I was graciously invited by Doug Vannier, a local podcaster and fellow San Diego hiker, to be a guest on his comedy podcast, 347 Steps. We had been emailing back and forth for a while, talking about potential dates and hikes.
Since they record on weekday evenings, it's hard for me to get away. And timing a hike together just didn't seem to jive. Finally, we were able to get me out to North Park, where the studio is located.
When I arrived, I met Thom, whose garage is the studio for the podcast. I also met his adorable kids and pet praying mantises (the spelling is correct, I checked it), who were munching on crickets. I should clarify: the mantises were eating crickets; the kids were not.
We hung out a bit and they let me open a bottle of wine, which turned out to be pretty good, and we proceeded to head out into the garage to set up their professional "sound-proof" recording studio, which consists of a fold-up table, some mics, and a four track.
Then I met Lee, who is training for Half Dome for a wedding. We did the podcast in sections, stopping to record each section and chatting in between. It was hard to remember what part of the conversation was recorded or not, since I felt we just chatted away. The guys were curious about hiking and asked me many questions on and off-mic.
The 347 Steps guys are funny and friendly. They've spent a lot of time creating a podcast that doesn't really net them any money, and they've been doing it a long time. My episode is 174. Yes, it's been around for that long.
It was a fun and interesting experience and I felt like I made some new friends. Doug and I will definitely go hiking in the future.
Question for you: If I started a podcast, say perhaps an hour a month, about San Diego outdoors events, organizations, recounting hiking experiences, local athletes, with the PD and me, would you be interesting in listening to it?