Backpacker Radio #188 | Valentine’s Day 3.0: Two Hiker Trash Couples Tell All
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek brought to you by Good To-Go, the studio is transforming into a love lodge as we interview not one but two Hiker Trash couples. Liz and Matt (aka Chuckles and Frisky) and Nat and Matt (aka Bart and Party Tart) give us a glimpse into how their relationships came to be, the highlights and lowlights of thru-hiking with a significant other, and some of their top trail-tested advice for maintaining a relationship on trail and off. The format for today is chaotic yet fun, as we kick things off with a round of The Newlywed Game and transition into rotating sessions of seven minutes in heaven. I promise that will make sense here shortly.
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Interview with Liz, Matt, Nat, and Matt
Time stamps & Questions
00:04:45 – QOTD: How frequently do you have dreams that your relationship ends and wake up panicked?
00:09:45 – Introducing the interviewees
00:11:52 – The Newlywed Game: Nat and Matt
00:29:07 – The Newlywed Game: Liz and Matt
00:30:30 – Outa Ware pants
00:41:20 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 1: Nat and Matt
00:43:08 – Give us the full rundown of your PCT hike in 2019.
00:47:04 – Were you apprehensive going into the PCT?
00:48:30 – What is it like prepping for a thru-hike as a couple?
00:50:49 – Walk us through rearranging who would carry what?
00:54:26 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 2: Liz and Matt
00:55:02 – Tell us your trail name origin stories.
01:03:08 – Frisky and Chuckle’s origin story
01:10:22 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 3: Nat and Matt
01:19:33 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 4: Liz and Matt
01:20:20 – What’s your most embarrassing partner story from trail?
01:30:30 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 5: Nat and Matt
01:31:04 – What was your biggest fight on trail?
01:33:04 – How do you avoid fights on trail?
01:37:00 – What made you realize you were being competitive?
01:38:29 – Do you have a conflict resolution strategy?
01:44:08 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 6: Liz and Matt
01:44:56 – What was your biggest fight on the PCT?
01:50:07 – What was your biggest fight on the CDT?
01:56:57 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 7: Nat and Matt
01:57:10 – Guiding for Skurka
01:58:33 – What is your most R-rated trail story?
02:05:40 – When was the first time you had sex in a tent?
02:08:33 – Seven Minutes in Heaven Round 8: Liz and Matt
02:12:25 – Were there any other questions you were expecting?
02:15:38 – If you had one piece of advice for someone going on a thru-hike with a partner, who would it be?
02:24:18 – What are other things that should go on a pre-trail couple’s contract?
Triple Crown of bad or embarrassing date moments
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