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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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Scott and Ariane February 8, 2018 0

Episode 44: Embrace the Suck

On this episode we discuss “Embrace the Suck” and how that relates to the outdoors. Mother Nature doesn’t always care about your weekend plans, and She certainly doesn’t take note to all the planning, costs and coordination involved in those plans. When the majority of us hermit inside as inclement weather hits, we challenge you to think differently.

These are the time that is actually best to just get up and go! Sometimes you have to simply – and genuinely – embrace the suck to appreciate the one thing you cherish so deeply. The Great Outdoors.

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • Embracing the suck while lost in the Wilderness
  • Embracing the suck on Scott’s 2003 AT Thru-Hike
  • Embracing the suck when Mother Nature doesn’t care about your weekend plans

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

 

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Scott and Ariane February 1, 2018 0

Episode 43: A Toast to the FullMoon

This is one outdoor Podcast you don’t want to miss. On this episode we sit under the Super Blood FullMoon with our friends on a LIVE discussion about the outdoors. We raise a glass of champagne to celebrate the Full Moon and share laughs and stories. This is what the outdoors is all about, sharing experiences and adventures with people that inspire and motivate us. Here is to the first Full Moon of 2018 and here is to a great year. (clink)

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • We introduce our friends all under the Full Moon
  • Ina shares her hiking trails and her South Carolina roots
  • Claudette shares her camping adventure
  • Steve shares his “Mr Gadget” persona
  • Jim shares the story of the Oreal Cookie Serial Killer? What?

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

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Scott and Ariane January 18, 2018 0

Episode 42: Taste of the Trail

Many times eating in the backcountry can get mundane with the same ol foods. On this episode we share some of our favorite recipes we have cooked (many times) on the trail. We give you some great tips on what to buy, where to buy, and how to cook it.  Never underestimate just how creative you can get eating the foods you like. They are all found (usually) at your local grocery store.

What we discuss on this Podcast:

  • Bacon! do we need to say anything more?
  • What is Scott’s favorite cooking pot
  • Cooking an entire Thanksgiving Day meal on a Pocket Rocket
  • How to make Blueberry Pie after you pick Blueberries.

BREAKFAST:
biscuits and gravy – biscuits packed frozen, packaged gravy
bagel bacon cream cheese
french toast – powdered eggs mixed in bag, texas toast bread absorbed in baggie, fry in skillet

DINNER:
jubalaya – precooked sausage and mini shrimp
full thanksgiving meal on a pocket rocket – mashed potatoes, powder pack of gravy, indv frozen bags corn , sliced ham, dried cranberries
pizza
coscous mushroom a peas – spices *crushed red pepper and lemon etc

AND TO TOP OFF FOR DESSERT:
blueberry pie – hand picked blueberries/blackberries, keebler mini pie crusts, carnation instant milk, powdered whip cream (no follow rec)

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

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Scott and Ariane January 11, 2018 0

Episode 41: Barefoot Backpacking Bliss or Bust

On this episode we share what it was like when we backpacked 12 miles barefoot. Where we went, and how it felt. Hiking barefoot connects you to the trail in a whole new way and gives you a whole new perspective on just what you are missing when wearing shoes, or boots.  We kept an open mind about it, and what we learned may surprise you. Would we do it again? Find out.

Things we talk about

  • Would we ever do it again?
  • How does hiking in barefeet change the trail?
  • Mud = Sanctuary

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

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Scott and Ariane January 4, 2018 2

Episode 40: Trail Blunders Are Real

It doesn’t always come out the way you thought it would. Whether it’s life or the trail. Sometimes things just go wrong. On this episode we have a laugh at our own expense as we list our top 10 Trail Blunders of all time. We did this episode LIVE on Periscope and we had a small technical glitch and we had to do our intro again. But the LIVE version is up and you can watch the replay.

Some things we talk about in this episode:

  • How can we NOT find a 50 mile hole in the ground?
  • Never tarp on a Beach
  • Pouring Rain makes a towel very heavy
  • How many flat tires did we have on one road?
  • Save the Ham!

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

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Scott and Ariane December 28, 2017 0

Episode 39: The Tale of Two Trails Interview with Leigh Rothermel

We interview Leigh Rothermel (shortstack) from Mountain Crossings of what it took to Thru-Hike 2 of the longest national trails in the Country. The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Leigh highlights exactly what it took her to spend nearly a year of her life on the trail and what both trails taught her about the outdoors, and life.

