Episode 31 The Pull of Mountain Hunting with Adam Janke

Adam Janke is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Mountain Hunting and the host of The Beyond the Kill Podcast.  After being a guest on his podcast, I asked Adam if he'd be willing to join me for an episode to talk about why he feels such a passion for hunting, what he feels is needed in the hunting community, and to discuss his soon-to-be-release film about a late season Mountain Goat Hunt on the winter slopes of B.C..  

There's something really special about the passion Adam has for mountain hunting.  His passion led him from a normal every day job to establishing an online and now print editorial focused on telling the story of hunting the way he believes it should be told.  Adam's ability to deep dive subjects big and small is truly amazing and he's the type of guy that wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to the things he loves.  

To cap off this conversation, we dive into his upcoming film about a mountain goat hunt he recently filmed in the mountains of B.C..  I had the opportunity to see a rough cut of the film and believe it to be one of the best portrayals of mountain hunting there is.  No fluff and no fancy stuff, just straight hard work and a dedication to a mission with a group of focused individuals working together for a common goal.

You're going to enjoy this chat with Adam!

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

 

  • Introductions
  • The Journal of Mountain Hunting and Beyond the Kill Podcast
  • How Adam made the jump to a full time hunting editorial  
  • The building blocks of Adam’s passion for mountain hunting
  • How to explain the passion and pull of hunting
  • Adam’s upcoming hunting film and the purpose of telling the story
  • What Adam hopes to achieve with his film
  • Lessons learned from mountain hunting (gear, food, mindset)
  • How to find Adam and his content

 

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Episode 30 Lets Talk Hill People Gear

I've known of Hill People Gear for a number of years.  In fact, they were one of the first companies I came across when searching for new and interesting brands outside of what you see in big box stores.  I own a few of their products and always find myself visiting their website time and again to see what they're up to.  

To say I was excited to have founder, Evan Hill, join me on the podcast to talk about his company is an understatement.  It's honestly an honor and incredibly humbling to spend an hour talking with people like Evan because it's not every day you can pick the brain of someone who knows a thing or two about pack design.  

On this episode of The By Land Podcast, Evan talks about the origin of Hill People Gear, the design principles, and his background with backcountry travel.  He also gives a number of solid bits of advice to backpackers.

Enjoy! 

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Intro to Evan and Hill People Gear
  • Origin of HPG
  • First product of HPG - the Kit Bag
  • How Evan came up with his unique harness system and how it works
  • The evolution of the HPG suspension system
  • Evan’s thoughts on overall pack weight and backpacking efficiency
  • Efficiency in design
  • Who HPG is for
  • Evan’s favorite HPG pieces
  • Backpack structure (stays)
  • Backpack fitting
  • Common errors made my new backpackers
  • Spending time doing, learning, and observing
  • Whats next for HPG
  • Evans final thoughts on “gear”
  • How to find HPG

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Episode 29 Packrafting with Alpacka Raft

Thor and Sarah Tingey are the folks behind Alpacka Raft.  If you're not familiar with the company, it's important to know that it's a leader in the industry of Packrafting.  Thor goes way back with the company to the very beginning when it was just him and is Mom creating lightweight portable rafts for people making treks across the landscapes of Alaska.  

Fast forward to today, Alpacka Raft is made here in the U.S. and serves customers around the world!  

On this episode, you'll hear Thor and Sarah speak about what packrafting is, how to get into it, how to choose a raft, the history of packrafting, and even conservation.  It's a full set of topics here on this episode and it won't disappoint.

This is no doubt a great conversation with some wonderful people and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to speak with them so candidly.  

Enjoy! 

