Episodes

Episode #17 - Grant "Detour" Breidenbach - "What about bears?"

July 4, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks to Grant "Detour" Breidenbach, of Bear Vault, about the challenges of bear safety. Should you hang your food? Should you carry a bear canister? How far away should it be from your camp? What t…

Lightning Round #1 - Christine "Lady Unicorn" Reed

June 27, 2022

In this Bonus Episode, Courtney gets unfiltered with Christine "Lady Unicorn" Reed in a fun game of lightning-round questions! Christine Reed is a long-distance backpacker and author of the memoir, Alone in Wonderland. She s…

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Episode #16 - Christine Reed (Lady Unicorn) - "You want to be alone, on purpose?!"

June 20, 2022

In this episode, Courtney gets unfiltered with Christine "Lady Unicorn" Reed. They talk about what it feels like to get bitten hard by the hiking bug, redefining independence, and intentionally taking on major challenges to …

Episode #15 - Anna Huthmaker (Mud Butt) - "Does It Take a Village to Hike a Trail?"

June 6, 2022

In this episode, Courtney has a conversation with Anna "Mud Butt" Huthmaker about the hiking community that she created, Trail Dames. They explore the concept of how we can, and do, support each other on the trail so that we…

Episode #14 - Andrew Forestell (Reptar)" - "How is being miserable fun?"

May 16, 2022

In this episode, Courtney chats with Andrew Forestell, aka Reptar. Andrew shares some of his craziest adventures and together they answer the question: How is being miserable fun?! Andrew "Reptar" Forestell is an entreprene…

Episode #13 - John and Missy Baatz - "How much is enough?" (Part 2)

May 2, 2022

In this episode, Courtney has an unfiltered conversation with Jon and Missy Baatz that was so much fun it had to be broken into two episodes! In Part 2 the Baatz dive into life on a long trail with a spouse/significant other…

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Episode #12 - John and Missy Baatz - "Does hiking change you?" (Part 1)

April 18, 2022

In this episode, Courtney has an unfiltered conversation with Jon and Missy Baatz that was so much fun it had to be broken into two episodes! In Part 1 we get to hear about the fun story of Missy's trail name "Hot Buns", how…

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Episode #11 - Gary Sizer (Green Giant) "How do you go from hobby to obsession?"

April 4, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks with Gary "Green Giant" Sizer, author and Appalachian Trail thru hiker (2014). Gary turned his lifelong love of story-telling into a best-selling book, Where's the Next Shelter? They explore h…

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Episode #10 - Wander Woman "How can you thru hike while you still have kids at home?!"

March 21, 2022

In this episode, Courtney talks with Stephanie Quarles or Wander Woman. She joins the Appalachian Trail Class of 2022 in February of this year for her AT thru hike attempt. As a wife and mother of four, she is in a unique si…

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Episode #9 - Jive Turkey - "Is getting off trail a failure?"

March 7, 2022

Garrett Tandy, or Jive Turkey, completed his Appalachian Trail Thru hike in 2021 and decided to take on the Pinhoti Trail next. Garret talks with Courtney about his experiences on this trail that made him rethink his gear, h…

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Episode #8 - Mus Ox - "What does the trail provide?"

Feb. 21, 2022

In this episode Courtney talks with Carisa Oxendine or Mus Ox. Mus is in the Appalachian Trail Class of 2022 and plans to start at Springer Mountain on February 22, 2022. This is her second attempt at a thru hike, but that's…

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Episode #07 - Derick Lugo - What does it take to be Fabulous on and off trail?

Feb. 7, 2022

In this episode Unfiltered talks to Derick Lugo, Author of The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, Host of The Unlikely Stories Podcast, aka Mr. Fabulous. He opens up about how his unexpected thru hike of the Appalachian Trail changed the …

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Episode #06 - Melanie "Peanut" Harsha - Is hiking sexy?

Jan. 17, 2022

In this episode we ask Melanie Harsha, aka Peanut, that burning question: “Is hiking sexy?” Melanie is a seasoned hiker who has thru hiked both the Appalachian Trail, as a solo NOBO, and the Pacific Crest Trail NOBO with he…

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Episode #5 - Diane Harsha (Sticks) Do you have to do it all at once?

Jan. 3, 2022

Diane "Sticks" Harsha section hiked the entire Appalachian Trail over the course of 13 years. Her hiking helped her manage stress, grief and eventually retirement. She hiked solo and with companions, one of which become a th…

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Episode #04 Shannon Ryker - What is a Mountain Snob?

Dec. 20, 2021

Have you ever heard the story of the Little Engine that Could? Today’s guest shows that same kind of drive and determination to make her dream of thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, despite multiple setbacks and course corr…

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Episode #01 - Pilot

Nov. 8, 2021

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