Some things we talk about in this episode:

Thru-Hiking is definitely a lifestyle change

The reason she tackled the Appalachian Trail and her perspective

Leigh’s experience on the Pacific Crest Trail

How she went from being afraid, to trusting the trail

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Please help support us on Patreon so we can keep up the weekly Podcast’s. We promise you won’t be disappointing

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Scott and Ariane December 21, 2017 0

Episode 38: Hiking with Heat Miser VS Snow Miser

Our Holiday Podcast is all about some fun. Driving in the car the other day we debated who we would rather go hiking with. Heat Miser or Snow Miser from the animated show “The Year Without Christmas”.  We laughed so hard we wanted to do a Podcast about it. So with some Egg Nog and Rum, we share our craziness with you. There is a little buzz during the recording. We totally apologize for that. Damn battery charger

Some things we talk about in this episode:

  • Who would you rather spend the weekend with?
  • Does Heat Miser where a Hat?
  • Snow Miser may give you the “Cold” shoulder
  • Heat Miser maybe a “Hot” head
  • The reveal – Who is the number 1 Outdoors man?

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages. We had a blast doing this podcast.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

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Scott and Ariane December 14, 2017 0

Episode 37: Baby It’s Cold Outside

One of our favorite things to do is to go hiking in the Winter Snow. Well, we sure did get our wish this winter in Northern Georgia. On this episode we try and inspire and motivate you to get outdoors in the Winter and see it in a different perspective. We give you 5 tips on why you need to get your boots on and get a little cold.

Some things we talk about in this episode: 

5 tips on how to enjoy a winter hike
How see Winter in a different perspective
How to stay warm in your tent while winter camping

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one?

Thanks!

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Scott and Ariane December 7, 2017 0

Episode 36: Lightening the Load

On this episode we discuss getting rid of the stuff, and trusting the trail. No matter what “the trail” means to you. Less is more! We openly share what our lives have been like since we have purged all of our junk. How does that relate to our lifestyle of backpacking trails and exploring.

A few things we talk about in this episode:

  • As outdoor guides we talk about the value of Less is More
  • The parallel to real life and the trail
  • We DO NOT miss the stuff that were acting as anchors in our lives
  • Living in a 180 square feet and living minimalistic
  • Wants VS Needs
  • Defining what lightweight is and how it changes over the years

Thanks for listening! We absolutely love connecting with our community and appreciate all the e-mails and messages.

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one ? Thanks!

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Scott and Ariane December 2, 2017 0

Episode 35: Prepping for the Appalachian Trail

On this episode we share our experience with how we inspire and motivate potential Thru-Hikers  prepping for the Appalachian Trail. We partnered with Mountain Crossings Outfitters and are offering 4 AT Prep Classes taught right on the Appalachian Trail.

A few things we talk about in this episode:

  • Expectations of the Trail – Fantasy VS Reality:  Are your expectations real? How much does Social Media play into the fantasy of the trail? It’s not what your seeing on YouTube, it’s what your NOT seeing.
  • Solo VS Social – We read a letter from one of our listeners from Sydney Australia that expresses concerns with the crowds and culture of the AT
  • Overcoming rough days on the AT – It’s real out there folks
  • Gear Talk- When to stop looking for the best gear, and get the right gear.

For more info on our AT Prep Class you are just one CLICK AWAY.

Thanks for Listening!

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).

To leave a review, click here and then go to “ratings and reviews”. It takes one minute and we read every one ? Thanks!

Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane October 12, 2017 0

Episode 34: Chasing Fall

Ever have a spontaneous idea to take a road trip that takes you through 5 states and over 2,000 miles? We did. On this episode we share are amazing road trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see the peak colors of Fall. Over 90% of our road trip were spend outdoors as we camped at various campground throughout the 5 states. Not to mention taking time to teach a Backpacking Basics Class with the Peoria Backpackers.  We arrived in Munising, Michigan where we got picked up by shuttle and hiked the beautiful Lakeshore Trail that is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. It’s a 42 mile trail that spans sand dunes, forest, and cliffs.

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Scott and Ariane September 22, 2017 0

Episode 33: The Trail Down Below

On this episode we are talking about the trails that run deep below the surface, we are talking caving. Ariane is an avid caver, and there is no way we could get away WITHOUT doing a podcast about the trails that traverse underground. Talk about Trust the Trail….We also discuss Ariane taking me on my first caving expedition while holding a few details back and how I had to face my fear.

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Scott and Ariane September 13, 2017 0

episode 32: 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail

What’s it like to test yourself? To hike 300 miles of uphill, downhill, in the rain, fog, and wind? This is my journey of my backpacking trek on the Appalachian Trail.  The truth about social versus solo. What’s the emotional toll that you feel when you wanna quit?  I certainly didn’t expect winds gusting up to 70 mph on my hike, but then again it was my favorite day.  What is the reality versus what you see on social media? The truth exposed!!!!

