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Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane April 19, 2018 0

Episode 54: You’re Gonna Get Wet

On this episode we discuss how to choose rain gear for your next hike, and define what “waterproof” really means. We also share two kinds of ratings that you should look for and different rain gear fabrics that will help you determine what to buy for your outdoor adventure. What exactly to look for depending on where you will be going and what key rating is important.

What we talk about:

  • Is Waterproof a reality or a dream?
  • Welded Seam VS Stitched Seam
  • Is Gortex the best?
  • Fisherman know the best rain jackets, but boy do they sweat
  • Shawshank Redemption and Andy Defrane

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Backpacking the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon
Scott and Ariane April 18, 2018 3

Arizona’s Sycamore Wilderness Canyon

One of the most remote places Ariane and I have ever gong hiking in. The Sycamore Wilderness Canyon offers a adventure like no other. But you won’t find any roads, developed campgrounds or crowds in Sycamore Wilderness Canyon, just 55,937 acres of wilderness marked by colorful cliffs, and soaring pinnacles.

After getting lost in that Canyon back in April 2008, I need a redemption trip back into the Canyon. This time Ariane came with. It’s the second largest canyon to emerge from Arizona’s Red Rock Country and is lesser known but just as scenic cousin of famous Oak Creek Canyon.

The wilderness encompasses all of Sycamore Canyon from its forested rim near Williams, Arizona to its desert canyon mouth in the Verde Valley. This area is home to black bear and mountain lion as well as a number of less celebrated but just as notable creatures.

The last time I went backpacking in the Canyon, it was my goal to find Taylor Cabin which is on the National Historical Register and stay in it overnight. Never did find it.

Ariane and I found a awesome boondocking site right near Cottonwood, Arizona very close to the trail-head into the Sycamore Canyon. The trail-head is actually off 89A through Sedona and Cottonwood to the turnoff to Tuzigoot National Monument. Turn north across the Verde River, then left on FR 131. It’s about 11 miles to the trailhead.

Our Boondocking site was at intersection of AZ 260 and Thousand Trails Road (FS147)/Camino Real (FS360). Approx. 34.660993,-111.965153. It has amazing views of the Red Rocks of Sedona..and it’s free.

We hit the trail early in the morning since the desert sun can get hot fast. We were on the hunt for agent Verde Hohokam Indian Ruins which we DID FIND. Backpacking the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon  It’s almost like a treasure hunt trying to find these ruins. You can easily day hike to the ruins. It’s about 6 1/2 miles there and back to the trail head.

The ruins are tricky to find. But they are off the Packard Mesa Trail (66) which you can connect to from the Parsons Spring Trail.  Once you cross the creek and get on the Packard Mesa Trail it leaves the canyon floor and heads up to the mesa.
This involves a nice climb, up, a short time level and up again, until you reach the mesa.

The trail is a bit rocky and the maintenance of the trail is a bit low. Once on the mesa the trail is less easy to follow.  The cows made a lot of parallel trails, but most of them are leading to the tank.

Once at the tank, go through gate 1, stay left and exit at gate 2. Turn right on a jeep trail, that follows the tank fence.

At gate 3, that’s the only one with a gate, that can be closed.
Don’t go through this gate, but go back 40 yards.
Now start hiking, North/East in a small sandy wash.
Try to follow the cowtrails wherever they are. Head more North, until you meet a jeep trail and than turn right.
Follow the jeep trail until it kind of ends. Look for trails that head up and follow these trails. THERE IS NO MARKING. This is where you want to go, between those hills is the trail, leading up to the ruins.

Once you find the ruins, stay the night and camp up on the hill near the trail signs and the jeep road. You can go right up that hill and find the perfect camp site to take in the amazing beautiful views of the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon.

Packard Mesa Trail Sycamore Wilderness

Listen to our podcast of the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon experience on “Trust the Trail”

How to renovate a Airstream Argosy
Scott and Ariane April 17, 2018 0

How to Build a Bed in a Airstream Argosy

Rarely do we get to put to test our woodworking skills. However, renovating a Airstream Argosy and custom building everything will test your knowledge quickly. Our first woodworking test was building our queen size bed frame that open up to provide extra storage underneath our bed. Being that our Airstream Argosy is only 180 sq ft. It’s important to utilize every single space.

