214: The Final Episode

Show Notes: Episode 214


Dear First 40 Milers,

It has been a delight to share our wilderness backpacking journey with you!  You’ve learned and discovered right along with us.  We’re deeply touched by all the kind words and the stories that you’ve shared with us over the past four years.  We hope we get a chance to cross paths again.


Heather and Josh Legler


Today on the First 40 Miles, we’re wrapping up production of The First 40 Miles with today’s final episode.  We’ll share some of our ideas for podcasts we’d love to see started, talk a little about what it’s been like to share our backpacking adventures with ya’ll, then wrap up with a little trail wisdom that brings it all full circle.


This week marks the 4 year anniversary of The First 40 Miles, and today is also our final episode.  We have loved producing this show for you each week.


Top 5 new outdoor podcasts I’d like to see in the next year (that can replace The First 40 Miles)

An outdoor, on site, story-telling show

  • Stories from people getting out there, done NPR style, but less studio, more outdoors
  • We love the idea of it being on site, because then you get the ambient noise
  • It dances on the border of technology and nature.

A niche topic

  • Like trail food, book reviews about outdoor related books, even an outdoors + politics podcast
  • Gear focused podcast (because many people expressed how much they enjoyed the SUMMIT Gear Review)

A revival of the S’more Outdoor Podcast

  • It’s great to hear people’s personal experiences in the outdoors and how it affects their indoor time, their work, their focus, their creativity

A family focused outdoor podcast

  • All outdoor things: SUP, slackline, hikes, neighborhood walks, exercise, organized sports, gardening, farming, rc cars/planes, surfing, etc.
  • It would answer the question: “How does YOUR family stay active?”
  • Families are so important and families can help produce the next generation of healthy, robust, outdoor enthusiasts

A child-produced show

  • Cascade Hiker, one of our podcasting friends, has a show for his daughters. I love it!
  • Children need to have a voice—lets encourage them to share their voices and their stories!

Podcasting behind the scenes…

Our gear:

Time required to produce one episode: 

  • 2–4 hours to create and research for show notes
  • 1 hour to record
  • 4 hours to edit audio

Trail Wisdom

“God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
—Anne Frank

That’s it for today, thank you, thank you, thank you for listening.  We have loved producing this show for you.  Thank you for all your kind, encouraging words.  We feel the love!  You can access all our episodes at TheFirst40Miles.com or on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher.  That’s it for today.  Signing off,
—Heather and Josh Legler.