Backpacker Radio #173 | Q&A: Thru-Hiking Food Prep, Bear Containers, Trail Recommendations, and More
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are answering your burning backpacking questions! Chaunce and I tackle a wide array of Backpacker Radio listener questions – everything from how we plan our nutrition for a backpacking trip, to how we deal with the fading of trail friends after a thru-hike, when and where we recommend using a bear canister and what our go-to bear prevention strategies are, what qualities you should look for in a tent if you’re backpacking with your dog, what innovations we foresee happening in the world of backpacking, and much much more. We also catch up with Backpacker Radio team members Leah and Rachel on their recent backpacking trips of the Colorado Trail and the Four Pass Loop, respectively. Also, if you get far enough into the episode, you’ll be blessed with a BIG SURPRISE. This is a marathon show fueled on beer, strap in.
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Time stamps & Questions
00:04:50 – QOTD: How drunk are you?
00:06:24 – Reminders: Apply to join the Trek!
00:08:44 – What is the best beginner east coast trail and beginner west coast trail? @sduugs
00:15:37 – Have you made your own dehydrated meals? If so, which ones?
00:19:35 – What is the best trail for learning navigational skills and off-trail hiking? @tales_on_trail
00:24:25 – Do you have a favorite electrolyte powder? @jacob_neary_
00:30:30 – Zach, tell us more about how you plan meals and caloric intake before a long hike?
00:33:28 – What do your meals look like for a typical day on trail?
00:43:43 – How do you cope with post-trail friendships fading? @imhikinghere
00:51:19 – Is it challenging to find full-time work with a thru-hiking gap on your resume?
00:59:18 – Is a bear bag or bear canister better? Pros and cons of each? @wyatthart_9b
01:06:24 – How do you hang an Ursack?
01:07:21 – Thoughts on the DIY ultralight community? Have you built anything for hiking in a DIY spirit? @balkenbrij_
01:12:18 – What tents are best when bringing a dog? @hunter_clark_4
01:23:40 – What will the next big leap forward in backpacking innovation/technology be? @jasonhikedsunedited
01:26:55 – Drone resupply in the backcountry: good or evil? @reedinthewind
01:29:39 – What do you look for when picking a spot to pitch a tent? @guerrero403
01:33:09 – What’s a reasonable water carry for the southern terminus of the CDT? I always bring too much. @bryce.294
01:37:10 – Can you talk about how different thru-hiking would be without trail magic or trail angels, specifically in reference to the AT?
01:46:30 – If you had to fuel your hike with PBR, how many miles per PBR would you average? Would it change once you blacked out?
01:55:15 – Triple Crown of hikers/previous podcast guests who you would want to be with you during a zombie apocalypse @trinitymarie.b
01:58:55 – While thru-hiking, what’s the craziest and most desperate fantasy you’ve had? @steven__cannon
02:01:49 – What is the most disgusting, hiker trash thing you’ve done on trail that would be totally unacceptable off trail? @chandlersam_
02:06:24 – What is the weirdest/spookiest thing you’ve encountered hiking or backpacking at night? @jerry.ellsworth
02:17:35 – What’s your worst hiking fear? @staticmuscial
02:22:04 – Triple Crown of what you put in your fanny pack @riley.seeholzer
02:25:06 – Who is having the next kid, Zach or Chaunce? @jameswashburn
02:28:14 – What’s your tattoo? @mr_siewruk
02:28:37 – It’s okay to kind of hate hiking alone, right? @russelltee
Leah’s Colorado Trail Hike
Rachel’s Four Pass Loop Hike
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