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • Thor’s background with the founding of Alpacka Raft
  • Thors intro into what packrafting is
  • Sarah’s background 
  • Thor’s eye opening realization about what is possible in the backcountry
  • Thoughts on and benefits of long duration backcountry trips
  • What keeps Thor and Sarah returning to wild places
  • How Thor and Sarah make each of their trips unique 
  • How comparing your trip to the trips of others can sour the experience
  • How to make your trip your own
  • Using topographical maps to build basic skills and to understand your area of interest
  • How to learn and build on basic skills
  • The history of packrafting as told by Thor  - also lots of great stories!
  • How Alpacka Raft was created
  • How packrafting can open up opportunities in the backcountry
  • How to choose an Alpacka Packraft
  • Packrafts compared to regular kayaks
  • Things to know before you get into packrafting
  • The growing popularity of packgrafting
  • The growth and maturity of Alpacka Rafts
  • How to buy an Alpacka Raft
  • What it’s like to see the growth and useage of Alpacka products around the world from the perspective of the founders
  • Thor’s favorite inspirational story from a customer
  • Sarah’s reason behind why she loves what Alpacka Rafts offer customers and her love for customer service
  • Where Thor and Sarah get their most satisfaction and inspiration
  • Trends and the future of Alpacka Rafts - What’s next?
  • How Alpacka Rafts support the conservation effort - access to public water

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Episode 28 The Oregon Desert Trail

In the far reaches of SE Oregon, there's a trail that spans over 700 miles through the Oregon desert.  On this episode of The By Land Podcast, I'm joined the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator, Renee Patrick, to talk about what the trail offers, how it began, and what adventurers can expect to see in this incredible high desert landscape.

Renee is not exactly a newb when it comes to backpacking.  She is a highly accomplished long distance hiker who's resume includes the Triple Crown (AT, CDT, PCT) and a number of other trails to include the Oregon Desert Trail.  Renee and I discuss not only the mission of the Oregon Desert Trail, but also how Renee approaches backpacking, what it means to her, and how she came to do what she does now as a profession.

You're going to love hearing from Renee about backpacking and the Oregon Desert Trail.  It was a pleasure spending time on the phone with her and I found myself eager to get back into the hills once again after listening to her talk about the thing she loves the most.

On a personal note, I feel like this episode really embodies what this podcast is about.  We cover so many great topics that I think there's something in this one for everyone out there.

Enjoy! 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introduction to Renee and the Oregon Desert Trail
  • Renee’s background prior to being the Trail Coordinator for the ODT
  • What the Oregon Desert Trail offers and its history
  • How the ODT compares to other trails in the US
  • How Renee began backpacking and what made her start long distance backpacking
  • How Thru Hiking has impacted Renee’s backcountry trips
  • What Long Distance backpacking means to Renee
  • How the ODT manages relationships with land owners to retain access to the trail
  • Where and how to begin planning a hike of the ODT
  • Renee’s thoughts on the future of hiking
  • What Renee has learned about backpacking after all these years
  • How Renee has changed since her first long distance trail
  • The future of the Oregon Desert Trail
  • How to find and support the ODT

LINKS

  • www.ONDA.org
  • https://onda.org/regions/oregon-desert-trail/
  • https://www.instagram.com/theoregondesert/
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonDeserts

Episode 27 Hunting with onX Maps

When it comes to navigating the backcountry, there are a lot of tools out there for us today.  One of those is navigation using our fancy smartphones and it happens to work really, really well.  OnX Maps was built with the hunter in mind.  From the very moment you open the application, you can tell it's loaded with information that hunters will benefit from.  

On this episode of The By Land Podcast, you'll learn about using the mobile navigation application called onX Maps.  From top to bottom, you'll come away from this chat with Dylan knowing exactly what the company believes in and how their platform benefits the backcountry hunter.  Loaded with features and a well designed interface, onX Maps delivers time and again.

It's important to make time to venture into the wild, but it's just as important to come home.

Enjoy this chat with onX Maps!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Dylan and onX Maps
  • The origin of onX Maps
  • What onX Maps is and who its for
  • Dylan’s experience with mobile mapping via onX Maps
  • How onX Maps can enhance the hunting experience
  • How the mobile app is managed by the user
  • Trusting a mobile phone for navigation
  • How to use onX Maps when hunting and preparing to hunt
  • New special features of onX Maps
  • Using onX Maps outside of hunting
  • How upgraded layers work
  • Connecting your mobile app with the desktop app
  • The future of onX Maps
  • Contacting onX Maps

LINKS

Episode 26 Ultralight Backpacking with Z Packs

If you spend any amount of time researching ultralight backpacking companies, you're going to come across the company Z Packs and for good reason.  They've become a staple of long distance backpackers over the past decade and continue to push the boundaries of what ultralight backpacking is.  

