Category Archives: water hikes

Episode 32: Backcountry 201 – Advanced Rookie Mistakes


In Episode 32, the conversation on Rookie Mistakes continues as we sit fireside on Justus Creek along the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. In this discussion, Beer Run, PokeyBo, and Therm Rider talk about some classic rookie moves: taking the wrong gear, hiking above your skill level, and taking too much.

“Backcountry 201” is the second installment in this mini-series where we sit around the campfire and discuss the fundamentals of backpacking.  In this episode, we go “off trail” a bit – so don't take the show too seriously.  We'll get back on track in future episodes and hopefully this is worth a few good laughs as you commute to work, crank out some Trail miles, or do what you do when you are not on the Trail.

Subject: Advanced Rookie Mistakes 201

Interviewees: Beer Run, Pokey Bo, Therm Rider
Interview Date:
October 3, 2014
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Edisto River, Treehouse #3, South Carolina – April 12, 2015

This is a recap of our 23 mile float down the Edisto River April 11-13th, 2015. Day 1, we camped at Colleton State Park (near St. George, SC) and home to one of the friendliest park rangers I've met in some time. Then on Day 2, we caught a ride with Carolina Heritage Outfitters to the put-in at Highway 21 and paddled for 13 miles to Treehouse #3 – with no running water or electric but plenty of tiki torches and propane stoves. On Day 3, we finished the float at the Outfitters after a 10 mile paddle. It's a great trip if you ever get the chance.