Backpacker Radio 106 | Nicole Antoinette

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Nicole Antoinette.  Nicole is a thru-hiker, entrepreneur, podcast host, and all around magnetic personality.  We talk about overcoming imposture syndrome in the world of backpacking, why the stereotypical thru-hiking style of big miles, ramen, and cramped motel rooms isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, accepting failure, sobriety, and much more.  This is a lively conversation; you will enjoy it.

We wrap the show a triple crown of kitchen gadgets, we officially unveil the destination for our 2021 Backpacker Radio Road Trip, and someone gets poop in their hair.

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Interview with Nicole Antoinette


QOTD: You have one hour to spend $10,000 in one store, what store are you choosing?

00:07:58 – Nicole, if we meet you on a hike, what is your clif notes introduction to somebody?

00:10:10 – What is it that pays the bills these days?

00:12:36 – Will you please plug your podcast?

00:13:10 – Why did you archive all your instagram  posts?

00:15:44 – What  influenced your decision to scrap things (off instagram)?

00:19:21 – How do you pursue what the next thing is without using a passion as the igniter for that?

00:21:21 – Can you talk about your questioning monogamy phase? 

00:23:49 – Have you always been so self-aware?

00:25:45 – Do you meditate at all?

00:26:30 – How did you transition from running to backpacking?

00:30:14 – How did you end up thru-hiking the PCT after being hurt after the Oregon section?

00:33:35 – How long before you are planning your next backpacking trip? 

00:37:55 – What made you start to enjoy backpacking?

00:40:11 – Where are you from?

00:40:23 – Were there any concrete things you changed that helped you enjoy the experience? 

00:46:14 – How did you find the balance between not being afraid and being comfortable on your own?

00:47:29 – How did you cope with loneliness?

00:49:28 – Is Chaunce an introvert or extrovert?

00:51:49 – Did you get more music?

00:55:29 – Between Ice Ice Baby and the Safety Dance which song would you put on your phone if you could only choose one?

00:56:00 – If an extrovert is considering going on a hike solo, do you have any advice for them?

01:00:16  – Can we talk about your SOBO PCT hike next?

01:02:20 – What does a social life look like on a southbound thru-hike? 

01:03:26 – When was your start date? 

01:04:56 – How did the SOBO PCT hike live up to expectations?

01:08:47 – Can you talk about the perception of not completing your thru-hike?

01:12:35 – What value do you get out of saying your PCT hike was a failure?

01:22:27 – Did you feel that having your own community established before you started backpacking helped?

01:24:10 – Do you think you could quit more gracefully because you’ve established your confidence in other areas of your life?

01:28:21 – How much did you encounter party culture on the PCT and how was it as a sober hiker? 

01:30:35 – Do you have any advice for sober people hoping to hike? 

01:36:31 – Do you mind talking about the evolution of your relationships?

01:37:23 – What role did the thru-hike play in the end of your marriage?

01:42:20 – How did you transition into your current relationship?

01:47:25 – When are you doing the Colorado Trail?

01:48:00 – Where can people find you?

SEGMENTS

Trek Propaganda 

Backpacker Radio Road Trip Announcement!

Triple Crown of Kitchen Tools

Gross or Not Gross

  • Leo’s Blowouts
  • Chaunce Picking People’s Scabs

Reddit Brain Buster

  • You’re a burglar…but you can only steal things that mildly inconvenience your victims. What are you taking? 
  • ex: the plate that goes in the microwave 

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    Junks : Jun 3rd

    Nicole truly embodies the Privileged /White outdoorswoman finding herself. By far the most unrelatable guest on the show.

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      Doug : Jun 3rd

      Aren’t most long-distance hikers privileged? And white? So what? She works for herself and doesn’t make all that much money but saves enough for some hiking trips. Nothing unusual there.

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