Papa Bear Hikes

40 Episodes

By: Papa Bear Hikes

A podcast for outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers, and travelers!

Maggie Slepian: Writer and Co-founder of
Last Friday at 12:00 AM

Maggie Slepian is full-time writer and editor based in Montana. She has backpacked thousands of miles around the US, and is an avid bikepacker, climber, and mountain biker. 

Her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Huffington Post, and REI Co-op Journal. Her advice and recommendations have been featured in New York Magazine, and her clients range from brands such as Osprey, Marmot, and KOA to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Montana Wilderness Association.

Maggie has tested gear professionally for the past five years and is the co-founder of When she isn’t w...

Ron AKA Swifty Paddler
Last Wednesday at 8:00 PM

SwiftyPaddler, aka Ron Breault (pronounced "Bro"), is an outdoor enthusiast and photographer based in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

Ron has been active on instagram for many years with a private, personal account, but last year decided to create a public account to share his love of the outdoors and photography, while gaining inspiration from and connecting with others.

Ron is happily married with two adult daughters, one dog, two canoes and two kayaks (so far).

Earlier this year Ron stepped away from a successful career in the S/W industry to pursue...

Papa Bear: Pack Smart and Light
Last Wednesday at 1:00 AM

Charles Fritsch: Trail Cams

Charles Fritsch is a retired guy running 51 trail cams a Canon and Sony dslr taking pics on 40 acres near Montesano Washington State. Check out his social media for some incredible videos! 

Charles Fritsch (@charlesfrtsch) • Instagram photos and videos

Charles Fritsch | Facebook

Phil Lewis: Non-Competitive Eco Sports

Phil Lewis has been a Sociology lecturer at the University at Albany for the past six years.

He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods and The Sociology of Sports.

His areas of interest are Urban Social Problems, including Urban Sprawl, and the evolution of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in sports.

He holds a Master’s in Applied Social Research and Bachelor’s in Rhetoric and Communications.

Lost in the Woods

Jay the ADK Woods Walker

Jay Morrison is a father, husband, brother, and outdoor adventurer.  Whether it's hiking, backpacking, camping, or paddling, Jay loves getting out into the woods,  and sharing his adventures with folks.  Growing up, Jay was always interested in the outdoors, but it never became a main focus in his life until he was invited to climb his first Adirondack High Peaks in November 2015.  As he was standing on top of Cascade Mountain in awe of the amazing beauty, a feeling of gratitude and purpose stirred inside that has been driving Jay to inspire others to get outside and do some...

Rue McKenrick: The American Perimeter Trail Conference

Rue McKenrick is a professional backpacker, triple crowner, and originator of the American Perimeter Trail Conference.

The vision of the American Perimeter Trail Conference is to create a protected corridor of land and natural resources available for recreational use roughly tracing the contiguous United States.

The American Perimeter Trail seeks to connect the land, resources, people, and communities. It strives to encourage conservation efforts through recreation, allowing all people and generations to experience the diversity of the contiguous United States.

Rue McKenrick (@ruemckenrick) • Instagram photos and videos

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Emergency Communication

How to Find Free Campsites Nationwide!

In this episode Shroomin does some housekeeping for the show and shares tips and guidance for finding free camping wherever your travels may take you!

Bear Tracks: The 10+ Essentials

Frank of @speakingquitefrankly and his recent trip to Egypt.

We welcome back Frank the Man with a Van to discuss his recent trip to Egypt and his current adventure. 

Frank aka Phranque (@speakingquitefrankly) • Instagram photos and videos

Free & Discounted Outdoor Recreation for Veterans

Papa Bear & Shroomin discuss free & discounted opportunities for Veterans to enjoy the outdoors. 

What We Find in the Woods

Papabear and Shrooman discuss unusual forest finds.  

Bear Tracks: Your Questions

Papa Bear answers your questions. 

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Papa Bear's Long Trail Adventure

Special guest Doob Tube and Papa Bear talk about their experiences on Vermont's Long Trail in 2017.

Fishing 101 with Michael Herceg

Our friend, Michael Herceg, provides helpful advice & tips for newbies.

BIO: Michael is a senior at Binghamton University studying business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He is also an avid member of the Bing Ideas Club, Mafia Club, and Cheese Club. As a Binghamton local, hailing from Endicott NY, he enjoys nights out on the town (usually ending with the 3 for $10 at Chili’s), karaoke, and playing board games with friends. Outside of leisure and academics, Michael works hard as the student coordinator for Launch Pad GBSC, a local high school entrepreneurship competition. He hopes to...

Vermont Long Trail

Black to Nature, LLC

Papabear speaks with Will Simmons, Chief Operating Officer and Joshua Mackey

Chief Technology Officer of Black To Nature, LLC about bringing the Black community together through indoor & outdoor activities.

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Bear Tracks: Your Questions

Enock Glidden: Paradox Sports Ambassador

Papa Bear talks with Enock Glidden about  inspiring people of all abilities to
try new things and his work as a Ambassador for Paradox Sports.

