Episode 01: Back away from the iPhone

Into the Open Air

Appalachian Foot

Walking and sometimes running about 48 miles a day, Joe McConaughy managed to crush the previous unsupported speed record for hiking the Appalachian Trail. But we now know that his body paid a price.

Too High in England

One Shirt = One Tree
Plant a Seed

Four hikers were rescued from England’s highest mountain after smoking so much cannabisafter smoking so much cannabis they were incapable of walking. The local police were not thrilled about having to rescue them.

Endangered Parrots moved to shelter as Hurricane Maria batters Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Parrot, also known as the Puerto Rican Amazon is the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico. The parrot has been listed as critically endangered since 1994. In 2012, the total estimated population was 58–80 individuals in the wild and over 300 in captivity.

The Dark Side

Origami may be the space saving answer NASA has been looking for

Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper folding may address a consistent challenge for the engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. How do you pack a significant amount of spacecraft into a tight place?

Gear Tip

You can dehydrate ground beef, but there’s a trick

Spend a day or two lugging a 30 lb. backpack around and you’ll be wishing you had something more filling than ramen or mac and cheese by supper time.

One thing I love to bring in the backcountry with me is dehydrated ground beef. You can prep it at home with a dehydrator in under 7 hours and it makes a hearty addition to any starch.

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He was on air during major weather and news events, including Hurricane Katrina, and the EF-4 tornados that struck the city of Hattiesburg in 2013.

Ortego is a two-time 1st place recipient in Investigative Journalism from The Mississippi Associated Press and a five-time recipient of Best Weather Broadcast.