Zach

Owner / Editor-in-Chief at thetrek.co. AT (2011) + PCT (2017) thru-hiker. Author of Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials, resources focused on mentally preparing people for a thru-hike. Named The Top Hiking and Outdoor Blogger by USA TODAY. AKA Badger or the Good Badger. Will dance if provoked. If you're planning on thru-hiking in the future, I encourage you to check out my Personal AT Coaching Page.

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Trail Correspondents Episode #13 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Foods, Hiker Hunger, and Nutrition Strategies (Group 2)

Trail Correspondents Episode #13 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Foods, Hiker Hunger, and Nutrition Strategies (Group 2)

We hope you've got enough appetite to stomach even more trail food chat, because today's edition is an all you can eat buffet of hiker fare.

Jul 14, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #42 | Clare Gallagher

Backpacker Radio #42 | Clare Gallagher

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, I am joined by recent Western States 100 winner Clare Gallagher.  Not only is she a world-class

Jul 10, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #41: Chaunce (Yes, Juliana Chauncey)

Backpacker Radio #41: Chaunce (Yes, Juliana Chauncey)

She's baaaaack.  Sort of.  Halfway.  At this year's Trail Days, I caught up with Chaunce, who was roughly half way into her AT thru-hike, to

Jul 3, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #12 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Meals, Snacks, and Philosophy (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #12 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Meals, Snacks, and Philosophy (Group 1)

Food. It's is a subject of endless fascination to just about everyone. Even the most experienced hikers stand room for improvement with their

Jul 1, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #40: Jim Kern and Pox Holiday

Backpacker Radio #40: Jim Kern and Pox Holiday

Jim Kern is a name you ought to know. He's the founder of the Florida Trail Association, co-founder of the American Hiking Society, founder

Jun 19, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #39 | The Real Hiking Viking on The Jordan Trail, “Failing” on The Long Trail, and Upcoming Plans

Backpacker Radio #39 | The Real Hiking Viking on The Jordan Trail, “Failing” on The Long Trail, and Upcoming Plans

In today's episode, we are joined by the invasive species to the podcast, otherwise known as The Real Hiking Viking.  We hear all about his

Jun 10, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents #10 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 2)

Trail Correspondents #10 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 2)

To prepare for a thru-hike is to spend months reading blog posts, watching videos, and following social media accounts trying to absorb as

Jun 6, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents #9 | Reactions to the Murder on the Appalachian Trail

Trail Correspondents #9 | Reactions to the Murder on the Appalachian Trail

Today's episode was not supposed to happen.  At the beginning of the season, we outline the subjects in which we want our hikers to share

May 30, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 38 | Legend on his Arizona Trail FKT, The Great Western Loop, and Supergluing His Foot Shut

Backpacker Radio 38 | Legend on his Arizona Trail FKT, The Great Western Loop, and Supergluing His Foot Shut

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, myself plus a very special guest co-host are joined by Legend.  He's back, and does he have new

May 24, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

 Today's subject is the one that people tend to spend the most time on. Of course, we refer to gear. We get an early look into our how our

May 21, 2019 : Zach