Sometimes you have to get away from it all and sometimes you have REALLY get away from it all and go live like a furry woodland creature in the mountains for a few days. Listen to this podcast and join me, John, and Marcus as we go backpacking along the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. It is a very remote area and incredibly rough terrain, so survival is something you actually have to work at.
What makes the trip so cool is the complete removal from civilization. It's a real weird feeling getting back in your car, with all it's gauges and lights, after using logs and rocks for tools and furniture for four days straight. Not only was it extremely cold, but we had to carry all of our own shelter and food and we also had to purify water along the way.
I love going backpacking in the triathlon off-season so I can use my fitness for fun. Being in great shape makes lugging around a 50 lb. pack a lot easier and in return makes it much more fun to do all the other details involved with surviving in the woods.
There are tons of pictures and videos coming, but I only have a few available at this time. Check them out by visiting the flickr link to the right or by clicking here. There will be much more coming in the next few weeks. (I have to get the files from John.) In the meantime, listen to the podcast and enjoy the shownotes below!
- Hillbilly music is "I'm Neil Young" by The New Autonomous Folk Singers.
- Earl, Gascan, and Bulldog huddle together in the cold, ready for the next day's trek.
- Brett records the stream sounds at Salt Fork Creek.
- Brett and John eating PB&J on bagels on top of Potato Knob Mountain.
- Brett gets sappy-sentimental with his backpack heritage.
- Brett demos GPS for Backpacking.
- John yelling for motivation.
- Brett, Marcus, and John sitting on a rock in the the middle of a stream, getting ready to hang a bear bag and eat dinner.
- Buddha needs coffee!
- Giant bramble bushes.
- Putting duct tape over blisters.
- Sitting on an abandoned railroad bed on a mountaintop.
- John's knee is giving out. He can go uphill, but not down.
- Gunshots all around us.
- Adjusting Marcus's attitude.
- Brett's toenails start falling out.
- Bouldering with Marcus.
- Spent the night at Salt Fork Creek.
- Big animal came through camp at night.
- More rain!
- Let Marcus lead up mountain.
- Mexican food in Arkansas is weak.
- Guy commited suicide on freeway right before we drove by.
- Walking in the house after being gone six days.