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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
ReneeJuly 27, 2015 at 6:45 am
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!!!
NikitaMarch 7, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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. 🙂
Aaron BoxAugust 5, 2015 at 8:45 am
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!
GizmoAugust 10, 2015 at 11:23 am
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.
CindyAugust 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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.
SandraNovember 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Another great one! Thanks so much for putting these out into the world. 🙂
lauramahanesFebruary 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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.
GizmoFebruary 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm
Packing out TP is only my favorite LNT issue! Check out episode 11 🙂 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.
NikitaMarch 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm
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! 🙂
EllenMarch 11, 2016 at 8:32 am
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.
SteveDecember 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm
Hilarious and informative all in the same podcast…..loved it. Through first 13 of your podcasts…..looking forward to the rest.