Hey, I'm a guy who can't get away for 6 months to a year to do a thru hike on a long trail. But I do have time to take a week here or there to do a section hike. So I'm going to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Let's talk about what it takes to plan a great hike, then go out and hit the trail. We are sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, a campaign aimed at fixing the $11.9Billion backlog under our National Park System. You can check them out at https://restoreamericasnationalparks.org.
Shenandoah Park Day 4: Birds Nest#3 to Big Meadows Campground
19:00In the which we determine whether it is better to proceed quick in order to eat what is considered a good meal and whether rolling one's ankle should keep our hiker from pursuing his quest. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Shenandoah Day 3: Matthew Arms to Bird's Nest #3
18:05In the which our intrepid hiker relearns the wonders of ibuprofen, enjoys a coke and wanders up and down the hills to bird's nest #3. He meets some retirees who explain to him that the hiking he thinks is somewhat challenging is nothing compared to southern VA... The weather was also beautiful and the forest glorious to behold. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Shenandoah Park Part 2: Compton Gap to Matthew Arms
27:43In this protein of our adventure, our backpacker leaves the bear infested area of Compton Gap and hikes his way up and over several areas of Shenandoah National Park to Matthew Arms campground. We also learn that his dinner of dehydrated yams was gross and what to do for shock. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Shenandoah National Park part 1: Lindon to Compton Gap
27:42In the which our erstwhile explorer begins a multi-way trip through the Shenandoah National Park as he heads southbound on the Appalachian Trail and has adventures along the way. Plus, he may have come across a bear at night, which was not an experience he had hoped for along the way. Please subscribe, leave comments on the podcast, and join us on Instagram @section_hiking_the_AT and Twitter @EskelsenJon SNP backcountry park regulations --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Southern PA: Woodrow Road to Caledonia State Park
25:13Wherein our intrepid adventurers take a 15 mile overnight jaunt from the middle of now where to a beautiful state park and then tell you about it. An article on the types of animals you may find along the AT is here! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Southern PA: Caledonia State Park to PEN Mar County Park, MD
22:40Today we discuss the southern most section in Pennsylvania as we leave this fair state for Maryland. It's a great long hike, that is heavily wooded. Also, we answer a question about how to get started backpacking! Give it a listen. Andrew Skurka's Peanut Noodle recipe The 10 essentials from the American Hiking Society --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Introducing the new new version of the podcast!
5:37After a hiatus, the erstwhile host of this podcast begins again, like the newest version of Batman or Spiderman or Pride and Prejudice (if that's your jam). The podcast is going to be focused on presenting useful information for the listener about the trail itself and not be a prep for someone like me whose figuring out how to hike it... gonna be the best. time. ever! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Bonus Episode: What does the Supreme Court care about the AT?
37:53In this episode, our intrepid host comments on a recent Supreme Court case involving the Appalachian Trail and whether the Forest Service (rather than the National Parks Service) is allowed to issue permits for a natural gas pipeline that crosses the trail. Also, in the absence of Major League Baseball, our host looks back at how awful color commentary is for major league sporting events! For those who want to read and listen to the actual Supreme Court case: Cowpasture et al v U.S. Forest Service, you can read/listen to your hearts content here, here, and here. Take care! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Episode 15: This is the End… of Season 1… and of section hiking for the time being
10:19In the which our host ends the first season of this podcast. He concedes temporary defeat by COVID-19 and works towards preparing himself for future hikes after the pandemic passes. In the meantime there's lots to prepare for future endeavors -- this should be fun! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message
Episode 14: Its not you its me: Hiking Woodrow Road through Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Hunters Run Road
20:45In the which your intrepid host and his friend Alex brave the elements and a disease they don't believe they have caught to hike a 14 mile portion of the Appalachian Trail. There was literally no one out there... except for a couple of dummies that were us. In today's episode we discuss the hike, review lessons learned, and discuss what the future holds regarding first section hike. Today's podcast is sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, an advocacy group for everyday people to try and get Congress to provide adequate resources to maintain our national park system. Currently there's a $12Billion maintenance backlog and it affects the ability of people like you and me from being able to use these wonderful resources. Go and check them out at https://www.restoreamericasnationalparks.org. Backpacker Radio episode 65 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sectionhiker/message