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"The audio journal about getting into the wilderness." For 10 minutes each week, we help you explore and appreciate America's wilderness. Listen to The Wildebeat to explore new places, learn safe and responsible skills, and prepare to get into the wilderness! You don't need to do extreme sports to enjoy nature and being outdoors; anyone can enjoy backcountry activities, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, or snowshoeing. We're a non-profit, listener-supported educational service of Earth Island Institute. (For a complete audio archive, please visit our web site: www.wildebeat.net.)
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DATE: Fri, 07 Nov 2008
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Announcement: A New Show

This is a special announcement in place of our regular show. Steve announces a change in our format and our production schedule. Our future programs will be presented in a longer format on roughly a monthly schedule. We expect to release the first in our new series of programs in December. Special Announcement on November 6, 2008 [MP3 format; length 6:32; 3,133,896 bytes] JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 30 Oct 2008
SIZE: 2.36 MB
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Update: Using All Fours, part 2

This skills program is part 2 of our look at the science and skills, myths and fact around trekking poles. Is hiking with poles a trendy gimmick, or a valuable skill? (This is an update of our edition 87 originally presented on May 24, 2007.) Julianne Abendroth-Smith talks about the results of research into the effects on the body of hiking with trekking poles. She's a biomechanics professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. We hear from Jayah Faye Paley, an author and educator, and co-host of an educational DVD, POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking. Jayah's web site, Adventure Buddies, provides more information about her educational products and services. Jayah describes basic skills for using trekking poles. Julianne Abendroth-Smith updates us on the very latest scientific results about the effectiveness of trekking poles and the effects of using them. Show number 162 [MP3 format; length 10:20; 2,483,385 bytes] Show number 161 & 162, combined version [MP3 format; length 19:58; 19,179,807 bytes] Transcript of edition 162 Transcript of editions 161 & 162 combined JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 23 Oct 2008
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Reprise: Using All Fours, part 1

This skills program is part 1 of our look at the science and skills, myths and fact around trekking poles. Is hiking with poles a trendy gimmick, or a valuable skill? (This is a reprise of our edition 86 originally presented on May 17, 2007.) Steve talks to Julianne Abendroth-Smith of Willamette University in Salem Oregon. She's a biomechanics professor studying the physics of hiking, and how hiking with various poles and walking sticks affect the body. Steve talks to Jayah Faye Paley, an author and educator, and co-host of an educational DVD, POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking. Jayah's web site, Adventure Buddies, provides more information about her educational products and services. We'll hear more from Julianne Abrendroth-Smith and Jayah Faye Paley in part two. We'll find out Jayah's techniques for using poles, and we'll update you with the latest scientific research about those techniques. Show number 161 [MP3 format; length 9:55; 2,382,262 bytes] Transcript of edition 161 JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 16 Oct 2008
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The New Rust Belt

In this wild places program, Guest Correspondent Kurt Repanshek investigates the changes coming to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Kurt explains how the mountain pine beetle is affecting the white bark pine trees, and man animals and people who depend on these trees. Why is this beetle a growing problem now? We also hear from Dr. Jesse Logan, a recently retired U.S. Forest Service entomologist, Diana Tomback, a biology professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, and Louisa Willcox, a senior wildlife advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. You can read more reporting by Kurt Repanshek at his National Parks Traveler web site. Show number 160 [MP3 format; length 9:51; 2,368,849 bytes] Show number 160, extended version [MP3 format; length 11:01; 5,748,377 bytes] Transcript of edition 160 JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 09 Oct 2008
SIZE: 2.70 MB
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Wild Shelters

This skills program presents skills for building primitive shelters. This is the fifth in a series featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. Other shows in this series are edition 141, First Skills, edition 146, Starting with Fire, edition 150, Ancient Firemaking, and edition 155, Primal Grooming. Using primitive tools and natural materials, naturalist Norm Kidder explains how to choose a sheltered location, demonstrates how to cut wood with a rock, and describes how to build a basic lean-to structure. The Primitive Ways website has many articles on primitive shelter construction. Another source of information on primitive skills is the Society of Primitive Technologies. Show number 159 [MP3 format; length 11:47; 2,831,519 bytes] Show number 159, extended high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 16:33; 15,904,670 bytes] Transcript of edition 159 JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 02 Oct 2008
SIZE: 2.27 MB
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Autumn Gear 2008

