Episode 13 – A Little Too Much Information


Hikers are gross. Deodorant, daily showers, and fresh undies all stay home during a thru-hike. This episode delves deeper than maybe we needed to know into hiker hygiene. TMI, you might say. Special guests Popsicle, Nettle, Briar, and Seahawk.

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Music by: Baby Gramps


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  1. I think this has been one of my favorite episodes so far!! It’s full of information you really WANT to know but don’t want to ask. I’m a 44 year old woman and loved that one of the women interviewed was 47. While I love the podcast, I always feel like such an “old” person listening in on young kids have these great adventures. I feel much better now and I hope more “old” women get out on the trail. Keep up the great work!!!

    • Yep, I’m 52! I don’t always notice the gap because I don’t have kids, but sometimes I still think “heck, they could be MY kids!” haha But we’re all hikers, so I guess that’s all that counts. πŸ™‚

  2. Fantastic episode. You all are doing a great job, especially given the challenges faced by your contributors. Please keep up the great work. I’m hiking vicariously through each of you!

    • Thanks Aaron. Podcasting turns out to have as many ups and downs as thru-hiking – at least when all your contributors are thru-hikers, haha.

  3. I agree with Renee. It is refreshing to hear from someone who isn’t a twenty something.
    I am fairly new to backpacking. I started in my 40’s and listening to Popsicle made me that it was possible to do a thru hike. Like she said though trying to find people my age that like backpacking. I have friends who hike but they need a real meal and bed.
    I live in Wisconsin and wonder if I can get sufficient training in??

    Thank you for having this podcast. I look forward to listening to it. You have great contributors.

  4. Ladies, as a post menopausal woman (I’m 60), backpacking just gets better. No periods, no hormonal fluctuations, and leg and pit hair stops growing. So, stay healthy, don’t stop hiking, and be a future old lady on the trail.
    Also, I have a minimal hygiene bag, but I always carry a broad spectrum antibiotic, and a small packet of antibacterial cream. Remember, some infections can kill you.
    Something I didn’t hear was the proper LNT practice of packing out your toilet paper. I use a quart freezer bag to carry out soiled TP. It’s thicker and sturdier than a sandwich bag.
    And, finding a pee/poop spot with a beautiful view, is a pretty amazing thing.

    • Packing out TP is only my favorite LNT issue! Check out episode 11 πŸ™‚ I prefer a plastic grocery sack myself – it’s opaque. Quick knot in the top and stored in the ziploc with my trowel, hand sanitzer, and (unused) TP.

    • YES! I’m 52 and postmenopausal, too, so at least the monthly issue is done. WOOHOO. For those who still need products, though, I absolutely agree with Gizmo about the Diva Cup – fabulous! Anyway, I’ve always valued freedom and happiness over age and so-called ‘maturity’, so you’ll find me on the trail no matter what! πŸ™‚

  5. I really enjoyed the TMI episode also. I don’t need someone to tell me how to enjoy a sunset, but I can use practical tips on how to poop in the woods. I am 62. My husband and I are day-hikers. I have to say I am rather surprised at how Kimshi so carefully, delicately and uncomfortably approached the topic of menstruation. I thought that sort of silliness died away with my mother’s generation. You can be more matter-of-fact about it than that. (Otherwise I think Kimshi does a terrific job!) I did like Gizmo’s comments about the Diva Cup. Almost made me wish I still menstruated so I could try one.

  6. Hilarious and informative all in the same podcast…..loved it. Through first 13 of your podcasts…..looking forward to the rest.