Out and Back

{{ show.title }}Trailer Bonus Episode {{ selectedEpisode.number }}
{{ selectedEpisode.title }}
{{ selectedEpisode.title }}
By {{ selectedEpisode.author }}
Broadcast by

Making a good cup of coffee in the backcountry is complicated. You can bring a French press but then you are stuck with hauling out messy grounds. On the other hand, instant coffee is convenient but the flavor often falls short. Professional hikers Heather Anderson, Hiking Viking, Adventure Alan, and Liz "Snorkel" Thomas enlighten us with their field-tested tips on brewing the best cup of backcountry coffee. Ultimately, they reveal that their coffee routines are as wild and varied as their personalities.

Show Notes

Coffee is life for many of us. It’s our morning ritual, a jolt that shakes us out of the afternoon doldrums, and a pick-me-up when we need to burn the midnight oil. But in the backcountry, brewing the perfect cup can be complicated. A pour-over leaves you with messy grounds to haul out and instant coffee often falls short on taste. We turned to some of our favorite professional hikers — Heather “Anish” Anderson, the Hiking Viking, Adventure Alan Dixon, and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas — to unmask the secrets to brewing the best cup of coffee in camp.

We spent time with each of these world-famous hikers, learning how they use coffee in their adventures and what they do to make their morning cup of joe in the wild. Turns out their methods for making coffee on trail are as wild and varied as their personalities. They join us on the Out and Back podcast this week to share their field-tested brewing techniques, so you can get the most out of your coffee on your next adventure.

Tune in to Episode 40 of the Out and Back podcast to get the details on Liz Thomas’s scientific, blind study on the best instant coffee brands. Find out what type of coffee Heather Anderson uses on longer trips. Learn about Viking’s coffee alternative and get a ridiculous story about how he hated his junior high school science teacher’s coffee breath, but somehow wound up drinking coffee anyway. Get the specs on Adventure Alan’s 1.8-ounce coffee methods that jive with even the most stringent ultralight backpacking principles. 

Follow these hikers on Instagram: @lizthomashiking, @1adventurealan, @anishhikes, @therealhikingviking

Make sure to check out the Out and Back podcast page on Instagram!

And remember, podcast listeners get a Discount on a Gaia GPS Membership!

What is Out and Back?

In the Out and Back Podcast presented by Gaia GPS, thru-hiker Andrew “Shanty” Baldwin, professional guide/outdoorswoman Mary "Hiker Midnight" Cochenour, and professional athlete Abby Levene dive deep into conversation with long-distance hikers, record-breaking athletes, offroad travelers who sold everything to live full-time on the dusty backroads, and other awesome guests who have mastered their backcountry craft.

In every show, Shanty, Mary, and Abby tap into each backcountry expert’s superpower so you can take their experience and knowledge with you on your next adventure.