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The Great Western Loop
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Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
The Great Western Loop on 05/08/2007 20:07:01 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to Articles(s):

Great Western Loop Portal Page - An entry point for all things related to this trek.

Podcast: The Great Western Loop, Part 1 - Overview

Podcast: The Great Western Loop, Part 2 - Gear

Podcast: The Great Western Loop, Part 3 - Philosophy

Edited by bugbomb on 05/29/2007 22:36:50 MDT.

John Cherry
(JHC88@MSN.COM) - MLife

Locale: Maryland
Podcasts on 05/11/2007 06:04:38 MDT Print View

Ryan -- is there any way of posting how long the podcasts are, so that we know the amount of time to listen to them? I enjoy them, so keep up the good work. Thank you! John

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Podcasts on 05/15/2007 23:34:53 MDT Print View

I couln't find any podcast link for interview 2. The only thing I could access was the text from Andrew's site.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Re: Podcasts on 05/16/2007 00:11:34 MDT Print View

Go to page 1 and you'll see page 2 right below it.

It only takes about 10-20 seconds to down load the podcast.
All you need to do is grab and scroll to the end, (to the right) once it's down loaded and it will tell you how long it is.

Hey is there any way we can get the packlist posted?
He talks about most of his gear, but a list would be nice to see what he's using during the trip.

Edited by awsorensen on 05/16/2007 23:24:56 MDT.

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Andy's Gear on 05/22/2007 00:14:17 MDT Print View

Aaron, check out the podcast interview we did with Andy were we talk about his gear. It came out last week and the companion article and podcast player are accessible from the GWL Portal page as well as the "podcasts" page. A gear list is included in the companion article.

Edited by kenknight on 05/22/2007 00:20:09 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Podcasts on 05/22/2007 07:22:54 MDT Print View

Skurkas gearlist is also on his website.

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
New photos on 05/30/2007 02:02:52 MDT Print View

I've just posted about 30 new photos for Andy's Great Western Loop hike. Other the next few days I'll be adding many more so keep an eye on the page for them.

To prevent confusion: Andy's latest photos are here.

Edited by kenknight on 05/30/2007 13:45:52 MDT.

David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
Re: New photos on 05/30/2007 05:23:06 MDT Print View

I can't find where you posted the pictures.

I found the pictures. Thanks for posting!

Edited by dstenberg1 on 05/30/2007 05:29:28 MDT.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
The Great Western Loop on 06/01/2007 08:26:30 MDT Print View

Hey Andy & Ryan,

Huge thanks for this podcast.

It felt so relevant and important to take the discussion far beyond
just lightweight camping. I truly appreciated bringing up the very serious issues of simple living and our loss of wilderness.

A big reason that Lightweight camping appeals to me is because it's a very real chance to live simple. It's a renewal exercise for my soul, and with a revitalized "self" I can better change the world. Yes, I know that sounds lofty - but it's true.

This is an enormously important issue - but it can be hard to articulate, and Andy was wonderful at speaking his truth. It was refreshing and inspiring.

This web-site has lot's of cool tricks and specialized gear, but after listening to this podcast - I realize that it can achieve SO MUCH MORE!

well done!

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
the Great Western Loop, Part 3 on 06/03/2007 23:35:01 MDT Print View

Phenomenal podcast.

Re: global warming and the lightweight lifestyle, the notion of Pascal's Wager comes to mind. To wit, that the expected value of believing (in god, as the wager goes) is always greater than the expected value of not believing.

If we choose to believe that global warming (and the net long-term negative impact of humanity on planet earth) is real and consequential, and if we, individually, take measures to address it (ie, by living a "lightweight lifestyle"), then the result is that we benefit both ourselves and the planet regardless of future outcomes had we chosen not to believe or to act.

But there's also a more sharply defined advantage to living simply, particularly as it relates to the skills we develop in order to, and as a result of, living with less. In Pascal's Wager, believing is at its least a harmless and contrived conviction, and at best it gets him to heaven. For us, today, believing in and following a simpler lifestyle is also a form of life insurance. It can increase our own individual odds of survival in the face of climate change and the "sudden" disasters it may spawn.

Planet Earth will almost certainly host life for a few more billion years. The life forms that hang around through and beyond humanity's growing crisis will be the Adapted Ones. And each of us, individually, has the power to adapt. Our power is our intelligence. On the grand scale, our collective power will always work both for us and against us, and chaos may rule. But individually, we have a choice in how we use our power. And so I say, choose wisely - for the planet, certainly, but also for you.

Edited by blister-free on 06/03/2007 23:48:59 MDT.

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
30 more photos on 06/04/2007 03:34:33 MDT Print View

I've added 30 more photos to the colleciton. This brings us up to May 21, 2007. Enjoy.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Loop reports are great on 06/06/2007 10:20:49 MDT Print View

Really awesome coverage of Andrew's journey.

It's nice having both the audio and visual.

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Interactive Map (BETA) on 06/07/2007 14:11:25 MDT Print View

Is the Interactive Map (BETA) up yet? I just get a white square - no map. Maybe I have browser issues.

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Interactive map on 06/07/2007 14:26:52 MDT Print View

Jason, you may indeed be having browser issues. Clear your browser's cache and try again.

Their was a problem for a few hours yesterday, but it was fixed mid-afternoon.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Interactive map on 06/07/2007 14:28:59 MDT Print View

Map is up----no problems w/ Safari on a Mac. Make sure you have latest version of whatever browser you use. Also make sure you have Adobe's Flash player installed and possibly download another browser if issues still not resolved. My back-up browser is the lean, mean "Opera".

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Andrew on 07/03/2007 22:49:26 MDT Print View

Andrew getting skinny!

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
More photos on 07/05/2007 02:18:34 MDT Print View

Andy has sent us more photos spanning a little more than a 2 week period from late May to early June.

Expect some new videos soon too.

Phillip Black
(ptgandw) - F
Recent Podcasts on 08/03/2007 07:35:45 MDT Print View

I have not seen a new podcasts since July 13, yet I have received Andy's Update e-mail indicating that there should be more recent postings. The URL that I have been using is

What am I doing wrong?

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
new podcasts on 08/03/2007 08:44:44 MDT Print View

As you have noticed by now we're undergoing a big change. Articles are a bit in flux and you should see the podcasts appear in the article shortly.

The best way to get the podcsts though remains subscribing to them via iTunes. This is especially true for the videos.

Sorry for all the dust.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Skurka Update on 08/14/2007 00:42:29 MDT Print View

I spoke with Andy today. He's in Anaconda, MT, and about to do a 380 mile section w/o resupply. His spirits are very good considering his past week. His body is holding up well, and he seems pretty excited to get the Montana smoke behind him, he made an interesting comment: that the smoke actually robs him of about 30 minutes of daylight each night. Go figure.