I have Will and Matt from Z Packs join me for this episode of The By Land Podcast to talk about Z Packs; what they offer, how they go about designing gear, and what is important to them as people making gear for other backpackers.  These two guys have been around the company for a lot of years and have a ton of great stuff to share with you about the company.

It was an honor to have the opportunity to spend an hour talking with a couple of great guys who just want to do good things for people headed out on adventures.  Will and Matt offer a history lesson on how ultralight backpacking came to be, suggestions on gear, and some insight into what is coming down the pipe for Z Packs in the future.  You're going to love hearing what these two gentlemen have to say!

Enjoy!

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions to Matt and Will from Z Packs
  • Origin story of Z Packs
  • Why Z Packs was founded 
  • A history lesson in ultralight backpacking gear
  • What has made ultralight backpacking so popular
  • Earning the trust of consumers
  • The durability factor of chosen fabrics
  • How long distance backpacking has influenced general backpacking
  • What Z Packs is doing to improve the users backpacking experience
  • Z Packs design principles
  • What it means to design gear to be a part of someone’s adventure
  • Popular Z Packs gear choices 
  • New Z Packs rainwear
  • How to reduce overall pack weight
  • How to deal with rain
  • Matt and Will’s advice to new backpackers
  • The future of Z Packs!  What’s coming!
  • How to find and contact Z Packs

LINKS

Episode 25 How to Hike 50 Miles in a Day with John Z

John Z knows how to hike, but he also knows how to do it the right way without risking injury to himself.  On this episode of The By Land Podcast, hiker John Z joins me to talk about how he manages to hike 50 miles per day and how he's come to live a minimalist life.  John is also one of the creators of Pa'lente Packs, a pack company that is intentional about being minimal and functional.  

I asked John on the podcast because he has a method of hiking that allows him to cover crazy distances in a day and I wanted to know how he does it.  Additionally, I wanted to learn from John how he's been able to reduce his pack weight to 8 lbs..  We talk about this and so much more.

If you're looking to get better at streamlining your process, reducing pack bulk, and want to know the proper techniques to moving down a trail, you're not going to want to miss this episode.  John is a great dude, super chill, and just loves what he does.

Enjoy!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • John’s background and how he built up to hiking 50 miles in a single day
  • Proper hiking technique for reducing impact on the body
  • The impact of pack weight on the body
  • The choices of gear - bringing what you need depending on the trip
  • Adapting to trail conditions and scenarios
  • John’s food plan and being aware of your body
  • How to be minimal - making do with what you have
  • Why John continues to hike and explore the backcountry
  • Johns new pack company - behind the design
  • Who’s John’s pack is designed for
  • How John decided not to use a waist belt for a pack
  • “Packing your fears”
  • John’s advice to new backpackers
  • Finding John online
  • What’s next for John and the pack company
  • John’s camera choice
  • John and Emory BS session…

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Episode 24 Intentional Photography with Guillaume from Photoxplorer.com

 I'm pretty sure I found my photography spirit guide from a Craigslist purchase.  Guillaume is not only a talented and unique photographer, but he has this way of explaining the art of photography that makes an all too often complicated topic not so complicated.  Let me back up a bit and explain how this episode came to be.

Life has a funny way of working out.  I couple of years ago I met Guillaume when he sold me a tripod on Craigslist.  When I went home that night, I looked up his website and was blown away by his work.  I followed him on Instagram immediately and was always entertained by his images.  

Fast forward to a few months ago, we reconnected yet again via Craigslist when he was selling a camera lens I was interested in purchasing.  Over the course of a few email exchanges, I realized that this guy had more to say about photography than what I had originally anticipated.  He walked me through the ins and outs of ensuring I'd be making the right purchase rather than taking advantage of a random photography newb.  After our exchanges, it hit me that I needed to get him on the podcast so out of the blue, I asked Guillaume if he would be willing to join me for an episode to give me some straight talk about photography.  

