132: Wanna Clean Up The Forest?

Show Notes: Episode 132

Today on the First 40 Miles, remember that BLM land we talked about in episode 131—we have some exciting news to share!  A clean up group in Oregon has scheduled a clean up there—and you’re all invited!  Then, we’ll teach you how to get street cred on the trail without having to roll up your pant leg and show any raccoon bite marks. Next on the SUMMIT Gear Review, will the inflatable insanity ever end?  And a Backpack Hack that will keep you clean.

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Our secret spot is the target of a clean up!

Bald Peak Clean Up—Perfect timing

Inviting all our FFM to come out!


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Top 5 Ways to Get Street Cred on the Trail

Do your homework

  • This one caught Heather on our last trip…She didn’t read anything about the hike we were going on and was surprised at some of the challenges
  • Have recent data and 2nd hand info about the trail (have the map or photo of trail)

Don’t complain

  • Complaining is the #1 thing that kills trail cred
  • This is the time for proactive problem solving

Be open to suggestions

  • Before or on the trail
  • If you’re trying to build some street cred, asking for someone’s opinion or asking for their advice goes a long way toward building that mutual respect that is such a foundation of our trail experience

Help your camp mates/other hikers

  • Whether it’s gathering wood for a fire, offering to pump water or just offering information to other hikers about trail conditions ahead…
  • We had quite a few people pass us as we were hiking in to the hiker camp at Ecola State Park, and each one gave us the mud update
  • “Hey, these are cool people…”

Be observant

  • You can learn a lot in a little amount of time by quietly observing
  • What have you observed by watching other hikers/backpackers?
  • What have you learned by observing your surroundings?

SUMMIT Gear Review™: Dumbo AirChair


  • The AirChair is made out of a specially formulated nano-nylon that doesn’t require a liner on the inside – this means it’s lighter and easier to inflate than the original Dumbo.
  • TPU lined
  • Two parts, the main seat, and a detachable pillow
  • Comes with a carrying string bag


  • There is one air chamber—as opposed to other inflatable hammocks we’ve seen that have two
  • The buckle that secures the AirChair and keeps the air from seeping out is a locking buckle
  • The maximum recommended weight limit is 500lbs


  • Weighs 21 ounces
  • Pillow weighs 4 ounces (and is detachable—or you can just leave it at home!)
  • About 2/3 the size of the inflatable hammock we reviewed in episode 116 (WindPouch)


  • Fill with air by running a little then closing and rolling the stiff closure down 3 or 4 times.
  • Not for jumping on…


  • $70


  • The new AirChair is super light weight, and is super easy to use
  • Lighter than the other inflatables we’ve tried
  • Light enough to be considered a backpacking luxury item
  • Because of its construction it’s less likely to lose air, it’s smaller than the popular inflatable hammocks, and lighter.
  • Perfect for a weekend trip

Backpack Hack of the Week™:  Soap Powder

  • There are lots of ways to bring soap on the trail: liquid, bar, soap tubes, soap sheets
  • And there are lots of great reasons to bring soap on the trail: first aid, cleaning dishes, doing a little light laundry
  • Here is a different way to bring soap on the trail that makes it easy to use and quick to dissolve.
  • Turn soap into soap powder using your blender

Trail Wisdom

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem the shorter.”

–Izaak Walton

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