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 Jan 20, 2019

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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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#32 | Peter Downing on Ultra Running, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better
01:37:30

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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Mar 20, 2019
#31 | Justin "2Taps" Helmkamp on the Te Araroa and Wilderness Therapy Guiding
01:20:58

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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A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner and Peter Leven

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Mar 10, 2019
#30 | Gummy Bear on Being a Gay, Plus-Sized Hiker, PCT 2019 PSA, and Things to Freak Out About Before a Thru-Hike
02:00:19

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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Subjects discussed in today's show include:

  • 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
  • Check out Trail Correspondents!

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: Michael W Hinkley, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Travis Smith

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner and Peter Leven

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Mar 01, 2019
BPR Community Show #1 | Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers
33:54

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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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: Michael W Hinkley, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Travis Smith

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner and Peter Leven

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Feb 22, 2019
#29 | Valentine's Day 2.0 with Grizzly + Jenna, Tent Orgies, and How to Hike 30-Miles in a Day
01:17:34

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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A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner and Peter Leven

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Feb 14, 2019
#28 | The Continental Divide Trail Episode featuring Teresa Martinez, Layering for the Appalachian Trail, and Vlogging Etiquette
01:36:48

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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Subjects discussed in today's show include:

    • 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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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: Sawyer Products, Travis Smith, and S11N.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Andre Oosthuizen, Randy Harter, and Peter Leven

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Feb 05, 2019
#27 | The Colorado Trail Episode with Bill Manning, Chaunce's Big Reveal, and The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail
01:08:52

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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A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Andre Oosthuizen, Randy Harter, and Peter Leven

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Jan 17, 2019
#26 | Scout + Frodo, The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail, & Forgotten Internet Holidays
01:16:19

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 super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Sawyer Products and Tama Lama Ding Dong.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Andre Oosthuizen, Randy Harter, and Peter Leven

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Jan 07, 2019
#25 | Bethany "Fidgit" Hughes on Trekking the Length of the Americas
01:44:19

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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Subjects discussed in today's show include:

  • 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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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: Sawyer Products and Tama Lama Ding Dong.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Andre Oosthuizen, Randy Harter, and Peter Leven

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Dec 20, 2018
#24 | Mike "Kickstand" Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to the Calendar Triple Crown
01:19:32

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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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: Sawyer Products and Tama Lama Ding Dong.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Andre Oosthuizen, Randy Harter, and Peter Leven

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Dec 06, 2018
Trail Correspondents #17: Life After the Trail
01:14:51

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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Dec 03, 2018
#23 | Heather "Anish" Anderson on Her Calendar Triple
57:15

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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A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Randy Harter, Clint "DuctTape" Sherbet, and Peter Leven

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Nov 21, 2018
Trail Correspondents #16: The End
01:23:49

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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You can support the show through our Patreon page, which helps us to publish episodes more frequently.

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A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Sawyer Products and Tama Lama Ding Dong.

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Randy Harter, Clint "DuctTape" Sherbet, and Peter Leven

Episode produced by Pauly Boy Shallcross. Check out his coffee roaster, Old Man Murph's.   Music via.

Nov 18, 2018
#22 | "Guthook" on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App
01:41:24

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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A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Sawyer Products, Tama Lama Ding Dong

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Kate Hurley, Clint "DuctTape" Sherbet, Randy Harter and Peter Leven.

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Nov 01, 2018
Trail Correspondents Episode #15: Diversity on the Trail
01:23:41

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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Oct 26, 2018
#21 | Nathan "Puma" Bauman on His 18-Month Adventure, Photography Tips, & The Best Trail Magic Items
01:43:45

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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Oct 19, 2018
Trail Correspondents #14: The Evolution of Groups on Trail
01:31:22

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.

In today's show, we hear from:


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Oct 10, 2018
#20 | The Real Hiking Viking on His Colorado Trail FKT Attempt
01:37:10

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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Subjects discussed in today's episode include: 

The Real Hiking Viking Colorado Trail FKT Backpack Mountain Smith Jabba 40 L

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Sep 29, 2018
#19 | Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers
01:26:11

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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Sep 14, 2018
Trail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike
01:18:07

 

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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Sep 10, 2018
#18 | Andrew Downs on the Future of the Appalachian Trail, Thru-Hiker Entitlement, and Trail Maintenance
01:42:07

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.

