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February 01, 2020

From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking.

Co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.



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In 2015, Scott Jurek was the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail, even the trail community at large.  As soon as the legendary ultrarunner announced that he was bringing his talents to Appalachia, a flurry of fanfare and press followed suit.  Though his record has been broken a pair of times since, the swell of attention has yet to be matched.  Today Jabba and Badger sit down with Scott Jurek and his wife and head crew member, Jenny Jurek, to learn about this FKT, what the undertaking was like from each of their perspectives, how it's prepared them for parenthood, their new book "North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail", and much more. We also get an introduction to our newest Thru-Hiker of the Week, "Sochi", who's attempting to become the first amputee to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Updated on May 26

In today's episode -we are back to recording in person(!)- and joined by Jamey Mossengren, also known as The Unicycling Unicorn.  Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the glamorous lifestyle of a street performer, and hasn't looked back since.  Not only does Jamey make a living by putting on unicycle shows, he's also unicycled both the Colorado Trail and Arizona Trail!   We talk about these very unique trips, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, and what goes into being a successful street performer- for which, we got a personal show after the interview.

We also talk about the return of AT thru-hikes in 2020 (maybe), we introduce a new segment- Hiker's Horoscopes, and close out the show with another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking. 

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00:00:00 – Intro to Jamey Mossengren – The Unicycling Unicorn

00:04:00 – Backpacker Radio is back in person and it is _________

00:06:00 – QOTD: How are your summer backpacking plans shaping up?

00:10:00 – Jamey, the Unicycling Unicorn

00:10:31 – Do you know how many people make a living on a unicycle?

00:12:20 – Did competing with your brother motivate you to be better at unicycling?

00:12:40 – How did you make unicycling a career?

00:15:00 – What goes into the performing side of a street performance?

00:15:45 – Examples of what does and doesn’t work in street performing?

00:16:20 – Do you do a lot of crowd work?

00:16:48 – Have you thought about doing a show at protests?

00:17:40 – Did you pick other performer’s brains to see what they were doing?

00:18:17 – Do you write out sets?

00:18:38 – What encompasses/started the Unicorn?

00:19:45 – What are the costume pieces of the Unicycling Unicorn?

00:20:44 – What was your first long outdoors feat?

00:21:35 – How do you mountain unicycle the Colorado Trail??

00:22:21 – Do you ride or walk up big climbs?

00:23:26 – Backpacker Radio crossed paths with Jamey Mossengren?

00:24:51 – How long did it take to mountain unicycle the Colorado Trail?

00:25:00 – How much did your gear weigh?

00:25:40 – Did you get a lot of media attention for the hike?

00:26:00 – Did the backcountry give you good ideas for your act?

00:26:28 – What was your next trail?

00:28:18 – Did you have any nasty falls?

00:29:40 – How does the comfort of a unicycle compare to a bike?

00:30:25 – Are there any standard unicycle issues?

00:30:50 – How did you like hiking (on the SHT) compared to unicycling?

00:31:34 – How long is the Superior Hiking Trail?

00:32:00 – how did you pick the Superior Hiking Trail?

00:33:41 – What’s next? Arizona Trial on a unicycle?

00:34:04 – Where do you meet other unicyclists to thru-unicycle the Arizona Trail?

00:35:00 – What is it like unicycling in a group?

00:35:30 – Differences between unicycling the Colorado and Arizona Trail?

00:36:00 – How much does your unicycle weigh?

00:40:00 – Does your performance experience help when trespassing?

00:41:00 – What is the argument for a unicycle being considered a pedestrian?

00:42:05 – What’s next? Appalachian Trail?

00:42:45 – Why another hiking trail and not a unicycling trail?

00:44:30 – Any AT highlights?

00:48:15 – What about lowlights?

00:51:23 – Shitting?

00:53:25 – Burned down bar?

00:56:23 – Hiker meet up at a Cracker Barrel?

00:58:30 – Sex on the Camino del Norte?

00:59:20 – Any good trail sex stories?

01:01:00 – Untapped 5,000 beers?

01:03:01 – Your next muni-pack?

01:04:05 – Preparation for the Oregon Timber Trail?

01:05:30 – In which direction of the PCT is the OTT?

01:08:40 – Are you less afraid of rattlesnakes on a unicycle?

01:09:45 – How long have you been doing van life?

01:10:14 – Tell us about doing your performances in different continents?

01:11:11 – You perform in Australia as well?

01:11:44 – Do you build the vans out yourself?

01:12:25 – Have you thought about doing stuff on Tik Tok?

01:16:30 – Do you think you could chug a beer while riding your unicycle and juggling two other beers?

01:17:08- Do you ever aspire to snag unicycling records?

01:18:25 – Have you ever unicycled on a tight rope?

01:19:14 – What are the fan favorite tricks?

01:21:11 – Unicycling Unicorn – he’s single, find him on the socials

 

Segments

The Trek Propaganda!

ATC is likely to recommend AT thru-hikes soon, by Hugh Owen

CDTC article

Virtually Hiking the AT: Hitting Some Snafus

Pupdate!

Episode Horoscopes: Know Your Stars

Mail Bag

5 Star Reviews

Backcountry Matchmaking

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Today, we are joined by Doug Laher, the father of Trevor Laher, the hiker who tragically passed near Apache Peak on the Pacific Crest Trail earlier this year. Doug reads his beautiful tribute to Trevor, we talk about what lessons are to be learned from Trevors passing, and what can be done to prevent further tragedy on this dangerous stretch of the PCT.

We also chat with Kaitlyn Purington, a volunteer and the PR rep at the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a rescue non-profit based in Riverside County.  She walks us through what the organization does exactly, requirements for getting involved, and some examples of standout rescue missions from the last couple of years. We close out the show with some Trek Propaganda, how to check your bung for deer ticks, and our favorite creature comforts.

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Doug Laher, father of late Trevor Laher

00:03:55 – Doug reads his article about Trevor

00:26:40 – The Article was written six weeks ago, what has happened since then?

00:28:00 – The intentions behind telling Trevor’s story

00:29:20 – How are you doing now?

00:31:34 – What do you want people to take away from Trevor’s story? How do we carry on his legacy?

00:35:25 – Any advice or words of wisdom for parents of aspiring thru-hikers?

00:38:30 – Possibility of reworking the trail at Apache Peak?

00:39:30 – Guthook put a warning in Trevor’s honor

00:46:10 – Can you tell us about the fundraiser you did with RMRU?

00:49:00 – The Trek readers donated roughly $5,000 to RMRU

00:50:30 – You can donate to RMRU here

00:55:20 – Circus and Snapshot made a memorial to Trevor

01:00:26 – Two rescuers retrieved all of Trevor’s belongings

01:07:40 – “You’ve got one fucking life, you better live that shit.” - IBTAT

 

Kaitlyn Perington of RMRU

01:11:00  – Can you tell us about RMRU?

01:12:20 – Is there an area that requires the majority of RMRU’s rescue missions?

01:12:55 – Is there a busier season?

01:13:26 – How many calls do you usually get from PCT hikers?

01:13:44 – How did you specifically get involved with RMRU?

01:14:35 – What was the process like for becoming a volunteer?

01:16:30 - Are there specific requirements for joining the unit?

01:18:00 – What skills/training/certifications are people required to have?

01:19:30 – How does a shift work?

01:20:30 – Is there a certain number of people you need for a mission?

01:21:50 – How has coronavirus impacted SAR?

01:23:49 – Would you still do mouth-to-mouth during COVID?

01:24:34 – How many missions do you do per year?

01:24:56 – Is there one mission you were involved with that stands out to you?

01:29:17 – Does it frustrate you when people are unprepared?

01:13:51 – Do you ever get frequent callers?

01:33:30 – If you keep getting repeat places you’re called back to, can you put a sign in a specific spot?

01:34:30 – What kind of funds are required to keep RMRU going?

01:37:10 – Aside from monetary donations are there things RMRU could use gear wise?

01:38:20 – donate at RMRU.org

SEGMENTS

Trek Propaganda – Effie Drew’s “Changing the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry”

Mail Bag

Favorite lightweight entertainment / creature comforts on trail

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A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Christopher Marshburn, Janelle L, Paul Packman Sealy, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Thomas Fullner

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Dcnerdlet, Jacob Northrup, Jason Lawrence, Jeff LaFranier, Jeffrey Miller, Mark Snook, Mitchell, Peter, Peter Ellenberg, and Zoe Jenkins

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Today we are joined by Luke “Strider” Jordan.  Strider has a couple of very impressive treks on his resume including the North Country Trail (NCT), which is more than twice the length of the Appalachian Trail, as well as the 3,100 mile Great Plains Trail (GPT), which runs from Texas to North Dakota.  We also discover the wild world of naked pooping, a fan-submitted poop paradise on the John Muir Trail, and another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking.

 

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00:02:00 – Gardening Updates!

00:04:18 – QOTD: What is the proper poop dress code?

00:10:00 – BPR Merch!

00:12:11 – Intro to Strider (Has hiked the North Country Trail and the Great Plains Trail)

00:12:47 – Where does your interest in backpacking come from?

00:17:30 – Did you have any mentors that told you how crazy it was to start with the NCT?

00:19:24 – How road walks affect the NCT.

00:20:40 – Where the NCT goes!

00:21:30 – Mosquitoes in the upper peninsula

00:27:09 – Support for the North Dakota section

00:30:15 – Inspiration from Andrew Skurka and Nimblewill Nomad

00:31:15 – “We Build Trail in Low Places” – NCT music video on vimeo

00:32:59 – Did Strider meet all 8 people who live in North Dakota?

00:34:40 – Is Strider affiliated with the NCT?

00:36:15 – How big is the non-profit team at the NCT?

00:38:08 – Plans to move the road walks to trail?

00:41:40 – Snow in Minnesota

00:49:39 – Patent Pending: A Dinner Knife that Attaches to Your Shoe to Make Ice Skates

00:58:18 – Any issues with deer ticks/ticks in general?

01:02:45 – What's it like having celebrity status as a thru-hiker on a less travelled trail?

01:07:30 – Ohio and the Buckeye Trail

01:15:00 – Blazes in the NCT Backcountry

01:17:13 – Hiking with maps instead of a smart phone

01:17:40 – How many people have thru-hiked the NCT?

01:19:00 – Stopping his trans-Ozark trail

01:22:00 – Hundreds of tiny ticks in Strider’s ankles

01:28:11 – How is New York?

01:31:30 – Could you do the Finger Lakes section as a wine hike?

01:40:08 – Strider met Ron Strickland

01:44:00 – James Lunning did 5 scenic trails back to back

01:46:10 – Is Strider the only person to have thru-hiked the Great Plains Trail?

01:54:00 – Starting in the desert was a new experience

01:57:30 – You need a support crew to get through New Mexico

01:59:00 – What is there to look forward to walking through Kansas?

02:00:00 – What is the wind like?

02:06:00 – Have you done the cave tours in Wind Cave National Park?

02:23:30 – If you want ______ you should hike the Great Plains Trail

02:25:00 – Where should people go to help out with the NCT or GPT?

SEGMENTS

Trek Propaganda:

Pupdate: Harper is Huge and Misbehaving

Triple Crown of Things That Make You Uneasy (?)

Mail Bag!