This gear program presents the first of our new series of gear reviews. Now, more than ever, our gear programs depend on your participation. Steve talks to Backpack Gear Test founder and publisher Jerry Goller about the new relationship between Backpack Gear Test and the WildeBeat. Richard Lyon reviews the Ryders Eyewear Intersect sunglasses. If you're interested in reviewing for Backpack Gear Test (BGT), read: How to become a tester. Manufacturers provide more gear than the volunteers at BGT can keep up with. By becoming a tester, you can help your fellow wilderness travelers find out what gear will work for them. Show number 158 [MP3 format; length 9:55; 2,384,833 bytes] Show number 158, extended version [MP3 format; length 12:53; 6,189,415 bytes]Show number 158 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 25 Sep 2008
SIZE: 2.27 MB
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Keep Me Connected, part 2

In part two of this wild places program, Assistant Producer Kate Taylor presents the pros and cons of using communication devices in the back-country, a topic that has sparked controversy among outdoor enthusiasts. (Here is part 1 of Keep Me Connected.) Listeners respond to part one with their opinions and experiences using communication devices on wilderness trips. Derek Moore, SPOT LLC's manager of marketing and public relations, and Gregg Fauth, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's wilderness manager, discuss the difference between a "challenge" and an emergency. Paul Magnanti and retired wilderness manager Laurel Boyers tell how they see a change in back-country use. Show number 157 [MP3 format; length 9:56; 2,387,560 bytes] Combined show numbers 156 & 157, exntended version [MP3 format; length 18:52; 9,060,381 bytes] Show number 157 script Combined show numbers 156 & 157 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 18 Sep 2008
SIZE: 2.28 MB
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Keep Me Connected, part 1

In part one of this wild places program, Assistant Producer Kate Taylor presents the pros and cons of using communication devices in the back-country, a topic that has sparked controversy among outdoor enthusiasts. Blogger Paul Magnanti shares an essay he wrote about the issue, and Derek Moore from SPOT LLC comments on his company's device, the SPOT Satellite Messenger. Gregg Fauth and Laurel Boyers, both wilderness managers of national parks, tell how communication technology has changed the wilderness experience. To read Paul's essay and about his outdoor experiences, titled The Changing Culture of Connectivity, visit his blogsite at PMags.com. Next week, in part 2, we'll hear more from Gregg Fauth and Paul Magnanti, and find out what types of situations warrant the use of communication devices in the back-country. Show number 156 [MP3 format; length 9:57; 2,391,427 bytes] Transcript of edition 156 JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 11 Sep 2008
SIZE: 2.26 MB
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Primal Grooming

This skills program presents primitive skills for personal grooming. This is the fourth in a series featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. Other shows in this series are edition 141, First Skills, the edition 146, Starting with Fire, and edition 150, Ancient Firemaking. Using primitive tools and natural materials, naturalist Sue Labiste demonstrates how to soap up, perform dental hygiene, and give yourself a manicure. The Primitive Ways website has many articles on primitive health care and grooming. Another source of information on primitive skills is the Society of Primitive Technologies. Show number 155 [MP3 format; length 9:52; 2,371,564 bytes] Show number 155, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 9:52; 9,483,147 bytes] Show number 155 script Photo Album of demonstration JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 04 Sep 2008
SIZE: 2.22 MB
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Sharing Wilderness

This skills program presents the Leave No Trace principle of Be Considerate of Other Visitors. This is the fourth and final edition in a series featuring the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. We hear J.D. and Emily in several situations where someone didn't consider this seventh principle of Leave No Trace. J.D. and Emily summit a peak, encounter a cyclist on the trail, and try to get some sleep in a campsite. Emily and J.D., along with the other Leave No Trace traveling trainers, maintain the Traveling Trainers Blog. The music from the party in the adjacent campsite is Why don't you tell me by the band One Day Remains, available from the PodSafe Music Network. Show number 154 [MP3 format; length 9:43; 2,336,246 bytes] Show number 154, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 10:12; 9,804,557 bytes] Show number 154 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 28 Aug 2008
SIZE: 2.27 MB
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Getting Oriented, part 2

This outings program is part two of a look at the sport of orienteering. You'll win this race by getting lost the least often, because it's all about your navigation skills. Participating in orienteering events can significantly improve your backcountry navigation skills. (Part one is here.) Steve attends an orienteering meet organized by the Bay Area Orienteering Club at California's China Camp State Park. Long-time club member Terri Ferrah explains the e-punch system used to track progress on an orienteering course. Tyler Atherton and his fellow Boy Scouts take off on a beginner (white-level) course. We hear from Mikkel Conradi, who designed the course and the map using O-CAD software. Erin Majors from Roseville, California, and Dana Koontz from Larkspur, California, talk about their experiences orienteering. Gary Kraght, a past president of the United States Orienteering Federation, sums up orienteering's wide appeal. If you really want to master map and compass navigation in the wilderness, then orienteering is one of the best ways to learn. You can find a local club through the United States Orienteering Federation. WildeBeat members can download a compete recording of Scott's 12-minute beginner's clinic from our WildeBeat Insider web pages. Edition number 153 [MP3 format; length 10:33; 2,385,571 bytes] Combined edition numbers 152 & 153, high-fidelity stereo [MP3 format; length 20:25; 19,609,458 bytes] Transcript of edition 153 Transcript of combined editions 152 & 153 combined script Photo album JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
SIZE: 2.44 MB
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Getting Oriented, part 1

