The CloudLine team spends a good portion of every day in the shipping department, packing up our premium merino wool hiking socks and shipping them out to happy hikers. To pass the time while we work we like to listen to a few favorite outdoor themed podcasts. These podcasts also often keep us entertained as we make the drive from Seattle to Olympic National park, the North Cascades, or weekend adventures down to Oregon. Each of these podcasts inspires us with ideas for new adventures, stories that capture our imaginations and provide tips for backpacking, hiking, and more.
The First 40 Miles is geared towards beginners and covers a host of topics that a newbie backpacker needs to know to have a safe and fun trip. The hosts Heather and Josh cover everything from choosing hiking socks to what to pack. Even as seasoned backpackers we enjoy listening, and have learned a tip or two. Episodes are brief and informative at under half an hour. If you are new to backpacking or have a friend you want to introduce to backpacking, listen to the First 40 Miles before your first trip.
Listen at thefirst40miles.com or wherever you download podcasts.
MTNmeister host Ben Schenck explores the minds of those who explore. Each week Ben interviews an adventurer from a wide array of outdoor disciplines. Guests have included climbers, long distance hikers, record breakers, and inspirational individuals that have overcome disabilities and challenges to do amazing things. Think of it as NPR's Fresh Air for Adventurers!
Listen at mtnmeister.com or wherever you download podcasts.
We love The Sounds of the Trail podcast, because it is something completely different, totally genuine, and brings the trail to life. The amazing theme song is by Baby Gramps and we constantly catch ourselves humming or singing it while we work. The hiker behind Sounds of the Trail is Gizmo (her trail name). We love that she is a thru-hiker (she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014) sharing stories about the trail. Episodes feature regular contributors, trail names kimchi, Saina, and Par 3 who are thru-hikers currently on the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail. These contributors share stories, and interview other thru-hikers, all from the trail.
Listen at soundsofthetrail.com or wherever you download podcasts.
For those not familiar, the term Dirtbag refers to someone who lives in a tent or van in order to maximize time spent outdoors climbing, hiking, and enjoying nature. The Dirtbag Diaries tells the stories of these adventurers. Listen with caution as many episodes will inspire feelings of wanderlust and a strong desire to quit your job, sell your belongings, buy a van and head for the mountains. Episodes recount epic adventures, dangerous climbs, and lessons learned in the mountains. The Dirtbag Diaries is well written, beautifully produced, and features awesome music. If you subscribe to one adventure podcast make it the Dirtbag Diaries.
Listen at dirtbagdiaries.com or wherever you download podcasts.
We know it is tempting to discover a new podcast and binge-listen to every back episode but try and resist that urge. Use the inspiration you get from these podcasts to try a new outdoor activity, plan a backpacking trip, or take a road trip to a National Park.
Looking for even more inspiration? Checkout our collection of outdoor quotes that will inspire you to get outside.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
Hikers and backpackers are constantly outside and being active, even in the off season. The physical impact of carrying weight, working muscles repeatedly, and being exposed to uncontrolled conditions can take its toll both in the short and long term. Being able to hike, backpack, snowshoe and do whatever outdoor activities you choose is a special thing, and calls for attention to remain possible, comfortable, and enjoyable.
To stay healthy and protected from injuries, here are a few self-care tips to keep you doing what you love.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|