5 Star Review

Backcountry Matchmaking:

  • Jeff aka "Chef Boy R.D.": @Pieceof_jake
  • Kate "Stickerz": @katieb3th11
  • Buckeye: @therealjyoungs

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Find Strider on Facebook: @StriderNCT

 

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by Sarah Jones Decker, author of the new gorgeous photobook "The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-tos, and Huts".  We learn what goes into a project as massive as doing a photo essay of all of the AT's shelters, Sarah's personal favorites, the history of these structures, which have the best privies, and much more.  Sarah is also the co-owner of Root Bottom Farms, an organic farm based in North Carolina, and we selfishly pick her brain on how to suck less as plants.  

We close out the show with a triple crown of things that start with "W", a pupdate, some suggestions for using trail runners on rocky terrain, and another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking. 

 

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00:03:00 - Sarah’s Backpacking Resume 

00:04:00 - Sarah has hiked the AT twice!

00:05:15 - Differences on the AT in 2008 vs. 2018-2019?

00:07:37 - What was your inspiration to thru-hike the AT?

00:08:25 - Are thru-hikers now the same as when you were 16? 

00:08:50 - What is your educational background?

00:10:37 - Give us the intro to your AT Shelters book!

00:13:00 - Have you always been into history?

00:14:00 - How did you document while hiking? 

00:14:38 - What are the most inconvenient shelters to get to? 

00:18:40 - Is breastfeeding ever an issue on trail? 

00:19:30 - When did the initial shelter book idea come to you? 

00:20:00 - Did you fall into any type of routine?

00:21:00 - Additional contributors 

00:23:00 - Elevator Pitch of AT shelters

00:26:34 - How many shelters can you get pizza delivered to? 

00:31:00 - Camera Gear Setup

00:32:55 - What’s your favorite shelter? 

00:37:47 - What’s the most underrated shelter? 

00:40:00 - Double Shelters

00:45:00 - What shelter has the most history? 

00:47:00 - What is it like to release a book during a pandemic? 

00:48:00 - How many events did you have to cancel? 

00:49:15 - What is the oldest shelter?

00:54:09 - What’s the biggest shelter? 

00:54:54 - Which shelter has the best view? 

00:57:00 - Conflicting Information

00:58:50 - Best Privy on the AT? 

01:07:20 - One shelter you wouldn’t sleep in?
01:11:57 - What shelter has the best water source?

01:14:33 - What is the Priest shelter? 

01:15:03 - Top tips for trail shelter etiquette 

01:17:27 -  The Shelter Graveyard

01:18:20 - The Only Shelter That Was Ever Stolen 

01:19:20 - Tips for people who want to pitch a book to the ATC? 

01:30:12 - Someone had a baby in her house and lied about it 

01:33:18 - What tips do you have for starting photographers?

01:36:30 - You are a mom? 

01:37:50 - Carrying a baby 

01:39:54 - How does hiking change with a child?

01:41:38 - What about Falling with a baby? 

01:43:17 - Advice for hiking with a baby? 

01:45:17 - How do you manage diapers while hiking? 

01:46:29 - Tell us about your poster of 444 different AT signs? 

01:47:35 - The AT poster

01:50:25 - Can we talk about gardening? Introduction to Rootbottom Farm.

01:54:20 - What’s killing our plants??

01:56:30 - Tricks for a Fiddle Leaf Fig? 

02:01:03 - Which plants are friends? 

02:02:30 - 101 for starting a raised bed garden?

02:07:33 - Can you tell us about microgreens?

02:16:00 - Where to find Sarah?

 

SEGMENTS

 

02:17:00 - Triple Crown of things that start with W.

02:23:42 - Pupdates

02:31:20 - Did Chaunce watch the Last Dance? 

02:32:50 - Mail Bag

02:37:28 - 5 Star Review 

02:39:29 - Stickers? 

02:40:26 - Backcountry Matchmaking

  • Katie, @katiecoryell

  • Ross, @Ross_Berry
  • Debi, Email: debirodriguez4@gmail.com Instagram: @Bluemoonrising2021,  or Facebook: Debi Rodriguez (BlueMoon).

Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise or praise for Backpacker Radio?  Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.

Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)!  Find us on Stitcher and Google Play.


Support us on Patreon to get bonus content.

A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Christopher Marshburn, ineedcoffee 17, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Thomas Fullner.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Dcnerdwallet, Jacob Northrup, Jason Lawrence, Jeff LaFranier, Jeffrey Miller, Mark Snook, Mitchell, Peter, Peter Ellenberg, Zoe Jenkins

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Today we are joined by Shug Emery.  In addition to being a hammock enthusiast, with almost 100,000 YouTube subscribers, Shug's previous profession was as a circus clown for Barnum and Bailey.  We obviously go way down the traveling circus rabbit hole, and we promise you his stories do not disappoint.  Shug also shares his top tips for beginning hammockers, what his setup looks like, and what goes into making a successful YouTube channel.

We close out the show with some Trek propaganda, a triple crown of things we will no longer take for granted, and, another edition of backcountry matchmaking.

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00:03:00 - Chaunce is BORED

00:08:45 - Zach doesn’t like pandemics.

00:09:06 - Interview with (and intro of) Shug (Sean Emery)!

00:10:42 - How Shug got started as a clown

00:12:20 - Clown College is competitive!

00:18:08 - Clown College Know-It-Alls

00:20:10 - Stories from the Circus 

00:25:40 - How many days a week is the circus? Do you get time off? 

00:28:06 - Spotlight guys always know where the good weed and food is!

00:28:48 - Is there a hierarchy in the circus? 

00:33:20 - Why do people get into clowning? It’s not for the pay, so what’s the draw? 

00:41:30 - What was your clown name? 

00:43:20 - Where did the name Shug come from? 

00:48:55 - What are the top skills for becoming a great clown?

00:53:08 - You went on to do a solo clown show? 

00:59:00 - At the end of Clown College you get selected for contracts, and not everyone goes!

01:07:20 - Any circus secrets you can reveal? 

01:14:10 - Why do you hammock? 

01:16:07 - What is your backpacking background? 

01:23:11 - If someone had a free week, what would you recommend for the Boundary Waters?  

01:26:22 - Why hammock over tenting? 

01:29:51 - What should someone look for in a good hammock? 

01:35:16 - What is a good hammock hang vs. a bad hammock hang?

01:45:26 - Is Minnesota a wet state?

1:46:30 - What’s your setup on a -40 night? 

01:48:28 - Advice from someone in your age range (early 60’s) who wants to start backpacking? 

01:52:30 - Shug does art, too!

01:59:08 - Putting out content is hard!

2:00:20 - Any parting advice? 

02:15:00 - Find Shug on YouTube

 

SEGMENTS

02:18:30 - Trek Propaganda

02:19:30 - Triple Crown of Things We Took For Granted!

02:30:22 - Did Chaunce watch the last dance? 

02:31:57 - Things that aren’t Coronavirus 

02:33:15 - Zach has never heard of cookie cake?? 

02:37:00 - Pupdates (also a poop story) 

02:44:50 - Mail Bag 

02:48:08 - Backcountry Matchmaking!

02:57:11 - 5 Star Reviews!

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Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise or praise for Backpacker Radio?  Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.

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A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Christopher Marshburn (who got us that awesome Katahdin sign from TrailSigns), ineedcoffee 17, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Thomas Fullner

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: dcnerdlet, Jacob Norhtrup, Jeff LaFranier, Mark Snook, Peter, Peter Ellenberg, Zoe Jenkins.

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In episode 69, we are joined by Will Robinson, AKA Akuna.  Akuna is an army veteran, the first known African-American male to complete the triple crown, and an all around awesome guy.  We talk about his experiences in managing chronic pain, how hiking interfaced with his PTSD, what it's like hiking through rural America as a black man with dreadlocks, and some of the highlights and lowlights of each of his thru-hikes.

We also have some listener emails, we learn how people are keeping busy during the apocalypse, and introduce a new segment, Backcountry Matchmaking- our new on-air dating service.  Giggity.

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00:04:30 - Meet Will “Akuna” Robinson and learn how he got started in hiking

00:05:44 - How he ended up on the PCT

00:06:30 - The closest long trail to Akuna in Louisiana

00:07:11 - How did growing up in New Orleans make you resilient? 

00:08:42 - How did you end up in the military? 

00:11:18 - Did your academic achievements have any bearing on your military experience? 

00:12:40 - His Job in the Military (and how that became an electrical engineering degree)

00:14:00 - What was it like coming home from the military?

00:15:30 - Was PTSD treatment helpful?

00:16:20 - What are your injuries from the military? And how does that affect your backpacking? 

00:19:00 - Healing through thru-hiking

00:24:50 - Why doesn’t the military talk more about mental health? 

00:26:40 - Barriers to unorthodox treatments 

00:27:37 - People thinking of long-distance backpacking with chronic pain

00:32:45 - Did you have to deal with withdrawals? 

00:33:57 - Does backpacking alleviate pain? Or distract from it? 

00:34:51 - Having flashbacks on trail

00:38:16 - Does your hiking family know about your flashbacks? Can they help in any way? What is the right way to help? 

00:41:45 - How the thru-hiking community deals with mental health issues

00:45:00 - How Akuna Ended up on the PCT

00:49:00 - Tell us about your first PCT hike

00:51:00 - Akuna dislocates his knee on Mt.Whitney

00:54:00 - What was 2017 like on the PCT?

00:56:35 - Triple digit temperatures are no problem for Akuna

00:57:50 - How did you get your trail name on the PCT? 

00:59:30 - Tell us about your 2017 Sierra experience

01:06:01 - Do you crave life-fearing moments?

01:10:00 - Akuna Hated the AT (at first) 

01:15:19 - What is it like hiking the AT as an African American? 

01:22:23 - Did you notice a difference in the way you were treated between the AT, PCT, and CDT? 

01:26:00 - How does your trail family react when people are racist?

01:30:30 - Do you have any advice for Afircan Americans thinking about thru-hiking?

01:31:15 - Any advice for how the hiking community can help make thru-hiking more welcoming and inclusive?

01:32:00 - Notable AT moments

01:37:40 - Akuna’s AT Merrel Film & Akuna’s CDT Merrel Film

01:41:30 - Akuna’s CDT Hike

01:46:40 - The brutality of the CDT 

01:48:15 - Gnarly weather on the CDT, PCT, and AT

01:50:25 - Falling in the Gila River on the CDT

01:55:05 - Akuna and Undecided almost get arrested

02:00:00 - How does it feel to be the first African American man known to finish the triple crown?

02:04:00 - Akuna’s postponed North Country Trail thru-hike

02:11:30 - Any plans for later this year if things clear up?

02:15:30 - Where to find Akuna: @AkunaHikes

02:17:11 - NZ borders closed for an entire year.

 

SEGMENTS

02:18:10 - The Trek Propaganda: Clay Bonnyman Evans reviews Chaunce’s Book

02:19:00 - Mail Bag! 

