Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

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We are thrilled to introduce Backpacker Radio, a new podcast co-hosted by Zach “Badger” Davis and Juliana “Chaunce” Chauncey, brought to you by The Trek.  Much like The Trek, Backpacker Radio is dedicated to all things thru-hiking and long-distance backpacking, but delivered to your ears.

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In this first episode, we sit down with serial thru-hiker and bonafide crazy person, The Real Hiking Viking aka Jabba aka Tom Gathman.  The Real Hiking Viking is a triple crowner, most notably known for thru-hiking the AT southbound in the dead of winter.

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Comments 9

  • Sarah : Jan 23rd

    This is v exciting! I’m currently making my way through Sounds of the Trail podcast but they mysteriously stopped making episodes. This will fill the thruhiking podcast void.

  • will : Jan 23rd

    brilliant! Looking forward to the next one

  • Kate Emmons : Jan 23rd

    This was great, and so relevant for me! Looking forward to future episodes!

  • Gamera : Jan 23rd

    Subscribed! Nice work, guys.

  • Jerry Dodge : Jan 24th

    I have seen hiking Viking posts. So you agree videos of cussing and drinking is how a hiker acts? Clean up his act . Not all hikers post many back to back videos of cussing and acting like a collage kid.

  • maciej : Jan 24th

    Hi there RHV

    to clarify the confusion about the bill S.3205
    this bill lets NON MOTORIZED vehicles into wilderness areas not motorcycles or other non human powered vehicles and this is only done with local official land manager approval and park by park bases.
    While back (1984) for some reason bikes were excluded from wilderness areas by a blanket prohibition. Which was not the case when Wilderness Act was signed in 1964

    this bill is not a blanket that lets all things with wheels and motors into all the wilderness once it (if) passes

    What if trail workers could get to maintain trail with bikes that can carry them and tools to more remote places to do trail maintenance. Do you guys think this would be OK? well they can’t do this now.

    And as for mountain bikers damaging trail more than hikers it is a myth, there has been many studies done in the past that prove this to be incorrect, most trail damage is done by ……. erosion and water. Equestrians also are a big contributor to trail.

    Also IMBA is slowly coming apart, they are no longer a member supported organization they are becoming an industry sponsored organization and they are OK with E-MTBs and that is a much bigger threat to wilderness and other protected places.

    Anyway if you are in New England and feel like want to enjoy some mountain biking, let me know I can show you around
    keep up posting to Instagram, love your stories


    • joseph Sadowsky : Feb 18th

      In what ways are horses more destructive?

  • Brandon : Jan 26th

    LOVED IT! Definitely looking forward to listening to these episodes during my hike this year!


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