Backpacker Radio 109 | The Real Hiking Viking on The Hayduke

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by the show’s third co-host at this point, the real hiking viking.  We do a deep dive on every inch of Jabba’s recent hike of the Hayduke, including the challenges of long water carries, regular exposure to 100-plus degree days, navigating the route, and some truly epic stories, including a trail magic rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.  Whether you want to learn about the Hayduke or are simply craving some more Jabba time, this one will not disappoint.

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Interview with Jabba aka The Real Hiking Viking

QOTD: Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe in aliens? If you believe in both, do you think they believe in each other? Do you think there are alien ghosts? 

00:11:20 – How do you know no one was there?
00:11:49 – Was it moving around like a flashlight?
00:12:41 – Were any substances consumed?
00:12:54 – Did any part of you want to go check it out?
00:13:38 – Let us know if there’s anyone who we should interview in Wisconsin?
00:16:28 – Tell us about the Hayduke!
00:18:18 – Is the Hayduke really a trail?
00:20:12 – How long was it in miles for you? Where did it start and finish?
00:21:03 – Was Lt.Cuckoo Bird’s injury due to bad luck?
00:24:00 – Are your caches still in the desert?
00:26:50 – And you borrowed this guy’s car pre-shower?
00:27:00 – So…how long was the trail?
00:28:44 – Can you give us more of a sense of the route from there?
00:31:38 – Can you talk a little bit about the social component of the hike?
00:33:37 – Did you know the girls were on trail behind you?
00:34:58 – How challenging is the navigation?
00:35:52 – Were you relying on GPS or was there a guide you used?
00:35:35 – Did it have a description guide?
00:37:34 – Were you carrying maps?
00:40:59 – Tell me about the terrain itself? How fast are you moving?
00:42:58 – What is the water situation?
00:44:03 – What was your start date and what would your ideal start date be?
00:45:37 – Were you keeping up with eating 4,700 calories a day?
00:46:16 – Did you use electrolytes?
00:47:29 – How did you carry 11 liters of water?
00:49:02 – What shelter did you bring?
00:50:02 – How cold were the nights?
00:50:30 – What kind of miles were you pulling?
00:51:44 – Is the Grand Canyon permitted like the Wonderland Trail? Do you have to pick every campsite?
00:53:51 – What is your typical hiking day?
00:55:26 – Can you explain the mental game the lack of water plays on you?
00:59:38 – How often were you planning your campsites and siestas based on water?
01:00:44 – How are you doing with sleep?
01:01:53 – Can you speak to the overall landscape profile of what you are hiking through on the Hayduke?
01:03:50 – Are you back in your element?
01:06:40 – What are your plans for the rest of the year?
01:09:41 – When are you going to finish the Hayduke?
01:09:54 – Will doing it in the fall affect the water?
01:10:38 – What was the quality of the water like?
01:13:30 – Were you backflushing your filter a lot?
01:21:11 – What was your favorite day on trail?
01:24:52 – What part of the trail were you on when you went into The Wave?
01:26:43 – Did you have any scary moments?
01:31:40 – What stopped you from going out to help her?
01:32:44 – How are you doing Chaunce?
01:34:35 – So, Grand Canyon?
01:35:26 – Did you use an umbrella?
01:44:56 – Did you ever get word on what happened to the man who got airlifted out?
01:56:59 – Is there anything else you want to cover about the Hayduke?


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