On this episode we reflect on 2016 and the leap into mobile living. We also share our 2017 hopes, trips and going on the road with our 1976 Airstream.
2016 was kind of a rough year. We had a lot of obstacles that through us for a loop. We never in our wildest dreams thought Lucy would come into our lives. Our 1976 Airstream Argosy that we decided to buy and renovate. Oh, boy was that a big undertaking. Not too mention 2016 just kind of sucked.
We also continued to try and grow our guiding business Full Moon Adventures which we decided to scale back and focus on a much more intimate experiences for our customers and students.
Then of course re-branding TheBackapckerTV. Since 2009 this site has been video focused specializing in other videographers content. This year however, we decided to put our years of experience and be a more of a “teaching” site with focus on learning the amazing world of the outdoors and backpacking.
So, how was your 2016? Do you have any plans or trips you are going on in 2017? Let us know and we’ll share them on our Podcast.
Have a great 2017. Get outdoors. Even better yet, come backpacking with us. Always looking to meet new friends.
Happy New Year!
On this episode we are going to share two of our favorite places to backpack to for the Holiday’s. It’s our personal trail traditions that we embark on every year. Swan Cabin and Donley Cabin are both located in foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Both of these cabins you can Backpack to…remote! Both have no electricity or running water and both have outhouses and steeped in History as they are about 100+ years old. Which is why we love it so much.
Joyce Kilmer – acquired some fame as a journalist, serving on the staff of the New York Times from 1913 to 1918, but most people remember him as the author of the poem “Trees” (“I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree”). He died in action in World War I. The 3,800 acres of North Carolina’s Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest–perhaps the single most impressive growth of eastern virgin forest in the United States, with many trees hundreds of years old. Swan Cabin Is over 5,000 feet and was Built in 1931 by Frank Swan, this rental has absolutely no modern facilities. The cabin was the former home to district rangers for a number of years before entering service as a rustic lodge for travelers seeking solitude.
Donley Cabin – Jack Donley was trying to evade serving in the Confederate Army, so he constructed a small cabin deep in the mountains of southeast Tennessee. Like many Southern mountaineers during the 19th century, he squatted on property that suited him, built a dwelling and grew corn and other crops.
Sometime after the War, Donley moved to Montana where he met and married an Indian woman. He later moved back to the upper Tellico River area with his bride. Donley died in the 1940’s, asking in his final days to “be carried back across the river” to his old homestead. He is buried in the Coppinger Cemetery in Tellico Plains.
In 1916, 50,000 acres in the North Bald and Tellico River drainage’s were purchased by the Babcock Lumber Company and aggressively logged for several years. Seven years later, this entire acreage, including Donley’s log cabin, was purchased by the Forest Service. During most of the 20th century, a family was permitted to use the cabin as a summer residence and apiary for producing honey.
Have a special “back in time” place you backpack to? Share with us!
On episode 14 of Trust the Trail, we are going to share and explain how to overcome your fear of backpacking solo. Then give you 9 tips you can use to help overcome YOUR fear. Lastly we share one of our subscribers e-mail question.
Where does the real fear come from that stops you from going out in nature alone? It’s control of course. People are usually fearful when they can’t control their environment. The reality of course, is that none of us are in control of our environment. If you spell out FEAR it’s False Evidence Appearing Real. So, stop being afraid of Big Foot, they haven’t proven it yet. 🙂
Ariane and Scott share what their fear is
Ariane shares how she managed her fear backpacking solo on one of the toughest trails in the Country
Scott describes how not to let your fear take over your thoughts.
Do you have a fear out in the wilderness? Post in comments and let’s start the discussion.
Episode 13 is part of our BackpackerTV Facebook Live show. In this episode I share how backpacking altered my life. Backpacking found me, over and over again – though I didn’t embrace it as a lifestyle at first it finally stuck! Now addicted to the sport of backpacking, I share how the culture of that lifestyle simplifies life and encourage you to explore the benefits for yourself.
Enjoy this episode, a rare solo show without my better half! May it find you inspired and encourage you to seek your balance in life…
See you on the Trail!
In this 12th episode we share our feelings, thoughts, and prayers to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg, TN.
The wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg, TN on Monday will go down in the history books for sure. There was devastating loss, and brought tears to so many people that have visited the Park, and the neighboring town of Gatlinburg, and Pigon Forge.
