Backpacker Radio #169 | Kylie Yang on Ridgerunning on the AT, Working for the CDTC, and Giving Back through Trail Work
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, guest co-host Steven Shattuck aka Twinkle and yours truly are joined by Kylie Yang. Kylie is a Field Programs Manager at the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, a thru-hiker, a former AT ridgerunner, and overall a wealth of knowledge regarding all things pertaining to the great outdoors. We chat about Kylie’s foray into the world of thru-hiking, what being an Appalachian Trail ridgerunner looks like- including being called “an overly tattooed, hipster slut” by an angry hiker, and we learn all about her present-day role with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and the challenges of getting volunteers to remote sections of the trail.
We wrap the show with a triple crown of conspiracies you maybe buy into a little, useful items you’ll likely find in a hiker box, new gear that we’ve been digging over the last season or two, what hitchhiking on the AT really looks like, and much more.
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Interview with Kylie Yang
Time stamps & Questions
00:05:16 – QOTD: What does today’s guest’s dad do for a living?
00:06:13 – Reminder 1: Apply to be a blogger for 2023!
00:06:31 – Reminder 2: Please subscribe!
00:07:04 – Introducing Kylie
00:07:54 – Discussion about growing up in southeastern Virginia/Yorktown
00:09:15 – How did you get into the outdoors?
00:11:08 – How did you transition to thru-hiking?
00:13:40 – Did you have a partner when you hiked?
00:14:52 – Tell us about your social experience on the AT.
00:16:25 – What’s your favorite story from your AT hike?
00:19:05 – Tell us another AT story!
00:21:02 – What was it like to hike through the places you grew up?
00:23:03 – What is a ridgerunner, for those who don’t know?
00:24:17 – Tell us about bears in New Jersey.
00:26:56 – Tell us about your tattoos!
00:30:06 – What’s the most common fuckup you see hikers making?
00:31:03 – Discussion about Kylie’s job setup
00:32:33 – Tell us about the interplay between you and thru-hikers.
00:35:24 – What’s a regular day in the life of a ridgerunner?
00:36:45 – Were you trained in how to educate people?
00:39:27 – What’s the weirdest trash you collected?
00:40:34 – Discussion about becoming a ridgerunner, the salary, and tips for interested people
00:43:44 – What’s the most common way people went against LNT practices?
00:46:10 – Tell us about the Long Path!
00:48:42 – Why did you hike in winter?
00:50:01 – How long would it take the average person to hike the Long Path?
00:51:03 – Why the Long Path?
00:53:14 – More discussion about section hiking the Long Path in the winter
00:56:57 – Tell us about working for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.
00:58:25 – Tell us about the Bridge Project.
01:00:00 – Shoe tangents
01:01:43 – What would you tell people looking to get into trail work?
01:02:12 – Is there a difference between volunteering out east and in the Rockies?
01:03:57 – Tell us about the type of work you do and what is most rewarding.
01:05:30 – Discussion about the openings at the CDTC.
01:07:20 – What’s been the most exciting project in Colorado?
01:08:05 – Discussion about qualifications and incentives for volunteering
01:13:20 – Discussion about trail adopters
01:15:52 – How much of the trail is adopted?
01:18:00 – What else should people know about volunteering or the CDTC?
01:19:08 – What’s next for you?
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