Subjects discussed include:

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Aug 28, 2018
Trail Correspondents Episode #12: The Lows
01:27:02

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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Aug 24, 2018
#17 | Thru-Hiking Injury Prevention and Recovery Tips with Dr. Emily Kelly
01:55:54

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.

Subjects discussed include:

  • 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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Aug 16, 2018
Trail Correspondents Episode #11: The Highs
01:16:56

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.

In today's show, we hear from:

 

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Aug 06, 2018
#16 | Furball on Thru-Hiking with Your Dog, Tour du Mont Blanc, and Appalachian Trail Terminology
01:59:35

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.

Topics in discussed include:

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Jul 30, 2018
Trail Correspondents #10 | Trail Food, Changing Physiques, and Gear Sent Home
01:41:10

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. 

In today's show, we hear from:

 

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Jul 17, 2018
#15 | Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Best Thru-Hiking Backpacks, and Clothes on the PCT
01:43:58

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.

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Subjects discussed in today's episode include:

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Jul 11, 2018
#14 | Data, Chaunce Gets Covered in Poo, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund
01:24:48

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.

Topics discussed include:

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Jun 28, 2018
Trail Correspondents #9: The Wildcard Show
01:29:04

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.

In today's show, we hear from: 

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Jun 25, 2018
#13 | The Trail Days Show! Ft. The Real Hiking Viking, Gary Sizer, & Megan Thompson
01:34:04

"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.

The show is brought to you by Sawyer and fueled by whiskey.

Topics in this episode include: 

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Jun 12, 2018
#12 | Niki "Bionic Woman" Rellon, First Female to Hike the Appalachian Trail on Prosthetic Leg
01:09:14

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.

Show notes:

Zach and Chaunce's Iron Chef challenge

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Jun 06, 2018
Trail Correspondents Episode #8 - The Biggest Surprises (Pt II)
52:13

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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Jun 04, 2018
Trail Correspondents #7: The Biggest Surprises (Part 1)
33:02

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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May 29, 2018
#11 | Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking
01:37:45

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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May 16, 2018
Trail Correspondents #6: The First Week on Trail (Part 2)
52:26

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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May 15, 2018
#10 - Ballflap & His Soggy Igneo, PCT Trail Angel Frodo, and the Best Tents for Thru-Hiking
01:29:31

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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May 09, 2018
Trail Correspondents #5: The Night Before the Trail (Pt. 2)
38:16

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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May 03, 2018
#9 - Hey Girl from Sounds of the Trail, Boots vs. Trail Runners, & Using Permethrin
01:51:00

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: 

Recorded at Wayfinder Co-op in Denver, Colorado.

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Apr 24, 2018
Trail Correspondents #4: The First Week on Trail (Part I)
01:13:11

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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Apr 19, 2018
#8 - Dirt Squirrel, the Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Thru-Hiking as a Vegan
01:39:43

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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Recorded at Wayfinder Co-op in Denver, Colorado.

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Apr 17, 2018
Trail Correspondents #3: The Night Before (Part I)
29:08

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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Apr 09, 2018
Trail Correspondents #2: Meet Our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail Hikers
20:28

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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Apr 04, 2018
#7 - Jeffrey "Legend" Garmire on Hiking the Triple Crown in a Calendar Year
01:15:39

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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Mar 28, 2018
Trail Correspondents #1 - Introducing our 2018 Appalachian Trail Hikers
17:53

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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Mar 26, 2018
#6 - Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail
01:30:14

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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Mar 20, 2018
#5 - Shailee Basnet on Summiting Everest, The AT vs. PCT, and Thru-Hiking Purism
01:18:34

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: 

 

 

Mar 13, 2018
#4 - The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, & Thru-Hiking Nutrition
01:32:14

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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Feb 28, 2018
#3 - The Love, Romance, and Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar
01:13:44

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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Feb 14, 2018
#2 - Scuba Steve on Hiking Through the Sierra in Record Snow, Poop Stories, and The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail
01:41:48

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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Jan 31, 2018
#1 - The Real Hiking Viking
01:27:37

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.

Jan 22, 2018