The John Freakin’ Muir Pod

The John Freakin’ Muir Pod

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180 Episodes
Blisters, post-holing, spam and ramen, helicopter evacs, and hiker midnight. A not-so-expert romp through trails long and short by those who barely survived. Trail talk about prep, gear, food, legends, and misadventure with host Doc, with additional interviews with world travelers and adventure athletes. Amplifying the outdoor experience for those hooked on adventure! Support this podcast:
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180 Episodes

Sierra "Lucky Charm" Peters-Buckland takes a brief break from her PCT hike to chat with Doc in the studio about how this Scottish lass ended up on a 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada. During this rollicking interview, the two range far and wide, discussing the benefits of canceled weddings, dog-gility, sun suits, chasing the right kind of high, depression, the BBT, stealing jobs while at a house party, vanlife, and the pain of visiting 50 of 51 National Parks. And of course, there is the obligatory conversation about Outlander. Epic episode. --- Support this podcast:

Jason Kinosh and Mike Kucharski come in from the Northeast cold to chat with Doc about how to properly suffer out on the trail. In this laugh out loud episode, the three of them cover some serious distance, including the peak bagging culture in the Northeast, trail envy, legacy mountains, Old Man Phelps, tree pee, and mountain meltdowns. They also stumble across some pretty appropriate trail names and try them on. Hilarious episode. --- Support this podcast:

Sion Owen calls from Wales to talk to Doc about some of his UK adventures. In between the chat about Welsh weather, Snowdonia National Park, and Mount Snowdon, the two cover a lot of territory, including what qualifies as Hiker Trash, the difference between thru hiking and section hiking, dressing up for your 100th summit, and the prettiest gym he's ever been to. --- Support this podcast:

Thru hikers Renee "Tok" Miller and Tim "Tik" Beissinger, who are also the creators of the @thruhikers TikTok account, drop into the studio with Doc to take a cruise through the data of their 2021 CDT hike. During the discussion, the trio covers long distance triathlons, Strava, Cramps, dehydrating your own food, the challenge of running out of food on the trail, and they reveal their next big adventure. Oh, and Tim throws down the gauntlet on Jeff "Legend" Garmire. You don't want to miss this one. --- Support this podcast:

Thru hiker Kayla "Nugs" Bold drops into the studio for a conversation about her recent adventures. She and Doc discuss all manner of trails and environments, including the finer details of swamp hiking, water moccasins, love on the trail, the importance of siestas, and the glory of hiking with Wipes, Flush, and Stinky P. --- Support this podcast:

Long distance thru hiker and artist Kate "Feathers" Cloud and her pet goat Little Leaf call in from a motel room on the AT to share some stories and laughter from the trail. During the episode, we learn: the difference between bougie, flarey, and ratchet; the difficulty of hiking with just one clavicle; the importance of face-savers; what not to do when charged by a cougar; and why you should always check for snakes before sitting on that rock. And Feathers shares some IBTAT stories as well. --- Support this podcast:

Kalman "Ghost Mule" Tinka comes in from the Montana cold to talk to Doc about a wide variety of topics. During their chat, they cover some serious ground, including flying tents and hypothermia, Wright-Patterson AFB, adventures in stinging nettle patches, the magazine test, the characteristics of the Ultimate Go To Hiking Buddy, and moose and grizzly safety procedures. Type II Fun in abundance. --- Support this podcast:

Where to start? In this instant classic, Wesley "Megaman" Tils drops into the studio with Doc to share some incredible stories. Self-described as a sensitive, goofy soul, Megaman talks about his childhood with 10 siblings in Missouri, bare-knuckled fighting at the railroad tracks to solve school disputes, making a run for it at a crucial time in his life, jenky poor man's gear, multiple near death experiences, and living on Snickers bars and Slim Jims on the trail. And, there's that whole thing about surviving a grizzly attack while on the CDT, too. When you look up "Epic" in the dictionary, you will find the title to this episode. --- Support this podcast:

David "Swivel" Smith, forced off the trail for seven weeks with a foot injury, stops by the studio to talk with Doc about his current thru hike of the AT. With the resumption of his thru hike just a few days away, Swivel shares his preparation and his experiences on this adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, they cover crucial German phrases to know, marching pigs, the physical toll of Jiu Jitsu, and how to obtain a Master's Degree from YouTube University. --- Support this podcast:

In an episode for the ages, Gabe Peterson, Kevin Goldberg, and Jeff Garmire each make their third appearance in the JFM Pod studio to spend some quality time with Doc and talk about their most recent adventure. During the episode, we get to hear about essential gear, how to train for a 250-mile race, match making, the Barkley, hallucinations, sleep deprivation, being creative with your nose bleeds, the value of the calories provided by an IPA, and the importance of having a coherent crew member when the police show up on a dark country road on night 3. --- Support this podcast:

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