This outings program is part one of a look at the sport of orienteering. You'll win this race by getting lost the least often, because it's all about your navigation skills. Participating in orienteering events can significantly improve your backcountry navigation skills. Steve attends an orienteering meet organized by the Bay Area Orienteering Club at California's China Camp State Park. Gary Kraght, the vice president for club services of the United States Orienteering Federation explains what orienteering is, and its history. Scott Aster presents a beginner's clinic for first-time orienteers. Next time, in part 2, we'll listen-in on the experience of orienteering. WildeBeat members can download a compete recording of Scott's 12-minute beginner's clinic from our WildeBeat Insider web pages. Show number 152 [MP3 format; length 10:41; 2,566,756 bytes] Show number 152 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 14 Aug 2008
SIZE: 2.27 MB
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Summer OR 2008

This gear program is a report on the 2008 Outdoor Retailer's Summer Market. What gear will BackpackGearTest be reviewing for next summer? Volunteers Rick Allnutt, Christopher Nicolai, and Ken Bigelow report on the most interesting gear they hope to test for BackpackGearTest.ORG. They comment on products by: GoMotion, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Gerber, Bushnell, Sigg, Insect Shield, and the Therm-a-Rest division of Cascade Designs. If you're interested in reviewing for Backpack Gear Test (BGT), read: How to become a tester. Manufacturers provide more gear than the volunteers at BGT can keep up with. By becoming a tester, you can help your fellow wilderness travelers find out what gear will work for them. WildeBeat Members can download the entire reports from the BGT testers from our WildeBeat Insider web pages. Edition 151 [MP3 format; length 9:55; 2,384,412 bytes] Edition 151 transcript JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 07 Aug 2008
SIZE: 2.39 MB
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Ancient Firemaking

This skills program presents advanced skills for making fire without modern tools. This is the third in a series of shows featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. (The first show is number 141, First Skills, and the second is show number 146, Starting with Fire.) Naturalist Dino Labiste talks about the three methods prehistoric humans used to make fire. He demonstrates creating fire by friction using a hand drill. He talks about two other methods, fire by percussion, and fire by compression. He explains what would be the best of these techniques for you to use if you had no modern choices. The Primitive Ways website has many articles on primitive fire skills. Another source of information on primitive skills is the Society of Primitive Technologies. WildeBeat Members can download a recording of Dino Labiste's complete firemaking demonstration from our WildeBeat Insider web pages. Show number 150 [MP3 format; length 10:26; 2,506,773 bytes] Show number 150, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 12:06; 11,611,395 bytes] Show number 150 script Photo Album of firemaking demonstration JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 31 Jul 2008
SIZE: 2.25 MB
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Waste Training

This skills program presents a training talk and demonstration on disposing of waste properly in the backcountry. This is the third in a series of editions featuring the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. Steve recorded J.D. Tanner and Emily Ressler giving their regular presentation of the third principle of Leave No Trace, Dispose of Waste Properly. This is an important skill that most people get, but fewer people seem to get right. Emily and J.D., along with the other Leave No Trace traveling trainers, maintain the Traveling Trainers Blog. Show number 149 [MP3 format; length 9:51; 2,368,637 bytes] Show number 146, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 10:39; 10,237,548 bytes] Show number 149 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
SIZE: 2.41 MB
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Bagging Wild Sounds, part 2

This outings program is part two of a report on a trip to record nature sounds. You've got to be totally quiet; stand like a statue. And then, if you're in the right place at the right time, you'll capture your sound. (Part one is here.) Our assistant producer Kate Taylor reports on her visit to the annual field recording workshop of the Nature Sounds Society. She tells her story with the help of: Alton Byrd, a nature sounds hobbyist from Berkeley, California. Martyn Stewart, a professional nature sounds recordist for the BBC. Chris Bell, a museum curator from Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of birds, amphibians, and a few domesticated mammals. Gina Farr, a multimedia producer from Marin Country, California. You can get tips from Dan Dugan on recording nature sounds by listening to our edition number 90, Listening to Parks. WildeBeat Members can download an extended interview with Martyn Stewart and additional extended wild sound recordings from WildeBeat Insider web pages. Show number 148 [MP3 format; length 10:33; 2,356,042 bytes] Combined show numbers 147 & 148, high-fidelity stereo [MP3 format; length 17:40; 16,966,708 bytes] Show number 148 script Show numbers 147 & 148 combined script Photo album JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 17 Jul 2008
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Bagging Wild Sounds, part 1

