From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking.
Co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.
#87 | Paul Barach on Japan's Shikoku Pilgrimage + Murphy's Law
With no backpacking experience, Paul Barach quit his job and set off for Shikoku Pilgrimage, a 750-mile route on a small Japanese Island. Paul's trek was a display in Murphy's Law as he suffered from heat exhaustion, dehydration, being charged by a wild boar, breaking a piece of an ancient temple, and sustained a leg infection. Paul's stories are some truly hall of fame material.
We do the triple crown of US states, learn about "the crap strap", and are blessed with a fan poop story.
#86 | Nathan Hankes on Post-War Healing on the Appalachian Trail
We are joined by Nathan Hankes, an army veteran who served as a drone operator in the Iraq War. Upon returning from his tour, Nathan turned to the Appalachian Trail to deal with his residual anger, anxiety, and confusion. We go deep on Nathan's experience in Iraq, how that affected his political outlook, how the AT helped him heal, and we learn about Nathan's Appalachian Trail memoir. We have a triple crown of tips to lighten your pack, a 1-minute gear review, & tackle some hard hitting listener questio
#85 | Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Backcountry.com, we are joined by Neville Harris. Neville is the owner and head honcho at Woods Hole Hostel, regarded as one of the top hostels (if not the top hostel) along the entire Appalachian Trail. Neville shares a bit about her meditation practice and the impact it's had on her life, she walks us through a typical day at Woods Hole Hostel, how COVID has impacted her business, how running the hostel played a role in her recent divorce, and much more. Whether you've stayed at Woods Hole or not, we think you're really going to enjoy this chat.
We also debate where to teleport 10 tons of jello to maximize destruction, do a triple crown of appetizers, and have a one minute gear review.
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Interview with Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail.
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00:10:12 - What is Woods Hole Hostel? How did you get into the hiking culture?
00:11:40 - Where is Woods Hole Hostel?
00:11:54 - Where is the closest town?
00:12:59 - Tell us about the intricacies of Woods Hole Hostel?
00:17:30 - Are you religious?
00:18:20 - How long are you meditating?
00:18:38 - Do you have a particular practice you follow?
00:19:45 - Can you give us an overview of your meditation approach?
00:21:20 - What are the benefits you see from meditation?
00:23:39 - Are you in communication with other trail angels in the area?
00:24:50 - Is meditation offered through Woods Hole?
00:25:30 - Do you lead a yoga class?
00:26:30 - Will you walk us through a day at Woods Hole Hostel?
00:28:11 - What’s on the Woods Hole menu usually?
00:33:00 - How do you can food?
00:34:47 - How did you feel taking in hikers during coronavirus?
00:41:53- How many people stay with you in a year?
00:44:40 - Can you talk about the animals at Woods Hole Hostel?
00:49:33 - How do you balance helping hikers and running a business?
00:51:43 - How was running the hostel with a partner vs. alone?
00:52:44 - What led you to choose between the hiking community and your husband?
00:55:16 - Can you talk about hikers leaving critiques about your husband?
00:57:09 - What about the hiker community do you love so much?
01:00:56 - How do you prevent burnout?
01:02:58 - How have you seen the hiking community change over the years?
01:05:16 - Do you think technology has had any effect?
01:07:17 - Do you take outside donations?
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The Beer Drinker’s Guide: Best Breweries on the Colorado Trail by Kelly Floro
A Mountain Lion Follows Utah Trail Runner for Six Terrifying Minutes by Kelly Floro
Triple Crown of Appetizers
Is buffalo chicken a common meat topping for nachos? Discuss. Point / Counterpoint: Stovetop vs. Oven
Dad Wisdom from Zach: Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet
Reddit Brain Buster
One-Minute Gear Review
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#84 | India Wood on Her Colorado Transect Hike
India Wood, despite having no backpacking experience, packed her pack and set out to hike diagonally across the state of Colorado, from the SE to the NW corner of the state. We learn how India went about planning her route, the challenges associated with doing this during COVID, why you should dig a cat-hole the night before, & what advice she has for others who want to create their own routes. We have a triple crown of halloween candy, dive into our favorite youtube videos, & get a horse fact about moose
#83 | The John Muir Trail (With Chaunce & Fireball)
Today we are joined by Chaunce & Fireball, to walk us through their hike of the John Muir Trail. In addition to learning about all of the particulars of the trail, Chaunce & Fireball regale us with tales from their trek that include nude modeling for tourists, their favorite swimming holes, & the time Chaunce pooped alongside a stranger. We have a 1-minute gear review, bring back patent pending, get a pupdate, & discuss why CrossFit is great training for backcountry dumps.
#82 | Dan Durston on Designing Gear and Hiking the Great Divide Trail
Dan Durston is the gear nerd's gear nerd. In addition to hiking the PCT & being one of only two people to yoyo the Great Divide Trail (the other being his wife), Dan is visionary behind the new gear company, Durston Gear. We go deep down the rabbit hole on why polyester tents are possibly the ultimate fabric for shelters, how he's able to execute on his philosophy of creating lightweight gear that's easy to setup, & how his being a loudmouth on Backpackinglight forums made his company possible.