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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
Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

As you likely recall, in episode five, we got our first updates from the trail. Today we get our first trail update from our second group of hikers. More specifically,...

May 9, 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
Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Raising Awareness Triple Crown Style Some trail names demand a backstory, while others need no explanation. When you meet someone called Billy Goat or Legend, for instance, it's safe to...

Apr 30, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Trail Correspondents Episode #6 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #6 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 1)

To prepare for a thru-hike is to spend months reading blog posts, watching videos, and following social media accounts trying to absorb as much information for your forthcoming journey as

Apr 29, 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
Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Long-distance hiking is hard enough when you're a little overweight. Hard, but not impossible. After all, look at how many people use thru-hiking as a way to do just that....

Apr 18, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Trail Correspondents Episode #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

The shows leading up to today's served a necessary role. They introduced us to our 2019 hikers. We got to meet the vast array of personalities trekking across the country,...

Apr 16, 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