Backpacker Radio

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
Backpacker Radio #31: Justin “2Taps” Helmkamp on the Te Araroa and Wilderness Therapy Guiding

Backpacker Radio #31: Justin “2Taps” Helmkamp on the Te Araroa and Wilderness Therapy Guiding

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we're joined by Justin Helmcamp, aka Two Taps, who was kind enough to extend his layover in Denver to record this show.  We chat...

Mar 10, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio # 30: Gummy Bear on Being a Gay, Plus-Sized Hiker, PCT 2019 PSA, and Things to Freak Out About Before a Thru-Hike

Backpacker Radio # 30: Gummy Bear on Being a Gay, Plus-Sized Hiker, PCT 2019 PSA, and Things to Freak Out About Before a Thru-Hike

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we are joined by Gummy Bear, a 2018 PCT hiker and all around awesome dude.  We do a deep dive on his experience of...

Feb 28, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

Backpacker Radio Community Show #1: Advice to Prospective Thru-Hikers

Today's show is a special edition, an experiment, and a community-sourced show, all rolled into one giant tortilla, hiker trash style. A few months ago, I put a call out...

Feb 22, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio # 29: Valentine’s Day 2.0 with Grizzly + Jenna, Tent Orgies, and How to Hike 30 Miles in a Day

Backpacker Radio # 29: Valentine’s Day 2.0 with Grizzly + Jenna, Tent Orgies, and How to Hike 30 Miles in a Day

In today's special Valentine's Day episode of Backpacker Radio, we sit down with Grizzly and Jenna, a couple due to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and Colorado Trail this year. ...

Feb 13, 2019 : Zach