02:20:00 - Things people are doing to stay sane during quarantine

02:26:30 - Akuna weighs in on if Carol Baskin killed her husband

02:28:07 - Pupdates from Chuance: Harper is Getting Crate Trained 

02:36:38 - Five Star Reviews: Poop Stories and Horse Facts (& Impromptu Gear Reviews)

02:45:00 - Backcountry Matchmaking: Zach “Beta” Terpstra, Emily Mydlowski, Erica “Spitfire”

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Today we are joined by Jean Muenchrath, mountaineer, escaper of death, author, and spiritual being.  Simply put, Jean's story is remarkable.  Jean gives us a play by play of the time she nearly died after catastrophic fall near Mt Whitney in winter conditions.  She walks us through not only this harrowing tale, but the long process to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery, the subject of her book If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation.  

Chaunce and Badger wrap up the show with some listener emails, Poop Stories, and a new segment One Line Movie Reviews.  This is our last in-person podcast until the apocalypse blows over, so please do savor the flavor of this one. 

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Interview with Jean Muenchrath

00:03:14 - QOTD: What is your least favorite animal?

00:05:18 - Intro to Jean (backpacking, mountaineering, and skiing background) 

00:08:50 - The Cross Country John Muir Trail Ski Expedition

00:10:16 - Muenchrath’s Backpacking Experience

00:11:12 - How did Ken and Jean meet?

00:14:14 - How many miles were you doing per day (during the XC JMT Ski Expedition)?

00:15:10 - Going up Mt.Whitney

00:18:22 - Ken goes sledding down the mountain all of a sudden

00:24:00 - The Fall on Mt.Whitney

00:30:00 - Jean’s Extensive Injuries

00:32:40 - After the Fall (Jean Woke Up The Next Morning)

00:34:25 - A Detailed List of Jean’s Injuries

00:36:40 - Getting Out 

00:39:40 - Getting a Ride to the Hospital

00:42:00 Jean Had a Bad Feeling Before Leaving 

00:43:40 - If you could do it again, would you? 

00:49:00 - Jean’s Journal

00:51:25 - How did Jean and Paul meet?

00:53:00 - The Second Half of Jean’s Book

00:54:00 - The Himalayas

00:58:20 - Returning to Asia

00:59:30 - Have you always been a spiritual person?

01:02:40 - Jean’s Spiritual Transition

01:05:00 - Opioid Withdrawals

01:12:45 - Getting Started with Meditation 

01:14:10 - Final Thoughts?

 

SEGMENTS:

01:17:00 - Sign up for Hikerlink!

01:17:40 - Trek propaganda - Kelly Floro - How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear For Your Hike 

01:18:20 - One sentence movie plots 

01:26:00 - Mail Bag

01:29:37 - Buy Chaunce’s book (on her website or from Amazon)!!

 

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again flipping the script.  This episode is dedicated to all things COVID-19.  We chat with a pair of experts on infectious disease and epidemiology.  Dr. Amesh Adalja, is an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.  And Jagdish Khubchandani is a Professor of Health Science at Ball State University with a PhD in Health Education and Epidemiology.  Both of our experts share their opinion on the latest data surrounding this virus, including the million dollar question of when they think it will be safe to resume our backpacking ways.

We also are joined by a pair of 2020 NOBO turned NOGO thru-hikers (and Trek contributors), one from the AT, one from the PCT, to share their experiences of how this pandemic played out from their perspectives.  Taylor Frint had only been on trail for two days before making the decision to get off, while John Mecklin was a few hundred miles into his hike when shit really started hitting the fan.

Also- it's worth stating here- after today's episode, we will likely drop the coronavirus subject for a while.  There's plenty of information out there regarding this virus, and although we're not about to pretend like it isn't impacting everything, we're hoping to provide a venue where you can go to escape the firehose of doomsday information.  The reason for today's episode is that we wanted to provide some expertise on this subject and how it pertains to backpacking along with shine a spotlight on those who made the difficult decision to hit the indefinite pause button on their hikes.


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Interview with Dr.Amesh Adalja 

00:04:00 - Intro of Dr.Amesh Adalja 

00:05:26 - What is Dr.Adalja optimistic about (in regards to COVID-19)?

00:06:30 - Fatality estimate rates (is it overstated?) 

00:08:26 - Why is antibody testing important? Are there any areas already doing this? 

00:10:31 - What percentage of people do you think could get this and be asymptomatic?

00:12:00 - Do you have a rough estimate for when we will resume normalcy?

00:13:24 - Potential relaxation in May 

00:16:40 - If you were running a municipality, what metrics would you be looking for in regards to  COVID-19 regulation?

00:18:00 - How far away do you think we are from a vaccine? 

00:19:00 - How long until people with existing conditions (asthma, etc.) can expect to resume normal life? 

00:20:00 - Will we all have to get COVID-19 eventually?

00:21:20 - Are there any promising treatments you are seeing happen?

00:22:14 - Should we be hiking with masks on?

00:24:10 - Is there fear mongering going on? What is serious about this virus?

00:25:50 - Where do we get more info from Dr.Amesh Adjala?

 

Interview with Jagdish Khubchandani 

 

00:26:44 - Intro to Dr.Khubchandani 

00:28:00 - How long does the virus live on surfaces (like wood, etc.)?

00:29:30 - Concerns for Trail Towns

00:31:00 - Vitamin D Deficiencies

00:32:00 - How long will we be self-quarantined? When will travel return to normal?

00:33:18 - Will there be a second peak when we all start going out and travelling again?

00:33:58 - Another Peak in September

00:34:15 - Will there be another self-quarantine?

00:34:48 - What’s your take on countries who have taken more severe measures on quarantine? 

00:37:00 - Thoughts on the current state of the Coronavirus vaccine?

00:38:25 - What are your thoughts in terms of immunity with this virus? 

00:40:00 - Should people be able to live their life normally after they are infected? 

00:41:00 - What is the risk of reinfection?

00:42:17 - Do you have hope for any treatments in the pipeline?

00:43:25 - Testing! 

00:44:00 - What are the right kinds of sanitizers to kill COVID-19? Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol, Bleach

00:45:00 - Who’s at a higher risk for COVID-19?

00:46:00 - What kind of symptoms should people be on the lookout for? 

00:47:30 - How many people are infected, realistically? 

00:48:30 - What’s the difference between all the buzz words being thrown around right now (social distancing, socially irresponsible, self-quarantine)? 

00:50:00 - When will groups of friends be able to get back together? 

00:51:20 - Thoughts on making your own hand sanitizer?

00:52:45 - Do you have to leave your groceries in the car? 

00:55:50 - What is one thing you’d convey to BPR listeners? 

 

Interview with Taylor Frint:

The Trek Design Intern, The Trek Vlogger, 2020 PCT hiker who had to get off a few days into her hike due to COVID-19. 

00:59:58 - Start from the Top

01:02:00 - What did you have to put on hold or sacrifice for the hike?

01:03:00 - Walk us through the days leading up to your thru-hike!

01:04:00- What was it like when you got to the southern terminus?

01:07:10 - Did you know what it would take for you to get off trail?

01:08:27 - What were the opinions of people already on trail as far as getting off once the PCTA announced? 

01:10:26 - Had you already made friends? 

01:11:51 - how did you feel when you decided to get off trail?

01:13:11 - What was the mood like in the airport when going home? 

01:14:23 - How does your age impact your fear of the virus? 

01:16:00 - Where did you end up when you went home? 

01:18:23 - Thoughts about people still on trail?

01:22:45 - Do you have plans to try again? 

01:23:41- Southbound hike? 

01:28:50 - How are you feeling now? 

 

Interview with John Mecklin:

The Trek Blooger,  Left trail 1 month into his thru-hike of the AT due to COVID-19

01:33:25 - Intro / How did you decide to thru-hike?

01:34:59 - What was the financial situation like leading up to your hike? 

01:35:00 - When did you first start hearing about the coronavirus? 

01:36:50 - When did you start being really concerned about the virus?

01:38:00 - Did behavior change on the trail because of the virus? 

01:38:50 - What was the first moment that it started to feel real? 

01:41:00 - When did you make the decision to get off trail? 

01:42:48 - Did your hiking group stay on trail or get off? 

01:42:18 - Are people you were hiking with still on trail?

01:44:20 - Why do you think people are still on trail? 

01:48:45 - Was the trail experience living up to what you wanted it to be? 

01:49:20 - In what ways do you think you became a better person while on trail? 

01:51:30 - What is Memphis like right now? 

01:55:43 - What are your plans for thru-hiking? 

01:57:20 - How do you feel about having to get off trail? How are you feeling overall? 

01:59:00 - What are you going to school for? 

02:01:20 - Zach is proud of John and the thru-hikers who have gotten off this year. 

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Backpacker Radio is making good on their promise to get weird.  Today we bring you a drunk Q&A.  Backpacker Radio's new intern, Elise Ott, navigates us through a series of questions, including COVID-19, how we're handling the self-quarantining, a lot of poop related subjects, thru-hiking purism, and much more.  At the top of the show, one of Chaunce's friends gives us the poop story to end all poop stories.  This one is our most feral podcasts to date.  Because that's what you do during an apocalypse. 

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0:03:52 - Intro, Welcome to BPR (long-distance style) 

0:05:00 - Elise Ott Introduction (new BPR intern), articles on the Trek 

0:05:50 - Casey’s Poop Story to End All Poop Stories

0:24:30 - We Meet Harper (after she pees on the floor) 

0:26:44 - What are your favorite TP substitutes? 

0:30:00 - What would you do if you were on trail right now? Even if you were 400 miles in?

0:41:43 - What international long hikes are Chaunce and Zach hiking or dreaming about?

0:45:00 - Only ramen for an entire trail or only mashed potatoes?

0:47:17 - If you ran out of toilet paper during your quarantine, what would you use to wipe? 

0:54:22 - If you had to drink one celeb’s bath water whose would it be?

0:56:00 - If you had to pick another sport besides hiking to invest your time, energy, and money into, what would it be? And why?

1:00:00 - Is it okay to day hike right now? 

1:09:00 - Ad break!  Save 10% at AppalachianGearCompany.com by using code "BACKPACKERRADIO" at checkout.

1:17:45 - If you had to shelter in place would you use a tent or build a shelter? What food would you bring?

1:28:28 - What kind of mud is Chaunce using to build her hut?

1:32:00 - The question, “what is your most memorable road walk?” turns into a discussion on thru-hiking purity. 

1:50:09 - Are people as mean on the trail as they are on facebook?

1:55:09 - The Final Question (there are two): If you could name a pet or child after a place on trail?

1:58:15 - The Final Question (the second one): Could you do a major thru-hike backwards? And if you did, what gear adjustments would you make? 

2:02:00 - Actually The Final Question: Will Chaunce take Harper on a thru-hike? 

02:12:55 - Follow us on social media! (Chaunce's Instagram, YouTube, Facebook | Badger's Instagram, Elise's Instagram)

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We're joined by Sandi Marra, the president and CEO at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  As noted in our previous podcast, the news and guidelines around COVID-19 and the trail system has been evolving rapidly.  At the time of the previous recording, the ATC asked people to postpone their thru-hikes.  Since that recording, the ATC has increased the severity of their recommendations- urging people to avoid the Appalachian Trail altogether, even for day hikes.

