Episode 75 - Overcoming Water Filter Hate

October 14th, 2019

Carl thinks there's an issue with every type of filter and every brand of filter. But...after trying a bunch of them he has a solution that should work for everyone. The problems and the solution is revealed on this episode. Also, is Derek willing to own up to terrible camp chore etiquette from years ago? And does he really know the difference between filters and purifiers? You be the judge.

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Episode 74 - This Gear Might Break On You!

October 7th, 2019

Which gear is most likely to break on you out in the field? Derek and Carl each have their list of items to watch out for and "solutions" if the gear does break. Also, there are ways we might use gear inappropriately that will be the root cause of the breakage. So, what should you stop doing? Derek also challenges Carl on his ability (or lack thereof) to push the power button for an item that was brought up.

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Episode 73 - Do You Have Camp…Manners?

September 30th, 2019

Should notorious snorers bring earplugs for everyone? Is there a passive aggressive way to get people to go to bed at a reasonable hour? How much of a pass to you give the tired hiker who is simply unable to contribute to any camp chores? All these questions and more are addressed to help make camp life the best it can be.

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Episode 72 - Revamp Your Daytime Menu!

September 23rd, 2019

Oatmeal, energy bars, and trail mix are the most common items on a hiker's daytime menu. It's time to mix it up! Derek and Carl suggest some other breakfast items and snacks that you may or may not have considered. Also, what are some of the best energy bars out there? And is Snickers an energy bar? 

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Episode 71 - Seven Deadly Backpacking Blunders

September 16th, 2019

This is not your typical list of hypothermia, getting lost, and broken bones. This list involves common tasks, scenarios and decisions trail users encounter. Are they all potentially deadly? You be the judge. Also, Derek is feeling free with his stories during this episode and shares an experience that involved a relatively benign object that almost killed him.

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Episode 70 - 8-10ish Gear Hacks That Might Change Your Life

September 9th, 2019

Season 3 has begun! This episode explores using gear in creative ways and learning how to handle gear more efficiently to make for more successful trail days. How do you fill that darn filter bag with the small hole? Are there light weight hygiene options? Should you be aware when others are taking care of their business? These questions and much more will be addressed. Also, is there Giardia dirt?

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Episode 69 - Lighten Your Load With Dan Becker

August 19th, 2019

Famous Youtuber Dan Becker joins the show to share some of his insights on lightening one's load...without spending much (or any) money. He also outlines the merits of the Aquaclip. Was Carl using this simple device incorrectly? Also, what is the best defensive weapon when you encounter a potentially scary hiker?

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Episode 68 - Olympic National Park Trip Report

July 29th, 2019

For all of their experience, Derek and Carl still manage to make significant blunders on backpacking trips. This episode answers questions like...when are pants better than shorts, how to find the worst shuttle service, what really is an electrolyte, is it okay to sleep in until 9:30, how did both Derek and Carl manage to have significant pieces of gear go missing, and more! Also, is Olympic worth a visit?

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Episode 67 - 8 Rookie Mistakes You Might Be Making

June 17th, 2019

Sometimes we fall into bad habits and don't even realize it. This episode examines inefficiencies that occur due to lack of awareness, affordability, or downright laziness. Carl suggests a cheap way to save pack ounces but Derek isn't buying it (literally and figuratively). Also, how do you know where to go on a first trip or to a new place? And what embarrassing mistakes has Carl made in the past?

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Episode 66 - The Summer Challenge (Season Finale)

May 10th, 2019

Derek and Carl wrap up Season 2 reflecting on takeaways big and small. The Most Ridiculous Backpacker of All Time vote has concluded and the winner is announced (much to Carl's displeasure). Carl shares a blister story that he's been hanging onto for two seasons. And both guys throw out a video challenge for each other for the upcoming trip. Might this inspire others to create their own trip video challenge? We hope so. Thanks to everyone for becoming part of the Backpacking and Blisters community!

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