As the original part of our design, we knew right from the start we wanted our bed to be a queen size. After all, we have two dogs that demand a big bed to stretch on. It was also our plan to have the bed sideways instead of back to front. We wanted to utilize our panoramic windows and wake up each morning looking out. But more importantly, we wanted to create a extra storage compartment on the back window side to store sheets, blankets, and also use it as a shelf.

First we laid out everything for the build.

Materials we used were:

(2) 8 ft 2 x 4

(2) 8 ft 2 x 2

(3) 8 ft 1 x 3

(1) Piano Hinge

(4) 2 inch L Brackets

(1) Box of 1 1/2 inch wood screws

(1) Box of 2 inch wood screws

Drill

The only caveat in the build was building around our subfloor trap door. We needed to make sure we still had access to pull up our trap door and at the same time make a support piece to hold up our bed when we lifted it up.

Renovating a Airstream ArgosyWe wanted to use light wood so the top and bottom boards were 1 x 3 and our supports were 2 x 4. Our Queen size mattress was going to be 60 x 80 so we could just fit that in before the end curve and long enough to give us 3 inches on both ends.

We went with a 12 inch Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress It fit’s perfect and we can wake up looking right out of our windows without ever lifting up our heads.

The next step of course was to build the side and back end and how to integrate a shelf unit back there.  This was going to be the tricky part.

How to build a Airstream Custom Bed Again, using 1 x 3’s and 2 x 4’s we finished the frame, so it was  now on to the bed lift. Really just a square so the bed lift itself can sit on the frame. You can see in the right back corner how close we to the corner we got. This was important because we had to build the shelf back on the 2 x 4 that crosses in the back. Its also where the piano hinge sits.

The bed sits on 2 x 2’s and the 2 x 2’s sit on the bed frame with full support.

It lifted up pretty easy, but that was without the mattress and all the blankets Ariane just has to have.

 

Building a Custom Airstream Argosy

We had to make sure that we could still access our 30 amp box in the lower right hand corner and of course plumbing and other important access gear.

The back storage/shelf was just building a inner wall against the bed and then cutting out the top. We had saved some of the old Argosy shelves that we could use as templates.
Airstream Argosy Renovation
It was time to put it all together and test. We used 1 x 2’s for the slots that the mattress sits on. Once we put our mattress on it certainly made it much harder to lift, but not that hard to hamper anything.

Renovating a Airstream Argosy

Take a look at the whole process from start to finish.

If you have any questions about how we built our bed OR if you have your own Airstream Reno project. Ask away, we will be happy to answer.

Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane April 12, 2018 1

Episode 53: A Creek With No Water

On this episode it’s all about the adventures and beauty of the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon and how we found the perfect campsite that we will never forget. We also share how 10  years ago, Scott was lost in the Canyon and how he found his way out. The Sycamore Wilderness Canyon measures more than 21 miles in length and, at points, seven miles in width. designated the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness in 1972 and it now has a total of 58,441 acres.

We also talk about:

  • Bull Cows are scary
  • What defines “Remote”
  • The creek has no water
  • A 360 panoramic view
  • Indian Ruins that will blow you away

To see the video of the trip 10 years ago. Go to our YOUTUBE channel. Click HERE for the Video

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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Scott and Ariane April 5, 2018 0

Episode 52: We are NOT Bear Grylls

On this episode we talk all about what it was like to take a wilderness survival class and how it changed the way we go backpacking. We share what we leaned – and discuss if the class was worth the investment. We sum it all up in answering…Surviving in the wilderness is hard.

What we talk about:

  • Reality TV shows VS Reality
  • Our Instructor is a BAD ASS
  • Ariane stays in a cold creek for 25 minutes
  • What’s it like to spend all night out in the wilderness..WITH NO GEAR
  • Huge graduation expectations

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Scott and Ariane March 29, 2018 0

Episode 51: Duck, Duck Goose Down Bags

On this episode we talk all about sleeping bags – from down to synthetic and everything in between. We will offer you pro tips on how maximize your sleeping bags life and loft. Then answer the age old question – what is the best sleeping bag out there. Is there really a “best one”?

On this podcast we talk about:

  • EN Ratings / TEMP CONTROL
  • COLD VS HOT
  • How to buy a sleeping bag? Work backwards
  • Q & A – We answer your questions about sleeping bags.

