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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2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

"What is a Trail Correspondent?" you wonder.  I thought you'd never ask. Unlike our Vloggers, Trail Correspondents will have their audio

Feb 23, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #3: The Love, Romance, & Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar

Backpacker Radio Episode #3: The Love, Romance, & Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar

Episode #3 of Backpacker Radio is a tip of the cap to Valentine's Day. We are joined by Katadyn BeFree (Badger likes the BeFree) - Reptar

Feb 14, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #2: Scuba Steve on Hiking Through the Sierra in Record Snow, Poop Stories, & The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail

Backpacker Radio Episode #2: Scuba Steve on Hiking Through the Sierra in Record Snow, Poop Stories, & The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail

Episode # 2 is all about # 2. In the following episode of Tennessee Pass Cafe and Raven's Rest Hostel in Lake City, CO (Hi, Lucky!) Badger's

Feb 1, 2018 : Zach
Meet the 2018 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Meet the 2018 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

At the beginning of this month, we unveiled the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 or Gossamer Gear Backpack Choice between one (1) REI Joule Sleeping Bag

Jan 24, 2018 : Zach
Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

We are thrilled to introduce Backpacker Radio, a new podcast co-hosted by Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey, brought to you by

Jan 22, 2018 : Zach
The 2018 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

The 2018 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

And then there were twelve. The here. Note that the form allows you to vote for more than one video, for those of you having a massive

Jan 17, 2018 : Zach
Inside the Mind of Courtney Dauwalter: The Record-Breaking, Tough-as-a-Tank Ultra Runner

Inside the Mind of Courtney Dauwalter: The Record-Breaking, Tough-as-a-Tank Ultra Runner

"About 12 miles from the finish, my vision starting blurring from the sides.  It was gradual at first. I thought maybe it was my contacts acting up

Jan 8, 2018 : Zach
Announcing the 2018 Badger Sponsorship!

Announcing the 2018 Badger Sponsorship!

Calling all 2018 AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikers!!! The Trek wants to sponsor you! That's right- it's that time of year. The page on the calendar

Jan 1, 2018 : Zach
The Best Hitchhike in the History of Time

The Best Hitchhike in the History of Time

The bags that had formed under my eyes after a punishing 5-day stretch were easily large enough to haul all of my gear. Sleep deprivation and misery

Dec 18, 2017 : Zach
The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

Once upon a time, the best deals were to be had on Black Friday.  Today, savvy shoppers know better- the biggest savings happen starting today, Cyber

Nov 27, 2017 : Zach