My original intent was to have some super awesome tech talk, but as a spirit guide would naturally do, he made me realize that before tech talk, we needed to talk about photography from a holistic standpoint.  What followed during our conversation was nothing short of incredible.

Guillaume is a damn good photographer, but he might be just as good of a teacher.  

Enjoy!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • How Guillaume went from being an engineer to being a travel journalist
  • Gear - The initial struggle with photography
  • Understanding what makes a good photograph and reading the environment
  • Example of reading the environment to capture an image
  • Decision making in photography
  • Simplifying the photography process
  • How to properly employ an entire photography kit
  • Matching the photography gear to the adventure
  • Guillaume’s backpacking kit for an average trip 
  • How reducing gear can increase the amount of keepers  
  • The struggle of tripods for photography 
  • Purpose driven trips for photography - being intentional
  • Understanding the subject you’re shooting
  • Applying Guillaume’s advice
  • The importance of weather sealing for a camera
  • Carrying a camera when backpacking
  • How to find Guillaume

LINKS

Episode 23 Superior Wilderness Designs

Superior Wilderness Designs is a cottage company out of Michigan that builds ultralight backpacks for the Thru Hiking crowd.  Brandon McIntyre and Ashley Thick started SWD early in 2016 and promptly left to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with their handmade packs.  

I asked Brandon to come on the podcast to talk about his company, but what we ended up doing is having a far more in depth conversation.  We touch on his pack designs, how he got started and why, and what backpacking means to him.  I found Brandon to be a pleasure to talk to and immediately felt like I was in the presence of someone who loves what backpacking can do for people.

I really think you're going to enjoy this episode with Brandon.  He's laid back, passionate, and sincere about what he does at SWD.  If you're looking for a company to connect with on a personal level, SWD is where you should begin looking.  I personally learned a number of things from my chat with Brandon so I know you will too.

Enjoy!

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Brandon and SWD
  • Superior Wilderness Designs - customized packs!
  • How Brandon got into backpacking
  • Brandon’s first backpacking trip
  • How and why Brandon started SWD
  • Brandon’s DIY gear creations and background with sewing
  • Lessons learned in pack design
  • Durability in a pack - what is needed and what is not 
  • The Thru Hiking pack design - where did this stem from?
  • How Brandon feels about being a part of someone’s backpacking story
  • SWD pack designs
  • Materials - Cuben versus X-Pac
  • When Cuben fiber makes sense and when it doesn’t 
  • X-Pac fabric explained
  • Weather proofing a pack
  • Pack liners versus pack covers
  • Stretch fabric versus netting for an outside pack pocket
  • What customers can expect from contacting SWD
  • The culture around Thru Hiking and how SWD is carrying on that culture
  • The future offerings from SWD
  • How to find SWD
  • Brandon’s advice to backpackers
  • Saved rounds:  The emotional connection to Thru Hiking and how the trail can change your life

LINKS

  • www.swdbackpacks.com

Episode 22 Gates of the Arctic Natl. Park with Expert Guide Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins, among many things, is the author of a recently published book called "Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration."  For more years than you and I can imagine, Joe Wilkins has explored, guided, trained Park Rangers and helped educate as many people as possible about the riches of his beloved National Park. 

Joe was an absolute blast to talk with.  You can tell that his passion for the outdoors runs as deep as the deepest forest in Alaska and is as pure as the water flowing from those incredible mountains he's loved for so many years.

You're going to love hearing Joe talk about his book, his experiences in the backcountry, and what he's learned over the many decades he's spent in the wilds of Alaska.  

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introductions
  • The backstory to Joe Wilkins
  • How Joe became interested in Alaska
  • Joe’s experience in Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Fun facts about Alaska
  • Intro to Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Features of the park 
  • Adventures in the park
  • Animals located in the park and Joe's interactions with them
  • How Joe learned to be comfortable around wild predators
  • Joe's experience working with and training new park Rangers
  • Learning to live in the Arctic Wilderness
  • The importance of Jim’s book
  • How to find Joe's book
  • Joe's cause helping Veterans with the proceeds of the book
  • Joe's advice to new backpackers and adventurers 

 

   

 

 

LINKS

Episode 21 Pacific Crest Trail Advice with 2 Foot Adventures

Pillsbury (real name Mary) is a former PCT hiker and one of the founders of "2 Foot Adventures," a high end pop up gear shop located along the Pacific Crest Trail.  Each year, Mary and her partner help dozens, if not hundreds, of weary Thru Hikers who are struggling with injury, gear troubles, and mental fatigue.  