Pro Tips:

In an 80% relative humidity environment, an untreated 15-degree down sleeping bag loses up to 30% of its loft over a period of eight hours. A 30% loss of loft essentially turns a 15-degree sleeping bag into a 30-degree sleeping bag. DriDown™ sleeping bags avoid this loss of thermal efficiency by retaining 98% of their loft.

Hang your sleeping bag up by the loops on the foot of the bag in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
This allows the insulation to be fully uncompressed while your bag is in storage and ensures a long life for you bag.
If you’re short on space, lay your bag under your bed so it stays fully lofted and out of your way.

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Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane March 22, 2018 0

Episode 50: Tales From The Trail

In celebration of our 50th Podcast – this episode is dedicated to WHY WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS and a celebration to NEW BEGINNINGS! We share stories from all of the people we have met on the trail and who have become a part of our outdoor family.

 

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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Scott and Ariane March 21, 2018 0

Hiking With Your Dog? Can They Get Giardia?

Most hikers and backpackers who adventure out into the Wilderness are pretty familiar with “Treat the Water” before you drink. But how many of us let our dogs drink out of any kind of water source? Humans filter water so we don’t get water born parasites like Giardia. But did you know your dog can get Giardia also?

In fact, dogs are more likely to get Giardia than humans since they expose themselves unknowingly more than Humans. Giardia must be ingested by your dog in order for him to get the parasite. Your dog can get Giardia by drinking water that has been contaminated by feces or by eating something that has been contaminated by feces, like grass. Since dogs love to put things in their mouths, this means that there are plenty of ways your dog can pick up the parasite in his environment, whether it is by chewing on a stick, eating poop, or drinking from a puddle.

For backpackers that hike popular trails like the Appalachian Trail, this means they could be much more exposed to Giardia because of the number of privies and the lack of Leave No Trace principal, Pack it In, Pack it Out.

It even get’s worse. Once the parasite is in your dog’s intestines, your dog can spread the parasite, even if he or she doesn’t show any signs of infection. This is concerning, especially if you have more than one pet in your house. While transmission from dogs to cats and cats to dogs is unlikely, the transmission from dog to dog is certainly a cause for concern. If one of your pets is diagnosed with Giardia, you should talk to your vet immediately about the protections you should take to protect your other pups.

Giardia in dogs act’s much like Giardia in Humans. Much of the symptoms can be the same.

These symptoms include:

Diarrhea
Weight loss
Failure to gain weight
Vomiting
Dehydration
Poor coat appearance

According to the AKC (American Kenel Club) the way to prevent your dog from getting Giarida is making sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Also not to bring your dog to places where there are large amounts of dog feces, as this will limit the possibility of exposure. Of course, when you are hiking on the trail, and crossing a bunch of creeks and streams.

A Giardia vaccine has been developed for dogs and cats and is available in the US. Unfortunately,  our Vet say’s this vaccine has not been particularly helpful in preventing or treating Giardia-related disease. It may help to reduce the  shedding of Giardia, but it has apparently been largely ineffective in preventing or treating actual infection by the parasites in the first place.

This is another reason that sometimes it’s better to keep your dog on a leash. This way you have a little more control where your dog goes. We can’t tell you how many times Dino has rolled in feces’s. It’s a mess. So keep aware of your dog in the backcountry and don’t assume they can drink any kind of water.

 

 

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Scott and Ariane March 15, 2018 0

Episode 49: It’s Not The Summit, It’s The Journey

This episode is based solely on one quote:  “The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.” end quote (author unknown)

Topics we talk about on this Podcast:

  • The journey is not in the summit
  • The journey BEGINS when you make a decision in life
  • EVERYONE’S SUMMIT IS DIFFERENT
  • Hiking is the Parallel of life

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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Scott and Ariane March 14, 2018 0

How To Renovate An Airstream Argosy

Bringing back a 40 year old camper is not an easy task. There are some things we wish we would have known before we dove into the deep.  Let’s start with a little history on a Airstream Argosy

History: Argosy trailers were made by Airstream Company starting 1971 in Versailles, OH. near Jackson Center, and are usually recognized as “Painted Airstreams”. Many features were first tried out on the Argosy models, and then incorporated into the more traditional Airstreams if they were a success. A good example is the large front wrap windows. These painted trailers were able to utilize steel end caps and aluminum panels that were damaged or blemished. Argosy created a series of diminutive trailers in the ’70’s called the “Minuet”. There was the 6.0 Metre (20?), the 6.7 Metre (22?), and a 7.4 Metre (24?) Minuet.

