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Tue, Sep 20, 2005
Correction to Trail Crew show #10
Ken Murray, the Public Information and Education Director for the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew wrote:
I wanted to follow up with a correction on the podcast: In it, you referred to the saw used as a "bowsaw". What we use is actually a different type of saw, referred to either as a "buck saw" or a "crosscut saw".
Thank you, Ken, for the correction.
Thu, Sep 15, 2005
Volunteer Trail Crew
This outings program is a work day with the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness of the Sequoia National Forest.
Why join a trail crew? For the feeling of making a difference, to be with more experienced outdoors men and women, to spend time in the wilderness, for the fun and camaraderie, or perhaps just for the food!
Thu, Sep 08, 2005
Backpacking Cookbook Reviews
This gear program presents reviews of two backpacking cookbooks. The reviews are provided by volunteer reviewers from Backpack Gear Test.
Jim Hatch reviews The Hiker's Guide to Preparing Home Cooked Meals on the Trail, by Steven Mroz. Steve Nelson reviews Lip Smackin' Vegetarian Backpackin', by Christine and Tim Connors.
Thu, Sep 01, 2005
Ishi's Wilderness, part 2
This wild places program is part two of Steve’s exploration of the mysterious Ishi Wilderness. This wilderness is in the Lassen National Forest, in northeastern California.
Steve started hiking from the Deer Creek trailhead, and explored a couple of miles into the wilderness. He feels a heightened appreciation for the way the Yahi lived, and discovers another, a modern mystery.
Thu, Aug 25, 2005
Ishi's Wilderness, part 1
Steve learns about Ishi from Ira Jacknis, the Research Anthropologist from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He tells the story of Ishi, for whom the wilderness is named, and talks about how he lived. (Ishi’s life was best documented in a book, Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America, by Theordora Kroeber. There is also an excellent documentary available on video.)
Steve calls the Lassen National Forest to find out about visiting the wilderness. In part two, he’ll report on his trip there, and in the process discover another mystery.
Thu, Aug 11, 2005
Wild but not Wilderness, part 2
This wild places program is part two of an exploration of unprotected, potential wilderness areas in California. Steve talks about the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act. He quotes a statement by Congressman Mike Thompson, and a Sacramento Bee editorial about the act.
Steve interviews Ryan Henson, the policy director for the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC). Ryan talks about some areas which would become wilderness under the act, including Cache Creek, the lost coast of the King Range, and proposed additions to the Trinity Alps Wilderness.
Tue, Aug 02, 2005
Wild but not Wilderness, part 1
This wild places program is part one of an exploration of unprotected, potential wilderness areas in California. Ryan Henson, the policy director for the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC), talks about their Citizen Wilderness Inventory project. Steve mentions the California Wild Heritage Act, and talks about the development threatening some proposed wilderness additions to Joshua Tree National Park.
Steve interviews Bryn Jones, the desert program director for the CWC, to find out some special desert wilderness areas to visit. Bryn talks about the Avawatz Mountains, some additions to Death Valley National Park, and the Soda Mountains.
Part 2 of Wild but not Wilderness will continue with descriptions of unprotected wilderness areas in coastal northern California.
Mon, Jul 18, 2005
Leaving No Trace
This skills program presents the Leave No Trace skills for minimizing our impact on wilderness areas. Steve interviews Ben Lawhon, the education director of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Ben quizzes Steve on his low-impact wilderness skills.
Fri, Jul 01, 2005
Testing Backpack Gear
This gear program kicks-off our future series of outdoor equipment reviews on the WildeBeat. In this show, Steve interviews Jerry Goller, the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Backpack Gear Test.
In future shows, testers from Backpack Gear Test will provide hands-on reviews of outdoor gear.
Fri, May 27, 2005
A Gathering of Long-Distance Hikers
This outings program is a report from the October 1 - 3, 2004 gathering of the American Long Distance Hiking Association West, or ALDHA-West.
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Fri, Apr 29, 2005
Series Host Steve Sergeant explains the purpose and format of the show:
I created the Wildebeat to help you explore the Earth's remaining wild places. And to provide useful news and information to people who love wilderness, and love to visit it.