Located at both Warner Springs and Lone Pine, hikers will find a retrofitted Airstream trailer full of all the gear a Thru Hiker could ask for and sound advice to go along with it.  For some, 2 Foot Adventures is a source of rejuvenation and encouragement, while for others it's a place to drop some serious pack weight.  2 Foot Adventures is a high end mobile outfitter focused on helping as many Thru Hikers as it can as they make their way up the PCT.  

Mary is about as passionate as they come.  She not only cares about the hikers, but she cares about the trail, the idea of backpacking, and wants nothing but to see hikers make it as far up the trail as their bodies will take them.  We spoke for over an hour about common injuries on the PCT, how to get past the first 100 miles, what gear is proven to work, the benefits of Thru Hiking, and her advice to Thru Hikers on the PCT.

You're going to love this episode of The By Land Podcast because you'll hear how passionate Mary is about what she does.  If you're hiking the PCT in 2018, be sure to stop by her gear shops as you make your way up the trail!  

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to 2 Food Adventures
  • Common issues after 100 miles on the PCT
  • Common Footwear issues and remedies
  • Over use injuries, causes, and remedies
  • Long distance hiking routines and techniques
  • Ego on the trail - miles, pace, distance
  • The PCT as a mental game
  • Post trail feelings
  • Benefits of long distance hiking
  • PCT Gear advice!
  • Clothes
  • Packs
  • Sleeping system
  • The ultralight movement - pros and cons
  • Gear and backpacking dvice to the general backpacker
  • Tips for reducing overall pack weight
  • How to find 2 Foot Adventures
  • Closing thoughts: Misconceptions of “who” a Thru Hiker is

 

LINKS

Episode 20 Family, Photography, and the Mountain Life with Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon has an interesting backstory.  Until about year ago, he was a full time nurse.  He spent his days off exploring the mountains and taking incredible landscape images that he mostly kept to himself until a friend prompted him to post them to Instagram and the rest is history.  Fast forward about a year, he's now a full time photographer, adventurer, and a family man.  

I contacted Jacob to ask about an image he posted of his baby sleeping in a tent above an incredible landscape.  He and his wife have found a way to integrate their baby into their active outdoor lifestyles and I wanted to learn more about it.  I learned this and so much more.

Jacob Moon loves the mountains.  He conveys his love for the outdoors through his images and I personally think they're incredible.  Where words aren't enough, Jacob captures an image.  

By the end of this episode, you'll learn what makes Jacob tick, how he manages risk in the mountains, how he learned to backpack with a baby, and a great tip on taking landscape images.  You're going to love it!

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Jacob Moon
  • How Jacob became a full time photographer
  • What pushed Jacob to start climbing mountains and what brings him back time and again
  • Learning to climb mountains
  • Being safe in the mountains - learned or natural?
  • Introducing photography into mountain climbing 
  • Integrating family into the outdoors  
  • Car camping with a 3 week old baby
  • Backpacking with a baby
  • How the outdoors impacts a baby and the parents 
  • How Jacob came to love the outdoors
  • The benefit of quality time with family
  • Advice to families looking to get outdoors and how to get started camping and backpacking with kids
  • Jacobs tips for landscape photography 

 

LINKS

Copy of Episode 19 ULA Equipment with Owner Chris McMaster

***Due to massive technical difficulties with Squarespace and their hosting platform, I'm reposting episode 18 in hopes that those who were unable to download the episode will now be able to.  Sorry for the reboot of this episode and to those who have not been able to download these podcasts.***

 

Chris McMaster is the owner of ULA Equipment, a backpacking company that's become quite the hit on long distance trails as of late.  I had Chris on to talk with me about the company, the history, and what makes ULA so unique that Thru Hikers are choosing to carry these packs over others.  

