All posts by Heather

153: Trinity Alps Wilderness Trip Report

Today on the First 40 Miles, Is it ok to skip school and hit the trails?  We think so!  Josh and our two youngest will share some of the highlights of the week.  Then we’ll review a clever way to get food from the plat to your mouth.  And, a few nights on a deflated pad is the inspiration behind today’s Backpack Hack of the Week.  Then we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from Arnold Bennet.

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152: Trail Parenting

Today on the First 40 Miles, last week we turned the mic over to the kids.  And today, we’re taking it back—and sharing a little bit of insight to parenting on the trail.  On Today’s Top 5 list, are there principles that are easier to teach outside than inside?  Then, we’ll review a versatile, functional, rechargeable light.  For today’s Backpack hack, a crowd-pleasing three ingredient granola recipe that’s just begging for space in your pack.

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151: For the Kids, By the Kids: The No Parents Episode

Show Notes: Episode 151

Today on the First 40 Miles, the Legler kids are on the mic to provide the kids perspective on backpacking.  They’ll share some fun memories from past trips.  For today’s gear review, our youngest child reviews his kid-sized pack.  Then some friends join us and share their experience backpacking.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a little trail wisdom from the Far East.


  • How long have you been backpacking?
  • Was it always fun?
  • What surprised you when you first started?
  • What’s the best age to start backpacking?
  • Hardest part? Funnest part?
  • Is it hard to carry a pack?
  • Why do you think your parents take you backpacking?

Top 5 Family Backpacking Memories

SUMMIT Gear Review™:

Deuter Fox 40 Liter

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150: Clever and Creative

Today on the First 40 Miles, there’s something about being outside that lights a spark inside.  It makes us more in tune with ourselves, it shuts out the noise of civilization and it slows us down—in a good way.  Today we’re going to share some of our upcoming creative projects and hopefully inspire you to get started on your own!  Then we’ll review a sub two pound tent that can fit you plus four really good friends.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you’ll learn how to "steal like an artist".

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149: Friends of the Flora

Today on the First 40 Miles, if you want to be a friend of the forest, get to know the flora.  We’ll share some ways to make your next trip more rich as you get to know the plants that surround you.  Then we’ll review a new ultra-durable, refillable lighter.  For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, you’ll learn a plant-geek approved way to bring forest samples home for further study.

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