Episode 2-01 – Hyperfreedom


Sounds of the Trail is back for the summer thru-hiking season! In this podcast episode we introduce some of our new correspondents who will be attempting thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. We get to hear about their reasons for thru-hiking, some of their hopes, and some of their fears. Is that a random twinge of the the knee or is it…?

Next week we’ll be hearing from our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers as they get started.

Thanks to Smiley 501, John Malusa, and Jesse Silverman for help with the new intro.

Episode 30 – Before and After


In this episode we get to hear from two hikers at two different points in their thru-hikes – the Before and the After. Special guests Sandpiper and Buff. We also include some very dubious info on water treatment – I personally recommend a filter.

Music by: Baby Gramps

I’m getting back on the AZT this afternoon, but I’ll be back in May to officially launch our second season! – Gizmo

Episode 29 – The Key Players


Today’s podcast is all about the real stars of our show – the trails themselves. We talk about our 2016 lineup – the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail – discuss hiking family histories, and get to hear from the Triple Crown hiker Wired one more time for some trail stories.

Wired keeps a blog of all her hiking adventures, so if you want to learn more about her, check it out here: Walking With Wired

Music by: Baby Gramps
Other sounds are from Freesound.org and include:
Les Paul Rock by guitarelement
Boom4 by noisecollector
1234567_guitar by growingup
(Used under CC-BY 3.0 License)

Episode 28 – This Is Why We Do It


IMPORTANT: If you are an Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 hiker (thru-, section, or otherwise), please listen right away! We need your help!

As we get ready for thru-hiking season, we take a minute to remember why we want to do this. In this episode we hear from special guest Wired as she tells us what she has gotten out of thru-hiking and what about it has motivated her to keep hiking (over 10,000 miles by foot and counting).

Then we get to hear from our friends at the Dirtbag Diaries, as they share with us the story of a hiker named Paul, and why they need our help.

If you are interested in helping Paul, go to Paul’s Boots and see how you can help out. The Dirtbag Diaries is trying to find all their volunteers by February 17, 2016, and it’s coming up fast.

When you’re done with that, take a minute to check out Wired’s blog: Walking With Wired.

Music by Baby Gramps.

Episode 27 – An Everyday Commitment


One guy, with one goal – to ski 2.5 million vertical feet in one year. That is, 2.5 million feet UPHILL. To make this happen, Aaron Rice is planning on skiing 10 hours a day, every day, for an entire year. Kimchi sits down with Aaron and his friend Joey Campanelli to talk about what it takes to do something like this, and why skiing uphill every day for 10 hours a day is something that anybody would even want to do.

This subject is a little bit of a break from our usual hiker talk – we hope you enjoy it! The Sounds of the Trail team is working REALLY hard right now to get ready for the upcoming 2016 thru-hiking season. We’re lining up a lot of great stuff, so stay tuned!

If you’re interested in learning more about our guests today, check out their webpages and instagrams.
Aaron Rice
His insta: @airandrice

Joey Campanelli
His insta: @joey.camps

For avalanche awareness

And as always, big thanks to Baby Gramps for the music.