Beginning in 1974 Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged “Argosy”. These began as painted aluminum 20- and 24-foot models, and were followed in 1979 by the first of their Classic model motorhomes, with an unpainted aluminum body, much like the trailers they are known for. In actuality, these were modified trailers, mounted on a step van chassis also modified for the motorhome.

The first Argosy trailer was put on the market April 1971. (1972 Model)

The first Argosy motorhome introduced December 1973.

The Rehab Project:  What do you do first? It can be overwhelming. More than likely, you have pulled your Argosy to a location where the renovation will take place. You probably did an initial inspection and did due diligence to pull it. Or maybe you had it lifted and towed to your designated area. Either way, you are dealing with a 40+ year old frame.

Step 1 the frame:  Inspect the Frame! Crucial to the future of your travel experience. Your frame is going to have rust and perhaps some corrosion. The faster you deal with the frame, the more you can renovate. There are 3 crucial areas of the frame. 1. Axle  2. Outriggers (the camper sits on these) 3. the under frame.  These have to be looked at and or fixed. renovating an airstream argosy frame

How do you fix or repair a frame? That’s a good question. It’s either going to be repairable, or you are buying a new frame. If the frame has corrosion which means there are holes in it, it has cancer. That cancer is spreading and will break down  your frame to where it’s unusable.  If your frame has rust and little corrosion, you can save it and even repair it. We sanded, scraped, and removed ALL the rust on the frame, and then used POR-15 to paint the entire frame to rust proof it.

Step 2 the tear down: You have to ask yourself one question: How far are you willing to go? Renovating a 40 year old Airstream Argosy is going to take on a long journey. Buckle up!!!  It’s one thing to remove all the old interior. It’s another to gut it. I mean floor, walls, insulation, wiring. How far do you want to go? If your answer is: “I just want a remodel”. Then you are probably only going to live it in and have it parked. If your answer is; “I want to travel the country”. Gut it, and go to Step 3

Step 3 rivets, lots of rivets: Learn how to remove bucket rivets. Hint, automatic spring hole punch and a 5/32 drill bit is the key. We also bought a Air Pop Rivet Gun for cheap at Tractor Supply.  When re riveting the Belly Pan, we used Large Flange Rivets – 5/32″ Diameter to help secure the belly pan to the frame. We did not need a  new Belly Pan.

Step 4 panels: Or inner walls are long. 2 of the side panels will be at least 22 feet long. It will take two people to remove them from the Argosy. This is where you will get a feeling of…Oh crap! The top ceiling panel is in between two grooved moldings. The moldings are also riveted in. You will notice that most renovated Argosy’s that you see don’t have the center ceiling panel. There’s a reason why. It’s not easy to come off. Once you bend it, it’s over.

Step 5 the banana wraps: You probably noticed we haven’t said the sub-floor yet. There is a reason. The banana wraps are the key to successfully taking off and putting back in the sub-floorhow to remove a sub-floor in an Argosy

Step 6 the sub-floor: This is where the rubber meets the road in your rehab project. This is also where you will probably find dead things, mice, snakes, etc. that have nested in the insulation under the sub-floor. Our sub-floor was rotted mainly in the front, back, and by the door. The rest of the subfloor wasn’t that bad. But we took out the entire floor nonetheless. Read, How to Remove a Airstream Subfloor.

Tip: The entire camper sits on the sub-floor. You are NOT taking the sub-floor out without removing the bolts that are holding the camper on the frame. Everything in an Airstream Argosy is inter connected with each other. This is  how your Argosy has lasted 40 years. They are built well. 

Step 7  Remove the Pink Stuff:Removing the pink insulation is a good idea. Why? It get’s wet and will keep everything moist. Ants, bugs, and creatures (especially mice) love this stuff to nest in. Please wear gloves and a mask to remove all the insulation. We removed ours from underneath the sub-floor and did NOT replace it. However we did replace the inner skin insulation, this is how we did it.

After all of this, then you are finally able to start planning your design and plot how you will re-build.

