Q&A with Hiking Viking: Underrated Gear, Favorite Hikes, & Go-To Backpacking Foods (BPR #254)

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio, we’ve got another banger Q&A episode for you. We are joined by everyone’s favorite viking who hikes to cover your burning questions. Subjects in today’s episode include our most underrated pieces of gear, what single food item we’ve used on the most hikes, our go-to sun protection strategies, how careful someone should be during a norovirus outbreak, what single thing we like most about long-distance backpacking, and more. We wrap the show with what our level of surprise would be to see a dragon, the triple crown of seemingly simple things that don’t make sense (this of course goes off the rails), and we give a listener dream tapeworms.

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Time stamps & Questions

00:03:22 – Reminders: Keep up with content from the Trek via the newsletter, check out our brand new hats (and use code “gingerstuff” for 15% in the Trek store), and recommend someone we should interview at PCT Trail Days!

00:06:34 – Introducing Jabba

00:08:52 – What’s your sun protection strategy in highly exposed environments?

00:31:12 – What’s the most underrated piece of gear in your pack?

00:40:19 – Patent Pending: Titanium Water Bottle

00:47:45 – What is the single food item that’s been in your food bag the most?

01:06:50 – How can you handle norovirus outbreaks?

01:15:10 – The Veteran-Vargo-Viking Story

01:23:50 – How many times do you poo a day hiking/biking…also who’s cooler, Zach or Chaunce?

01:26:47 – How do you maintain muscle mass on the trail, especially after so many hikes?

01:30:11 – What was your first tattoo?

01:33:55 – What’s your favorite hiking trail you’ve ever done?

01:39:05 – How do you pack a frameless pack?

01:43:57 – If you had to pick one thing you like most about thru-hiking, what would it be?


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Kumo Question: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten and would you recommend it?

QOTD: How surprised would you be to see a dragon flying in the sky?

Triple Crown of seemingly simple things that don’t make sense

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