Backpacker Radio #47: Peter Bakwin of

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio, we’re joined by Peter Bakwin, co-creator at We dive deep on all things FKT related, including his take on some of the more controversial FKTs, the proper way to document a speed record, and how he spearheaded this community. We also talk about Peter’s long and impressive background in backpacking and ultrarunning, including his unmatched rock-hard Hard Rock Run. We also have a new unpopular opinion segment, a patent pending, and much more.

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  • Clay Bonnyman Evans : Oct 4th

    Good show, as always. Nice to hear my ol’ pal Peter talk about his many accomplishments.

    Now Badger and Chaunce, I’m going to disagree with you on setting limits for what counts as a “thru hike.” To me, the term simply implies walking a trail, any trail, no matter how long, from start to finish. Seems to me that people who walk the Foothills Trail in South/North Carolina (77 miles) or the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (123 miles) have genuinely accomplished something, even if it’s not a *long* long-distance trail.

    So thru is thru: you hike from beginning to end, or flip and finish, that’s a thru.

    If you want to set limits on what counts as a “long-distance” trail, that makes a little more sense to me.

    Just my opinion, of course.


  • Zoran Thy Grey : Mar 17th

    I recently found the podcast and I do have to say I love. I listen to it at home and at work. For me, I think a thru hike is one you complete from start to finish. The distance does not matter. If you complete the Foothills Trail you thru hike it. If you complete only portion, you Section Hike the Foothills Trail. Just my 2 cents. My longest hike is 6.7 miles in the concrete jungle of Chicago. Keep up the great work.

  • Smiles : May 7th

    Born in 93 and I knew who Smitty WerbenJagerManJensen was as soon as she said “that guy from spongebob.”


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