Backpacker Radio 66 | Drunk Q&A with Badger & Chaunce

Backpacker Radio is making good on their promise to get weird.  Today we bring you a drunk Q&A.  Backpacker Radio’s new intern, Elise Ott (hi, that’s me), navigates us through a series of questions, including COVID-19, how we’re handling the self-quarantining, a lot of poop related subjects, thru-hiking purism, and much more.  At the top of the show, one of Chaunce’s friends gives us the poop story to end all poop stories.  This one is our most feral podcasts to date.  Because that’s what you do during an apocalypse.

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Drunk Q&A

0:03:52 – Intro, Welcome to BPR (long-distance style) 

0:05:00 – Elise Ott Introduction (new BPR intern), articles on the Trek 

0:05:50 – Casey’s Poop Story to End All Poop Stories

0:24:30 – We Meet Harper (after she pees on the floor) 

0:26:44 – What are your favorite TP substitutes? 

0:30:00 – What would you do if you were on trail right now? Even if you were 400 miles in?

0:41:43 – What international long hikes are Chaunce and Zach hiking or dreaming about?

0:45:00 – Only ramen for an entire trail or only mashed potatoes?

0:47:17 – If you ran out of toilet paper during your quarantine, what would you use to wipe? 

0:54:22 – If you had to drink one celeb’s bath water whose would it be?

0:56:00 – If you had to pick another sport besides hiking to invest your time, energy, and money into, what would it be? And why?

1:00:00 – Is it okay to day hike right now? 

1:09:00 – Ad break!  Save 10% at by using code “BACKPACKERRADIO” at checkout.

1:17:45 – If you had to shelter in place would you use a tent or build a shelter? What food would you bring?

1:28:28 – What kind of mud is Chaunce using to build her hut?

1:32:00 – The question, “what is your most memorable road walk?” turns into a discussion on thru-hiking purity. 

1:50:09 – Are people as mean on the trail as they are on facebook?

1:55:09 – The Final Question (there are two): If you could name a pet or child after a place on trail?

1:58:15 – The Final Question (the second one): Could you do a major thru-hike backwards? And if you did, what gear adjustments would you make? 

2:02:00 – Actually The Final Question: Will Chaunce take Harper on a thru-hike? 

02:12:55 – Follow us on social media! (Chaunce’s Instagram, YouTube, Facebook | Badger’s Instagram, Elise’s Instagram)

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Comments 2

  • Chad Hawthorne : Mar 31st

    Am I missing something? Where can we see the video? It sounds like you guys are getting a little lit? 🙂

  • Clay Bonnyman Evans : Apr 4th

    On display, as always, is the on-air chemistry between Zach and Chaunce, with a couple of nice adds in Casey (born storyteller) and Elise.

    A million things to potentially comment on, but here are a few….

    I don’t usually use the term “thru-hiker” because it is so fuzzy. “Long-distance hiker” is much cleaner.

    BTW, I agree with Zach that at some level, if anyone is going to be a “purist,” you have to be rigid about what that means. Without bringing up issues such as “Did you carry your pack the whole way?” it seems to me that the only actualy “purist” is someone who literally walked past every single blaze on a given trail, with perhaps some leeway for official closures (I found it kind of funny when I was hiking the AT in 2016 and the ATC “officially” notified hikers that they would still be eligible as “2,000-mile” hikers if they took the fire detours … almost like a priest granting absolution). As soon as you miss one blaze, then where do you draw the line?

    That said, “purism” is, or should be, a personal goal, and not something brandished like a weapon or worn as a badge of honor to one-up someone who made a different choice. IMO, of course.

    Miss Janet, a person I trust when it comes to AT lore, told me that locals in NH pronounce it “Moo-sih-lock,” not “Moo-sih-laki.”

    A very large percentage of the world’s humans thinks that Western “dry wiping” is disgusting and unsanitary; they use hands, water and hand-washing. One famous hiker, Nimblewill Nomad, told me he doesn’t bother packing TP and just uses a little water.

    Zach, I’ve never heard you sound quite so … buzzed.

    Fun episode, as always.


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