Today's interview will largely center around that subject, including how the ATC arrived to this decision, when Sandi predicts that the trail will be safe to hike and backpack again, amongst many other Coronavirus related questions. 
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  • Sandi Marra of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    • Why was this decision reached to ask all people to stay off the Appalachian Trail?  Both in the context of backpacking and day hiking.
    • What does she have to say to those who are still on the trail?
    • What guidance does she have for those who want to get off but are having trouble finding resources?
    • When does she foresee the trail reopening?
    • Her thoughts on hiking in general right now?
  • The Trek will be helping to put together a resource for those who are looking for a ride from the trail in the near future.

  • Save 10% at Greenbelly.co by using code "TREK2020" at checkout.

  • Save 15% at Gossamergear.com by using code "ATDRINK15" at checkout.

  • Save 10% at AppalachianGearCompany.com by using code "BACKPACKERRAD10" at checkout.

  • Hikerlink!

  • Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years
  • Check out The Attempt!

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by Erik Schlimmer.  Erik might be the hiker's edition of Forest Gump, in that he's somehow squeezed five lifetimes worth of events into his four plus decades on this earth.  If you're a fan of the Adirondack, you are in luck, because Erik is not only one of the most experienced hikers in this region, but also a historian of the range at large.  We also learn all about toponyms, including, what that word means, and he offers some truly fascinating examples.  Erik also shares about his time as a Coach on the show MTV Made, his time as a paratrooper, and his thriving career as a bird catcher.  Prepare to be filled with entertainment and knowledge. 

We also dive into the history of peak bagging in the northeast, introduce a new segment- Fox News, learn about ultralight vibrators, how to ask an employer for time off to thru-hike, and wrap it up with a listener poop story.  Also, at the top of the show, Badger offers his two cents on the latest with the Coronavirus pandemic and how it relates to thru-hikers.  

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00:00:00 - Erik Schlimmer Intro

00:00:55 - Gossamer Gear discount code: ATDRINK15 for 15% off

00:02:10 - Green Belly discount code: trek2020 for 15% off

00:04:08 - Hikerlink is out!

00:05:30 - QOTD: What is something you are terrible at but wish you could do well? 

00:07:09 - Erik’s Cliff Notes Background.

00:08:20 - How Erik Ended Up on His 2002 Thru-Hike of the Florida Trail (via the 100 tallest Adirondack Peaks)

00:10:45 - Erik’s Educational Background 

00:11:45 - Erik’s Adirondack Expertise

00:13:05 - Erik’s Specialty: Onomastics, Specifically Toponyms

00:14:30 - The Trans-Adirondack Route (Establishment, Completion Rates, Best Seasons, etc.)

00:21:40 - Getting a Handshake Deal so Hikers Can Cross Through Private Land

00:22:30 - What keeps thru-hikers from finishing the Trans-Adirondack route? 

00:24:50 - How long does a Trans-Adirondack hike take? 

00:26:20 - Resupply on the Trans-Adirondack Route

00:31:07 - The Difficulties of the Trans-Adirondack Route (and How it Compares to the Long Trail/The Whites in New Hampshire)

00:32:00 - Sustainable Trail Building

00:38:30 - Becoming a BackCountry Ranger (How do you get into it? Where do you start?)

00:40:40 - Recurring Themes of Rescues by SAR

00:42:34 - Erik Wants To See a Winter Thru-Hike of the Trans-Adirondack Route

00:43:40 - Where To Get Erik’s Book ( Trans-Adirondack Route & His Publishing Company - Beechwood Books)

00:44:28 - What are the concerns of a winter thru of the Trans-Adirondack Route?

00:49:20 - The History of Peak Bagging in the North East Part 1 & Part 2

00:50:49 - What about names that came from Native Americans? 

00:54:20 - Talking about Toponym Work

01:03:26 - Calamity Pond and Naming Repeats

01:05:30 - Catamount Mountain 

01:07:03 - Are there mountain lions in the North East? 

01:09:40 - The Northville-Placid Trail

01:12:30 - Wildlife on the Northville-Placid Trail 

01:18:00 - Deer Ticks? 

01:19:44 - Erik’s 2,000 Summits 

01:25:55 - Erik’s First Adirondack Mountain

01:27:53 - How Erik Went From a Master’s in Social Work to Being a Professional Bird Catcher

01:34:00 - Commercial Break: Appalachian Gear Company - Use Code: BACKPACKERRADIO for 10% off

1:35:43 - Erik’s Time in the Military (Earning His Wings, Staying Awake in the Woods for Days on End, and 90 Pound Packs)

01:41:35 - Parachute Landing Falls

01:44:00 - Getting Tangled While Parachuting 

01:48:30 - Why did Erik want a Masters in Social Work?

01:49:50 - Hiking and Mental Health

01:54:00 - Erik Was a MTV Made Coach

02:08:58 - Erik’s Trek Articles, Trans-Adirondack Route, Beechwood Books, Instagram accounts: @us_mountains, @transADK

SEGMENTS

02:10:00 - Trek Propaganda - The History of Peak Bagging in the North East Part 1 & Part 2, Trail Correspondents Season 3

02:20:44 - FOX NEWS (News About Foxes)

02:23:29 - Mail Bag (Vibrator Suggestions, Taryns That Love Chaunce, Taking Time Off to Thru-Hike) 

02:43:18 - Listener Poop Story

02:46:30 - 5 Star Reviews

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The Cinnamon Connection is joined by ultra running legend, Courtney Dauwalter.  For those who might not be into the ultra-running scene, Courtney is an absolute powerhouse long distance runner, with a young race resume that's hard to fathom, including wins at the Moab 240 (which the 2nd place finisher was more than 10 hours behind her), the Javelina Jundred 100K, Run Rabbit Run 100-mile race *twice*, Western States 100, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc- referred to as the super bowl of ultramarathons, amongst others.  Courtney is incredibly humble, Chaunce and Badger had to act as her hype team throughout the episode, a blast to chat with, and a fellow Goldenite.  There are some gems in this conversation, including when Chaunce told Courtney her poop story (like a good movie, it's even better the second time), how Courtney sees giraffes and flying eels on trail, that time she went blind, and how she continues to chisel away at her pain cave.

Chaunce and Badger wrap up the episode with a triple crown of spring things that make us tingle, we plan a soon to be thru-hiker's going away party, and of course, another listener poop story.  

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by five sixths of the Strawbridge Family.  The Strawbridges successfully thru-hiked the PCT SOBO in 2018 with four kids in tow- ages 11, 13, 14, and 17.  We chat about everything you can dream of regarding hiking as a family, including how they handled school, gear, their pace, everyone's emotional and physical well being, and so on.  Vince and Monica, aka mom and dad, are fact checked by Georgie, Henry, and June, the youngest three of the four kids.  This is a fun interview, Chaunce and I laughed in excess, and hopefully serves as inspiration for young families looking to inject more adventure into their lives.
We close out the show with a triple crown of ways to pass time on trail and of course, more listener poop stories.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by repeat guest Steven Shattuck aka Twinkle, along with his lovely wife, Grace.  This is our third annual Valentine's Day episode, and I am telling you, this one will give you all kinds of hashtag relationship goals vibes.  They detail their year-long adventure beginning with a traverse of The Hayduke- followed by some very serious globetrotting, including backpacking trips in the UK, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Thailand, and Nepal.  If you're prone to FOMO, you might want to skip this episode.  Just kidding, definitely do NOT skip this episode.  

We wrap-up the show with our first ever edition of The Newlywed Game and explanation of how cranes work from an emailer, with some impromptu horse facts.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are changing things up a bit.  Today's show is dedicated to all things girl stuff.   We've kicked aside the segments and dove straight into everything to do with thru-hiking as a woman.  In addition to Chaunce, we are joined in studio by former guest, guest co-host, and listener favorite, Weezer, along with Chaunce's AT buddy and Trek Vlogger, Fireball.  These badass backcountry gals enlighten us on everything from managing periods on trail, to dealing with creepy guys, how they dealt with dangers- including the anticipation of danger vs. what the experience on trail, birth control, sex, hygiene, pee rags, and so on.  This turned into a marathon episode, and I think this will be a fun and informative listen for everyone, though especially our lady listeners.

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Today the Cinnamon Connection is joined by Wild Amanda aka Naps.  Naps is the only person I've met who's hiked the entire PCT with her dog, Frank.  We go down the rabbit hole on what it takes to thru-hike the PCT with a dog, including recommended gear, how she handled Frank's food and water, how she curtailed her hiking schedule to best suit Franks needs, and more.

Naps' PCT thru-hike was the ultimate display of Murphy's Law, as she dealt with a broken nose, plantar fasciitis, food poisoning, hiking induced heartburn, trench foot, heat rash, altitude sickness, and of course, some very solid poop stories, figuratively speaking.

We wrap up the show with the triple crown of Ben and Jerry's flavors, chips worth going to prison for, and another listener poop story.  

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We interrupt your normally scheduled Backpacker Radio content to bring you a sneak peak of a brand new podcast launched by The Trek in partnership with BadCat Media, called, The Attempt.  
 
The Attempt follows Benjamin Drachman during his *attempted* SOBO thru-hike of the PCT in 2019.  The show is produced by Julia Drachman- and no that last name is not a coincidence, Julia is Ben's older sister.  What may shock you about this show is its production value.  And by that, I mean, it has production value.  We're all about trying new things here at The Trek.
 
In other words, if This American Life and Trail Correspondents had a baby, this podcast would be that baby.
 
Instead of further explaining what this show is, let's give you a Costco sample size for you to chew on.  As soon as I shut the hell up, you'll get the first episode of this show.  If you like what you hear, I encourage you to head to the thetrek.co/theattempt to find more episodes (the first three are already out) or simply search for "The Attempt" in your preferred podcast platform.
 
 

We are joined by legendary PCT trail angel, Donna, L-Rod Sauffley of Hiker Heaven.  Donna comes by her trail name, L-Rod, short for lightning rod, very honestly. She's exceptionally outspoken, a ball of energy, and has a deep passion for the Pacific Crest Trail and its community.  We hear all about her time serving as a trail angel to PCT hikers for more than two decades.  This conversation is fun, engaging, educational, and we dip our toe into some controversial subjects.  

Chaunce and I wrap-up the show with an update on the latest from Hiker Heaven, how you can get a free trip to the moon in a likely very prostitute-y way, a triple crown of stereotypes you meet on trail, and we are blessed with another listener poop story.

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We are joined by "Crazy Jack" Northam.  Crazy Jack has earned his name by summiting Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the United States' lower 48) nearly 200 times, an endeavor he didn't begin until the ripe age of 50 years.  Today, jack now 72 years old and still going strong.

He regales us with tales of his many ascents up his favorite mountain, why he chooses to summit the same peak, his yo-yo hikes on Whitney, his climbs beginning at the nearby town of Lone Pine, and how he stumbled into some seriously historic butter.  Chaunce and I close out the show by highlighting the top shelters on the Appalachian Trail, give an official ruling on the best Dorito flavor, do the Triple Crown of food items remaining in your bag when get to town, and get into a new recurring segment, Listener Poop Stories.

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Today the Cinnamon Connection is joined by Scott Turner.  Scott is *the* go-to resource for all things hiking in Southern California.  He's the co-author of the latest version of "Afoot and Afield: San Diego County", known as San Diego's hiking bible.  Scott shares his favorite hikes in San Diego county, including the best short trails, long trails, the best ecological diversity, the best history, and much more.  We also cover the top footwear on the Appalachian Trail in 2019, our predictions for 2020, more horse facts, and Chaunce has a mini-meltdown.

