Backpacker Radio 72 | Luke “Strider” Jordan on the North Country Trail & Great Plains Trail
Today we are joined by Luke “Strider” Jordan. Strider has a couple of very impressive treks on his resume, including the North Country Trail, which is more than twice the length of the Appalachian Trail, as well as the 3,100-mile Great Plains Trail, which runs from Texas to North Dakota. We also discover the wild world of naked pooping, a fan-submitted poop paradise on the John Muir Trail, and another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking.
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- The Trek’s Pledge to Do Better
- BACKPACKER RADIO MERCH
- Interview with Luke Jordan “Strider”
- QOTD: “What is the proper poop dress code?”
- Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years
- Intro beats: Pauly Boy Shallcross
- Check out Trail Correspondents
- Check out The Attempt!
00:02:00 – Gardening Updates!
00:04:18 – QOTD: What is the proper poop dress code?
00:10:00 – BPR Merch!
00:12:11 – Intro to Strider (Has hiked the North Country Trail and the Great Plains Trail)
00:12:47 – Where does your interest in backpacking come from?
00:17:30 – Did you have any mentors that told you how crazy it was to start with the NCT?
00:19:24 – How road walks affect the NCT.
00:20:40 – Where the NCT goes!
00:21:30 – Mosquitoes in the upper peninsula
00:27:09 – Support for the North Dakota section
00:30:15 – Inspiration from Andrew Skurka and Nimblewill Nomad
00:32:59 – Did Strider meet all 8 people who live in North Dakota?
00:34:40 – Is Strider affiliated with the NCT?
00:36:15 – How big is the nonprofit team at the NCT?
00:38:08 – Plans to move the road walks to trail?
00:41:40 – Snow in Minnesota
00:49:39 – Patent Pending: A Dinner Knife that Attaches to Your Shoe to Make Ice Skates
00:58:18 – Any issues with deer ticks/ticks in general?
01:02:45 – What’s it like having celebrity status as a thru-hiker on a less-traveled trail?
01:07:30 – Ohio and the Buckeye Trail
01:15:00 – Blazes in the NCT Backcountry
01:17:13 – Hiking with maps instead of a smart phone
01:17:40 – How many people have thru-hiked the NCT?
01:19:00 – Stopping his trans-Ozark trail
01:22:00 – Hundreds of tiny ticks in Strider’s ankles
01:28:11 – How is New York?
01:31:30 – Could you do the Finger Lakes section as a wine hike?
01:40:08 – Strider met Ron Strickland
01:44:00 – James Lunning did five scenic trails back to back
01:46:10 – Is Strider the only person to have thru-hiked the Great Plains Trail?
01:54:00 – Starting in the desert was a new experience
01:57:30 – You need a support crew to get through New Mexico
01:59:00 – What is there to look forward to walking through Kansas?
02:00:00 – What is the wind like?
02:06:00 – Have you done the cave tours in Wind Cave National Park?
02:23:30 – If you want ______ you should hike the Great Plains Trail
02:25:00 – Where should people go to help out with the NCT or GPT?
- The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts by Kelly Floro
- A Complete Guide to Resupply on the John Muir Trail by Inga Aksamit
Pupdate: Harper is Huge and Misbehaving
Triple Crown of Things That Make You Uneasy (?)
5 Star Review
- Jeff aka “Chef Boy R.D.”: @Pieceof_jake
- Kate “Stickerz”: @katieb3th11
- Buckeye: @therealjyoungs
Find Strider on Facebook: @StriderNCT
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