Chris is a great dude, and was a pleasure to speak with.  If you're looking to get to know other brands out there in the backpacking space, be sure to give ULA a look.

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

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SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to Chris and ULA
  • Origin story of ULA
  • How Chris came to own ULA
  • Design elements of ULA
  • The Thru Hiker buy-off
  • What makes a ULA pack different
  • Pack features
  • Roll tops versus zippers
  • ULA suspensions 
  • Most popular ULA pack
  • The benefit of weight savings
  • Common seen issues with backpackers - poor fitting
  • How to fit a ULA pack
  • ULA belt systems
  • Pack warranty
  • Thoughts on cuben fiber as a fabric  
  • Advice to new backpackers

 

LINKS

Copy of Episode 18 SAWYER Water Filters

***Due to massive technical difficulties with Squarespace and their hosting platform, I'm reposting episode 18 in hopes that those who were unable to download the episode will now be able to.  Sorry for the reboot of this episode and to those who have not been able to download these podcasts.***

 

 

I recall being utterly confused the first time I researched water filters for backpacking.  There are pumps, squeeze, and gravity types, but no one told me what to purchase and I was terrified I'd choose one that wouldn't protect me.  

On this episode, I talk to Travis Avery of Sawyer (the water filter, bug spray, and sun screen maker), about what they offer and how their products solve the problem of filtering water.  I learned some things I didn't know previously and I think if you're on the search for knowledge, this episode will suit you well.  Travis gives me a rundown of what they offer, how it works, and why their products are so popular.  

I want to add that Sawyer has a huge heart for people around the world that don't have access to clean drinking water.  You'll hear Travis talk about this towards the end of the episode, so if you want to support a company that supports those in need, check out Sawyer.com.

Enjoy!

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!


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SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to Sawyer and Travis Avery
  • Background on Sawyer 
  • How Sawyer approaches water filtering 
  • Unique attributes of the Sawyer design
  • Types of water filtering (squeeze versus gravity versus pump)
  • Common issues that arise from not filtering water 
  • How much dirty water it takes to cause digestive track issues
  • How the industry regulates what filters are safe and how Sawyer approaches delivery to the customer
  • Besides form factor, are all filters equal?
  • Sawyer Mini versus the Sawyer Squeeze 
  • Lifetime Warranty of the Sawyer Squeeze - how does that work?
  • Proper maintenance of Sawyer water filters
  • Before Sawyers hollow fiber solution, what were filters using to filter water?
  • Latest and greatest from Sawyer for 2018 
  • Solutions for added contamination (Adsorbtion)
  • Other Sawyer product offerings
  • How Sawyer is helping bring clean water to those in need around the globe.

LINKS

Episode 19 ULA Equipment with Owner Chris McMaster

Chris McMaster is the owner of ULA Equipment, a backpacking company that's become quite the hit on long distance trails as of late.  I had Chris on to talk with me about the company, the history, and what makes ULA so unique that Thru Hikers are choosing to carry these packs over others.  

Chris is a great dude, and was a pleasure to speak with.  If you're looking to get to know other brands out there in the backpacking space, be sure to give ULA a look.

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!

 

HELP THE SHOW

If you enjoyed this show and want to help me out, please leave me an honest review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts from.  Doing so will help my podcast reach others and grow more and more.  I can't do it without you!

 

SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to Chris and ULA
  • Origin story of ULA
  • How Chris came to own ULA
  • Design elements of ULA
  • The Thru Hiker buy-off
  • What makes a ULA pack different
  • Pack features
  • Roll tops versus zippers
  • ULA suspensions 
  • Most popular ULA pack
  • The benefit of weight savings
  • Common seen issues with backpackers - poor fitting
  • How to fit a ULA pack
  • ULA belt systems
  • Pack warranty
  • Thoughts on cuben fiber as a fabric  
  • Advice to new backpackers

 

LINKS

Episode 18 SAWYER Water Filters

I recall being utterly confused the first time I researched water filters for backpacking.  There are pumps, squeeze, and gravity types, but no one told me what to purchase and I was terrified I'd choose one that wouldn't protect me.  