Scott and Ariane March 9, 2018 0

Restoring a 40 year old Airstream Shower Pan

When we first bought our Argosy is was apparent that things were old, and needed desperate repair. Of course there is always the option to buy “new”. What is the fun in that? We decided early, that we were (to the best of our ability) to try and restore, refurbish, any of the original Argosy interior, while implementing our own style. Our Airstream Argosy’s Shower Pan was one of the pieces we really wanted to save…but it was a mess.

Did I mention, we had a small crack in it also. Yea! As with most Argosy renovation projects, this was going to take patience and understanding.

  1. The first was to clean, clean, clean. We used 409 Degrease Cleaner. Then we had to get those fish stickers off which wasn’t has hard as I thought. We used GOO GONE. Once we got the fishies off it was time to get the dirt and grease off.
  2. This products by far worked the best. SOFT SCRUB W/BLEACH. But the trick here. Do this is direct sunlight and let the bleach whiten the ABS Plastic.
  3. Repeat this process a few times.

How to fix the crack: This was tricky because our tiny crack was in the lower right back corner.

  1. Drill a very tiny hole on both sides of the crack. This will help stop the crack from expanding and getting worse. We used 3mm bit (mostly used for crafts or jewelry)
  2. We used two products to repair the crack.  The first product was  J-B Weld 8277 WaterWeld Epoxy Putty Stick – 2 oz.  Great for repairing plumbing, fuel tanks, tubs, showers, drains, boats and portable water tanks it also sets in 25 minutes, cures in 1 hour to an off-white color with a tensile strength of 900 PSI. Once cured it forms a permanent bond and can be drilled, tapped, filed, sanded, painted and will withstand temperatures of up to 300ºF.  The next product we used was FLEX SEAL Spray (CLEAR).

Once everything dried and cured, it was time to bring this guy back to life. We used Rust-Oleum 206999 Marine Topside Paint, White, 1-Quart. This paint is used on Boats above the waterline. This is a thicker paint so be prepared. It takes some patience to put this on and it cures quick.

After a few days of working on it and letting it dry. It was time to test. We plugged up the drain and let water sit in the tub for 2 days. Not one drip.

 

This project truly was a labor of love (aren’t they all)? But this turned out to be very worth while project because the end result was saving an original piece of our Airstream Argosy.

As with all of the other projects, we were really proud of this one. To restore something that looked like it would never be used again was really self satisfying and gave us some much needed confidence to move forward.

 

 

Our shower pan is now installed and ready to use. We can’t wait to use our shower on the road with a sense of accomplishment.

If you have a Airstream project that you would love to share, please post below, we would love to see it.

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Scott and Ariane March 8, 2018 0

Episode 48: Do I Drink The Water?

On this episode we discuss water filtration vs water purification and what is best for you. So, what really is the difference between a backpacking water filter and a backpacking water purifier? AND why might you opt for buying one over another? No matter whether you are backpacking or a traveling in a RV, clean water is super important.

Topics we talk about on this Podcast:

  • Don’t drink the water if green ooze is present
  • 95% of US creeks, streams, lakes and rivers are ok to Filter Water
  • Some people are allergic to Iodine
  • Dogs can get Giardia

Water Filtration we use on the trail and we recommend for backpacking:

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

Sawyer 3 way inline Filter – Very easy to make your own gravity system

Top Pick for International Travel

MSR Guardian Purifier

Top Pick for Ultralight Filtration Only

Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

Top Pick for Ultralight Purification

MSR Aquatabs

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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Ariane Petrucci March 5, 2018 0

Top 5 Trail Snacks To Help Provide Energy

For most, hitting the trail is not only great exercise but good for the soul. For others, it’s an endurance backpacking trip that can take you miles before your next big juicy burger. I’m sure you could probably hike more than 100 miles without food, if you had to. But hiking is supposed to be a fun adventure, not a race. Keeping your body fueled up with tasty, nutritious snacks while out on the trail for the day makes it much more enjoyable and easy.

The key thing to remember is to take something you like to eat. If you don’t eat a ton of GORP at home, you may not be thrilled to eat it on the trail. But there are certain foods that are better trail foods than others. Some actually will give you some extra energy. Here are a few choices for simple, convenient trail food that does a body good.

