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The First 40 Miles is a podcast for people who are new to hiking and backpacking.

2,254,177
Total Unique Episode Downloads
93,865
Unique Episode Downloads Last Month
145
Episodes Published
Every Tuesday
A New Episode is Published
December 2014
Launched
88%
Listeners in the United States
6%
Listeners in Canada, England, and Australia

Hosts

The First 40 Miles podcast is hosted by Heather and Josh Legler. About the hosts…

Featured

The First 40 Miles podcast has been featured on the following sites:

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Audience Comments

Look forward to each episode.
—iTunes user KellyMcdonald78 on June 29, 2017

Love listening! I’m only a couple episodes in but I am loving it and can’t wait to hear more.
—iTunes user lallygagers on June 4, 2017

Heather and Josh are the reason I gained the confidence to go on my first camping adventure. Their attitude is just get out there and do it–start slow and keep moving. We’re planning our first forty-miler for the fall, and we’ll be putting much of the info we learned here to good use.
—iTunes user Mooses64 on May 29, 2017

this is such a great podcast! i love the way it’s set up, it feels like someone is reading a magazine to me. i love the backpack hike of the week, the quotes, and the summit gear review. it’s really important to me that Josh and Heather are so honest about all the gear they review. i would recommend this podcast to anyone! thank you josh and heather and keep up the good work!! tuesday is my new favorite day of the week! if you haven’t already listened to this podcast please check it out. there’s always something to learn and take away from the podcast whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
—iTunes user RachelMariaSunshine on April 29, 2017

I can’t wait for my phone to alert me to new episodes. It’s my crack!
—iTunes user NWKMateo on April 19, 2017

I really like the transparency of the hosts and how they are trying to provide hacks to campers. Great quality ideas for newies and experienced family camping – Rebecca @tetonhammocks
—iTunes user Soda67 on March 31, 2017

I really enjoy these podcasts — really great information for beginners and probably even some seasoned backpackers. I enjoy their humor, their stories, the gear reviews, and the “trail wisdom.” Keep up the good stuff!
—iTunes user Swyper Don’t Swype! on March 30, 2017

Lots of great tips on good stuff to bring and how to make everything affordable. And they both have such a great attitude towards everything. *update– The only thing I don’t like about this podcast is the long 1 week wait between each episode 😉!
—iTunes user Wanderingtraver98 on March 21, 2017

The First 40 Miles are the happiest podcast I listen to. I appreciate their sunny outlook no matter what the trail throws at them. As a rookie backpacker, I have learned a great deal from Heather and Josh, most importantly that it will probably be okay whatever happens, but it’s still best to dress for the weather and to keep things as dry as you can and to learn to read a map–and to bring a map! By design there is not a lot of new information for experienced hikers, but I would guess they’ll still be fun to listen to even after one puts their first 40 miles on their first pair of boots or trail runners. They cover a new topic in every short and snappy podcast, and occasionally interview a guest. If you’re thinking about getting out on the trail, but aren’t sure where to start, this is the place. Have a great hike!
—iTunes user Newton’s Apple on March 12, 2017

The are such a happy and positive couple. You can hear the smile in Heathers voice. Makes me fall to sleep with a smile on my face!
—iTunes user Insurance Agent in Cali on February 21, 2017

The 1st 40 is a refreshing podcast that has found the right balance between listenability and information. I’m new to backpacking and was looking for a podcast to help me get oriented to the depths of this world. I especially like that the episodes are 30 minutes or less and have a good flow from both the format and the easy delivery of the hosts. Lots of good tips and perspective — makes me want to hit the trails (and I know I’ll be prepared). Thanks guys!
—iTunes user Hurricane on the Plains on February 20, 2017

Excellent backpacking podcast for either someone who is new to the activity, or someone well versed. Their genuine love for the outdoors is easily noticed and their excitement for backpacking/camping is contagious! Highly recommend!
—iTunes user Mistachins on February 8, 2017

I love this podcast. I like the husband and wife team. As a rookie backpacker/hiker I find their podcast useful and entertaining.
—iTunes user Spectrum Rider on February 5, 2017

Hi, I would class myself as a novice hiker and had horrible experiences in the past when I was completely overweight. Last summer my husband and I embarked upon a #vanlife 6 week tour around Europe and we hiked the Barvarian Alps and I realised taht I turned into that person who loves to hike <3 I just had a listen to E116 on my run and actually the stories you told, and the way to related teh take homes I really loved. I know it's ok now to have less than easy hiking experiences and actually our greatest challenges become our most meorable points! Thank you so much for sharing Cam —iTunes user Jigksjddksvsiw on January 31, 2017

I have learned a lot by listening. I enjoy the fact they are well thought out and about thirty minutes long. I really like the SUMMIT gear reviews all gear reviewers should use that acronym. Genius!
—iTunes user Pastor Matthew on January 30, 2017

I really enjoy the podcast. Very informative and practical. Best of all, the hosts are down to earth and it is clear that they really enjoy backpacking and the outdoors.
—iTunes user NinerK on January 23, 2017

Love this podcast, it’s cute and unique.
—iTunes user DJM1216 on January 13, 2017

Great job. Well worth the listen. You will always learn at least one new thing every show.
—iTunes user NC Biker on December 7, 2016

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