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 #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Starting a thru-hike without any prior backpacking experience, although not entirely rare, is a brave endeavor.  To string three consecutive

Dec 5, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

This is it. The end. Our final episode of the season. A thru-hike is---typically speaking---a half-year adventure. In the midst of this

Dec 3, 2018 : Zach
Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

It's happening.  We're is thrilled to announce that we're bringing back a second season of the Trail Correspondents series. In case you're

Nov 27, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

"Expectation is where failure lies." - Heather "Anish" Anderson Today's guest is very fitting for our 23rd episode, since she is arguably the

Nov 20, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #16: The End

Trail Correspondents Episode #16: The End

If this episode doesn't give you goosebumps, seek medical attention.  Today we hear from our hikers at the end of their journeys.  More

Nov 18, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #22: “Guthook” on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App

Backpacker Radio Episode #22: “Guthook” on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App

What's it like to build the most ubiquitous app in the hiking community?  Today we learn that answer as we're joined by Ryan Linn, more

Nov 6, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #15: Diversity on the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #15: Diversity on the Trail

Diversity on the trail is a heavy, but important subject. It's impossible to do this subject justice in the span of an hour long podcast, but

Oct 26, 2018 : Zach
The Gear Up For Fall Giveaway!

The Gear Up For Fall Giveaway!

Fall is here, and to celebrate, The Trek has teamed up with some of our favorite backpacking brands---Gossamer Gear, Z-Packs, Bedrock Sandals,

Oct 24, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #21: Nathan “Puma” Bauman on His 18-Month Adventure, Photography Tips, and The Best Trail Magic Items

Backpacker Radio Episode #21: Nathan “Puma” Bauman on His 18-Month Adventure, Photography Tips, and The Best Trail Magic Items

What does it take to turn a thru-hike turns into an 18-month adventure?  That's the central theme of today's show, as the Cinnamon Connection

Oct 19, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #14: Grouping on the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #14: Grouping on the Trail

In today's show, our hikers discuss the evolution of their hiking groups over the course of their journeys.  Injuries occur, people grow

Oct 10, 2018 : Zach