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Today we are joined by comedy legend, Kevin Nealon.  In case you've been living under a rock for for the last 30 years, Kevin Nealon is famous for his years on Saturday Night Live, his character on Weeds, he's a popular standup comedian, he's been in a slew of movies, and he's now the host of his own YouTube show, Hiking with Kevin.  Kevin insisted that we do the interview in the back of our camper van, and he regales us with tales from his time at SNL, how one of his popular sketches almost turned into a musical produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, his favorite Chris Farley story, that time he helped deliver his son, along with his favorite hiking spots around Los Angeles.  

Chaunce and I also get into the dumbest items we've carried on a thru-hike, which way to wipe, we have a triple crown of music to get you through a miserable climb, and get some much needed horse facts.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, the Cinnamon Connection talk all things Trans Catalina Trail (TCT), which Chaunce and Badger thru-hiked a month(ish) ago.  We give a day-by-day rundown of the hike, including that time Chaunce hid in a bear locker when a bison stampeded through our camp, how we pirated our way onto a sailboat, and give some non-obvious tips on hiking the TCT. We also talk about the dumbest things we've forgotten to pack on a backpacking trip, debate the joy of Christmas music, how flashing your bunghole to the sun is good for your health, and answer some common gear questions.

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With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giveback Tuesday, Where's Waldo Wednesday, Thumbwar Thursday, and all the rest on the horizon, there is no better time to score your 2020 gear purchases than the present.  But with a never ending fire-hose of gear roundups coming your way during this holiday season, how do you decide on which items are best suited for you long distance goals? We got you.

We reached out to many of Backpacker Radio's previous guests, some of the most esteemed long distance backpackers in the world, to share their favorite gear items - and why - just for you.  Below, you'll find all of the gear items mentioned in this show.

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Today we are joined by Anitra Kass, aka Nitro, who's a triple crowner and the PCTA’s Southern California Regional Representative.  Anitra is a wealth of information on all things PCT and conservation.  We talk about the new permitting changes for the Sierra and for southbounders, some of the biggest threats to the trail, how to best get involved as a volunteer for the PCT, CrossFit, and more.  Chaunce and Badger give a peek into their first aid kits, we have a new triple crown of segment, and get some advice from a listener on how to ease kids into the backcountry without annoying others.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by legendary PCT trail angels, Joe and Terrie Anderson of Casa De Luna.  Much like the PCT itself, this conversation is fun, winding, long, and you'll still be left wanting more when it's all over.  We talk about how they got into trail angeling, some of their favorite stories over the many decades of their running Casa de Luna, why they're closing up shop, and much more.  We've also got some suggestions for staying in shape over the winter, some Trek propaganda, and a mailbag in which we give a conclusive answer to "when is a nero a nero?".

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Today, we dissect Badger's recent thru-hike on the Long Trail. We run the gamut on this little bruiser of a trail, including its terrain, the towns, how it changes after splitting with the AT, resupply strategies, Badger's gear (and what he'd change if he were to do it again), favorite shelters, and more. We also go into the results of a survey we ran on amongst Long Trail finisher which highlights their favorite towns, restaurants, shelters, and gear used. Last but not least, Chaunce and Badger chat with Chef Corso of MONTyBOCA. Chef Corso is a classically trained chef who gives the Cinnamon Connection some pointers on improving their piss pour backcountry meal game- without using a dehydrator.

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Matt "Pretzel" Mason is a triple crowner, trail runner, sober hiker, former Mountain Crossings employee, wildland firefighter, gear snob, and bona fide character. His beard game is strong, and his opinions are stronger. This is our longest episode to date, and it promises to entertain throughout.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again joined by our pal, Jeff Garmire, aka Legend. We catch up on all of his trail feats since he was last on the show including his ridiculous sub 6 day unsupported FKT on the Long Trail, how he messed around and set the Pinhoti FKT, his new book, Free Outside: A Trek Against Time and Distance, and much more. We have some Trek Propaganda and introduce a brand new segment- Trail Trivia, the drinking game. Crack open a PBR and play along, if you dare.

 

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Today's guest is Peter Bakwin, co-creator at fastestknowntime.com. We dive deep on all things FKT related, including his take on some of the more controversial FKTs, the proper way to document a speed record, and how he spearheaded this community. We also talk about Peter's long and impressive background in backpacking and ultra running, including his unmatched Rock-hard Hard Rock run. We also have a new unpopular opinion segment, a patent pending and much more.

 

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we sit down to chat with, record holder, trail legend, author, and Backpacker Radio repeat offender, Heather "Anish" Anderson. We go into depth on her new book, Thirst, which chronicles her 2013 Fastest Known Time on the Pacific Crest Trail, including her lowest moments from the hike, mountain lion encounters, and dealing with extreme heat in the southern california desert. Also, per your request from our last chat, we talk gear. We have a trek propaganda featuring the impact of vloggers in thru-hiking, a brand new Cinnamon Court, and a mailbag.

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The Cinnamon is Connected for good. Or for bad. But undoubtedly, for the foreseeable future. Chaunce and Badger go deep on the rest of Chaunce's Appalachian Trail thru-hike, including untold poo stories, her take on New Hampshire and Maine, her legendary chafing, how she gained weight while thru-hiking, suggestions for the ATC, and how she plans to combat post thru-hike depression now that she's back in the "real world". We chat about Badger's recent hikes on the Wind River High Route and Pfiffner Traverse. We introduce a brand new segment, Unpopular Opinions and have a Patent Pending. This is a full show, so grab an extra PBR and saddle up. 

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Renee Patrick, known on trail as She-ra is a triple crowner, designer, and all-around Renaissance Woman.  In addition to hiking pretty much every trail in the United States and some abroad, she's also served in the Peace Corps, interned at the Smithsonian, and presently serves as the coordinator at the Oregon Desert Trail.  She shares stories of being caught in a military coup in Africa, having her pack stolen by a bear, being bitten by a brown recluse on the Appalachian Trail, and building and selling a merchandise company.  Of course we've got some Trek Propaganda as well as a very poopy edition of would you rather.

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Today we are joined by Clay Bonnyman Evans, aka Pony, who's an author, long time Trek Writer, AT and Colorado Trail thru-hiker, and someone with a deep passion for the trail and its culture. We touch on a wide array of subjects in this episode, including some controversial topics such as the Twelve Tribes and Yellow Deli, Inchworm's tragic death on the AT, bringing a gun on a thru-hike, YouTube scam artists, how privilege pertains to thru-hiking, barfing on poo and way more. Clay is a ball of energy. This episode will likely stir up some fun debate.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, I am joined by recent Western States 100 winner, Clare Gallagher.  Not only is Clare a world-class ultra runner, she's also a very vocal and passionate environmental activist, Princeton graduate, Patagonia athlete, and all around powerhouse.  She shares how she was able to pull off the most important victory in her young ultra running career, the two weeks she spent hanging out with Tommy Caldwell in the arctic leading up the race, all the while doing everything she can to save the world.  Literally.  I touch briefly on my hike of the Oregon Coast Trail, we have a trail propaganda featuring how to thru-hike as a petite woman, and much more.  

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She's baaaaack.  Sort of.  Halfway.  At this year's Trail Days, we caught up with Juliana Chauncey aka Chaunce, who was roughly half way into her AT thru-hike. She regales us with tales from the first 1,000 miles of her trek, including what has surprised her, how her gear system has held up, how it's differed from her PCT hike, and talks about that time she awoke to a stranger humming and dancing atop of her hammock. We do a Triple Crown of Highlights from the southern half of the Appalachian Trail, featuring Jabba, who jumps in and out throughout the show, get a bot's analysis of Backpacker Radio, and get our freshest trail poop story in the history of the podcast.

This is a fun reunion show and just a reminder that the cinnamon is still connected.  

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Jim Kern is a name you ought to you know. He's the founder of the Florida Trail Association, co-founder of the American Hiking Society, founder of Big City Mountaineers, founder of Hiking Trails for America, author, and passionate outdoorsman. He gives us his best pitch on why someone should hike the Florida Trail, how his organization has been getting at risk youth into the backcountry for three decades, how he's fighting to guarantee a continuous footpath on our national scenic trails for posterity- and how you can help. We also catch up with Pox Holiday of the Pox and Puss Podcast to talk about the future of their show, emergency brown in the whites, and Baltimore Jack stories.

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We are once again joined by Backpacker Radio's most invasive species, otherwise known as The Real Hiking Viking. We hear all about his two month long stint on the Jordan Trail. He tells us all about this trek, the region, its people, the food, and the experience altogether. We also chat about what went wrong on his Long Trail winter thru-hike attempt, and how he opted to swallow his pride instead of putting his life at risk. I briefly touch on thru-hiking with your dog as part of today's Trek Propaganda, and we close out the show with a triple crown of new gear that we're excited to test.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, myself plus a special guest co-host are joined by Jeff "Legend" Garmire.  He's back, and oh boy does he have new stories to share, including the time he had to superglue his foot shut.  We chat all about his previous year, which was arguably busier than anyone in the backpacking world, including his Great Western Loop, a 7,000 mile hike, and his recent Arizona Trail FKT.  We go way deep on both of these hikes, when we're not filling the airwaves with laughter.  We also unveil a new hiker of the week and a brand new segment, which will also likely be retired after this episode.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, Badger is joined by Jon Schwarze, aka Airborne.  Despite this being his first thru-hike, last year Airborne became just the fifth person to yo-yo the Pacific Crest Trail (which is to thru-hike the same trail in both directions in less than one year).  We go balls deep on everything that went into this trek, including the differences between his NOBO and SOBO hike, his gear, his bizarre and demanding diet, what it was like meeting Scott Williamson, and how his background (despite having limited backpacking experience) played a major role in his success.  We also get into some Trek Propaganda, two lies and a truth, a mailbag, and more.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, recorded at Wayfinder, Badger sits down with Weezer, a 2018 PCT hiker with one hell of a story.  We talk about what it's like to thru-hike in the PCT's bubble as a sober person, an incredibly sad life event she had to endure while on trail, and how the trail has played a role in her metamorphosis to a better life.  We get a new thru-hiker of the week and close out with a triple crown of PCT restaurants, joined by special guest Puma.  This is an emotionally dense, yet ultimately, uplifting show. 

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Smiles and I sit down with author Ken Ilgunas. To put it simply, Ken is a guy who marches to the beat of his own drum. We talk at length about his time hiking the length of the Keystone XL Pipeline both where it was developed and supposed to be developed, where had to not only trespass for much of this hike, but knock on complete strangers doors for help on many occasions. He shares his take on public vs. private land, why we should have hiking access on private land, the threats to public land, and how this is handled in other countries. Ken also shares about his time living out of his van, before #vanlife was even a thing. We close out the show with a new thru-hiker of the week, some Trek propaganda, and a new segment, two lies and a truth. This is another juicy show. So strap in.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by adventuring legend, author, blogger and backcountry guide, Andrew Skurka.  This is a very meaty show, we touch on a huge number of subjects including his ridiculous backpacking endeavors, his favorite backcountry routes, his bear bagging recommendations, the current state of rain gear, specific gear recommendations for an AT or PCT thru-hike, and so much more.  Strap in, this is a fun interview filled with a ton of valuable insight. We also debut a new segment, featuring a popular YouTube personality by the name of Second Chance Hikes, and close out the show with a triple crown of survival items.  

