Episode 58 Saved By Mountains with Jeff Oliver
Jeff “IBTAT” Oliver has been saved by mountains. In 2013, he went cold turkey from alcohol and focused his energy on hiking. Fast forward to today and he’s now completed the Appalachian Trail (2018) and will be stepping down the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019, but that’s just the beginning. Jeff has his sights set on the entire Triple Crown and after talking with him, I have no doubt he’ll see his goal through.
Jeff is one awesome guy. He’s an open book who loves hiking, sharing his story, and being exactly who he is. If you visit his website, you’ll see that at the end of the day he hopes to inspire others that have struggled with drugs or alcohol to choose a new path.
On this episode, we talk about Jeff’s 2018 AT Thru Hike, his future goals with the Triple Crown, and why he chose backpacking over drinking.
Please enjoy this episode with Jeff “IBAT” Oliver!
Emory R. Wanger
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Jeff’s transition from hunting to thru hiking
Learning to enjoy the trail
Craving the trail after the trail
Jeff’s gear story
The goal of completing the Triple Crown
What it means to attain the Triple Crown
Sacrificing to reach your dreams
Jeff’s mindset towards shorter trips after hiking the AT
Jeff’s life prior to backpacking and his battle with drinking
How backpacking changed Jeff’s life
Replacing alcohol with hiking
How to avoid drinks on trail
Applying what was learned on the trail to everyday life
Becoming efficient on the trail
Food on the trail
What Jeff is changing going into the PCT
On being alone in the wilderness
Addressing mental challenges
Advice for future hikers
How to find and follow Jeff