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.
Subjects discussed in today’s show include:
- Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter
- Let’s talk about Treks, baby! (also poo and pee)
- Chaunce stole my ice axe
- Chaunce is a segment short of finishing the CT
- Guthook’s Apps
- AWOL’s Guide
- Guthook or Guthooks?
- Health Insurance Options for Long Distance Backpackers
- APPLY to be a Trek Blogger or Vlogger
- 5 Ways to Poop in the Woods, an Illustration
- New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-Footers, Ranked
- Triple Crown of Thanksgiving Foods
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