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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.

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

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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.

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Scott and Ariane April 20, 2017 0

Episode 27: Solo on Springer

On this episode Ariane goes Solo….on a 300 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail and she’s taking you with. Ariane will be backpacking through 3 states and hiking on up some of the toughest mountains in the Southeast. Including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This first episode shares with you, Ariane watching the Sunset on Springer Mountain (the southern terminus of the AT).  How the first day went and her feelings what her experience is.  On day 3 she shares her experience being at the Justus Creek campsites by herself.

Check out Ariane’s Gear List and see how she got her total pack weight (with food and water) down to 25.6 pounds.

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

Thanks for listening. We hope you continue with her on the journey.

 

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Scott and Ariane April 13, 2017 0

Episode 26: Expectations of the Trail

On this episode we discuss what exceptions are of a long distance hike. We also reveal which one of us (Scott or Ariane) starts their 300 mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail. How much weight does “Social Media” add to your total pack weight? You would be surprised.

Ariane has a new piece of gear she is testing in her quest to go super lightweight. It’s the Hyperlite Southwest 3400. Here is her complete Gear List. Her total pack weight with water and food, 25.8.

Have you had expectations of a long distance hike? Were they met? We would love to hear from you. Also how much does your pack weigh?

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Scott and Ariane April 6, 2017 0

Your Park Needs You!

On our 25th Podcast we our LIVE on the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Our 2 night, 3 day backpacking trip on the island was absolutely awesome.One of our favorite places to go and see some amazing sunrises and sunsets. We also interview Laura who is the head Caretaker of the Island, and who by the way hands out your backcountry permits. She explains the need for Volunteers and how the “Park Needs You”. She is so passionate about what she does it’s infectious. We really loved meeting her and so grateful that she came over to talk to us.

What makes it so cool is that most people don’t backpack into the Wilderness section of the island which gives you access to the beach. Beach? Yea, it’s an Island and you could possibly have the whole beach to yourselves.

The one thing you should know is that permits have to be made well in advance, and before you get one, you will have to take a quick Leave No Trace awareness class before the Caretaker will hand one out.

To get to Cumberland Island you have to take the St. Mary’s Ferry which departs from St. Mary’s. It’s a smooth ride to the Island and you maybe able to catch a view of a Dolphin playing around the Ferry. You HAVE to make reservations and secure permits  however.

We really enjoyed this backpacking trip and bringing this podcast to you. Please let us know what podcast’s you would like to hear in the future, or just say hello. We love hearing from you guys.

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Scott and Ariane April 4, 2017 0

Episode 24: See Ya Later Alligator

On this episode we share our 3 day, 2 night paddle in one of the most unique places in the Southeast. The Okefenokee National Refuge Area. In other words, a swamp in the wilderness.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an impressively vast expanse of wilderness swamplands covering approximately 700 square miles, located within the southeast corner of Georgia.

The Okefenokee is crisscrossed by over 120 miles of paddle and motor boat water trails. It is a major destination for wetlands, nature lovers and paddlers alike. The swamp has a distinctive and fascinating natural history. Okefenokee means “land of the trembling earth” in Choctaw Indian language, a reference to the quivering ground of boggy areas. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was officially established in 1937 to preserve one of America’s oldest freshwater systems, an important habitat for an abundance of plants and animals that live in its 400,000 acres.

Through our guiding company, Full  Moon Adventures, we took our guests on a 3 day paddle in some of the most remote places on the swamp. You can view our video on our YouTube Channel.

We saw almost 300 Alligators.

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Scott and Ariane March 16, 2017 0

Episode 23: Getting Personal with your First Aid Kit

On this episode we discuss what happens if you get the Flu on the Trail? We all prepare our first aid kits for cuts, burns and blisters. But are we really personalizing our first aid kit based on our needs.

You would be surprised at how many people get sick on the AT due to the spreading of germs. In fact, Appalachian Trail hikers had a 45 percent diarrhea rate, implying that poor hygiene is a major contributing factor. How to prevent getting sick is to make sure your First Aid Kit has the some basic medications and ALCOHOL WIPES to keep your hands clean.

Ariane has gotten the Flu while backpacking and she explains how hard it is to hike out when you get sick. Some basic medications, like benadryl, tylenol, Mucinex, and Diarrhea tablets can help you when you feel like you maybe getting sick on the Trail.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to make sure your hands are always clean. Bear cables are filled with germs, wipe your hands off after using them. Prevention is the key.

Have you ever gotten the flu on the Trail? What’s in your First Aid Kit. Let us know, and share your knowledge with others. We love to hear from our hiking community.

 

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Scott and Ariane February 9, 2017 0

Episode 22: Sleep At Your Own Risk

What is your favorite National Park? Our’s is Isle Royale National Park.  On this episode we are going to share one of our favorite backpacking adventure trips. Where to go, and how to get there. You maybe suprised to hear it’s on an Island and in Michigan. Then give you 2 tips on the best way to travel with your backpack. Lastly we share one of our subscribers e-mail question

As guides for Full Moon Adventures, every year we get a chance to travel to Isle Royale National Park. It’s an Island that is 45 miles long and only 9 miles wide. It’s actually a part the State of Michigan.

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Scott and Ariane February 2, 2017 0

Episode 21: Hikers Midnight

On this episode we come to you right from the Appalachian Trail itself tucked, in our sleeping bags.  Backpacking on the AT offers so much excitement and beauty. Especially hiking in the Winter. Much better views, less people, and often more stars. However, the sun goes down rather fast and quickly becomes pretty chilly. That leaves you with getting in your bag often by 8:00 pm with nothing to do. We call this, Hikers Midnight.

