Nature's Call: Backpacking Through History
Nature's Call: Backpacking Through History
Cody Owen
A Backpacking Through History Podcast
Happy New Year (almost)
Quick episode to ask you to do yourself a quick favor. I made a survey for Nature’s Callers to fill out, letting me know what they like about the show, what they want more of, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, for you to tell me YOUR KICKASS EPISODE IDEA. Please fill it out and do us both a huge favor. Here’s the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/CWqB0Do7RizkUXpo1
Dec 28, 2018
3 min
Destroying My Achilles on the Good Water Loop
Sabrina, Scott, David and I head to the Texas Hill Country for some VERY CLOSE to the city backpacking around Lake Georgetown. David takes an Uber when his Oboz fail him. We did a commercial for Topo Terraventure. We drank some genuine #hikertrash boxed booze. We slept under a huge ENO tarp. It was a blast. Resources from this Episode: * Topo Terraventure the (un)official shoe of Nature’s Call * ERL Guidebook – available as a digital download * Good Water Loop in Georgetown, TX
Dec 12, 2018
39 min
My Top 11 Backpack Bucket List
I count down the Top 11 place I want to go backpacking – hopefully giving you plenty of ideas for your bucket list. ERL Guidebook available for download now. It’s 33% off until the end of the year! The Backpacking Bucket List: 11. Buffalo River – This is in Arkansas and I’ve been saying I want to do it forever, but I keep going back to the ERL. 10. John Muir Trail – It’s named after the big JM AND it’s in the Sierras. I don’t need to convince you. 9. Appalachian Trail – The OG thru-hike. Gotta do it. 8. Yosemite’s Camp 4 and Half Dome – We’ve talked about it on the show more times than anything else. So. Much. History. Get your permits early. 7. Pacific Crest Trail – My “if-I-only-get-one-thru-hike” trail of choice. 6. Havasupai – Dat teal waterfall tho. 5. Uluru – IN A THUNDERSTORM. Beautiful red sandstone in the middle of the Australian Outback. 4. Macchu Picchu – Take the Salkantay Trail all the way into the clouds. 3. Everest Base Camp – and no further. We want to camp at the base of the most dangerous trek in the world… and then leave to tell about it. 2. Son Doong – The LARGEST cave system in the world. 1. Italian Alps – living the chateau life (it’s barely backpacking). Again, so much history. REI Gift Options: * Co-Op Beanies (ski // knit) * Holiday Flask * REI Flash 18 * The Completely Unnecessary Growler
Dec 4, 2018
25 min
The Yosemite Killer
This is a true crime story with quite a bit of violence discussed – just a heads up. Cary Stayner murdered four women in the area immediately surrounding Yosemite National Park – he had grown up in the area and worked for a lodge frequented by guests of the National Park. Resources Mentioned: * Outside Magazine: “The Yosemite Horror“ * A&E Article about Stayner * Stayner’s Wikipedia entry As I mentioned at the end of the episode, we’ll be doing some stuff around the Eagle Rock Loop in the coming weeks. If you want to pick up the ERL guidebook to take a look and get ready, I’d appreciate it.
Nov 27, 2018
20 min
“Why am I wandering around outside in a soaking wet jacket?”
Patrick and I put the LoftTek Adventure Jacket through the paces of a quick fall into a river (or, uh, a bathroom sink). I also speak with Tayson from Outdoor Vitals about the insulation (LoftTek) that powers this new puffy and why it’s better than down in (almost) every way. Go check out their Kickstarter and consider backing this cool jacket.
Nov 20, 2018
14 min
Behind the Scenes of a Gear Kickstarter Campaign
Craig Rowe was a backcountry guide before he had the idea for TripTarp. He walks us through his journey from idea to Kickstarter and all the way to store shelves near you. Craig was kind enough to offer Nature’s Call listeners a 20% off deal with the code “CALL”.  
Nov 13, 2018
36 min
“My Tent is Flooding” (Dinosaur Valley)
I went to Dinosaur Valley State Park outside of Fort Worth, Texas. They have foam dinosaurs that’re pretty cool. It had been raining all week and the ground was saturated. Then it rained some more. Resources: * Dinosaur Valley State Park
Nov 5, 2018
28 min
Journey to Thunder Lake (and back again!) Pt. 2
The conclusion. Connor and I made it to the lake, had a great time wandering around in the empty forest around. Really enjoyed teetering at the edge of the alpine zone. Gear and Grub from this Episode: * SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, but they make kickass tents) * JetBoil Flash (REI | Amazon, it’s cheaper on Amazon) * REI Igneo 25 * OMeals Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal (MY FAVORITE OATMEAL) * AlpineStart Black Coffee * Vivo Barefoot * Backpacker’s Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk * OvaEasy Eggs Resources Mentioned: * Rocky Mountain National Park The Eagle Rock Loop Guidebook is Available – The Trail is PERFECT in Autumn
Oct 30, 2018
19 min
Journey to Thunder Lake (Part 1)
Rocky Mountain National Park with my friend Connor. We got CRAZY LUCKY to get the wilderness permit we wanted (Thunder Lake). It’s a beautiful lake, the weather was very cooperative (some drizzling). It’s well worth your time, next time you’re going to RMNP. Gear and Grub from this Episode: * SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, but they make kickass tents) * JetBoil Flash (REI | Amazon, it’s cheaper on Amazon) * REI Igneo 25 * OMeals Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal (MY FAVORITE OATMEAL) * AlpineStart Black Coffee Resources Mentioned: * Rocky Mountain National Park * Anthony’s Instagram (follow for those sweet, sweet Yosemite pics) The Eagle Rock Loop Guidebook is Available – The Trail is PERFECT in Autumn
Oct 23, 2018
15 min
Playing a Board Game around the Campfire
Mike is a designer, a backpacker, and (of late) a board game creator. He made Trailhead, which is available on Kickstarter now through Halloween (10/31). Resources: * Trailhead’s Kickstarter * Bohnanza (the other game Mike mentioned taking on the trail)
Oct 16, 2018
18 min
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