Podcast Episode July 22, 2022

Episode 64 | BPL Author Spotlight: Contributor Drew Smith


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Summary

In this episode, Andrew chats with Backpacking Light Staff contributor Drew Smith.

If you are a reader of the website, you may know Drew from his lovely stories about desert backpacking, or perhaps you’ve been reading his ongoing series about freeze-drying. If you haven’t read Drew’s work, make sure you check out the resources section (below) where we’ll have links to the articles we talk about in this interview.

Drew Smith grew up in Tuscon and Southern California and dabbled in long-distance hiking in his early twenties before picking it back up again later in life. He’s got a lot of interesting things to say about deserts, gear, food, and how to craft a hiking story, Enjoy!

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Outline

  • 00:02:10 – Drew’s relationship to the PCT
  • 00:05:08 – how Drew chooses his hikes
  • 00:06:00 – why Drew wrote about his latest section of the PCT
  • 00:08:15 – the apocalyptic trail conditions on the PCT in 2021
  • 00:10:47 – piecing a story together / writing process
  • 00:12:50 – developing themes in a story
  • 00:16:35 – why did Drew start writing?
  • 00:18:10 – avoiding the hero’s journey
  • 00:20:00 – Drew’s desert island non-fiction adventure story
  • 00:21:53 – connection to the desert
  • 00:24:08 – tips to level up desert hiking

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  • 00:26:38 – the philosophy of tarp camping
  • 00:29:34 – ponchos vs. rain jackets
  • 00:34:15 – stoves
  • 00:36:15 – ukuleles and instruments
  • 00:37:20 – freeze-drying
  • 00:42:26 – the economics of freeze-drying
  • 00:43:17 – how Drew ended up being a member of Backpacking Light
  • 00:44:41 – why does Drew write for Backpacking Light?
  • 00:45:40 – the mountains are still the mountains

Resources

Articles by Drew Smith mentioned in the episode:

Other things we talked about:

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    Backpacking Light
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    @backpackinglight

    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Companion forum thread to: Episode 64 | BPL Author Spotlight: Contributor Drew Smith

    In this episode, Andrew chats with Backpacking Light Staff contributor Drew Smith about the PCT, desert hiking, ponchos, and more.

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    Andrew Marshall
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    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    enjoy!

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    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    This was really enjoyable and informative and the outline is very much appreciated. Thanks BPL and Drew!

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    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Paul, glad you enjoyed this. It was a fun convo. I really respect Drew’s writing, and it was great to lift the hood on that a little bit.

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    Mark Wetherington
    BPL Member

    @markweth

    Locale: Western Montana

    This was a great interview, neat to hear more about Drew’s observations and experiences with desert backpacking and long trails.

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