Weekend Sherpa: Take It Outside

Weekend Sherpa: Take It Outside

Adventure for your earbuds. California outdoors and travel: Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad Day and Holly Kulak discuss what's new in the world of travel in the West and where to get outdoors.

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April 20, 2022 52 min
In celebration of National Park Week, Weekend Sherpa co-founders Brad Day and Holly Kulak discuss eight great national park adventures they shared via this week's email newsletter in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Then they have a conversation with podcast guest Daniel Dietrich, the filmmaker behind "Tule Elk: The Killing of a Native Species." It's a discussion about a controversial decision to kill Tule Elk in Poin...
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A few years ago, legislation passed to allow the killing of native Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore amid pressure from the ranching community, who want room for their cattle to graze and roam. Cows outnumber Tule Elk by a factor of 10 to 1 in Point Reyes. Brought back from the edge of extinction, today the Tule Elk are again threatened … in a national seashore where commercial private gain is winning out against what natio...
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March 16, 2022 51 min
It's wildflower season already! This year brings early blooms that should just get better in the coming weeks. In this episode Brad and Holly discuss some local places across the Bay Area to hike and bike among some beautiful blooms, as well as great places to enjoy picnics and barbecues with views. They also discuss some peak hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains that are great to do in spring, with more daylight. Speaking of day...
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March 8, 2022 36 min
Just when the Omicron crisis was starting to abate, the situation in Ukraine arose as another world event of devastation and heartache. How do you take a break from the doom-news? Sometimes it's helpful to be in nature. In this episode Brad and Holly talk about some less known local places in California that have everything from wildflowers to farm animals, including a place on the San Mateo Coast to try Goat Yoga. They also di...
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February 16, 2022 53 min
Make a date with the great outdoors and bring along whoever you love (or just like a lot). In this episode, Brad and Holly and Weeknd Sherpa contributing writer Ben Replogle discuss close-to-home and off-the-beaten-path adventures in California: from a hike in San Francisco with a new work of "heart" overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, hikes with early wildflowers in Napa, bike rides with beaches and picnic stops, hiking to...
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January 26, 2022 38 min
Is this California's wildest national park? Maybe! What's a for sure? You should absolutely visit Channel Islands National Park off Ventura County Coast. Channel Islands has been dubbed the Galapagos of North America for good reason: The five islands comprising this national park have over 2,000 terrestrial plants and animals, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. You won't find ice cream shops here ... but ...
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January 12, 2022 33 min
Two years into a global pandemic and one thing remains true—the outdoors is a saving grace for physical and mental health. In this new year's episode, Brad and Holly discuss winter as the season of sunrises and sunsets, and the best outdoor settings in California to experience both. Also, where to find local waterfalls, and some of the best places to hike-in for a picnic with panoramic scenery. And, what's a spirit animal, ...
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December 22, 2021 33 min
Waterfalls, wildlife, secret beaches, small towns, and epic sand dunes. The Oregon Coast and Highway of Waterfalls makes a magnificent getaway this winter. In this episode Brad and Holly share tips and itinerary ideas from their recent road trip along the Southern Oregon Coast and the Highway of Waterfalls, including "Secret Beach", the massive sand dunes that sparked the inspiration for the bestselling book (and hence the ...
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December 9, 2021 47 min
We may be biased, but getting outdoors is the best gift you'll give yourself this holiday. Brad and Holly talk about some areas around California that make excellent outdoor respites, with hiking, mountain biking, peak bagging and more. From desert escapes to summit hikes that are best in fall and winter, plus more easygoing walks the whole family can enjoy over the holidays together. We also catch up with Weekend Sherpa advent...
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October 28, 2021 54 min