  1. Healthy Trail Mix – Trail Mix is a great recourse for a day hiker or backpacker because you can custom make it to  your likes. Depending on your likes, you can either add more fruit and nuts, or  more chocolate. Etymology expert Barry Popik coined the phrase GORP which is an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts.” According to www.livestrong.com “Trail mix can be full of protein and vitamins and full of calories from fat, too. Nutrients break down differently. If trail mix is your choice to fuel a day’s strenuous hike, quickly metabolized carbohydrates are appropriate.” However, if you are hitting the trail on a long distance hike, make sure you wait a few days before gorging on GORP. It works best, when you are really burning some calories. Even on a day hike, eat moderately
  2. Pumpkin Seeds – If you’re in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Having trouble sleeping on the trail? Well, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Good night!
  3. Celery Sticks –  Recent research has greatly enhanced  knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. This is great news for us backpackers who tend to gorge on really bad food after a long backpacking trip. Sounds like eating celery sticks instead of desert might be better. The best part of some celery sticks is that they are high in electrolytes which are a huge benefit to stay hydrated.
  4. Peanut better & Jelly sandwich – One of my favorite snacks (or as a lunch) while on a long hike. By far, one of the most forgotten trail foods. However, a healthy P&J is all about the bread.  High quality, whole grain bread is going to be the best. You can also replace regular peanut butter to a organic peanut butter. Even though jelly has sugar, the combination of peanut butter and bread provides protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc. Peanut butter is also a good choice for healthy unsaturated fats. AND there are certain fats that are good for you and give you energy on the trail. One P&J sandwich has 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, 27 percent of folate and 42 percent of niacin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects vital lipids in the body from free radical damage.
  5. Mini Dill Pickles – While most hikers don’t think about taking mini dill pickles out on the trail, they should think again. Not that the pickle itself does much other than fill your belly. ITS THE JUICE. If you’re in the market for a low-sugar, all-natural electrolyte replacement, you should not let that juice go down the drain. Pickle juice could be your new go-to sports drink.  Sodium helps the body retain fluids, which is essential for long endurance hikes, backpacking trips, or any other endurance activity; not having enough fluids in your muscles when you sweat intensely can result in serious dehydration, and cramping. “Pickle juice is packed with antioxidants, electrolytes, and is particularly high in vitamin C and calcium,” adds Dr. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.

If you have some favorite hiking snacks, please share. We love getting ideas from our outdoor community.

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Scott and Ariane March 1, 2018 0

Episode 47: Backpacking Bootcamp

On this episode we discuss what new backpackers should know and offer you tips on how to get started. In the end we will share with you a practical exercise that will help you plan your next backpacking adventure. New Backpackers often make some common mistakes that we go over them on this podcast.

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • The History of the 10 Essentials and what are they
  • Break your Trail Shoes in for heaven’s sake
  • Base weight is a range, not a specific weight
  • Do you even like backpacking? Yes, then test your gear
  • Scott – how to visually prepare for a backpacking trip

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Scott Janz February 28, 2018 0

Eat Good and Eat Fast on the Trail

Whether you are traveling around the country in  your RV or heading out into the wilderness, when you get hungry you want foods that can cook fast, and are actually tasty. Two new foods have hit the market that we think are the bomb for both the traveler and the backpacker.

For years now Idahoan has given us a wide variety of instant potatoes. We have all used them to make a quick side dish of potatoes by boiling water and whisking the powdered mix, adding some butter or sour cream, and BOOM, we have potatoes. They are very popular on the trail when many hikers are looking for starch and carbs to fill their stomachs after a long day. They are also used as a great traveling companion when looking to create a quick side dish along with dinner. They are light, compact, and very easy to cook.

So when we saw Idahoan put two new products on the market we needed to test these out in the field.

Idahoan Hash Browns 3 oz At only 3 oz, this bag can be divided into 2 parts and make 2 servings. (for 2 people) You only have to heat 1 Cup of water, let is soak for 8-10 minutes, then pan fry which is optional.

TIP: Recycle an old Freeze Dried Mountain House Bag. Keep these around so you can pour the hot water into these bags. That way you can keep the other half in the original bag. You can fry up the hash browns to get them golden brown but this is OPTIONAL. Of course Ariane and I fry them up with some Olive Oil that we pick up at our local Chic Filet.

Idahoan Premium Steakhouse Creamy Potato SoupThe Idahoan Steakhouse Soups are amazing. Finally a good soup that is can be re hydrated and actually has taste. At 6.6 oz these also can be split in two or three, (it makes a lot of soup) and be used as multiple meals.