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we're joined by Peter Downing, a modern day renaissance man.  We chat about his history as an ultra runner (including his four wins at the Buena Vista 50), his time in the Peace Corps, his career as a lawyer, and now, his latest undertaking, Suffer Better, a community of ultra runners whose mission is to give back.  It's a fun, freewheeling convo where Peter teaches us the ins and outs of the ultra world. 

We touch on what it's like to have cold feet before a thru-hike and we get into a lewd edition of Would You Rather.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we're joined by Justin Helmcamp, aka Two Taps, who was kind enough to extend his layover in Denver to record this show.  We chat about his Flip Flop thru-hike of the AT, his hike on New Zealand's Te Araroa, and his work as a wilderness therapist.  We do a patent pending.  And we commence the #ChaunceDontChafe hashtag.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we are joined by Gummy Bear, a 2018 PCT hiker and all around awesome dude.  We do a deep dive on his experience of being a gay and plus size hiker in the trail community.  We chat some about his upcoming Arizona Trail hike.  Chaunce and I deliver the PCT class of 2019 a warning for what they can expect to see in the Sierra this year and why you might want to consider hiking southbound.  We do a triple crown of things to freak out about before leaving for a thru-hike.  Basically we touch on all the reasons why you should never leave your house (not actually).  This is a meaty show, so find a comfortable place to sit, lay, or meander down the trail.

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  • Recorded at Wayfinder in Denver, CO
  • Use Code "Trek10" at Greenbelly.co to save 10% off your order.
  • Sawyer Micro
  • Sawyer Micro vs. Sawyer Squeeze Video
  • The Sierra is snowy
  • Chaunce's PCT 2017 Video
  • As It Happens
  • Start interview with Evan Haut aka Gummy Bear
  • Trail name origin
  • What drew you to hike the PCT - love of travel, liked camping better than partying aspects of festivals he had been going to
  • Gay pride bandana attached to pack - important to have it on there after talking to other hikers in town who were hesitant/uncomfortable being open - prior to flag, felt like only gay person on trail, post flag, had a lot of people opening up and talking to him about it - ‘was nice to know they had someone they could talk to about it’
  • Discouragement and doubt around ability to be successful based on his weight - people becoming more supportive once he reached KM bc they stopped doubting as much
  • Hard to find clothing for his size (3XL)
    • Columbia and New Balance do good jobs of accommodating big/tall people
  • Highest mile day: 24
  • How he trained - day hiking, this year: 3-4hrs a day at the gym (quit job and just training now)
  • Section hike of the PCT - what’s done and what’s left
  • Water carries for a slower/heavier hiker: how much he carried, obstacles, having to skip sections due to inability to carry enough water
  • Deciding to be a section hiker, and feelings around that
  • Clothing carried
  • Things he would’ve changed if he could re-prep for PCT
    • Start in trail runners, doing the trail sooner - wouldn’t have had the motivation to train the way he needed to do it bc he wouldn’t have known what he was signing up for
  • Fitness vs budget - one of the biggest downfalls yo hiking slow
  • Vegan on trail apart from beef jerky
  • Section hikers were less arrogant, but didn’t realize that until Washington
  • Reasons why other hikers ask about start dates
  • Theory on why he had worse reactions as an overweight hiker than a gay hiker
  • The different ways long distance hiking takes a toll on your body when you’re overweight
  • AZT as prep for PCT
  • Quick overview of the Arizona Trail
  • Ways the hiking community can be more accepting to section hikers / plus sized hikers / gay hikers
  • Use code "TREK5" to save 5% at zpacks.com
  • Triple crown of things to freak out about before leaving for a thru-hike
  • Mailbag

  • Pacific Crest Trail Resupply Guide by Maggie Wallace
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Today's show is a special edition, an experiment, and a community-sourced show, all rolled into one giant tortilla, hiker trash style. A few months ago, we put a call out to The Trek's bloggers and vloggers to share their top tips for someone who's about to embark on a thru-hike. Tis the season.

As you will see, this advice runs the gamut, and can often even be contradictory to one another. The reason for this is simple, there is no one single approach to successfully thru-hiking. That said, I do think there's tremendous value in listening to the insight of those who've walked the walk, as you can pick and choose what resonated with you, test different approaches, keep what works, and discard the rest.

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In today's special Valentine's Day episode of Backpacker Radio, we sit down with Grizzly and Jenna, a couple due to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and Colorado Trail this year.  We learn about how they plan to keep the love alive in the midst of 3,000 miles of backpacking.  We also breakdown how to hike 30 miles in a day, and talk a whole lot about orgies on trail. It's a very sexy show, so grab the chocolate and the oysters, and pull up a seat.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we sit down with Teresa Martinez, the executive director at the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.  We talk all things CDT, including the future of the trail, the biggest threats to its continued development, Teresa's favorite stretch of trail, and way more.  We also talk through some layering strategies for the Appalachian Trail, and Chaunce gives us a primer on vlogging etiquette.  We close out the show by featuring your questions via Instagram.

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    • Gossamer Gear Anniversary Video
    • Use code "TREK15" at GossamerGear.com to save 15%
    • Sawyer Permethrin
    • Sawer Micro vs. Sawyer Squeeze
    • Recommended AT base layer options for guys and ladies
    • Interview with Teresa Martinez of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition
    • Worked at the ATC
    • Transition from the CDTA to CDTC
    • The CDT is 3100 miles long, starts in boot heel of New Mexico to Glacier National Park in Montana - Mexico to Canada
    • Logistics of entering Canada after CDT vs PCT
    • What does job look like as executive director of CDTC
    • Why there are fewer people on the CDT than on the PCT or AT
    • Differences between the ATC and CDTC
    • “Focus on protecting the corridor and everything else will follow”
    • The CDT Corridor: congress created the CDT and said from the physical 18-24 inch tread of the trail, a 1/2 mile from either side of it - 1 mile wide - 1.9 million acres of land to protect experience around CDT
    • What percent of the trail is complete today
    • What are the threats to the trail 
    • Teresa's favorite section of CDT
    • That time Teresa had a gun pulled on her
    • CDT Kickoff - April 26-28
    • Favorite book: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
    • Head to continentaldividetrail.org to donate or learn how you can volunteer
    • Land and Water Conservation Fund
    • New sponsor! Greenbelly.co  Use code "TREK15" at checkout to save 15%
    • Trek Propaganda

      • Vlogging Etiquette (by Chaunce!): Tips to not let your vlog affect other hikers’ experiences
    • Emergency Q&A
    • Mail Bag 
    • 5 Star Reviews
    • KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR TRAIL CORRESPONDENTS TO DROP ON 2/8/19!!!

 

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, the Cinnamon Connection catches up with Bill Manning, the Executive Director at the Colorado Trail foundation. We do a deep dive on all things Colorado Trail related, including the best time to hike the trail, the biggest mistakes aspiring thru-hikers make, and the inner workings for keeping such a beautiful trail afloat. Chaunce lets us in on a mega surprise, and we cover the most popular sleeping bags used on the AT last year.

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In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Chaunce sits down with famed PCT trail angels, Scout and Frodo. We get an in depth look at Scout's new book, "The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America's Ridgeline Trail", his passion for writing, and we learn about the first person to hike the Continental Divide. We also cover the most popular tents used by 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, and get into a new segment, Forgotten Internet Holidays.

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A life changing adventure is merely a decision away. That's the takeaway lesson from today's interview with Bethany Hughes, who just a few years ago, was running the books at her local H&R Block and miserable for it. Fast forward to December 2018- she just completed trekking the length of South America- just the first piece of her goal to travel the length of the Americas by non-motorized means.  We learn all about this adventure and all the the incredible stories and lessons that come with it.  We also get into some Trek Propaganda featuring the top footwear amongst 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, the triple crown of under-appreciated gear items, and a listener enlightens us about Norwegians preferred alcohol.

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  • Gossamer Gear Anniversary Video
  • Sawyer Micro Squeeze vs. Sawyer Squeeze
  • Wayfinder
  • Her Odyssey Website
  • Missions statement: "Traversing the length of the Americas by non motorized means, connecting stories of the land and its inhabitants."
  • Beagle channel

  • Tierra del Fuego 300km practice
  • Greater Patagonia Trail

  • Qhapaq Ñan - ancient Incan road system - took this all the way up to panama
  • Current task: figure out how to safely cross Central America
  • Fidgit to hike the CDT through USA and Neon bikepacks Great Divide Trail
  • Possibly paddling McKenzie river up to Alaska then following the pipelines to the northern most point
  • How she got this idea - back to Kansas City working at HR Block and had moment reading where it came to her - grew up and was raised in the mountains of South America, spent time in North America running sled dogs in Alaska
  • Stories that have stood out to her
    • Man with bread on horse at Christmas
    • Family giving them coffee and took off their socks to dry in Patagonia
  • Long distance journeys and having / letting go of plans
  • Being a white woman in South America and the privilege that comes with it
  • Advice: Trust your instincts and listening to your gut
  • Scary stories and their “rules” to not look vulnerable
  • Reasoning to bike Mexico
  • Highlights thus far
    • Ratio trail to road to route finding
    • Stealth camping
    • Coca leaves leaves in Columbia
  • Dealing with concerned family members
  • Financials and funding

  • Big 3:
    • Hyperlite Southwest Pack
    • Hyperlite shelter (prototype)
    • Feathered Friends crossover sleeping bag quilt
  • Prior backpacking experience
    • South America growing up with her dad taking her into mountains
    • Guided for Boy Scouts
    • PCT
  • How the outdoors helped her mental health and replaced medications
  • How she got her trail name

Trek Propaganda: The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail

Mt Rushmore of under-appreciated gear items

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Starting a thru-hike without any prior backpacking experience, although not entirely rare, is a brave endeavor.  To string three consecutive thru-hikes back-to-back-to-back is a whole other level of insanity.  Today’s guest accomplished just that.  Without any prior backpacking experience, Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos decided that instead of starting with the AT, PCT, or CDT, that he’d string them all together in a calendar year.  The Paprika Pals sat down to learn what inspired him to jump headfirst into the world of extreme long distance backpacking, the challenges he faced along the way, and the evolution of his gear throughout the journey.  We then touch on some thru-hiker transformations in The Trek Propaganda segment and learn about the trio’s Triple Crown Of hangover remedies.

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This is it. The end. Our final episode of the season.

A thru-hike is- typically speaking- a half year adventure. In the midst of this journey, that feels like a very long time. Certainly long enough to adapt to an entirely different way of life. In the spectrum of one's life, however, it's just a blink of an eye (God willing). Which is why I think today's episode might be my favorite yet.

Today we hear from our hikers a couple weeks (or more) removed from their treks. We learn how the lessons and habits of their former lives have bled over into "the real world". Of course soaking up the adventure for what it is, while it's happening, is of utmost importance- but in my perspective, it's how these hikes alter someone's world long after they've left the trail that's of most interest.

Our correspondents reflects back on their hikes and the chasm between this former world and their current.

And lastly- we'll hear from Jeffrey Garmire aka Legend, who recently completed The Great Western Loop. His update is brief, but the emotion is strong, you can hear it especially in his sign-off.

