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The Hiker Podcast | Day Hiking, Backpacking, Thru Hiking

29 EpisodesProduced by The Hiker PodcastWebsite

Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes you on a journey to demystify hiking. Andy sits down with voices in the outdoor and hiking community, getting to know the hikers behind the trekking poles. Hikers tell stories of how hiking has inspired them to grow, create, and better the environment, getting pa… read more

29 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Sami Wolniakowski: Environmental Educator | The Hiker Podcast S2E7

February 17th, 2021

35:34

This week Andy is excited to talk with hiker, mountaineer, skier, mountain biker and environmental educator Sami Wolniakowski.

Sami Wolniakowski is a …

Darwin Rakestraw: Filmmaker & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E6

February 9th, 2021

58:01

This week Andy talks with filmmaker and hiker Darwin Rakestraw. They have a great conversation about being a filmmaker and a hiker, creativity, social media and the hiking community, and what he is doing to encourage …

Gilad & Mika Nachmani Founders of CNOC Outdoors | The Hiker Podcast S2E5

February 3rd, 2021

1:07:08

This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks with the founders of CNOC Outdoors (pronounced K'nock, who are also a sponsors of the Hiker Podcast) Gilad and Mika Nachmani.   

Gilad Nachmani founded CNOC Outdoors in 2016 …

Maggie Slepian | The Hiker Podcast S2E4

January 26th, 2021

59:34

On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Writer Maggie Slepian about her experience on the trail, social media, and the outdoor industry. 

Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom | The Hiker Podcast S2E3

January 20th, 2021

51:08

On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Becca “Little Skittle” Bergstrom about her hike of the PCT, canceling hikes because of covid, …

Julia "Rocket" Sheehan: Hiker & Vlogger | The Hiker Podcast S2E2

January 13th, 2021

38:04

On this weeks episode Andy talks with Hiker and Vlogger Julia "Rocket" Sheehan. 
After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019, Julia Sheehan, aka …

Darrah Blackwater: Advocate and Hiker | The Hiker Podcast S2E1

January 5th, 2021

45:58

We are opening up Season 2 with an amazing conversation with advocate and hiker Darrah Blackwater!  We talk about her story, hiking on Indigenous Lands, spectrum sovereignty and her work as an advocate. 

Darrah …

Season 1 Finale Q & A | The Hiker Podcast Episode 22

December 21st, 2020

44:08

For the final episode of 2020 and of Season1 Andy reflects on the last 21 episodes and the last year of hiking while answering your questions. Season 2 begins Monday January 4, 2021.

Each week new hiker Andy Neal, takes …

Writer, Redliner, & Hiker Rebecca “Socked In” Sperry | The Hiker Podcast Episode 21

December 7th, 2020

48:08

This week, Andy is talking with Writer, Redliner, & Hiker Rebecca “Socked In” Sperry.

Rebecca "Socked In" Sperry is an avid hiker based out of New Hampshire. She is a big proponent for encouraging women to get …

Danni Krumins: Blogger, Gymnast, & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 20

December 3rd, 2020

37:36

This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Blogger and Hiker, Danni Krumins

Danni has been day hiking in the Canadian Rockies since moving to …

Luke Pearsall: Creative Professional & Hiker| The Hiker Podcast Episode 19

November 23rd, 2020

50:27

This week, Andy is very excited to talk with Creative Professional and Hiker, Luke Pearsall.

Luke Pearsall is a graduate of the Rochester Institute …

Katie "Oats" Houston: Writer & Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 18

November 18th, 2020

51:54

This week Andy talks with writer and hiker Katie "Oats" Houston about gear, getting injured on trail, and how hiking has changed her life!
Katie got bit by the thru-hiking bug in 2019 on her trek of the AT. After meeting …

Aria Zoner: Hiker, Health Counselor, Nutrition Coach, Trailblazer | The Hiker Podcast Episode 17

November 11th, 2020

1:06:36

This week Andy talks with Hiker, Health Counselor, Nutrition Coach, & Trailblazer Aria Zoner.

Aria Zoner is a dually-certified Health Counselor & Nutrition Coach, however, his goal in attaining these …

Heather Diaz: Hiker, Runner, & Outdoor Educator | The Hiker Podcast Episode 16

October 30th, 2020

49:15

This week Andy is very excited to talk with Hiker, Runner, & Outdoor Educator Heather Diaz! 

