Hiking Unfiltered

Hiking Unfiltered

A show that explores the why, wherefores, and hows of hiking and backpacking. Real, unfiltered talk about trail life.

Recent Episodes

Episode #44 - Rainbow and Lost Johnny - "Why would you open a hiker hostel?"

Jan. 23, 2023

In this episode, Courtney talks with Olivia "Rainbow" Neal and Johnny "Lost Johnny" William, owners of the newly established Hidden Pond Hostel. Theirs is a unique story! They met on trail on their 2022 AT thru hike. They ta…

Episode #43 - Andrea "Hey Mom" Lani - "What is it like to drag your family along uphill both ways?!"

Jan. 16, 2023

In this episode, Courtney talks with author and hiker, Andrea "Hey Mom" Lani. They talk about taking hot food for granted (especially when you are cold and wet), seeing the playfulness bloom in her kids on trail, and she ans…

pisode #42 Claire Dal Nogare "How is hiking like commercial fishing?"

Jan. 9, 2023

In this episode, Courtney talks with Claire Dal Nogare, thru hiker and soon to be Alaskan pilot. They discuss the fear mongering that can spring up on trail, what it is like to use a thru hike as physical therapy and they an…

Episode #41 - Best of...Theresa Halo" Ebert

Jan. 2, 2023

This episode, we revisit Courtney's very first podcast interview with Theresa Ebert or "Halo".  They talk about being a mother of four, a hiker, and a true trail angel! Halo shares with us some of the great strategies she an…

Episode #40 - Bonus Leftovers! "What else is crazy about hiking?"

Dec. 26, 2022

This is a very special bonus leftovers episode! We often keep talking after the "official interview" is done for the show, so this time Courtney talks to John "No Worries" and Missy "Hot Buns" Baatz, Keith "Fozzie" Foskett a…

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Episode #39- Michelle Samson "How has hiking helped you discover your strength?"

Dec. 19, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks with Michelle Samson, a local hiker on the Illinois trails. They talk about what it is like for an extrovert to hike alone, why she prefers cold weather hiking and how hiking as allowed her to…

Episode #38- Michelle "Beck" Cofer "What do trail shuttle drivers do?"

Dec. 12, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks with Michelle "Beck" Cofer, the owner/operator of White Blaze Shuttle. They discuss how Michelle's interest in hiking got fired up, why she loves most about starting her business and she answe…

Episode #37 - Derick "Mr. Fabulous" Lugo - "Why take on the hardest trail 10 years later?"

Dec. 5, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks with Derick Lugo, Mr Fabulous. This is Derick's second appearance on the podcast. They talk about how having an audience might influence your hike, night hiking on the CDT versus the AT, runni…

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