Backpacker Radio

Backpacker Radio #42 | Clare Gallagher

Backpacker Radio #42 | Clare Gallagher

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, I am joined by recent Western States 100 winner Clare Gallagher.  Not only is she a world-class ultrarunner, she's also a very vocal and...

Jul 10, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #41: Chaunce (Yes, Juliana Chauncey)

Backpacker Radio #41: Chaunce (Yes, Juliana Chauncey)

She's baaaaack.  Sort of.  Halfway.  At this year's Trail Days, I caught up with Chaunce, who was roughly half way into her AT thru-hike, to talk trail, like the good...

Jul 3, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #40: Jim Kern and Pox Holiday

Backpacker Radio #40: Jim Kern and Pox Holiday

Jim Kern is a name you ought to know. He's the founder of the Florida Trail Association, co-founder of the American Hiking Society, founder of Big City Mountaineers, founder of...

Jun 19, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 38 | Legend on his Arizona Trail FKT, The Great Western Loop, and Supergluing His Foot Shut

Backpacker Radio 38 | Legend on his Arizona Trail FKT, The Great Western Loop, and Supergluing His Foot Shut

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, myself plus a very special guest co-host are joined by Legend.  He's back, and does he have new stories to share.  We chat all...

May 24, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

In 2015, Scott Jurek was the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail, even the hiking community at large.  As soon as the legendary ultrarunner announced that he was...

May 12, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, I am joined by Jon Schwarze, also known as Airborne.  Despite this being his first thru-hike, last year Airborne became...

May 3, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #35 | Weezer on Hiking Sober, Processing Grief, and Metamorphosis on the Pacific Crest Trail

Backpacker Radio #35 | Weezer on Hiking Sober, Processing Grief, and Metamorphosis on the Pacific Crest Trail

 In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, recorded at Wayfinder, I sit down with Weezer, a 2018 PCT hiker with one hell of a story.  We...

Apr 24, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Smiles and I sit down with author Ken Ilgunas. To put it simply, Ken is a guy who marches to the beat of his...

Apr 15, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by adventuring legend, author, blogger, and backcountry guide Andrew Skurka.  This is a very meaty show; we...

Mar 28, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we're joined by Peter Downing, a modern-day renaissance man.  We chat about his history as an ultrarunner (including his four wins at the Buena...

Mar 20, 2019 : Zach