Backpacker Radio #171 | Sarah Dramis on Triple Crowning, Healing Her Back Injury, Strength Training, and VIP Nannying
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Minus33, we are joined by Sarah Dramis. Sarah is a triple crowner turned ultrarunner, a fitness coach, former VIP travel family manager and nanny, and the survivor of a serious back injury resulting in several broken vertebrae. We go deep on Sarah’s backpacking career, including some of the standout highs and lows from each of her backpacking trips, we do a fuck marry kill on the triple crown trails, we learn about Sarah’s passion for strength training and fitness in general, her failed attempt at the Colorado Trail FKT, and much more.
We wrap the show with a triple crown of rainy day activities, we hear from a fan of the show who was viciously lied to by Chaunce, and we chat about some of our favorite trail meals.
Download this episode.
Minus33: Use code “backpacker22” for 15% off at minus33.com.
Organifi: Use code “backpacker” for 20% off at organifi.com/backpacker.
Enlightened Equipment: Use code “ultralight10” for 10% off Enlightened Equipment’s Stock Revelation Quilt or Torrid Jacket at enlightenedequipment.com.
Gossamer Gear: Use code “takelesstrekmore” for 15% off at gossamergear.com.
Interview with Sarah Dramis
Time stamps & Questions
00:04:46 – QOTD: What is your favorite trail meal?
00:06:57 – Reminders: Support the Partnership for the National Trails System, apply to join the Trek, and support us by subscribing wherever you listen!
00:09:17 – Introducing Sarah
00:09:57 – How’d you get your trail name?
00:10:30 – What’s the backpacking scene like in Hawaii?
00:11:50 – What put the PCT on your radar?
00:13:05 – Tell us about breaking your back.
00:16:36 – Discussion about the rod in Sarah’s back.
00:20:00 – How did the rod protect you when you got hit by a car?
00:22:06 – What was it like transitioning to long-distance hiking?
00:23:35 – How did you know how to train your body?
00:24:50 – How much was strength training a part of your routine before thru-hiking?
00:27:23 – How did thru-hiking change your wiring?
00:28:50 – Where does fearless Sarah come from?
00:30:00 – Tell us about getting frostbite and hypothermia.
00:34:58 – Tell us about doing the Colorado Trail in 2016.
00:36:48 – Was there any challenge to thru-hiking with your best friend?
00:39:50 – Tell us about the Annapurna Circuit.
00:43:35 – Was the person you did the circuit with a love interest?
00:45:00 – Tell us about the Appalachian Trail.
00:47:58 – Are you more of a solo hiker or a group hiker?
00:49:28 – Tell us about rain on the AT.
00:53:42 – What’d you do in 2018?
00:55:00 – What makes a family VIP?
00:59:12 – How much free time did you have while nannying?
01:00:30 – Tell us about the CDT in 2019.
01:02:58 – How did the CDT snow compare to the AT rain?
01:08:10 – How is it seeing 4 grizzlies in one day?
01:10:21 – What were your emotions when finishing the trail?
01:11:17 – Tell us about getting into ultrarunning.
01:14:30 – Fuck Marry Kill: the triple crown trails
01:15:47 – Tell us about the CT FKT attempt.
01:23:59 – Do you have more FKT aspirations?
01:25:03 – What are your song recommendations for climbs, running, and trail?
01:31:43 – Are there training differences between backpacking and running?
01:35:00 – Tell us about your diet and your thoughts on nutrition.
01:41:56 – Chaunce’s drink
01:48:10 – Tell us about your plans for a homestead.
01:50:22 – Discussion about animals as food vs. pets
01:52:24 – Chaunce’s chicken story
01:53:51 – How could someone get involved in your fitness coaching or follow your adventures?
01:56:38 – Anything else you want to share?
- Is Universal Cell Phone Coverage Around the Corner? by Kelly Floro
Triple Crown of rainy day activities
5 Star Review
Check out our sound guy @headnodculture.
Support us on Patreon to get bonus content.
Follow Backpacker Radio on Tik Tok.
A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Jason Lawrence, Christopher Marshburn, Sawyer Products, Brad and Blair (Thirteen Adventures), Patrick Cianciolo, Paul Packman Sealy, Matt Soukup, Jason Snailer, Greg Mac, Tracy “Trigger” Fawns, Mike Poisel, and Kristina Diaz.
A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Liz Seger, Cynthia Voth, Emily Brown, Dcnerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Peter Ellenberg, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven.
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.