As it seems so devastating, there is also hope that our hiking community will remember what has been given so freely to them for years. The true beauty of the GSMNP, the Rangers, and the town’s people of Gatlinburg. In this podcast we share how to help and where to bring clothes and supplies to those who have been displaced out of their homes.
Red Cross information give and how to donate just 10 bucks to help….the FireFighters!
Ariane shares her experience with the Fireflies and the magical Mt. LeConte experience
Scott shares his first experience in Gatlinburg as a Appalachian Thru-Hiker….”dinner is on us”.
Below is how you can help:
The Gatlinburg Relief Fund has been established at SmartBank. Donations can be dropped off at any location or mailed to:
Gatlinburg Relief Fund
P.O. Box 1910
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
Call 865-453-2650 for more information.
The organization is accepting donations at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 at 3229 Rena Street in Pigeon Forge and New
Hope Church of God in Kodak:
2450 Winfield Dunn Pkwy
Open from 8 to 8
The Red Cross is not looking for untrained volunteers, but is accepting monetary donations. People can make a $10 donation by
texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.
Red Cross workers have served more than 10,000 meals and snacks to wildfire evacuees at shelters in the Galinburg and Pigeon Forge area as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Red Cross has served nearly 1,000 meals to firefighters battling the fires.
In this podcast we share 5 important tips on what you should know before backpacking down into the Grand Canyon. People often make mistakes when underestimating just how hard the hike will be. Especially if you are backpacking to the Colorado River.
First: Always refer to the Grand Canyon NPS site for info and permits before you go. Plan and Prepare is the key. It’s your responsibility to make sure you understand everything that there is to know about the Grand Canyon before you assume anything.
Second: Just because you are going with a guided service, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your due diligence.
Ariane talks about how small you become when you are in the Grand Canyon
Scott & Ariane explains what caching your water means and why
1 mile per hour is about average
Surprise Valley…it’s a surprise
If you have stories about your Grand Canyon adventure or have any questions, please post them here. We would love to hear from you.
Apologies for some parts of the audio on this podcast. There are a few spots where you will hear a buzzing sound that last for a few minutes. We are working on a solution so we can bring you a quality show. However, please enjoy the content of this podcast. This podcast is all about Winter Backpacking and a look inside of our own packs. We also talk about the 3 layering system plus we add a layer of our own.
Winter backpacking is a beautiful time of the year where you can really see the mountain views. However, it’s important that you bring the right clothing and the right sleeping bag. We talk about which is right for you.
Scott & Ariane share what to look for in Winter Sleeping Bag
The 3 layering system explained
Don’t leave the house without your beanie
Scott & Ariane leave you with 2 great tips on how to stay warm at night
Thanks for listening. Have a question? Ask us in the comments below, we love hearing from you. Also, if you have particular gear that you bring on a winter backpacking trip, post it! Us backpackers love talking gear.
In Episode 9, Scott and Ariane discuss the Top 3 Letters that all who love the outdoors need to know. LNT or Leave No Trace and the 7 principals that guide all who participate in Nature and how to be good stewards of it.
Leave No Trace is probably the most overlooked set of principals that outdoor enthusiasts make. Backpackers, Day Hikers, Climbers, or anyone that loves the outdoors need to at least take the awareness course that teaches the 7 principals so we can all leave the backcountry exactly the way we find it. Why? Listen to our Podcast and find out.
There is a reason Plan and Prepare is the first principal
Scott and Ariane discuss Poop…What?
Please don’t feed the Bears
Scott get’s passionate about burning garbage in campfires
Ariane suggest reading material for your….private moments
Have a Leave No Trace story? Post it here and we will respond. We love hearing from our listeners.
In Episode 8: Scott and Ariane share why their podcast is called Trust the Trail. When things go wrong in the wilderness why trusting nature is to your benefit. More importantly, trusting that the trail will give you everything that you are looking for when backpacking and more.
Also, a huge thank to our listeners. We really appreciate all the support and e-mails. Keep them coming.
Ariane forgets tent poles, Oh Oh!
Scott ask’s the universe for a 3 Musketeer’s Bar…and get’s one
Do more with less
The Trail provides if you have a good mental attitude
Have a trail story? Leave a comment and let us know. In the meantime, Trust the Trail.
