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 #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

The shows leading up to today's served a necessary role. They introduced us to our 2019 hikers. We got to meet the vast array of

Apr 16, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

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

Apr 15, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by adventuring legend, author, blogger, and backcountry guide

Mar 28, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

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

Mar 20, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode 4: Wildcard I (Sacrifices Made to Thru-Hike)

Trail Correspondents Episode 4: Wildcard I (Sacrifices Made to Thru-Hike)

A few weeks ago, I touched base with our correspondents to see what subjects they wanted to discuss before taking off for their hikes. As you

Mar 14, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #31: Justin “2Taps” Helmkamp on the Te Araroa and Wilderness Therapy Guiding

Backpacker Radio #31: Justin “2Taps” Helmkamp on the Te Araroa and Wilderness Therapy Guiding

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

Mar 10, 2019 : Zach
No, The Mountain Lion That Travis Kauffman Killed Was Not 24 lb Nor Starving

No, The Mountain Lion That Travis Kauffman Killed Was Not 24 lb Nor Starving

Over the last couple days, there has been a wave of media attention resurfacing the story of Travis Kauffman, thisisinsider.com: "Officials

Mar 1, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio # 30: Gummy Bear on Being a Gay, Plus-Sized Hiker, PCT 2019 PSA, and Things to Freak Out About Before a Thru-Hike

Backpacker Radio # 30: Gummy Bear on Being a Gay, Plus-Sized Hiker, PCT 2019 PSA, and Things to Freak Out About Before a Thru-Hike

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

Feb 28, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

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

Feb 22, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode 3: Thru-Hike Preparation

Trail Correspondents Episode 3: Thru-Hike Preparation

Preparing for a thru-hike can be a maddening experience.  When it comes to overhauling your life to spend upward of a half year, on foot, in

Feb 20, 2019 : Zach