Backpacker Radio #128 | Nimblewill Nomad
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by backpacking legend Nimble Nomad. The name is likely familiar as Nimblewill Nomad recently made news for setting the record as the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail at 83 years old. We learn all about this odyssey- and he does not sugarcoat how challenging it was. He also shares some of the wisdom he’s accrued over his many tens of thousands of miles on trail, which can be applied to both your on and off-trail worlds.
We close the show with a triple crown of rooms in the house and some gift ideas for the backpacker in your life.
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Interview with Nimblewill Nomad
Time stamps & Questions
00:03:44 – QOTD: What single scene ruined an entire movie/TV series/franchise?
00:10:30 – Reminders: Backpacker Radio Sponsorship & Fundraising
00:11:38 – Introducing Nimblewill Nomad
00:12:25 – How did you get started in the world of hiking and backpacking?
00:15:05 – Did you always intend to go that far?
00:16:31 – Was there any part of you that wanted to finish at Katahdin?
00:18:36 – Does it get harder every time you finish?
00:21:10 – What is your terminology for your thru-hikes?
00:22:52 – What’s the difference between your 1998 hike and 2000/2001 hike?
00:29:04 – What’s the difference between the International AT and U.S. AT?
00:33:23 – Did you intentionally try to break the record for oldest AT hiker?
00:35:10 – Why did you name it your last trail?
00:37:04 – How did the difficulties of this hike compare to other times on the AT?
00:39:38 – Why did you add an additional 420 miles to your AT hike?
00:42:56 – Why do you call your thru-hikes odysseys?
00:49:25 – Are there any profound spiritual differences to who you are today?
00:52:23 – Any wisdom you’d relay to former you or others listening?
00:58:07 – What were some of the most memorable parts of the AT hike?
01:04:00 – Is it true your base weight is 6 or 7 pounds?
01:04:47 – What do you carry with you?
01:08:00 – Nimblewill Nomad’s sponsors
01:13:10 – Would you like to speak about simplifying your belongings and life?
01:18:00 – Talk us through your philosophy of simple living off trail
01:20:53 – What was it like spending time with Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders
01:25:30 – Is there something similar between you and Grey Beard that motivates you to complete a goal like the AT?
01:31:52 – Can you talk us through how it felt to complete the hike?
01:34:50 – Anything you’d like our listeners to know before we close?
- If you want to learn more about Nimblewill Nomad, check out Kelly Floro’s article, Nimblewill Nomad, 83, Just Became the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker
- Get some gift ideas: Thru-Hiker Gift Guide $<50
Triple crown of rooms in the house
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