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Today's guest is very fitting for our 23rd episode, since she is arguably the Michael Jordan of backpacking.  In a world where setting just one FKT (fastest known time) is a lifetime achievement, Heather "Anish" Anderson has set the self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Arizona Trail.  She is also in a small, exclusive club of triple triple crowners- those who've hiked each of the triple crown trails three times each.  And most recently, she became the newest member of the Calendar Triple club, to hike all three triple crown trails in a single calendar year.  And this is just the tip of her backpacking resume iceberg.  In other words, Anish is the GOAT, and we were blessed to borrow a few minutes of her time to talk about her current 8,000 mile journey.  Additionally, we get into a bit of Trek propaganda, get into the 2nd edition of Patent Pending, and we hear from friend of the show Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck, as he dirtbags across the globe with his wife.

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If this episode doesn't give you goosebumps, seek medical attention.  Today we hear from our hikers at the end of their journeys.  More specifically, they give us two different check ins- the night before their last day on trail, and from the summit itself.  As you can imagine, this is an emotional moment for any thru-hiker.  Although the journey is the destination, the destination is the goal, to succeed at this near half-year pursuit toward a single, tangible end is good reason for a heart-felt outpour.

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What's it like to build the most ubiquitous in the hiking community?  Today we learn that answer as we're joined by Ryan Linn, more commonly known as Guthook, one of the people behind the "Guthook App", the uber-popular navigation app, especially amongst thru-hikers.  He shares his background in backpacking and thru-hiking, the inspiration for the creation of the app, his coding background, and what lies in store for the future of the app. We also talk about Jennifer Pharr Davis' wonderful article on Health Insurance Options for Thru-Hikers, an illustration outlining five ways to poop in the woods, and the ranking of New Hampshire's 48 4,000 foot peaks. We close out the show with a heated Triple Crown of Thanksgiving Foods and some mailbag questions.  

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Diversity on the trail is a heavy, but important subject. It's impossible to do this subject justice in the span of an hour long podcast, but it's a conversation worth having nonetheless. Our correspondents share their thoughts about the diversity -or lack thereof- that they've encountered on trail.  Our hikers also ponder ways the community can encourage under-represented groups to get onto the trail. 

Admittedly- our correspondents largely follow the demographics of the thru-hiking community at large- which is to say young and white. Though one of our hikers is visiting from across the pond and another is gay- and we've got more female correspondents than male when the trail skews the other way. But in terms of racial diversity, there's none.  We were fortunate to get the input of Elsye "Chardonnay" Walker, who's one of the few (if not the only) black woman to hike the triple crown.   She shares her take on these same questions, which offers some interesting contrast to the other stances offered in this episode.  

Lastly, we get an update from Jeffrey "Legend" Garmire, who's on the tail end of his Great Western Loop journey, a 6,875-mile footpath across the western half of the USA. The path, popularized by Andrew Skurka, links five existing trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Grand Enchantment Trail, & Arizona Trail, as well as some route finding through the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.

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What does it take to turn a thru-hike turns into an 18-month adventure?  That's the central theme of today's show, as the Cinnamon Connection is joined by Nathan "Puma" Bauman- who, after hiking the Appalachian Trail, next hiked on the Continental Divide Trail, Long Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail within a year and a half span.  We talk about the differences between the three triple crown trails, what it's like to quit on a thru-hike, why the Long Trail is the most difficult trail Puma's encountered, and some tips for aspiring trail-photographers.  We chat briefly about the 2018 AT Hiker Survey, AT completion and PCT completion photos.  The show wraps up with the second edition of The Triple Crown Of, where we share our favorite trail magic items. 

Subjects discussed in today's show include:


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In today's show, our hikers discuss the evolution of their hiking groups over the course of their journeys.  Injuries occur, people grow apart, paces differ, life happens.  You get to learn the ins and outs of how and why this happens directly from the mouths of our hikers.  Also, we say farewell to another of our trail correspondents.  You'll get to hear who's getting off- and why- at the end of our hikers' updates.

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Reoccurring guest The Real Hiking Viking joins the Turmeric Team to chat about his recent attempt at an FKT (fastest known time) on the Colorado Trail.  The interview kicks off with a short discussion we had before he left for his yo-yo hike- to get a feel for his nerves going into this ambitious undertaking.  We chat about what ultimately went wrong (spoiler alert), what he would do differently in his future attempt, and FKT culture and requirements.  The show ends with the unveiling of a new series, "The Triple Crown of...", where we showcase the things that can most fuck up a hiker's day on trail.

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Before leaving for a long distance trek, it's common for people to envision worst case scenario. For Piers Ellison, on his 2016 PCT hike, this fear became a reality when he was bitten by a brown recluse spider.  In episode 19, we talk in depth about this nightmare, how he hiked the entire PCT while carrying his guitar, the challenges an international hiker must confront in order to trek one of the United States' long trails, and finally, Piers delights us by playing a pair of songs from his new EP "Distance".  Also, Chaunce is drunk. 

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Technology on a thru-hike.  Combining these words tends to rouse some heated debate.  Some people abstain entirely from technology during their hikes, opting only to keep in touch with loved ones while in town.  Some are nearly constantly plugged in, listening to music and/or podcasts all day, posting Instagram updates every time they get service, constantly checking Guthook's app, even watching movies in their tents at night.  Most thru-hikers fall somewhere in the middle.

We check in with our hikers to get their take.  Specifically how they interact with technology on trail, how they witness their fellow hikers using it, and whether it's ultimately good or bad for the hiking community at large.  Their answers shine good insight on this seemingly paradoxical relationship with devices in the backcountry.

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What's in store for the future of the Appalachian Trail?  This is one of the primary topics in today's episode of Backpacker Radio, as the Cinnamon Connection are joined by Andrew Downs, the Central and Southwest Virginia Regional Director at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  We also talk about the unintended negative consequences of trail magic, thru-hiker entitlement, Leave No Trace, bear canister regulations on the Appalachian Trail, how people can most effectively give back to the AT, and embarrassing chaffing and poop stories.

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Many people's perception of the thru-hiking lifestyle comes via social media, where people are more likely to portray the the cheery, positive aspects of this undertaking. You see the breathtaking views, the smiling faces, the slender bodies, and the hiker camaraderie. What you often don't see is the chafing, the injuries, dehydration, never ending rain, the heat, the cold, what it's like to get sick on trail, the attrition, loneliness, sleep deprivation, home sickness, a lack of motivation, and the bugs- oh god, the dense clouds of motherfucking mosquitoes.

Well, that's the point of today's show. Thru-hiking is always rewarding, but it may not always be pretty. Here's some of its darker underbelly.

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A sad, yet seemingly inevitable byproduct of long distance backpacking is pain and injury.  Though it's not a guarantee, to escape a long distance trek without one of the two or both is a rare feat. Consequently, two popular questions for thru-hikers are how to prevent injury while on trail and what to do about it once an injury manifests.  In episode 17 of Backpacker Radio, the Paprika Pals are joined by Dr. Emily Kelly, a physical therapist based in Centennial, Colorado.  She answers Badger and Chaunce's selfish injury related questions, along with a slew of others sent in from Writers and Bloggers at The Trek. If you're dealing with a hiking-related injury or are looking for ways to reduce your injury risk, there's some valuable insight in this podcast for you.

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  • Vermont is the 14th state and insecure about its cheese quality relative to Wisconsin

  • REI's Hawaiian shirts are too dude centric
  • Grizel gets hit by an RV

  • Emily Kelly DPT at Fit Physical Therapy in Centennial, CO
  • Meniscus Bucket Handle Tear
  • SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
  • How long after ACL reconstruction can someone get back into hiking?
  • If you sustain an ankle injury such as a strain or sprain while on trail, is it safe to keep hiking, and if so, what steps can be taken to promote healing and avoid further injury, while continuing to backpack? If you HAVE to get off trail, what steps can be taken at home to do the same, as well as to condition yourself to return to hiking as quickly as possible?
  • I had an ACL reconstruction done a few months ago, and am struggling to get my quad and other “hiking” muscles to come back. What is the best way to work on getting these back so that as soon as I am cleared, I can get back on trail as quickly as possible?
  • Knee injuries are incredibly common amongst long distance backpackers. What are the most common causes of knee pain for backpackers; how best to treat them, and what exercises can be done prior to hitting the trail to strengthen the knees?
  • I have herniated disks between shoulder blades and in cervical spine that compress and push on spinal nerve after prolonged hiking. Strengthening muscles around area helps with daily pain but prolonged backpacking causes sharp severe pain. Is there a high potential for causing more damage by backpacking? What advice, stretches, forms, weight placement of items in backpack would they suggest to minimize pain?
  • What are your thoughts about people starting a thru-hike while recovering from existing injuries?
  • What kind of mobility aids they would recommend bringing on a hike to treat your own injuries?
  • What are the top concerns you have (or deals with) regarding hikers.
  • When should you work through pain in injury recovery vs. use pain as indicator to stop pushing?
  • Top stretches for our aching hiker bodies?  Does time of day matter?
  • The best way to deal with osteoarthritis in back/hip, knees and feet. The grinding of the joints is somewhat painful after a few 12-15 mile days and I cannot take ibuprofen.
  • I got off the trail in May due to back pain. I had a spinal fusion with harrington rods at age 8 and again at 13. I've been told by chiropractor that I would cripple myself if I continued. I recently saw an orthopedic spine  specialist that said I can do anything I want as long as I could handle the pain of it. What Do I do??? I miss the trail so much. I am full out depressed being in the real world.
  • Advice for IT band pain?  Both on trail and at home.
  • How to Physically Prepare for a thru-hike.
  • Achilles Tendinitis- best stretches and how to use KT tape for treatment.
  • Best way to transition yourself back to life off the trail? Exercises, etc.
  • Altra Lone Peak
  • The CDT section of The Trek
  • Apply to be The Trek's Youtube Personality
  • Ways to get involved with The Trek
  • Terrific Proposal Photo on the AT
  • Patent Pending!

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Today's episode is our most uplifting to date.  That's because our thru-hikers have been tasked with describing the highs of their journey.  Specifically, we learn what keeps them going- what they most look forward to each day- and what they think they'll miss most once their journey is over.

So hop on your unicorn and get ready to ride the rainbow because you're about to get filled with a healthy dose of joy.  Here it is.

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In Episode 16 the Paprika Pals sit down with Nadia “Furball” Westenburg to talk about the pros and cons of thru-hiking with a dog. She also regales with tales from the West Highland Way and Tour du Mont Blanc, both European trails which Furball has trekked. Also, Chaunce catches us up on her Colorado Trail section hike while Zach sulks about his upcoming knee surgery, and what that means for his future hiking plans.  They also explain some of the common lingo used in the thru-hiking world.  Lastly, the gang get into a contentious game of Would You Rather.

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Today's episode hits on some subjects that are often top of mind for thru-hikers and those curious about the undertaking. They are: food, how hikers' bodies change over the course of their hike, and gear. We learn more about the infamous hiker hunger, the "eat anything and everything and still lose weight diet", how their getup has evolved over the course of their hike, and what gear they've sent home. And lastly, we get an emotional goodbye from one of our correspondents- as the injuries have piled up and become too much to bear. 

