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.