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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100 Days on the PCT: The Real Hiking Viking and Badger’s SOBO Journey [Episode 3]

100 Days on the PCT: The Real Hiking Viking and Badger’s SOBO Journey [Episode 3]

In 2017, Zach "Badger" Davis and The Real Hiking Viking set out to SOBO thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. They documented (most of) their adventure

Jul 28, 2018 : Zach
100 Days on the PCT || Episode 2 || Missing in Traction

100 Days on the PCT || Episode 2 || Missing in Traction

In 2017, The Real Hiking Viking and Badger set out to southbound (SOBO) thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. They chronicled (most of) their

Jul 21, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #10: Trail Food, Changing Physiques, and Gear Sent Home

Trail Correspondents Episode #10: Trail Food, Changing Physiques, and Gear Sent Home

Today's episode hits on a few subjects that are often the top of mind for thru-hikers and those curious about the undertaking. They are:

Jul 16, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 15: Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Best Thru-Hiking Backpacks, and Clothes on the PCT

Backpacker Radio Episode 15: Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Best Thru-Hiking Backpacks, and Clothes on the PCT

In today's edition of Backpacker Radio, Badger and Chaunce are joined by trail legend, the former supported Appalachian Trail FKT record

Jul 11, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #14: Data, Chaunce Gets Covered in Poo, and the LWCF

Backpacker Radio Episode #14: Data, Chaunce Gets Covered in Poo, and the LWCF

Maybe don't listen to this podcast during your lunch because Chaunce has an all-timer poop story.  Also on episode 14 of Backpacker

Jun 28, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #9: The Wildcard Show

Trail Correspondents Episode #9: The Wildcard Show

This is a fun episode, as our hikers were tasked only to report on whatever subject was at the forefront of their minds.  The

Jun 25, 2018 : Zach
Introducing “100 Days on the PCT,” a Video Series Chronicling The Real Hiking Viking & Badger’s PCT Thru-Hike

Introducing “100 Days on the PCT,” a Video Series Chronicling The Real Hiking Viking & Badger’s PCT Thru-Hike

In 2017, The Trek's Editor-in-Chief, Zach "Badger" Davis, set out to SOBO thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 100 days with his buddy, Jabba,

Jun 25, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #13: The Trail Days Show! Ft. The Real Hiking Viking, Gary Sizer, and Megan Thompson

Backpacker Radio Episode #13: The Trail Days Show! Ft. The Real Hiking Viking, Gary Sizer, and Megan Thompson

"Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is just section hiking the earth." - The Real Hiking Viking If Comic Con and Burning Man had a

Jun 12, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #12: Niki “Bionic Woman” Rellon, First Female Hiker To Complete the Appalachian Trail on Prosthetic Leg

Backpacker Radio Episode #12: Niki “Bionic Woman” Rellon, First Female Hiker To Complete the Appalachian Trail on Prosthetic Leg

Niki "Bionic Woman" Rellon is the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail on a prosthetic leg.  This is just the tip of the

Jun 6, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #8: The Biggest Surprises (Pt II)

Trail Correspondents Episode #8: The Biggest Surprises (Pt II)

When backpacking through the backcountry for months on end, there's one thing that can be relied upon: expect the unexpected.  Today's

Jun 4, 2018 : Zach