100: Celebrating Episode 100!

Show Notes: Episode 100

Today on the First 40 Miles, this is episode 100!  And we have a shocking revelation: this is not a backpacking podcast—and we’ll tell you why in our top 5 list today.  We’ll also have a fun announcement that will put our First 40 Milers and their stories on center stage. For today’s Backpack Hack of the Week, a simple no cook dinner that packs in flavor, nutritional density, and over 1000 calories.


  • Episode 100! What we’ve loved so far about this podcast
  • Hearing people’s stories
  • New hand lettered T shirt announcement!

Top 5 Things The First 40 Miles is Really About


  • On a backpacking trip, it’s your job to be 100% prepared. You bring all the tools and supplies you need.
  • “Everything transfers”
  • If you can learn self-sufficiency in one area of your life, it will spill over into other areas of your life.


  • This is a podcast about making priorities
  • Prioritizing time outside and time with those you love

Finding the Divine in Nature

  • God created this world and everything in it so that when we see those things they remind us of how much he loves us
  • All the principles of design are found in nature
  • Balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm , variety, unity.
  • It’s clear that this world was not only created and organized, but divinely designed as well.


  • Backpacking is one of the most creative things you can do.
  • Not only does it spur creative ideas, but it also forces you to think creatively.

Finding Your Own Path

  • Everyone approaches the outdoors with their own expectations and their own way
  • Not everything that we talk about on The First 40 Miles will resonate with every listener
  • That’s part of the great thing about backpacking! You create your own story!  You create your own journey!  You get out of it what you want to get out of it!
  • We’re simply here to encourage you along your own path and share our experiences

Announcement about TheFirst40Miles.com/story

  • We are collecting stories of your most recent backpacking trip and why it was memorable. To share your story, go to 
  • TheFirst40Miles.com/story
  • Two stories from friends at the Outdoor Retailer show

Backpack Hack of the Week™: Best Dinner Yet

1 cup bulgar
1 cup water
1 can lightly smoked sardines in oil (do not drain!)
4 ounce block hard cheese (asiago, cheddar, pecorino Romano)

Add water to bulgar and wait 90 minutes for bulgar to rehydrate.  Add in other ingredients.

About 1,069 calories

Trail Wisdom

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

-Frank A. Clark