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"Between A to B" is a 12-part podcast travel series to be released as the host hikes the 2,600+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
"Between A to B" is a 12-part podcast travel series to be released as the host hikes the 2,600+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
31 backers pledged $3,001 to help bring this project to life.

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The Between A to B podcast aims to communicate the internal and external trials that comprise a 2,600+ mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

To be created and published by Josh Ellerbrock, the series will be released during the host's PCT hike taking place this spring. The first episode is scheduled for release April 17, 2017.

Unlike other trail journals and firsthand accounts, Between A to B isn't just about one person's experience hiking the western seaboard. The goal is to create a series of podcasts that explores society's norms from an outsider's perspective using a brain that keeps the big picture in the forefront and enjoys pointing out patterns in the seemingly unrelated.

In one way, Between A to B is an adventure story. In another, it's a philosophical examination of self and society. No matter the description, the goal of Between A to B is to keep you, the listener, entertained while we take a look into the fishbowl that often warps our perceptions of the world.

Your host at MacAffee Knob during his 2012 Appalachian Trail hike.
Your host at MacAffee Knob during his 2012 Appalachian Trail hike.

Take Part in the Adventure

Unlike books, blogs and photo essays created about the Pacific Crest Trail, audio (as a medium) demands someone's full attention, which heightens immersion. Firsthand accounts from those attached to the trail such as co-hikers, trail angels, hostel owners and other folks haunting the western seaboard, each with their unique voices and story lines, further bring you into the adventure.

Follow Along in Real-Time

Audio's streamlined equipment gives the host the freedom to release episodes during the hike itself. That means you get experiences close to real time instead of months after the hike is actually finished and digested by an author or filmmaker pursuing a similar project. 

Interact with the Host 

Listeners can comment and ask questions about the hike during the hike, which can be answered at a later date. Want the host to go into more detail about a particular topic? Let him know, and he'll do his best to give the best answer in the most entertaining way.

See Impressive Sights Through Social

A real-time map on the host's website gives the host's location data to listeners as well as notes the exact places where photos are taken (posted on Instagram) and tweets are sent out. That way, if you see something you like, you can go visit it yourself and see it with your own eyes.

Release Schedule

Between A to B consists of 12 episodes released on a biweekly basis.

  • April 17, 2017: Episode 01: Pretty Okay Expectations
  • May 1, 2017: Episode 02: It's My Body, and I'll Cry if I Want To
  • May 15, 2017: Episode 03: Civilization Is My Drug
  • May 29, 2017: Episode 04: K.I.S.S.
  • June 12, 2017: Episode 05: Hello Silence, My Old Friend
  • June 26, 2017: Episode 06: Pissing on the Side of the Road
  • July 10, 2017: Episode 07: Cool Story, Bruh
  • July 24, 2017: Episode 08: My Fellow Creatures
  • Aug. 7, 2017: Episode 09: No, I Can't Talk Right Now
  • Aug. 21, 2017: Episode 10: The Hills Are Alive...
  • Sept. 4, 2017: Episode 11: Between A to B
  • Sept. 18, 2017: Episode 12: Asking the Wrong Questions 

Episode Summary 

Each episode consists of 4 repeating main sections:

  • Intro: The intro will introduce the main theme of each episode through an anecdote or interesting viewpoint. Subsequent sections, such as the hike recap and interviews, will also be used to talk about the episode's theme.
  • Trail Hike Recap: To give viewers an idea of the past weeks' events, this section will recount (using the prior two week's recordings) what happened to the host and his companions along the trail's prior stretch. 
  • Interviews and Observations: Multiple interviews with random characters offering their own viewpoints of the trail and the show's theme will round out the second half of each episode.
  • Outro: A show recap and final words from the host end each episode.

Note: Not every episode will follow this format, but the majority will do so.

Current Materials

As of this moment, Between A to B has already released a number of mini-casts to give listeners a taste of the host's style and type of humor. They can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

  • Website: https://www.betweenatob.com
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/between_a2b/
  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/betweenatob
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMEllerbrock
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/between-a-to-b/id1208038481

Budget:

The funds raised by this Kickstarter will be used in the following way.

  • Hiking Gear: $500
  • Equipment for On-the-Go Podcasting: $400
  • Site Hosting, Audio Hosting and Domain Cost: $200
  • Kickstarter Fees and Reward Costs: $400
  • Travel Costs (to get to and from the trailhead): $300
  • Food and Lodging During Hike: $1,200

Note: Gear costs include but are not limited to -- backpack, shoes, cooking gear, cold weather clothing, cold weather gear and other miscellaneous items. I already own a number of high value items so roughly half of my gear costs are already taken care of. Also, the food and lodging costs listed here are significantly lower than what a normal hiker might spend during a thru-hike because I do intend on fronting the majority of all food and lodging expenses.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The victory photo of the host taken late August 2012 on Mount Katahdin, the last summit of the Appalachian Trail, after hiking 2,184 miles.
The victory photo of the host taken late August 2012 on Mount Katahdin, the last summit of the Appalachian Trail, after hiking 2,184 miles.

 

 

Risks and challenges

I foresee two primary related challenges:
1. Hiking over 20 miles a day to finish this thing...
2. ...And finding time to edit multiple podcasts in less than ideal conditions.

The first challenge is something I'm not too worried about. I know what it takes to finish a thru-hike, and I'm 99% sure I can do it again. (That 1% doubt comes from potential injuries that I can't directly prevent, such as grizzly bear attacks or my feet breaking from advanced compression. Nothing is 100%.)

The second challenge is more troublesome. I don't have much experience producing/editing podcasts while sleeping in tents, and access to power and the Internet is a real concern. To get over those challenges, I plan on purchasing a portable solar charger for my audio equipment and making sure that the only time I need the Internet is for the upload itself. Prior planning and making sure I have the gear I need for editing on-the-go should also help alleviate this concern.

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