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Scott and Ariane January 26, 2017 0

Episode 20: Top 10 Suggestions for New Backpackers

This episode was from our LIVE show on our Facebook page. We thought it had good value and wanted to convert it  into our weekly podcast. Our Top 10 Suggestions for New Backpackers was a lot of fun.

Here they are:

  1. Plan and Prepare
  2. Fit your Pack to your Torso (in other words, don’t borrow your backpack)
  3. Learn how to Pack  your Pack
  4. Test your before you go
  5. Know how to filter your water and what system you are going to use
  6. Practice hanging a Food Bag or Bear Bag
  7. Treat your feet before they become blisters
  8. Reduce your weight with a little meditation BEFORE you pack
  9. Clean your Gear
  10. Trust the Trail

Do you have any suggestions for new backpackers? Share them with us. You’re never too old to learn. 🙂

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Scott and Ariane January 19, 2017 0

Episode 19: Backpacking South Africa – Interview with Robin League

On this episode we sit down with Robin League and discuss what backpacking in South Africa is like. Most people know what “backpacking” in the US is. But in different countries around the world, the word “backpacking” is or can be a little different.

Our guest Robin League spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Swaziland Africa. She often went backpacking from Hostel to Hostel on the Wild Coast of South Africa.  How is backpacking on the Wild Coast different than backpacking in the US National Forest’s? Robin gives us the low down on what it’s like and what to expect.

We also discuss the different water treatment systems and what to expect when driving around South Africa. You would be surprised to find out what taking Public Transportation is like.

We also give you a few tips and how to’s if you ever travel to South Africa and want to go backpacking on the Wild Coast.

This podcast was a lot of fun. Robin is a good friend of ours and has gone backpacking with us in the US. Have you ever gone backpacking in another Country? Let us know where and what your experience was like.

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Scott and Ariane January 12, 2017 0

Episode 18: Technology on Trial

On this episode we are going to discuss use of technology and is it useful on the trail? Do you need it, and how do you use it? We’ll also do a Throwback Thursday and look back as to what was used to communicate while on a Thru-Hike all but 15 years ago. Wow! Has it been that long?

Can you effectively use technology without it disengaging you from your outdoor experience? We find it goes both ways. Yes, it can be beneficial to bring a little tech out into the Wilderness, but it can also be aggravating as hell when you find cell service.

What’s your opinion? If you bring your cell phone on the trail, what do you use it for?

#throwbackthursday Do you remember the Pocketmail device? – Back in my day (Wow, never thought I would say that) there was no cell phones on the trail on a large extent. It was a huge debate to bring or not to bring.

Wireless mobile data is extremely expensive or entirely unavailable, high speed broadband just a dream. Pocketmail was a PDA type device which featured an acoustic coupler modem which you could slap onto a phone after dialing a number and download/upload e-mails over the phone. The PDA itself had memory internally to store e-mails awaiting transmission, and ran off two AA batteries.

We had a blast doing this podcast. Share your stories with us and let us know how you feel about technology on the trail.

Thanks for listening.

 

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Scott and Ariane January 5, 2017 0

Episode 17: Cavity for 2 Please – Backcountry Treats

This was one of our favorite shows that we’v done. Why? We are talking tasty deserts that are easy to make on the trail. We also review Backcountry Pantry Foods, which in our opinion,  makes some pretty good deserts.

Have you ever been on the trail and run into a bunch of Blueberries? Well, we always stop and pick ourselves some so we can make a Blueberry Pie desert. Yes, that is possible. Below we share our recipe.

Here are some of our  favorite desert mixes we bring on the trail.

Jell-O Simply Good Banana Mix. It comes in a small 3.4 oz bag and is really good. It packs well, and if buy Carnation Instant Milk mix, you only need 2 cups of instant milk and you have a very lightweight desert.  In fact, most of the deserts we mention work much better with Instant Milk.  9.6 oz of Carnation Instant Milk can make 4 cups. You normally only need 2 cups with all of these desert mixes which gives you a nice cup of Hot Chocolate with the other 2 cups.

We also really like the Backpantry Desert line.  They are a bit expensive, but the bags they come in our re-usable. Our favorite is the Creme Brulee that comes with little sprinkles in a separate bag that make this desert really good.

Our Blueberry Pie Recipe:

Buy some Keebler Mini Pie Crust’s. They come in a package of 6. They are very lightwieght and have never broken while in our packs. Bring a couple sheets of tin foil with you. After you pick your Blueberries, put them in the tinfoil and put them next to your campfire. Not directly in the fire, but next.  While your blueberries are cooking. (Usually 10 minutes is all you need to cook them for) Mix your Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix. This is a bit tricky because you will have to experiment a little. We opted NOT to follow the directions and use less instant milk.

Mix whipped topping mix, and already mixed instant milk in a small Tupperware bowl. Mix for 4 minutes or until topping thickens and forms peaks.  Makes 2 cups.

You should bring a small piece of Tupperware to mix all you deserts in and it makes a great piece of gear to store stuff in also.

After your blueberries are hot, put them in your mini pie crust. Then pour your Whipped Cream on your pie.

Try it! Let us know how it went?  Do you have a favorite desert that you love to eat in the backcountry? Share it! Nothing like a sweet tooth craving out on the trail, right?