Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure is the longest running outdoor "how-to" adventure public television series. It aired in the USA on non-commercial public television stations, distributed to them first by American Public Television, Boston, and later by National Educational Telecommunications Association, Columbia, South Carolina.
OverviewTrailside: Make Your Own Adventure is a six-time Emmy-nominated series that brought the outdoors to millions of viewers each week. The series premiered in 1993 and, at its peak, was available to over 80 million households via Public Television as well as the Outdoor Life Network. Internationally, Trailside was seen on NHK in Japan, TSN in Canada and NBC's Super Channel in 32 European countries.
Episodes were originally produced by New Media, Inc., based in Westport, CT (Seasons 1-3). Seasons 1 and 2, the series was partnered with Rodale Publications' BACKPACKER Magazine, and hosted by John Viehman, BACKPACKER's editor. Eventually, Rodale wanted a greater ownership in the series, and failing that, split off to create their own ANYPLACE WILD program.
Noted mountaineer Peter Whittaker took over hosting duties, as the series continued to team him up with guest experts providing the audience information with tips and advice on popular outdoor activities. Going into the fourth season, New Media ran into financial straits and leadership of the company was turned over to TLN Productions based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. Under TLN's direction, the series became more infomercial in nature, as underwriting for individual episodes was picked up primarily by local tourism groups around the U.S.
The series was underwritten by Chevy Trucks, L.L. Bean and Hi-Tec apparel in Seasons 1 and 2. Other sponsors over the following two years included Chevy Trucks, Weider Nutrition and Michelin Tires.
Unfortunately the website, or wiki site contains one page about the series and not much else. It has mostly become an ambush site for wiki spam bots who seemed to have filled up every page with all sorts of ridiculous commercial URL's that have nothing to do with hiking and the outdoors.