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In today's edition of Backpacker Radio, Badger and Chaunce are joined by trail legend, the former supported Appalachian Trail FKT record holder, author, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis.  We go way down the rabbit hole about the subjects discussed in her new book, The Pursuit for Endurance. We also find out which is more painful between setting a FKT and bearing a child, what her current go-to gear is, and what goes into a successful relationship.  We then talk about some of the best backpacks for thru-hikers, what our go-to clothing system was for the Pacific Crest Trail, and how you can hang out with Badger and Chaunce in Denver on July 24th.

Jennifer Pharr Davis

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Maybe don't listen to this podcast during your lunch because Chaunce has an all-timer poop story. Also on episode 14 of Backpacker Radio, the Cinnamon Connection is joined by 2016 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and 2017 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker John "Data" Harvey.  Data discusses the differences between hiking SOBO and NOBO on the two trails, how his love for thru-hiking has transitioned into ultra-running, and what it's like to hike during a drought and a record-high snow in consecutive years.  We chat about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the Appalachian Trail (an article written by episode 8 guest, Laura "Hey Girl" Johnston).  Lastly, we celebrate our 100,000th download by challenging our guest to a good old fashioned game of "truth or dare, but not dare" aka keep it a'hundid.

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This is a fun episode, as our hikers were tasked only to report on whatever subject was at the forefront of their minds.  The instructions were loose and the results are broad, in the most entertaining way possible. 

Topics discussed include the simultaneous love and disdain for ukuleles, the selflessness of the hiking community, the 24 x 24 x 24 challenge, why hikers complain, a comparison of the AT, PCT, and CDT from a pair of soon to be triple crowners, what it's like to go through a mental rut on trail and how to dig yourself out, and much, much more.

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"Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is just section hiking the earth." - The Real Hiking Viking

If Comic Con and Burning Man had a baby- and that baby was raised on the Appalachian Trail- this festival baby would be none other than Trail Days.  And that's precisely the recording location of Episode 13 of Backpacker Radio.  Badger is joined by The Real Hiking Viking as well as the dynamic duo of Stories from the Trail, Gary Sizer and Megan Thompson, to talk about Trail Days, thru-hiking, the military, The Lone Star Trail (again, unfortunately), FKT training for the Colorado Trail, and much more.  Weaved throughout the episode are interviews with 2018 AT thru-hikers, touching on their favorite moments from their journey so far.  And last but certainly not least is a conversation with Tom Kennedy, co-founder of Hike for Mental Health, an organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental health disorders while raising money for research, and promoting the health benefits of being out in nature.

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Niki "Bionic Woman" Rellon is the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail on a prosthetic leg.  This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of her accomplishments and life story.  Tune in for the AT talk, stay to learn more about her life as a trained chef, paramedic, cross country cyclist, and champion kick boxer. Also, Badger and Chaunce engage in a heated battle of Iron Chef: Trail Food Edition.

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Zach and Chaunce's Iron Chef challenge

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When backpacking through the backcountry for months on end, there's one thing that can be relied upon: expect the unexpected.  Today's episode focuses in on exactly that- the biggest surprises from the trail.  Specifically, what caught our hikers most off guard?  

This is the 2nd part of this episode where we check in with our PCT and CDT hikers. We hear from our AT hikers in the previous episode.

Today we hear from:

  • Kate Emmons (PCT)
  • Lukas Isaacson (PCT)
  • Madeline Newel (PCT)
  • Miles to Go (PCT)
  • Sarah Mowery (PCT)
  • Rabbit (CDT)

 

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When backpacking through the backcountry for months on end, there's one thing that can be relied upon: expect the unexpected.  Today's episode focuses in on exactly that- the biggest surprises from the trail.  Specifically, what caught our hikers most off guard? 

Today we hear from:

  • Gwen Nitya (AT)
  • IBTAT (AT)
  • Fainting Goat (AT)
  • Jake Beaver (AT) 
  • Sassafras (AT)
  • Emily Dutton (AT) 

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Today's episode is all about how to eat right on and off trail.  We are joined by thru-hiker and soon-to-be certified holistic nutritionist, Katie "Salty" Gerber, to go way down the rabbit hole about how hikers can improve their on-trail nutrition game.  We also touch upon some of the best sleeping bags and quilts for thru-hiking, learn a bit about the Wind River High Route, and are unexpectedly joined by a homeless person.

Subjects discussed in this episode include:

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Today we hear from the 2nd batch of our thru-hikers about a week into their journey.  You can find the first part of this here

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Today we hear from:

  • Jake Beaver (AT)
  • Gwen Nitya (AT)
  • Lukas Isaacson (PCT)
  • Madeline (PCT)
  • Rabbit (CDT)

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Backpacker Radio celebrates reaching its double digit episode birthday (?) with a bonus interview from Pacific Crest Trail super trail angel, Frodo, of Scout and Frodo fame.  But first, the crew sits down with Chaunce's PCT buddy, Ballflap, as he is mere hours away from beginning his migration to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Topics include: 

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Today we check in with the other half of our trail correspondents during a excitement and/or diarrhea-filled period of their journey- the night before starting their thru-hikes.

Today we hear from

  • Jake Beaver (AT)
  • Gwen Nitya (AT)
  • Miles to Go (PCT)
  • Kate Emmons (PCT)
  • Lukas Isaacson (PCT)
  • Madeline (PCT)
  • Rabbit (CDT)

You can hear part one here.

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If you've listened to Sounds of the Trail, you already know today's guest.  Backpacker Radio is joined by Laura "Hey Girl" Johnston- an AT and PCT thru-hiker, conservationist, conversationalist, and an all-around smart and congenial gal. 

Topics from this show include: 

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Episode number 4 of our Trail Correspondents series comes directly from the trail!  Our hikers were tasked with interviewing a fellow thru-hiker about their first impressions of their journey.

Today we hear from

  • Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver (AT)
  • Kate Mueller (AT)
  • Emily (AT)
  • Fainting Goat (AT)
  • Miles Bisher (PCT)
  • Kate Emmons (PCT)
  • Sarah Mowery (PCT)

 

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In today's episode, we sit down with 2017 PCT thru-hiker, Dirt Squirrel.  Dirt Squirrel will destroy any notions you have about the Millennial generation.  She is 23-years-old, well-spoken, doesn't like social media, journals in her notebook daily, and above all, loves hiking and the outdoors. 

In this episode, topics include:

- Mesa Arch in Arches National Park

- The Narrows in Zion National Park

- Hiking in a group vs. hiking solo

- Utilizing school grants for thru-hiking.

- Hiking as a vegan

- Hiking solo as a female

- The best restaurants on the PCT

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Today we check in with half of our trail correspondents during quite possibly the most nerve-wracking moment from the journey- the night before starting the thru-hike.

Today we hear from: Sassafras, Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver, Fainting Goat, Emily Dutton, and Sarah Mowery

 

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In the first episode of our new Trail Correspondents series, you met our Appalachian Trail hikers. Now it's time to meet our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers.

They are: Rachael "Rabbit" DeLano, Miles Bisher (aka "Miles To Go"), Kate Emmons, Sarah Mowery, Lukas Isaacson, and Madeline Newel.

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Many a'hiker trash dream of completing the triple crown of backpacking, to hike the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trail. To do so over the course of one's life is a notable feat. Doing this in a single year is bananas, which is exactly what episode 7's guest, Jeffrey "Legend" Garmire, accomplished.

In this episode, we go down the rabbit hole learning everything that went into Legend's Calendar Triple including daily mileage, toughest days on trail, gear used, and best stories from the adventure.  He also talks about his Pacific Northwest Trail thru-hike and conquering all of the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

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We are thrilled to introduce the first episode of our new Trail Correspondents series.  In a nutshell, a small group of thru-hikers from the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail will be submitting audio recordings during their hikes.  Episodes will be published every other week, if not more frequently. 

This first episode introduces us to our Appalachian Trail hikers.  They are Fainting Goat, Gwen Nitya, Jeff "IBTAT" Oliver, Kate "Sassafras" Mueller, Jake Beaver, and Emily Dutton.

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For most, disappearing to the trail for a month or two is a dream vacation.  Serial thru-hiker and peak bagger Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck and his wife Grace are about to travel the world, while living out of their backpacks for the next year.  We snagged Twinkle during his last night in town to learn how he saved for this epic adventure, what gear he'll be taking, and advice to those who want to follow in his footsteps.  We also talk about the best headlamps for a thru-hike and how thru-hiking can remedy anxiety.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

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This episode was recorded at Wayfinder in Denver, CO.

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Curious what it's like to go from someone who never hikes to summiting Mt. Everest? 

Enter Shailee Basnet.  

After growing up with "the secret dream to go out and play" in the face of a culture that discourages women from doing so, Basnet was presented with the opportunity to summit Everest.  She took it, and has never looked back.  Since conquering the tallest mountain on earth, Basnet spearheaded the Seven Summits Women Team, which became the first female team in the world to climb the highest peak in each continent.

Topics discussed in this episode include: 

 

 

For Episode #4, we are again joined by our buddy, The Real Hiking Viking.  This time, instead of an interview, Jabba joins us as the third co-host of the show.  It does not disappoint.  Or maybe it does.  Who can be sure.

Subjects discussed in Episode 4 include:

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Episode #3 of Backpacker Radio is a tip of the cap to Valentine's Day. We are joined by Reptar, the creator of the popular Appalachian Trail documentary, "The AT Experience", to talk love, the lack thereof, and romance.  

Subjects discussed in episode 3 include:

- Comparing the Sawyer Squeeze to the Katadyn BeFree,

- Reptar falling in love on the AT, breaking up with his love on the PCT, how this intertwines with his next documentary

- Listener love and romance stories from the trail

- Missed connections on the trail

- Questions from Chaunce's sorority sisters

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In episode number 2 of Backpacker Radio, we talk a whole lot of number 2.  Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey are joined by 2017 PCT thru-hiker Scuba Steve and hear his tales of hiking through The Sierra during one of the highest snow years in recorded history, including a couple of near-death experiences.  

We also talk about Chaunce's plan to section hike the Colorado Trail this year, how Badger did the same in 2015, and a few noteworthy stops along the trail.  

Like children, the three then discuss their favorite poop stories from their hikes, including Chaunce's introduction into sh*tting in the woods, Badger's Cliffhanger deuce in The Whites, and Scuba Steve's bizarre strategy of using notebook paper to wipe.

The trio examine the most popular packs, sleeping bags, and tents used on the Appalachian Trail in 2017, and share their own experiences with some of the gear.

And lastly, they answer a few listener questions submitted from Instagram.  

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This is the first episode of Backpacker Radio, a podcast about the wonderful world of thru-hiking, brought to you by The Trek.  In this first episode, we meet our co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey, chat with serial thru-hiker Tom Gathman aka The Real Hiking Viking aka Jabba. 

In this episode, we learn more about The Real Hiking Viking, what he's hiked, what he plans to hike, and why his Instagram Stories are so long.

We chat about the potential of mountain bikes being introduced into the wilderness, and thus much of the Pacific Crest Trail.

We explore what the class of 2017 voted as the 10 best hostels on the Appalachian Trail. 

And we do a quick primer on the Badger Sponsorship 2018, the best backpacking gear giveaway for thru-hikers anywhere.