Backpacker Radio #160 | Beginner Backpacking Mistakes 2.0
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are bringing you another edition of Beginner Backpacking Mistakes. Today we’re joined by our good pal and backpacking superstar, Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck, to give you a rundown of mistakes to avoid on your next backpacking trip. If you listened to the first edition of this panel, rest assured that all of the tips in this episode are brand new- backed by many thousands of miles of trail experience- we made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.
We also have a triple crown of our favorite day hikes in Colorado, we learn about Twinkle and Grace’s recent epic backpacking trip in Peru, and we wrap the show with a solid hazing of Chaunce.
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Panel with Badger, Chaunce, and Twinkle
- Backpacker Radio 61 | Grace and Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Their 15 Month Dirtbagging Adventure
- Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail
- Twinkle’s Instagram
Time stamps & Questions
00:06:18 – QOTD: What have you been up to since we last talked?
00:11:27 – Discussion about Twinkle’s Huayllapa Circuit hike
00:21:14 – Twinkle’s Mistake #1: Relying on your phone too heavily for navigation
00:28:20 – Chaunce’s Mistake #1: Not including gear replacements or fixes into your trail budget
00:36:00 – Zach’s Mistake #1: Not eating enough food
00:43:50 – Twinkle’s Mistake #2: Splitting up with your group without making a detailed plan
00:57:08 – Chaunce’s Mistake #2: Just because your body feels like it can push on, doesn’t mean it should
01:02:32 – Zach’s Mistake #2: Be more selective with your campsites
01:15:02 – Twinkle’s Mistake #3: Do not buy excess footwear prior to your hike
01:25:00 – Nancy East fan club
01:28:13 – Chaunce’s Mistake #3: Not preparing for what happens after your hike
01:34:58 – Zach’s Mistake #3: Not budgeting enough extra time for your hike
- 5 Backpacking Hacks I Learned from HikeTok by Katie Houston
Triple Crown of our favorite Colorado day hikes
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