Heather Diaz is a former experienced long-distance runner and first-generation hiker from the suburbs of Houston, Texas. …

Dylan Harris: Hiker, Photographer, Filmmaker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 15

October 23rd, 2020

48:41

This week Andy is excited to talk to filmmaker, hiker, photographer and director of the forthcoming documentary chronicling the “Fastest Know Time” …

Rachel Meltzer: Thru Hiker, Writer, and Podcaster | The Hiker Podcast Episode 14

October 16th, 2020

57:08

On this weeks Episode of The Hiker Podcast I have a conversation with AT Thru Hiker, writer and Podcaster Rachel Meltzer.
Rachel thruhiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. She now works as a freelance writer in the tech …

Oregon Coast Trail: A Conversation with OCT FKT holder Josh Pulattie | The Hiker Podcast Episode 13

October 8th, 2020

52:45

On this weeks Episode of The Hiker Podcast we talk with the Fastest Know Time(FKT) holder for the Oregon Coast Trail Josh Pulattie.
Josh Pulattie is a …

Rachael "Rabbit" DeLano: Triple Crown Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 12

October 1st, 2020

1:05:00

On this weeks episode of the Hiker Podcast we talk with Yoga instructor,Triple Crown Hiker and rabbit enthusiast Rachael “Rabbit” DeLano.
Rachael aka “Rabbit” is a long-distance hiker and outdoor enthusiast residing in …

Fastest Known Tiger: A Conversation with Jeff "Legend" Garmire | The Hiker Podcast Episode 11

September 22nd, 2020

59:49

On this weeks episode of the Hiker Podcast we talk with new Colorado Trail FKT holder Jeff “Legend” Garmire.
Jeff has completed the Calendar Year …

Oregon Wildfires: A Conversation w/ Kristen Babbs of the Oregon Department of Forestry's "Keep Oregon Green" Program | The Hiker Podcast Episode 11

September 15th, 2020

51:51

In light of the tragic wildfires that have been plaguing Oregon and the Western United States this week, Andy tells you what’s been happening with the tragic wildfires in Southern Oregon that have devastated much of the …

BARNEY "SCOUT" MANN: Trail Angel, Hiker, & Author | The Hiker Podcast Episode 9

September 2nd, 2020

55:26

This week on The Hiker Podcast Andy talks about his upcoming and first ever backpacking trip along the PCT AND we are excited to talk with legendary “trail angel”, author, and hiker Barney “Scout” Mann. 
We talk about …

Hiker and Author Jim Falkenstein | The Hiker Podcast Episode 8

August 26th, 2020

51:42

This week on The Hiker Podcast we talk with day hiker, trail runner and author of the trail book “Ashland Trails”,  Jim Faleknstein.
Jim Falkenstein self-published his hyper-local trail guide AshlandTrails.com – The Book …

Thru Hikers Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau & Andrew “Peanut” Glenn | The Hiker Podcast Episode 7

August 19th, 2020

1:04:30

On this weeks episode of The Hiker Podcast we are excited to talk with Hikers Tyler “The Prodigy” Lau and Andrew “Peanut” Glenn. Not only are they amazing hikers but they work for Sawyer Products, the sponsor of this …

Renee "She-Ra" Patrick of the Oregon Desert Trail | The Hiker Podcast Episode 6

August 11th, 2020

1:03:09

The week we are excited to talk with Renee "She-Ra" Patrick.  Renee measures time by the miles she hikes. This long-distance backpacker has wracked up over 11,000 miles hiked on 12 different trails around the world …

PCT THRU HIKER Jennifer “Close Call” McDaniel | The Hiker Podcast Episode 5

August 4th, 2020

50:40

This week we have an amazing conversation with PCT THRU HIKER
Jennifer “Close Call” McDaniel. We have an amazing conversation about what it means to be a hiker, expectations on the trail, when you have to get off the …

Michael "Einstein" Gelfeld: Full Time Distance Hiker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 4

July 21st, 2020

46:21

This week on Episode 4 of The Hiker Podcast we talk with Michael "Einstein" Gelfeld. "Einstein" is a semi-nomadic, somewhat full-time long distance …

Elina "Tip Tap" Osborne: PCT Hiker & Filmmaker | The Hiker Podcast Episode 3

July 13th, 2020

1:00:01

This week on Episode 3 of The Hiker Podcast we talk with filmmaker, YouTuber, and PCT thru-hiker Elina “Tip Tap” Osborne. “Tip Tap” hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,650 mile (4270 kilometers) trail that runs from …

Hike Oregon and Keep Oregon Green | The Hiker Podcast Episode 2

July 7th, 2020

44:11

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hiker Podcast, we are keeping it close to home today with conversations with the president of Keep Oregon Green Kristen Babbs and Franziska, the founder of hikeoregon.net and Hike Oregon On …

How Hiking Changed Me | The Hiker Podcast Episode 1

June 30th, 2020

41:13

Welcome to the first ever episode of The Hiker Podcast. This week Host Andy Neal tells you his story of how he got into hiking and how hiking helped changed him during an existential crisis and helped heal his mind and …

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