The WildeBeat

The audio journal about getting into the wilderness.



The WildeBeat
Wilderness newsBeat

The outdoor recreation and adventure radio show and podcast about backcountry news and activities, like camping, backpacking, skiing, and snowshoeing. MORE...


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The WildeBeat Community Conversation

These programs consist entirely of your contributions. They could be an announcement of your group's event or outing, a report on your trip somewhere, or a condition report of your favorite backcountry area. Think of it an an audio community bulletin board.
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Tue, Jun 10, 2008

Vox WildeBeat for June 10, 2008

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Listener Adam Fox called to report on his experiences as organizer of the West Coast Tracker Roundup, an event dedicated to learning and practicing primitive survival skills.

Mon, Mar 03, 2008

Vox WildeBeat for March 3, 2008

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In our edition number 125, titled "Forest Admission?" we read from the online writings of Tom Martin, co-director of the Arizona-based non-profit, River Runners for Wilderness. Tom wasn't available for an interview before our production deadline for that edition. Yesterday, Tom called in this comment about our story. After Tom's comments, and Steve's response, we include a a comment by Dave Simon, director of outdoor activities for the Sierra Club, about the range of reaction to the proposed Forest Service rule.

Thu, Dec 06, 2007

Vox WildeBeat for December 6, 2007

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Listener Oliver Hager, who lives in Germany, frequently visits American wilderness areas. He commented on our edition number 113, Desert Roadless Traveled. Kurt Repanshek, who contributed that story for us, responds.

Tue, May 01, 2007

Vox WildeBeat for May 1, 2007

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Amy Racina called to tell the story of her first mountain lion sighting in the wild. Amy also appeared our edition numbers 78 and 79, Counting Up Essentials. We hear a clip from our edition number 80, Fighting Animal Terror, about safety around mountain lions, and Steve relates his first experience with a mountain lion.

Mon, Feb 26, 2007

Vox WildeBeat for February 26, 2007

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While we were away snow camping in our first good Sierra Nevada blizzard of the year, Jeremy Sullivan, editor of the Park Remark site, called in with some comments. His comments were in reference to the interview of Steve by Bob Cartright of the U.K.-based Backpacking Light podcast.

Mon, Jan 29, 2007

Vox WildeBeat for January 29, 2007

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In this week's edition of The WildeBeat, number seventy three, we presented a fourteen month old interview with Nina Roberts, Ph.D., of San Francisco State University. After listening to the show, she called to update her answers to a couple of Steve's questions, based on more timely information.

Wed, Nov 08, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for November 8, 2006

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Russel Nelson from Utah called to compare the human waste pack-out rules and systems between Mount Whitney, as we discussed in editions 62 and 63, and the narrows in Zion National Park.

Sun, Nov 05, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for November 5, 2006

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Frequent commenter John Trefethen called to tell a story about his experiences on Mount Whitney.

Sat, Sep 30, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for September 30, 2006

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Earl Burton and Allen Williams called to give their impressions on through-hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail on it's 25th anniversary.

Wed, Aug 02, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for August 2, 2006

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John Trefethen called to report on his backpacking trip to the Desolation Wilderness with his dog. John made the suggestion earlier that lead to our edition number 50, titled Pooch Packing. Steve responds to John by playing a clip from his interview with Charlene LaBelle, the author interviewed in edition 50.

Thu, Jul 27, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for July 27, 2006

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Lowell Moulton of San Mateo, California called looking for volunteers to assist with a project to inventory Sequoia trees, giant and smaller, in the Sequoia National Forest south of Sequoia National Park. This project is being organized by The Sequoia Forest Keepers. The inventory project outing is August 19 - 21, 2006.

To find out more about this project, call Lowell Moulton at (650) 571-9418, or send e-mail to him lowell.moulton(AT)

Wed, Jul 19, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for July 19, 2006

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Paul Cronshaw, of Santa Barbara, CA, called-in to share a report on his backpacking trip. Steve met Paul on the PCT in the South Sierra Wilderness. Paul also gave a link for some pictures from his trip.

Fri, Jul 14, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for July 14, 2006

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Steve talks about his recent travels, including a WFR course and an 86 mile hike on a section on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) ending 10.5 miles after climbing to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,497'). He reminds you that we'd like it if you'd call our comment line (866-590-7373) to tell your stories of recent adventures.

Fri, May 05, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for May 5, 2006

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John Trefethen called to ask if we'd do a story for the benefit of dog owners who want to take man's best friend on their wilderness adventures. We're working on such a story, and could use your help.

Sun, Jan 29, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for January 29, 2006

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Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd of Backpack Gear Test called-in to report new gear that she saw on her first day at the Winter 2006 Outdoor Retailer's show.

Wed, Jan 11, 2006

Vox WildeBeat for January 11, 2006

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