Enock Glidden (@enockglidden) • Instagram photos and videos

Blog | Go Beyond The Fence | Adaptive Adventure

Paradox Sports – Climbing For All

Mr. Glidden's Bio:
As a child with Spina Bifida growing up in Patten a small town in northern Maine, Enock had to learn to do things differently than others but with the use of adaptive equipment and help from friends and family, he has h...

Jen Hunter: A Family Who Adventures Together⛷🏔

Papabear talks with Jen Hunter of @hunterfamilyoutdooradventures.

Jen Hunter (@hunterfamilyoutdooradventures) • Instagram photos and videos

Bear Tracks: Covid 2021

Brian of the The Evolving Outdoorsman podcast

Papa Bear speaks with fellow podcaster Brian about their shared enthusiasm for the outdoors. Brian also talks about fly fishing and many of the other outdoor activities for those seeking adventure in the beautiful state of Oregon and elsewhere. 

Outdoor Podcast (@theevolvingoutdoorsman) • Instagram photos and videos

Outdoor Jamaican

Papabear speaks with Outdoor Jamaican about the need to keep one's outdoor skills sharp and expanding diversity in the outdoors.

Outdoors fanatic and extremist supporting environmental consciousness. Believing in sustainability & positivity 👣 Jamaican Outdoorsman 🇯🇲 HIKING IN USA

Karl Allen: Black River Search and Rescue

Our guest today is Karl Allen. Mr. Allen is the primary K9 handler and owner of Black River Search and Rescue Inc (BRSAR). BRSAR is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the recovery and reuniting of lost loved ones with their families. BRSAR has assisted over 600 people recover their pets each year for the past three years in 20 states. 

 BRSAR currently has 3 active Bloodhound Trailing dogs with exceptional records of recovery - Ginger (11 years), Dani (4 years) and Pippa (2.5 years).

(4) Black River Search and Rescue Inc | Facebook

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Bear Tracks: March 20, 2021

Michael Finney: Exploring Our National Parks

Michael Finney talks to us about his latest project:

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Asia Bright: Black Girls Hike

My connection with nature began when I was kid. There was nothing else that excited me more than being outside whether it’d be visiting the neighborhood creek with my friends or building makeshift terrariums with my sister to house caterpillar’s so we could see them turn into butterflies. It wasn’t until  I got older and the responsibilities started to pile up that I began to focus more on “adulting” and spent less time enjoying the nature around me. In 2019, a couple of friends and I randomly decided to go hiking one summer morning at a small trail right...

Nat: Polish The Paddle

John us as we speak with city girl turned outdoor enthusiast, Nat, who is promoting and supporting women in the outdoors. 

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Bear Tracks: Five Reasons to Love Winter Hiking

Papabear shares five reasons to love winter hiking, and recaps what you may have missed last week and what to expect this coming week.

Bill Manning, Colorado Trail Foundation

Bill talks about the beauty and uniqueness of the Colorado Trail in addition to sharing the incredible work accomplished by  the volunteers of the Colorado Trail Foundation.

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A spectacular adventure.

Since its completion more than 30 years ago (Trail History), The Colorado Trail has become known as one of the premier long-distance trails in the country, lauded by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers and horse riders from around the world. The CT comprises 567 miles of trail between Denver and Durango and passes through some of...

Wille Stewart: Challenged Athletes Foundation

Physical Challenge: Amputee
Sport: Cycling, Triathlon

In 1980, a construction accident resulted in Willie’s arm being ripped out of the socket. Because of rush hour traffic, Willie ran a mile on foot to the hospital while trying to hold his left bicep muscles in with his remaining arm.

The former all-state wrestler showed his enduring grit by competing in a host of endurance and extreme sports following his accident.  Willie captained the Washington Rugby Football Club a few short years after losing his arm and turned that experience into a...

Heather Wyman of the Western Massachusetts Appalachian Mountain Club

Heather provides details about the  trails that are maintained by the Western Massachusetts Appalachian Mountain Club (Massachusetts sections of the Appalachian Trail, New England Trail, and the Connecticut River National Blue Way).

Bear Tracks


Bigfoot Backpacker

Dan of the upcoming Bigfoot Backpacker podcast shares with us his love for the outdoors which include his experiences in his home state of Montana. Tune in to hear about backpacking, fly fishing, and chasing Bigfoot. 

(13) Bigfoot Backpacker (@BigfootBackpakr) / Twitter

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Why I Dislike Gear Reviews

Papa Bear shares his opinions about gear reviews. 

Bear Tracks

Steph Meyer: National Ability Center (NAC)

Please join us as we speak with Steph Meyer, Recreation and Adventure  Program Manager for the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. She shares with us information about the many fun and adventurous adaptive sport activities offered at NAC's facility in Park City, Utah.  Steph covers everything from cycling and water sports, to climbing. So there is something for everyone. 

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Ryan & Darin's Rad Bike Adventure

Join us as we speak with Ryan and Darin as they share with us many of the unique and special destinations they visited as they peddled their way around the globe. Additionally, they share pointers and inspiration for those of us who want to enter the world of cycle touring or
bike packing. Please find them on Instagram @radbikeadventure, check out their Merch Store, and find them on YouTube.

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