The thought of backpacking in the rain usually keeps most people home on a weekend. But on this episode, Scott and Ariane talk about the beauty and scents that only the wilderness can provide when it’s pouring outside. “The wilderness comes alive”
They discuss the difference between Breathable and Non-Breathable rain jackets, and how you can multi-purpose your rain gear. Are rain Poncho’s the best piece of rain gear?
Ariane loves to hike in the rain
“New people ask “what if it rains”?
Scott say’s “water is good, put your pot in the rain and collect rain water”
Chasing down your Poncho on the trail in a thunderstorm isn’t fun
If you are new to backpacking then this episode is a must. This Podcast is from their NEW LIVE SHOW on the BackpackerTV Facebook Page. Starting next week every Thursday at 11:00 AM EST.
In this episode Scott and Ariane talk to Casey Rheaume who’s backpacking adventure started out with just some small steps on the trail. Casey shares how she started with just a desire to learn a little about the outdoors and to keep pushing herself a little at a time. Car camping was first, then some Snowshoeing, then it was a Backpacking Adventure of a lifetime.
As a first time backpacker, Casey also explains how important it was to go with people who could help her learn the right way, but also let’s her make mistakes also.
Scott and Ariane discuss how important it is to let new backpackers learn from others at the same time.
The Buckland Trail don’t play
Snowshoeing is hard
Inner Ear Infection makes sleeping in a cave difficult
Casey gives Scott a “List”. (Scott feels pressure)
Let us know your First Backpacking Story in the comments below. We love to hear first timers experience. Also, sign up for our Mailing List so we can get you up on the latest videos, stories and upcoming trips.
In this episode, Scott and Ariane discuss what to look for when choosing a tent or other shelter. They also chat about different shelter systems like, Hammocks and Tarps, and what is best for you.
Choosing the right shelter can be tricky, since there are so many too choose from. Answering a few questions first however may help:
Where you will be using it?
How many people will you be sharing it with? (dogs included)
How important is weight to you?
They also discuss some epic failures with their own gear, and why they have chosen a Tarp over everything else.
Don’t get caught up in the hype
Do your research! Online maybe the best way to go
I fell out of my hammock
My tent is leaking
They also discuss that people that are only going out one time, shouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on gear. As promised in their podcast, sometimes renting gear is the best option. www.lowergear.com is a good place to start when looking to rent gear. Also, sometimes your local outfitter will rent gear.
Do you have Hammock, Tent, or Tarp stories you would like to share? Or maybe a question? We love to hear, and always get back asap. See you next week.
You would be surprised that one of the top questions we get when taking new people out backpacking for their first time is..Can I bring my dog? Of course! Scott & Ariane discuss what and how to bring your Pup backpacking. On Episode 4, they share some stories about bringing their own dogs backpacking and what to know before you go.
What is the top mistakes people make when bring their dog backpacking? They fail to Plan & Prepare. Episode 4: Can I Bring My Dog goes into some of the different rules and regulations that different Land Management Bureaus have and how to find them. Of course they share funny times when their own dogs, (Dino and Caldonia) go rouge on the trail.
Packing First Aid Kits are a must for your dog
Dinner time is for people, not Fido
What did Dino roll in?
Plan & Prepare is the best policy
Caldonia and Bees
Have a favorite story about hiking with your dog? Share it in comments below. We love to hear from you.
Every Thursday come pack for our weekly podcast show: Trust the Trail.
Backpacking food is a broad subject. Each person has their own unique likes and dislikes. In this episode, Scott & Ariane tackle the Freeze Dried Food Myth and talk about alternatives’s that are available in your local grocery store. Don’t throw away your Mountain House bags! Recycle them, and use them for other foods that need to be re-hydrated and save some money.
They also discuss which foods to bring in what Season. What foods will keep you warm in Winter? What foods will keep you hydrated in the Summer?
Never bother Ariane while she’s eating
Creme brulee – the best desert ever!
Knorr foods – get creative!
The Pickle Pop is amazing!
Have a favorite backcountry recipe or foodie? Share with us in comments below. We would love to see them. Subscribe in iTunes and get this podcast every Thursday in your feed.
Episode 2 discusses “For the Love of Backpacking”. Ariane and Scott talk about their first time backpacking and how it affected who they are today. They also share their favorite moments on the trail, most memorable experience, and the most humorous backcountry comments people going out on their first backpacking trips say.
Why won’t you die!?
I just peed on my shoes
Listen and have fun to episode 2 of the Trust The Trail Podcast.