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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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
Backpacker Radio # 29: Valentine’s Day 2.0 with Grizzly + Jenna, Tent Orgies, and How to Hike 30 Miles in a Day

Backpacker Radio # 29: Valentine’s Day 2.0 with Grizzly + Jenna, Tent Orgies, and How to Hike 30 Miles in a Day

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

Feb 13, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio # 28: Teresa Martinez of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Layering for the Appalachian Trail, and Vlogging Etiquette

Backpacker Radio # 28: Teresa Martinez of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Layering for the Appalachian Trail, and Vlogging Etiquette

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we sit down with Teresa Martinez, the executive director at the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. 

Feb 5, 2019 : Zach
Colorado Trail Runner Kills Mountain Lion in Self-Defense

Colorado Trail Runner Kills Mountain Lion in Self-Defense

A trail runner killed a mountain lion that attacked him in Colorado, escaping the frightening encounter on Monday, Feb. 4, with bites to the face and

Feb 5, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio # 27: Bill Manning of the Colorado Trail Foundation, The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail, and Chaunce’s Big Surprise

Backpacker Radio # 27: Bill Manning of the Colorado Trail Foundation, The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail, and Chaunce’s Big Surprise

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, the Cinnamon Connection catches up with Bill Manning, the Executive Director at the Colorado Trail

Jan 16, 2019 : Zach
Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Just a few weeks ago we unveiled the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 or Gossamer Gear Backpack Choice between one (1) Therm-a-Rest Hyperion Sleeping Bag

Jan 15, 2019 : Zach
The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

And then there were twelve. We put a call out for 2019 thru-hikers to submit a 90-second video explaining why they're thru-hiking, why they'll

Jan 8, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 26: Scout + Frodo, The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail, and Forgotten Internet Holidays

Backpacker Radio Episode 26: Scout + Frodo, The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail, and Forgotten Internet Holidays

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Chaunce sits down with famed PCT trail angels, Scout and Frodo. We learn about Scout's new book, "The

Jan 6, 2019 : Zach
Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Calling all 2019 AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikers!!! The Trek wants to sponsor you! It's almost time to turn those 2018 calendars into tinder, which

Dec 27, 2018 : Zach