TIP: Once again, save your freeze dried bags. These can be used to pour the contents of the Idahoan Soup into and then pour your hot water in. Eat right out of the bag and NOT your cooking pot. Saves you from doing dishes. Of course if you are traveling around in your RV dirty that dish and sit back and enjoy a great tasting soup that takes minutes to make.

Both products are very pack-able and lightweight and very very affordable. The Hash Browns you can buy for a dollar each and the soup can be found for around six bucks if you shop around.

The whole idea is to look for foods which you LIKE! But are also fast, lightweight and pack-able. Try these out and let us know what you think? We would love to hear from you.

 

Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane February 22, 2018 0

Episode 46: Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

On this episode we share with you one of the most dangerous trails in America – The Kalalau Trail, an 11 mile one-one hike that takes you along the rugged Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Though despite all of this, it was the defining confidence I gained in having to make tough calls when Mother Nature’s boundaries were no match for me and over COMING fears when facing questionable footing.

The Kalalah Trail will without doubt remain one of my more empowering hikes to date.

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • I was in no way prepared for the INSANE BEAUTY this trail
  • flash floods, terrain is muddy slippery and dangerous in wet conditions
  • When bathing under a Waterfall always look over your shoulder
  • Do your homework on this trail

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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Scott and Ariane February 21, 2018 0

The Adventure is in the Journey

In a world of Instagram and other Social Media platforms, we often see the best of the best when it comes to “Adventure”. No matter if it’s a epic backpacking trip, or a road trip across the U.S. or even living in a camper van and doing what you love. We all get fixed on the fact that “they are living the life”. But is it what you think?

It wasn’t until I was half way done with my 2003 Appalachian Trail thru-hike did I realize that the adventure started long before I set one foot on the trail itself. I remembered how hard it was to actually get ON the trail. All the research and gear testing (in the rain by the way). All the doubt about actually being out there and living in the woods for five in a  half months. Quitting my job, packing, finding storage, selling my car, finances. I mean, if it were all really easy to plan for a extended backpacking trip, there would be multitudes of multitudes living on the Appalachian Trail and hiking 2000 miles. The fact is: It was freaking hard. 

My Adventure started the day I made the decision to hike it. Plain and simple. I so much appreciate the “hard” in planning and getting on the trail. Back in 2003, there was no Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, there was barely Cell Service, yet we all hiked anyway. No fame, no endorsements, no video production team. We did it, because it was hard.

We feel the same now as we enter into a new journey. The complete renovation of our 1976 Airstream Argosy. In the same way as a long distance hike, we still feel trepidation in our planning because of what we don’t know.  AND just like learning how to live on the trail for months, this journey also has a huge learning curve.

Along with the journey however is the adventure. When we look back now on our renovation process and see how far we have come, we also take time to think back about how much we have learned and laugh about our mistakes.

One time on my Thru-Hike, I thought I hiking with a rain poncho would be easy. I was wrong.

One time while renovating our Argosy, I thought removing 40 year subfloor would be easy. I was wrong.

Would I trade those learning experiences for something easier? NO WAY. This is our adventure. It’s the hard in everything that takes to chase your dream and live it, that’s you have to remember. It’s easy to quit.

Next time you see a beautiful Instagram pic, or a Facebook Post, or a great YouTube vid showing living a minimal life. Just remember, it was the hard that got them there. The adventure isn’t what you are seeing, the adventure is in what happened before the pic, the post, or the vid.

Trust the Trail Podcast
TheBackPacker February 15, 2018 0

Episode 45: Is Less Really More?

On this Episode, we compare 2 trends growing in popularity = lightweight backpacking and minimalist living – AND do the two truly parallel each other. So, we ask – is less really more? In recent years the nomadic life has become a socially appealing trend and for some, a generally acceptable lifestyle to explore.

As lightweight backpackers we HAD to ask ourselves are we lightweight living? And we think the answer is YEAH, we are. Though it wasn’t always that way for us.

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • Does Life Parallel the trail?
  • How does lightweight backpacking equate to a lightweight lifestyle?
  • Trusting the Trail is always a new experience
  • Getting rid of a 1974 ash tray.

Huge thank you! It’s because of people like you that inspire us to keep podcasting our passion. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, We’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (each one counts and we are super grateful).

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