What's brewing? How about some hikes with spirits (actually, beer!), or adventures with just a bit of ghostly presence, but mostly just really good hikes and adventures to do in fall. This podcast edition is like a variety-bag of Halloween candy: lots of options! From NorCal best beaches to where to find the best waterfalls now that there's been some rain, plus redwoods, tarantulas, and a bonus pop-up nature event happening...
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September 30, 2021 54 min
Ease into autumn with a conversation about one of the best ways to relax on the water in wine country... Brad and Holly discuss the "Amazon of Wine Country" one of the best kept secrets for river adventures. Also in the mix: mountain biking, the debate over adding 142 campsites to a state park, a special birthday, and red flag warnings. Later they are joined by Weekend Sherpa contributing writer, Breonna Carter, who shares ...
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As a new season comes and life continues with Covid variants, wildfires, and big changes to our lives as the result of a global pandemic, we've got to remember to take care of ourselves mentally and physically, and thankfully the outdoors still offers a respite for rejuvenation and proven health benefits. Brad and Holly discuss everything from meditation to local outdoor adventures to clear your head, and their favorite fall hi...
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August 25, 2021 64 min
With wildfires raging, a serious drought, and a sobering UN climate report, Brad and Holly discuss some of the impacts on California's great outdoors—state parks, national parks, thru hikes such as the Pacific Crest Trail, and more. They also talk about redwood hikes, car-free bike paths locally and beyond for do-it-yourself bike touring. Then Caitlin Cornwall, a biologist at the esteemed Sonoma Ecology Center and an expert in ...
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August 10, 2021 47 min
Like chicken soup for the soul, there are some hikes that just deliver comfort in their familiarity and natural beauty—from iconic views, ocean scenery, wildlife sightings, and locations within national, state and regional parks. Brad and Holly talk about some "comfort food" day hikes and backpacking trails to do in California and a few points beyond (Wyoming), including a 3-beach day hike in the Marin Headlands that's ...
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August 3, 2021 51 min
Something magical happens when you hike for a couple of miles in Yosemite... Brad and Holly catch up on summer backpacking adventures, including a gloriously quiet Yosemite High Sierra trek of lake hopping and peak bagging. Get all the details and tips on this two-to-three-night backpacking journey: where to camp, Volgensang Peak, lakes to visit, food to pack, and plenty more. Later in the podcast find out all about the upcoming SI...
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July 29, 2021 49 min
A treasure hunt in San Francisco, backpacking in Yosemite, an easygoing bike ride in Point Reyes, a state park with a storied past, and a multi-day trek far off on Vancouver Island feature into this mid-summer podcast with Brad and Holly sharing trip ideas and more. SoCal's head writer, Matt Pawlik, also joins the podcast to share hikes to hidden lakes in Angeles National Forest, a secret side-trip to an historic dam, his recen...
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After a brief hiatus we're back! Brad and Holly have a special summer edition episode on a lake hopping High Sierra backpacking trip that doesn't require a reservation, Canada's backpacking system vs. the US, and then a special guest joints the podcast. Heather Werner lives in the Bay Area, owns an eco-friendly hair salon, and recently attempted to summit Mount Everest. She's a role model and inspiration for outdoo...
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Is there a city with easier access to the great outdoors than Reno? In just 15 minutes you can be on the mountain trails. Or you can stay in town and wander the beside the Truckee River on the Riverwalk. In this episode Brad and Holly are joined by author and Weekend Sherpa contributing writer Nicol Szanto, a Reno local. They talk about Weekend Sherpa's recent trip to Reno, including best hikes, art walks, the newest section of...
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May 6, 2021 33 min
We're no doctors, but nature is good medicine. In this episode Brad & Holly talk about some of their favorite nature experiences in Sonoma County. We're talking about lavender labyrinths, sunset hikes, wildflowers, and yes, beer and wine! Plus, Hank the bulldog is turning 10 years old, which is a very big deal.
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April 21, 2021 39 min
For National Park Week, Brad and Holly cover a list of top outdoor adventures in national parks across the West. Find out when to go, peaks to bag, where to camp, cool bars nearby, and a tip at the end on how to find one of the best hidden hikes in America's most famous canyon.
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