred in historic films about the Grand Canyon. Brad has studied boat building methods from around the world and continues to build and row wooden boats out of this museum/boat shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. 


Check out his amazing website: https://fretwat...

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January 18, 2024 57 mins

This interview features Mthunzi Nokubeka, Juan Burgers & Reuben Mbonambi. Mthunzi is a Xhosa opera singer and school teacher. Juan is a professional opera singer, pianist, and singing instructor. Reuben is a Zulu opera singer who just won third in the world at the Belvedere Singing Competition.


This episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads...

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Rolf Shenton grew up living in the bush and farming in Zambia. He is passionate about regenerative farming and preserving biodiversity. Rolf is the founder of Grassroots Trust Limited, a non-profit focused on helping communities shape a viable future. They use and promote holistic management framework to guide decision making and hope to contribute to a regenerating environment and resilient income streams in Za...

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Join us at the Rabbit Stick traditional skills gathering for an interview with Ray Young and Tom Lucyens. Two retired survival instructors for the U.S. Air Force. Specially, Ray and Tom teach Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE).  


SERE is a training program that prepares U.S. military personnel, U.S. Department of Defense civilians, and private military contractors to survi...

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Bridget Mulindi Meyer was born and raised in NSongwe village, exactly one kilometer from rapid number ten on the Zambezi River. Bridget is an environmentalist and humanist with an exceptional singing voice and a heart of gold. Bridget is dedicated to helping others and has extensive knowledge of the balance required in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem for communities and wildlife in Zambia. 




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Bob Meyer, "Big Water Bob" grew up in the U.S. and came to the Zambezi River in the early 1980s to guide whitewater and train locals. His connection with the Zambezi River can be described as love at first sight. Bob is married to Bridget Meyer, whom he met on the Zambezi River. They both live in the village where Bridget was born and raised exactly one kilometer from rapid number ten on the Zambezi River. 


Show premie...

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Recorded on the edge of the Lower Zambezi River at Chiawa Camp. This interview features a conversation with Juliet Zulu, a consummate hospitality professional who has worked in the industry for 26+ years, including at some of Zambia’s top safari camps. Voted Miss Tourism 1992, Juliet still proudly waves the flag of Beautiful Zambia, having more recently been mentioned as a legend of the Victoria Falls in the British Airways infligh...

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November 18, 2023 46 mins

"When Fabio and I first met, I was on vacation and he was at work. I was en route to Kuna Yala, an autonomous indigenous zone on the Caribbean coast of Panama, on a solo trip. As it happened, he was captaining a charter boat there, which offered an affordable way to cruise Kuna Yala. We met in the dark at 5:30am in Panama City waiting for the bus out to the jump-off point for the boat.


We spent just a few days sailing together o...

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November 11, 2023 54 mins

This is part II of II. Recorded in sea kayaks floating in the Sea of Cortez.


Gary Steele has had a long career as a backcountry guide, blacksmith, outfitter and woodsman and has been leading traditional outdoor skills workshops for years. Learn more and purchase his book, Moving Forward by Looking Back - Memoirs of a Wildman by visiting: https://www.gettinprimitive.com/


Show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming ...

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Gary Steele has had a long career as a backcountry guide, blacksmith, outfitter and woodsman and has been leading traditional outdoor skills workshops for years. Learn more and purchase his book, Moving Forward by Looking Back - Memoirs of a Wildman by visiting: https://www.gettinprimitive.com/


Show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FM


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October 28, 2023 47 mins

This interview was recorded in a cedar forest on the edge of Jocko Creek during a light rain storm. I sat with an old cowboy named "Dude" who recalls what it was like to grow up living off the land, milking cows for $1/week in order to save money to buy his first pony as a teenager for $60. He rode bulls and broncs, hunting to feed his family and wasn't accepted by most other cowboys because his approach to training horses was...

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Ceilidh O'Sullivan was born and raised on the Eastern Coast of Australia in a little town known for its delicious ginger beer and all inclusive schools for the disabled. Ceilidh was born profoundly deaf and with the help of her mother, she learned to speak well. At a young age she became obsessed with "Bush Tucker" which is a reference to edible wild foods in Australia. To this day she can go out into the bush or on ...

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Marty Essen is an American naturalist, author, photographer, and professional speaker. He has written seven books, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, Time Is Irreverent, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for 16 Seconds, Hits,...

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Join us for an interview with Matt Misicka, the Executive Director of Ohio Conservation Federation. Matt is an avid hunter, angler, and overlander who also works as an instructor for the Overlanding Expo. During this interview, Matt discusses the Farm Bill, Public Lands, Chronic Wasting Disease, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, and other conservation issues he is working on in Ohio. 


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