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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.
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #14: The Evolution of Groups on Trail||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...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 | The Real Hiking Viking on His Colorado Trail FKT Attempt||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...||9/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 | Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers||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...||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike||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...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 | Andrew Downs on the Future of the Appalachian Trail, Thru-Hiker Entitlement, and Trail Maintenance||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...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents Episode #12: The Lows||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...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 | Thru-Hiking Injury Prevention and Recovery Tips with Dr. Emily Kelly||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...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents Episode #11: The Highs||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...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 | Furball on Thru-Hiking with Your Dog, Tour du Mont Blanc, and Appalachian Trail Terminology||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...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #10 | Trail Food, Changing Physiques, and Gear Sent Home||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,..||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 | Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Best Thru-Hiking Backpacks, and Clothes on the PCT||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...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 | Data, Chaunce Gets Covered in Poo, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund||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...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #9: The Wildcard Show||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...||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 | The Trail Days Show! Ft. The Real Hiking Viking, Gary Sizer, & Megan Thompson||"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. ...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 | Niki "Bionic Woman" Rellon, First Female to Hike the Appalachian Trail on Prosthetic Leg||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...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrail Correspondents Episode #8 - The Biggest Surprises (Pt II)||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...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #7: The Biggest Surprises (Part 1)||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...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 | Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking||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...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #6: The First Week on Trail (Part 2)||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. 2018 SOBOs: Learn how to apply HERE. Today we hear from: Jake Beaver (AT) Gwen Nitya (AT) Lukas Isaacson...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 - Ballflap & His Soggy Igneo, PCT Trail Angel Frodo, and the Best Tents for Thru-Hiking||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...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #5: The Night Before the Trail (Pt. 2)||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)...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 - Hey Girl from Sounds of the Trail, Boots vs. Trail Runners, & Using Permethrin||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. ...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #4: The First Week on Trail (Part I)||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...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 - Dirt Squirrel, the Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Thru-Hiking as a Vegan||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...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #3: The Night Before (Part I)||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...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #2: Meet Our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail Hikers||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...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 - Jeffrey "Legend" Garmire on Hiking the Triple Crown in a Calendar Year||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...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrail Correspondents #1 - Introducing our 2018 Appalachian Trail Hikers||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...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 - Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail||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...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 - Shailee Basnet on Summiting Everest, The AT vs. PCT, and Thru-Hiking Purism||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,...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 - The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, & Thru-Hiking Nutrition||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...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 - The Love, Romance, and Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar||Valentine's Day 2018: Love rules. Or it blows. It's certainly something.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 - Scuba Steve on Hiking Through the Sierra in Record Snow, Poop Stories, and The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail||An ode to #2.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 - The Real Hiking Viking||The Real Hiking Viking, best hostels on the Appalachian Trail, and mountain bikes on the Pacific Crest Trail?||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great idea but lacks structure.
Love the idea of another thuhiker podcast and hope you guys can figure it out in the weeks to come. However, this first episode is hard to listen to, as listeners don’t know you guys and don’t have any invested interest in your inside jokes and opinions yet. It is no doubt fun to record for you, but listeners might want something that matters more to them than just the friendly banter between 3 friends .. especially for 90 minutes.
Looking forward to you guys creating something here, so hopefdullly future episodes have more purpose to listener interests. (who are most likely aspiring thruhikers looking for guidance and advice).
I’ve been following you all for the whole summer and had the great luck of running into you guys at Timberline Lodge. I think I’m the guy who was getting my picture taken with the Hiking Viking. This podcast made me smile more than a couple of times. I can’t wait to hear more!!
Great Resource and Listen
This is great! I’ve enjoyed following you both through the Trek blog and love I can listen to your information here. This is a must listen for anyone planning through hikes or just interested in following this world.
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