Backpacker Radio 74 | Jamey Mossengren aka “The Unicycling Unicorn”
In today’s episode—we are back to recording in person—we are joined by Jamey Mossengren, also known as The Unicycling Unicorn. Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the glamorous lifestyle of a street performer, and hasn’t looked back since. Not only does Jamey make a living by putting on unicycle shows, he’s also unicycled both the Colorado Trail and Arizona Trail! We talk about these very unique trips, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, and what goes into being a successful street performer—for which we got a personal show after the interview.
We also talk about the return of AT thru-hikes in 2020 (maybe), we introduce a new segment called Hiker’s Horoscopes, and close out the show with another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking.
Download this episode.
Backcountry.com discount code: Use code: Backpacker15 to save 15% on your first purchase from Backcountry.com/backpackerradio
Zpacks discount code:Use code: HEXAMIDBPR for $25 discount at Zpacks.com
- The Trek’s Pledge to Do Better
- BACKPACKER RADIO MERCH
- Interview with Jamey Mossengren “The Unicycling Unicorn
- QOTD: How are your summer backpacking plans shaping up?
- Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years
- Intro beats: Pauly Boy Shallcross
- Check out Trail Correspondents
- Check out The Attempt!
00:00:00 – Intro to Jamey Mossengren – The Unicycling Unicorn
00:04:00 – Backpacker Radio is back in person and it is _________
00:06:00 – QOTD: How are your summer backpacking plans shaping up?
00:10:00 – Jamey, the Unicycling Unicorn
00:10:31 – Do you know how many people make a living on a unicycle?
00:12:20 – Did competing with your brother motivate you to be better at unicycling?
00:12:40 – How did you make unicycling a career?
00:15:00 – What goes into the performing side of a street performance?
00:15:45 – Examples of what does and doesn’t work in street performing?
00:16:20 – Do you do a lot of crowd work?
00:16:48 – Have you thought about doing a show at protests?
00:17:40 – Did you pick other performer’s brains to see what they were doing?
00:18:17 – Do you write out sets?
00:18:38 – What encompasses/started the Unicorn?
00:19:45 – What are the costume pieces of the Unicycling Unicorn?
00:20:44 – What was your first long outdoors feat?
00:21:35 – How do you mountain unicycle the Colorado Trail??
00:22:21 – Do you ride or walk up big climbs?
00:23:26 – Backpacker Radio crossed paths with Jamey Mossengren?
00:24:51 – How long did it take to mountain unicycle the Colorado Trail?
00:25:00 – How much did your gear weigh?
00:25:40 – Did you get a lot of media attention for the hike?
00:26:00 – Did the backcountry give you good ideas for your act?
00:26:28 – What was your next trail?
00:28:18 – Did you have any nasty falls?
00:29:40 – How does the comfort of a unicycle compare to a bike?
00:30:25 – Are there any standard unicycle issues?
00:30:50 – How did you like hiking (on the SHT) compared to unicycling?
00:31:34 – How long is the Superior Hiking Trail?
00:32:00 – how did you pick the Superior Hiking Trail?
00:33:41 – What’s next? Arizona Trial on a unicycle?
00:34:04 – Where do you meet other unicyclists to thru-unicycle the Arizona Trail?
00:35:00 – What is it like unicycling in a group?
00:35:30 – Differences between unicycling the Colorado and Arizona Trail?
00:36:00 – How much does your unicycle weigh?
00:40:00 – Does your performance experience help when trespassing?
00:41:00 – What is the argument for a unicycle being considered a pedestrian?
00:42:05 – What’s next? Appalachian Trail?
00:42:45 – Why another hiking trail and not a unicycling trail?
00:44:30 – Any AT highlights?
00:48:15 – What about lowlights?
00:51:23 – Shitting?
00:53:25 – Burned down bar?
00:56:23 – Hiker meet up at a Cracker Barrel?
00:58:30 – Sex on the Camino del Norte?
00:59:20 – Any good trail sex stories?
01:01:00 – Untapped 5,000 beers?
01:03:01 – Your next muni-pack?
01:04:05 – Preparation for the Oregon Timber Trail?
01:05:30 – In which direction of the PCT is the OTT?
01:08:40 – Are you less afraid of rattlesnakes on a unicycle?
01:09:45 – How long have you been doing van life?
01:10:14 – Tell us about doing your performances in different continents?
01:11:11 – You perform in Australia as well?
01:11:44 – Do you build the vans out yourself?
01:12:25 – Have you thought about doing stuff on Tik Tok?
01:16:30 – Do you think you could chug a beer while riding your unicycle and juggling two other beers?
01:17:08- Do you ever aspire to snag unicycling records?
01:18:25 – Have you ever unicycled on a tight rope?
01:19:14 – What are the fan favorite tricks?
01:21:11 – Unicycling Unicorn – he’s single, find him on the socials
The Trek Propaganda!
ATC is likely to recommend AT thru-hikes soon, by Hugh Owen
Virtually Hiking the AT: Hitting Some Snafus
Episode Horoscopes: Know Your Stars
5 Star Reviews
- Paige Pasquini | Instagram: @paigepasquini
- Cris “Indiana Bones” | Instagram: @cris.on.a.boat, email: [email protected]
- Taryn | Instagram: @Tarynwem, Facebook: Taryn Wem
Support us on Patreon to get bonus content.
A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Christopher Marshburn, Janelle L, Paul Packman Sealy, S11N, Sawyer Products, and Thomas Fullner
A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Dcnerdlet, Jacob Northrup, Jason Lawrence, Jeff LaFranier, Jeffrey Miller, Mark Snook, Mitchell, Peter, Peter Ellenberg, and Zoe Jenkins
Buy Chaunce’s Book on Amazon.
Get a free account at Hikerlink.
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.