This outings program is part one of a report on a trip to record nature sounds. You've got to be totally quiet; stand like a statue. And then, if you're in the right place at the right time, you'll capture your sound. Our assistant producer Kate Taylor reports on her visit to the annual field recording workshop of the Nature Sounds Society. She tells her story with the help of: Dan Dugan, technical advisor to the Nature Sounds Society. Gina Farr, a multimedia producer from Marin Country, California. Hundreds of birds, amphibians, and a few domesticated mammals. Chris Bell, a museum curator from Sydney, Australia. Martyn Stewart, a professional nature sounds recordist for the BBC. Next week, in part two, we'll hear more nature sounds, and find out why it's important to our guests to record and preserve them. You can get tips from Dan Dugan on recording nature sounds by listening to our edition number 90, Listening to Parks. Show number 147 [MP3 format; length 9:48; 2,356,947 bytes] Show number 147 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 10 Jul 2008
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Starting With Fire

This skills program presents the basic skill of fire building. This is the second in a series of shows featuring primitive technologies experts from Primitive Ways. (The first show is number 141, First Skills.) Naturalist Dino Labiste explains and demonstrates the fundamental skill of fire building. Our ancestors depended on fire as a basic survival tool as far back as a million years ago, and yet today, among many people it's becoming a lost art. Ben Lawhon, the education director for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics talks about minimum impact skills for making and using fires. The fifth Leave No Trace principle is Minimize Campfire Impacts. The Primitive Ways website has many articles on primitive fire skills. Another source of information on primitive skills in the Society of Primitive Technologies. Show number 146 [MP3 format; length 9:55; 2,383,583 bytes] Show number 146, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 10:28; 10,057,426 bytes] Show number 146 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 03 Jul 2008
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Stealth Gear

This skills program explains the gear you can carry to tread lightly on your favorite wild places. This is the second in a series of presentations by the Leave No Trace traveling trainers. J.D. Tanner and Emily Ressler talk about the gear you can bring along to make it easier to Leave No Trace. They talk about shoes and shelter, bags and trowels, cameras and sketch pads, lights and blankets, cans and binoculars, and radios and headphones. All of this gear, and more, can help you leave the wild places you visit as good or better than you found them. Specifically, Emily mentions Restop, WAG bags, and poop tubes. J.D. mentions bear cans, which we discussed in detail in our previous edition, Bear Cans Revisited. We'll hear more from Emily Ressler and J.D. Tanner in a future edition. The series will continue several weeks from now when J.D and Emily explain more details about a specific Leave No Trace principle. Show number 145 [MP3 format; length 9:47; 2,352,439 bytes] Show number 145, high-quality stereo version [MP3 format; length 9:47; 9,406,657 bytes] Show number 145 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Thu, 26 Jun 2008
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Bear Cans Revisited, part 2

This wild places program is part two of an exploration of the situation in the Sierra Nevada wilderness areas that lead to the development of the bear-resistant food canister. (Part one is here.) Who makes these things, and how do we know they work? Steve tells the story with the help of: Harold Werner, a wildlife biologist from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. Calder Reid, wilderness manager for the Inyo National Forest. Allen DeForrest of Wild Ideas, manufacturer of the Bearikade. Tom Cohen of Ursack Jamie Hogan of Bear Vault. Josh Leavitt of Wilderness Solutions. Harold Werner and Calder Reid are members of the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group (SIBBG), the standards-setting body for bear management in the major Sierra Nevada wilderness areas. Their group also performs the tests that lead to the approval of canisters for use in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, and the Inyo National Forest. Several other jurisdictions also require canisters from the SIBBG approved list. This edition was originally presented on August 31, 2006. Photo credit: Calder Reid, Inyo National Forest Show number 144 [MP3 format; length 10:50; 2,603,437 bytes] Combined show numbers 143 & 144, exntended version [MP3 format; length 21:13; 10,189,501 bytes] Show number 143 script Combined show numbers 143 & 144 script JOIN NOW -- Help us help more folks to appreciate our wild public lands.

DATE: Fri, 29 Apr 2005
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WildeBeat Promo Clip

This is a 45 second promotional clip about the show.WildeBeat Promo [MP3 format; length 0:45; 792,815 bytes]

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