On this episode, I talk to Travis Avery of Sawyer (the water filter, bug spray, and sun screen maker), about what they offer and how their products solve the problem of filtering water.  I learned some things I didn't know previously and I think if you're on the search for knowledge, this episode will suit you well.  Travis gives me a rundown of what they offer, how it works, and why their products are so popular.  

I want to add that Sawyer has a huge heart for people around the world that don't have access to clean drinking water.  You'll hear Travis talk about this towards the end of the episode, so if you want to support a company that supports those in need, check out Sawyer.com.

Enjoy!

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!


HELP THE SHOW

If you enjoyed this show and want to help me out, please leave me an honest review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts from.  Doing so will help my podcast reach others and grow more and more.  I can't do it without you!


SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to Sawyer and Travis Avery
  • Background on Sawyer 
  • How Sawyer approaches water filtering 
  • Unique attributes of the Sawyer design
  • Types of water filtering (squeeze versus gravity versus pump)
  • Common issues that arise from not filtering water 
  • How much dirty water it takes to cause digestive track issues
  • How the industry regulates what filters are safe and how Sawyer approaches delivery to the customer
  • Besides form factor, are all filters equal?
  • Sawyer Mini versus the Sawyer Squeeze 
  • Lifetime Warranty of the Sawyer Squeeze - how does that work?
  • Proper maintenance of Sawyer water filters
  • Before Sawyers hollow fiber solution, what were filters using to filter water?
  • Latest and greatest from Sawyer for 2018 
  • Solutions for added contamination (Adsorbtion)
  • Other Sawyer product offerings
  • How Sawyer is helping bring clean water to those in need around the globe.

LINKS

Episode 17 Triple Crown of 200's with Mike McKnight

If I told you there were people who ran 200 mile races you'd probably think that was pretty cool.  What if I told you there are people who run 3 races that total over 600 miles in under 3 months time?  Crazy right?  

Mike McKnight is a runner.  He's the is the first winner of the Triple Crown of Ultra 200 Mile races and knows a thing or two about enduring.  Mike has the lowest combined time of the Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, and the Moab 240.  He loves the sport and is incredibly humble about his accomplishment.  

I asked Mike to come on the podcast to talk about what he does and how he does it.  Even though this isn't backpacking, the idea of pushing yourself is the same.  I think you're going to love hearing Mike's story and how it came to be.  Like most things, Mike didn't set out to run three races in three months, but that's what happened and because he stuck it out, he has a pretty cool story to tell.

Mike McKnight is a straight up inspiration to me.  He spoke with me about his ability to push through when he wanted to quit, his love for his family, and his admiration for fellow runners.  I don't care if you never run a single mile in your life, you're going to love hearing Mike tell this story.

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!


HELP THE SHOW

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SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to Mike McKnight
  • The history of the Triple Crown and how it works
  • How Mike started down the path of ultra running
  • The ups and downs of each trail
  • How the desire to quit played a role in Mike’s success in the Triple Crown
  • Digesting the experience of Mikes accomplishment and what the trail means
  • Altra Footwear - benefits and design
  • Mikes advice to getting into long distance running and how to work up to ultra distances

LINKS

Episode 16 Finding Photography With Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is a well known adventure photographer, but he's also a family man.  He's made a name for himself photographing the life of surfers all around the world and in some pretty extreme environments.  

I asked Chris if he'd be willing to come on the podcast to share his story and he kindly agreed.  While we could have talked at great length about how to physically take a picture, I think it's more important to understand where Chris comes from, how he looks at the world around him, and why his images are so well received.  

This was a unique experience for me to speak with Chris.  I've been a fan of his work for a few years now and having this opportunity to pick his brain was an honor.  I'm humbled that Chris would take the time out of his day to connect with me and sincerely hope what we covered in this chat helps someone somewhere break down a barrier they've been struggling with.

You're going to learn about photography in this episode, but you'll also learn how to be a photographer inside and how to tell a story through images.  When we venture out into those place we love, I think we all want to return with pictures that tell the story so those stories live on long after we're gone.  I think that by the end of this episode, you might learn a few things about how to do that successfully with whatever gear you have on you.

