Backpacker Radio 85 | Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Backcountry.com, we are joined by Neville Harris. Neville is the owner and head honcho at Woods Hole Hostel, commonly regarded as one of the top hostels (if not the top hostel) along the entire Appalachian Trail. I think the reasoning for this will be readily apparent during our conversation with Neville, as her radiant personality shines through during our chat. Neville shares a bit about her meditation practice and the impact it’s had on her life, she walks us through a typical day at Woods Hole Hostel, how COVID has impacted her business, how running the hostel played a role in her recent divorce, and much more. Whether you’ve stayed at Woods Hole or not, we think you’re really going to enjoy this chat.
We also debate where to teleport 10 tons of jello to maximize destruction, do a triple crown of appetizers, and have a one minute gear review.
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Interview with Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail.
00:06:18: QOTD: if you could pick a day to be your birthday besides your actual birthday, what day would you pick?
00:10:12 – What is Woods Hole Hostel? How did you get into the hiking culture?
00:11:40 – Where is Woods Hole Hostel?
00:11:54 – Where is the closest town?
00:12:59 – Tell us about the intricacies of Woods Hole Hostel?
00:17:30 – Are you religious?
00:18:20 – How long are you meditating?
00:18:38 – Do you have a particular practice you follow?
00:19:45 – Can you give us an overview of your meditation approach?
00:21:20 – What are the benefits you see from meditation?
00:23:39 – Are you in communication with other trail angels in the area?
00:24:50 – Is meditation offered through Woods Hole?
00:25:30 – Do you lead a yoga class?
00:26:30 – Will you walk us through a day at Woods Hole Hostel?
00:28:11 – What’s on the Woods Hole menu usually?
00:33:00 – How do you can food?
00:34:47 – How did you feel taking in hikers during coronavirus?
00:41:53- How many people stay with you in a year?
00:44:40 – Can you talk about the animals at Woods Hole Hostel?
00:49:33 – How do you balance helping hikers and running a business?
00:51:43 – How was running the hostel with a partner vs. alone?
00:52:44 – What led you to choose between the hiking community and your husband?
00:55:16 – Can you talk about hikers leaving critiques about your husband?
00:57:09 – What about the hiker community do you love so much?
01:00:56 – How do you prevent burnout?
01:02:58 – How have you seen the hiking community change over the years?
01:05:16 – Do you think technology has had any effect?
01:07:17 – Do you take outside donations?
Triple Crown of Appetizers
- Is buffalo chicken a common meat topping for nachos? Discuss.
Point / Counterpoint: Stovetop vs. Oven
Dad Wisdom from Zach: Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet
Reddit Brain Buster
One-Minute Gear Review
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