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Hello everyone. Welcome back for another episode of the Outdoor Adventure Series Podcast. This is your Host, Howard Fox.

The Outdoor Adventure Series celebrates individuals & families, businesses, and organizations that seek out and promote the exploration, and enjoyment of the great outdoors.

Our guest today is Ethan Gallogly.

Ethan, or “Po”, as he is known on the trail, is an Outdoor Enthusiast, Hiker, Professor, and Author of The Trail: a novel.

The Trail is more than just a novel about hiking that details the origins of the John Muir Trail: a 211-mile trail spanning the rooftop of the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States.

The Trail is an interpretation of the Hero’s Journey, which invites the reader to explore how nature can help us to rediscover what’s missing in our lives

The trail has earned numerous awards. It was included in Kirkus Reviews BEST BOOKS OF 2021 issue • “Unreservedly Recommended” by Midwest Book Review • Five Star Review from Reader Views.

While not hiking, he can be found teaching chemistry and is co-author of a widely-used General Chemistry textbook published by University Science Books.

To pick up your copy of The Trail, you can visit, and choose your preferred bookseller, Amazon & Audible.

To learn more about Ethan, his work, and future adventures, visit his website at

Ethan’s Book Recommendations & Acknowledgements

Trudge: A Midlife Crisis on the John Muir Trail by Lori Oliver-Tierney.

The Hungry Spork: A Long Distance Hiker’s Guide to Meal Planning by Inga Aksamit.

Illustrations by Jeremy Ashcroft, Illustrator, author, mountaineer, and mountain biker.

Cover Art by Faith Rumm, Natural History Illustrator and Interpretive Designer.

The JMT Wilderness Conservancy — Stewardship of the John Muir Trail  — A long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. 

The Pacific Crest Trail Association — An eclectic band of trail junkies who champion the needs of the Pacific Crest Trail. 

The Outdoor Adventure Series is a podcast production of Fox Coaching, Inc.