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!

 

HELP THE SHOW

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Chris and what he does
  • Chris’s background 
  • The process of framing and image and owning the process
  • Who Chris was prior to photography and what gave him to passion to explore the world
  • How Chris finds balance in his work and what he wishes to communicate
  • How to return to challenging places over and over again and do so successfully
  • Viewing yourself as a story teller
  • How Adventure Photography works
  • What Chris gets from photography as a person
  • How art has played a roll in telling the human story through history
  • Advise to young creatives 
  • How to find Chris online

Links

Episode 015 - Ultralight Quilts with Enlightened Equipment

This quilt isn't a product of your Grandmothers quilting guild.  Enlightened Equipment creates solutions for backpackers who desire to carry less weight in their packs without giving up an ounce of comfort (see what I did there?).  If you've never heard of a backpacking quilt, this episode is dedicated to you.  And, if you're on the search for ways to lighten your load then again, this episode is for you.  

Skylar Ogren is the Head of Marketing for Enlightened Equipment and joins me on this episode to explain what exactly a "quilt" is and how it will benefit you in the backcountry.  In short, you're about to learn why you should begin challenging everything you've ever known about the traditional sleeping bag.  

I created By Land to help you have a better time backpacking.  This episode is the epitome of that very concept.  If you're looking for a tool to help lighten your load by and easy 2 pounds or more, you're going to want to give this one a listen.  

You're about to learn what a quilt is, how it works, who Enlightened Equipment is, how down "fill" ratings impact your comfort levels and overall pack weight, and much more!

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!

 

HELP THE SHOW

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SHOW NOTES

  • Intro to EE
  • Defining a “quilt”
  • Quilts versus regular bags
  • Common concerns with going with a sleeping quilt
  • Sleeping in a quilt
  • How a quilt can reduce your overall pack weight 
  • Benefits of better sleep 
  • Why Thru Hikers have chosen quilts over traditional bags
  • AT Speed Record set this year by a user of Enlightened Equipment
  • Impacts of having more weight than what you need in your pack
  • The differences in down the quality of down
  • How down fill weight works
  • Enlightened Equipment origin story and timeline
  • Ordering process, options, and custom built quilts
  • Times when quilts don’t make “sense” 
  • How to choose a quilt for you application
  • Skylar’s advice for choosing gear
  • Enlightened Equipment product offerings
  • How to reach EE

LINKS

Episode 014 Ellie On The AT: How a Family Thru Hiked with a Baby

Ellie was only a year old when her parents put her in a backpack and embarked on a dream hike on the Appalachian Trial.  With baby in tow, they found a way to complete their hike all while raising a baby.  Ellie spent just over six months watching the world go by at 3mph through amazing landscapes and meeting some of the most amazing people of the Thru Hiking community.  She even learned to walk while on the AT!!!

This podcast is the story of baby Ellie, Bekah, and Derrick Quirin hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017.  For me, it's an inspirational story that makes me believe even more in chasing dreams and removing what some might deem as impossible barriers.

Bekah and Derrick are incredible people who want to live the life they've always dreamt of and they're doing it as a family.  You're doing to love their story and with any luck, maybe be inspired to dream bigger than you ever have.

 

Enjoy!

By Land,

Emory Ronald


THANKS FOR LISTENING!!

Taking the time to listen to this podcast is greatly appreciated!  If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me at emory@byland.co or leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Also, if you have a topics you'd like covered, email me and I'll look into making it happen!

 

HELP THE SHOW

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Show Notes

  • Introductions 
  • How  Bekah and Derrick decided to hike the AT with a baby
  • How to plan for a Thru Hike with a baby
  • Precautions and planning
  • Feedback from friends and family prior to the hike
  • Impressions from other Thru Hikers of Ellie being carried on the trail.
  • Daily routines on the AT
  • "Blowouts"
  • Lessons learned
  • Highs and lows
  • Advice to new hikers and new parents
  • Baby carrier suggestions
  • Plans for 2018