Backpacker Radio #199 | Chaunce & Fireball Hiked the Ozark Highlands Trail!

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we get the full rundown on Chaunce and Fireball’s recent thru-hike of the Ozark Highlands Trail. Not only do we get a day-by-day run-through of this adventure, but we learn all about the trail’s unique features, including the intense water crossings, its extremely remote nature, how they handled resupply, what they liked and didn’t like about the trail, an epic trail angel stay, and more.

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Interview with Chaunce & Mims

Time stamps & Questions

00:04:50 – QOTD: What’s it called if you hike near/with someone solely because they have an awesome dog?

00:07:10 – Introducing Chaunce & Mims!

00:10:40 – Would you say someone should skip the northern section?

00:13:16 – What was the inspiration to hike this trail?

00:15:00 – Discussion about the trail conditions and weather

00:15:58 – Does the time change affect you on trail?

00:17:44 – Overview of the trail logistics 

00:19:45 – How did you cache/store food?

00:23:40 – Discussion about the trail itinerary

00:24:37 – How hard are the miles on the OHT?

00:27:16 – Is it nerve wracking to hike separately during the day?

00:32:00 – Have you heard of anyone being attacked by a boar?

00:35:02 – What was the weather like?

00:37:40 – Discussion about Day 3

00:38:52 – Would you hike it again?

00:40:15 – Discussion about the water crossings

00:52:53 – Discussion about Stan the trail angel

00:58:25 – Story about Big Bertha the massage chair

01:02:51 – More about Stan

01:06:30 – Discussion about Chaunce’s birthday on trail

01:16:42 – Discussion about latter half of the trail

01:19:04 – Discussion about Chaunce’s shoes

01:21:30 – Discussion about the second to last day of trail

01:29:00 – Discussion about finishing the trail

01:31:40 – What was the cell service like?

01:33:45 – Would you bring a dog on the trail?


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