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Scott and Ariane September 7, 2017 0

Episode 31: You Inspire US

On this episode we share with you the people that have inspired us throughout the years. In the 10 years we have been taking people outdoors we have been so inspired by how they overcame their fear of the outdoors.  People that had never dared to go outdoors and spend the night, let alone going solo on a backpacking trip. They share their notes, txt’s, and messages with us…In return, they inspire US.

Scott and Ariane September 4, 2017 0

How I infected myself with the Norovirus

It makes no difference whether you are traveling, backpacking, playing sports, or just living your everyday life. The Norovirus is something you do NOT want to get. Yet, thousands each year become infected.

When I was asked (Ariane writing here) to take part in a Norovirus Research Study, I jumped at the chance. Yea, I laugh just thinking about my enthusiasm. (what’s wrong with me)?  As an Outdoor Guide and after hiking 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail this year, I witnessed myself how brutal getting sick outdoors really is. At least 5 people I was hiking with dropped off the trail because of the Norovirus.  The bunkhouse I stayed in had to completely bleach everything because staff members were going down.

After spending 5 days in the hospital and logging every single “issue” I had while infected. It’s important to share what I learned to our outdoor friends. People I know that are planning a Long Distance Hike on the AT, or traveling across the country in their RV (as we are getting ready to do) We felt obligated to put together a PDF file that you can keep with you on your smart phone and reference it. Or at least think about how exposed you can be while out there.

How to prevent getting the Norovirus when you spend time in the outdoors is only the first step. Understanding how it spreads is crucial.

The most common cause of acute gastroenteritis and food borne disease outbreaks in the United States, norovirus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is responsible for 19-20 million illnesses, leads to 1.7–1.9 million outpatient visits and 400,000 emergency department visits, primarily in young children, and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths annually in America.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can be contracted from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. -CDC

The virus causes acute inflammation of the stomach and intestines leading to abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which usually last 1-3 days. Patients can also remain contagious for up to 3 days after the acute symptoms resolve.

I was genuinely surprised at the abrasive hastiness in which the virus appeared, perhaps I thinking it would have been a more gradual introduction of discomfort, slowing introducing it’s fowl play. – Ariane Petrucci

 

NOTES I took at the Hospital: Approximately every ten to fifteen minutes I’d have to remind myself to cite a promise “no regrets”: 10:48 – 11:36 – 1:09 – 1:11 – 2:12 – 2:25 – 2:32 – 2:44 – 2:56 – 2:59 – 3:17 – 3:40 – 3:56 – 4:15 – 4:46 – 4:49 – 5:25 – 6:13 – and finally tapering of at a final clocking of 8:05pm. At its pinnacle, I only had to endured less than seven hours of unspeakable hell before flipping the mend.

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Ariane Petrucci May 25, 2017 0

Episode 29: Routine on the Trail – Helpful or Harmful?

On this episode Ariane shares her experience as she is trekking through the Appalachian Trail.  Is establishing a routine everyday helpful or harmful to your hiking experience? After all, we are out on the trail to get away from it all right? But is sure does seem like I am going to work everyday.

Everyday is the same. Wake up, drink coffee, eat, pack up, hike. Funny how quickly though, THAT routine becomes a habit. A very secure habit I might add. When a circumstance becomes “different”, it’s kind of weird that my routine becomes interrupted.  I found that my 0 days often did that.

Of course, my routine of hiking became so normal. Talking with other hikers, listening to the sounds of nature, became very routine to me. So in that aspect, it was very beneficial. Some advise I received before hitting the trail was:

Establish a routine as soon as you can

Establishing a routine at camp was very helpful. How you get ready for night. Making sure everything is secure, hanging your food bag, getting your sleeping bag fluffed up.

I think the best routine I got into was having a flexible plan. There are many time that I didn’t get to go or camp where I wanted. But that turned out to be ok. The Trail will put you exactly where you need to be. That is why Trusting the Trail is so beneficial to my hiking experience.

Check out Ariane’s Gear List. She is averaging  27 lbs pack weight with food and water.

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Ariane Petrucci April 27, 2017 0

Episode 28: Making decisions on the Appalachian Trail

Episode 28 takes Ariane all the way to day 8 on the Appalachian Trail. As she’s treking on the trail, she is sharing her thoughts and wonderment. She say’s “My lungs have finally caught up with me”. She also shares what it’s like to make decisions while backpacking on the AT and how important they are. What do your instincts tell you? If you see a sketchy campsite should you stay there? What’s it like backpacking in a thunderstorm and being soaked to the bone.

As this podcast get’s uploaded, Ariane  has completed the first 100 miles. It’s been rainy, and yet beautiful at the same time.

Check out Ariane’s Gear List. She is averaging  27 lbs pack weight with food and water.

Want talk LIVE with her and ask a question? Find out how.