Backpacker Radio Episode #22: “Guthook” on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App

What’s it like to build the most ubiquitous app in the hiking community?  Today we learn that answer as we’re joined by Ryan Linn, more commonly known as Guthook, one of the people behind the “Guthook App,” the uber-popular navigation app, especially among thru-hikers.  He shares his background in backpacking and thru-hiking, the inspiration for the creation of the app, his coding background, and what lies in store for the future of the app. We also talk about Jennifer Pharr Davis’s wonderful article on Health Insurance Options for Thru-Hikers, an illustration outlining five ways to poop in the woods, and the ranking of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 foot peaks. We close out the show with a heated Triple Crown of Thanksgiving Foods and some mailbag questions.

apple podcasts backpacker radio

Subjects discussed in today’s show include:


new hats the trek

Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise or praise for Backpacker Radio?  Reach out to [email protected].

Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Download this podcast.  Find us on Stitcher and Google Play.

Support us on Patreon!

A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Sawyer Products, Tama Lama Ding Dong

A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Gregory Gardner, Kate Hurley, Clint “DuctTape” Sherbet, Randy Harter and Peter Leven.

Follow Guthook’s AppsBackpacker RadioThe Trek, Chaunce, and Badger on Instagram.

Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube.

Follow The Trek on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.

Affiliate Disclosure

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.

Comments 1

What Do You Think?