Backyard to Backcountry Podcast Episode 4: Waterway Jay

In which we discuss ducks, gator v. bear, glacial rebound, tree walls, and musher’s secret. More importantly, we talk to our second podcast guest “Waterway” Jay Gustafson about his amazing project and water quality in Minnesota. Find out more about Jay, his project, and how you can support him:

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Special thanks to Katya Underwood for audio editing assistance with this episode!

Music Credits:

Intro: Backyard to Backcountry Take 2 by DJ Hazy Harold

Break: Backyard to Backcountry by DJ Hazy Harold

Outro: Ecstasy by Purple Planet Music

Backyard to Backcountry Podcast Episode 3: Enter the Gearbox

In which we bring you some news and talk about gear that we are excited about in our new segment, the Gearbox.

Gear we talked about:

Chip: Nomad 30XL Sleeping Pad by Nemo

Kevin: Hyper Puff™ Hoody by Patagonia

Steve: Dually Belay Parka by Arc’teryx

Check out all of Lonnie Dupre’s Expeditions and future adventures right here: Lonnie Dupre- One World Endeavor

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Music Credits:

Intro: Backyard to Backcountry Take 2 by DJ Hazy Harold

Break: Backyard to Backcountry by DJ Hazy Harold

Outro: Funk City by Purple Planet Music

Backyard to Backcountry Podcast Episode 2: She Moves Mountains

In which we discuss Star Wars, our own upcoming adventures and projects, and interview our first guest, Carey deVictoria-Michel of She Moves Mountains. Carey discusses her all-female rock guide service, a mysterious climb in Mexico, and climbing in Cuba. We’re about a week late, but Happy New Year!

Contact us at for where to send gear for Cuban climbers!

Email Carey at

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Music Credits:

Intro: Backyard to Backcountry Take 2 by DJ Hazy Harold

Break: Backyard to Backcountry by DJ Hazy Harold

Outro: Badass by Bensound

She Moves Mountains

This week on Backyard to Backcountry we have our very first guest! Carey DeVictoria-Michel, co-founder of the guiding company She Moves Mountains at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon, joins us and talks about creating more opportunities for women guides and climbers by teaching women-specific climbing clinics. She also tells us all about her incredible adventures living as a dirtbag climber, climbing both stateside and abroad in places like Yosemite, Cuba, and Mexico.


If you’re interested in learning more about She Moves Mountains you can visit their website Or you can email Carey at:


Our first post!

It’s finally here! The three of us got our act together (and mainly I mean Adam, our technical genius, got tired of waiting for me and Steve to figure out the internet) and made a blog.  So without further ado, welcome to the momentous first post on the Backyard to Backcountry Podcast Blog!

To start things off right, I think it would be worth it for you, the reader, to get to know the three of us just a little bit. A few years back, Steve hired Adam and I (Kevin) at an outdoor shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the three of us quickly learned that what we had in common was a deep passion for the outdoors, an insatiable thirst for adventure and wild places, and an intense concern for the health of the environment. Although the three of us came from different walks of life, and our outdoor resumes are vastly different, these common values made us fast friends. It wasn’t long before we started scheming and dreaming of doing a podcast about the outdoors.

So who are we? Steve Schreader, our host extraordinaire, is a Minnesotan whose passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors was fostered over hundreds of trips in Minnesota’s famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. When he’s not paddling he loves to ski, climb, backpack, and is currently starting down the path of alpinism, getting ready for a trip to Mount Rainier. Steve is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and has forgotten more about outdoor gear than most of us will ever know.


Adam Vachon, our east coast transplant from Maine, is our inventive co-host and go-to thru-hiker. When he’s not creating his own ultralight gear or solving our technical issues, you can find Adam out on the trail. His outdoor pedigree includes a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail, multiple paddle trips through the BWCA, and countless backpacking trips. He is currently preparing for a second go at the AT. This time, he wants to complete it in two and a half months!


As for me, your third co-host, my name is Kevin Malloy and I’m originally from Michigan’s unparalleled Upper Peninsula. My childhood was filled with forest adventures, camping, paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. These days, my passions have grown to include backpacking, climbing, writing, photography, and of course, gear! I have spent the last 12 years or so working on a PhD in Archaeology, and have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world doing what I love. I try to take every opportunity I can to see as much of this beautiful planet as possible. Much of my time has been spent in the Scotland where I fell deeply in love with the Scottish highlands, specifically the largest, most challenging group known as Munros (every mountain over 3000 feet). My dream is to summit all 280 of them (of which I’m currently at 22).

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Anyways, that’s a little bit about us. Keep checking back for some of our stories, writing, news, and gear ramblings! We’ll see you in the backyard and the backcountry!