A weekly podcast in which I speak with experienced thru hikers about their stories from the trails and strategies for a successful thru hike.
Hiking Thru - Episode #93 Constantine aka Ryan Bunting
Constantine, known off trail as Ryan Bunting, has done quite the trail tour in the last 5 years. From the Big 3 he fell in love then went on a search for more trail time…casting his pack onto the Oregon Coast Trail, Pinhoti Trail, Ice Age Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Arizona Trail, Natchez Trace Scenic Trail, Great Divide Trail, Vancouver Island Trail and the Sea to Summit Trail. In this episode, we take the grand tour, touching each of the trails. And we talk about ground truthing, following grizzly tracks and the vegamatic.
Hiking Thru - Episode #92 Gingersnap aka Sam Lee
Gingersnap, known off trail as Sam Lee, prepped for this conversation by pulling out the old journals from her 2012 AT thru hike. Which brought the memories flooding back. Memories of bear javelin throwing technique and reconnecting to her feminine side by hiking in a dress and the never to be forgotten Lyme Disease. In this episode, she grants us a little window into the trials and tribulations of a thru hike…and the absolute pure joy of it all. Reminding me how the things that terrify us are exactly the things we need to do the most.
Hiking Thru - Episode #91 Darrah Did It aka Darrah Blackwater
Darrah Did It, known off trail as Darrah Blackwater, really did do it. This summer she got herself onto the Colorado Trail, fears and all, with a little help from Hiking Prodigy and the lifesaving application of Leukotape. In this episode we talk about those fears and pushing through them, balancing your alone time with people time, learning trail culture, and how she might have broken her parents.
Hiking Thru - Episode #90 The Boss and Pretzel aka Max Crooks & Jaye Groves
The Boss and Pretzel, known off trail as Max Crooks and Jaye Groves, are simultaneously section hiking both the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. With 3 weeks off a year, they carve out 200 – 300 miles at a time on the PCT and use long weekends for the Tahoe Rim. In this episode, we talk the section hiking life and why it’s almost perfect, their experience on the trail from a non-binary and transgender perspective, working through the challenges of altitude sickness and earthquakes.
Hiking Thru - Episode #89 Scout aka Barney Mann
Scout, known off trail as Scout or Scout & Frodo and sometimes Barney Mann, is known within the thru hiking community for hosting PCT hikers at the southern terminus. But he’s also a Triple Crowner and the PCT is where it all started. In his new book, JOURNEY’S NORTH, he recounts his and Frodo's 2007 thru hike while also lovingly telling the amazing stories of the tramily they walked with for 2650 miles. And for those missing the trail, I asked for an after dinner talk. So get your cup of whatever, settle in and enjoy the stories with Scout.
Hiking Thru - Episode #88 Sisyphus aka Will Peterson
Sisyphus, known off trail as Will Peterson, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2019 and was supposed to hit the Pacific Crest Trail this year… until everything got derailed. Instead he set his sights on an FKT of the New Hampshire 4000 footers. Also known as the Direttissima. It took 2 attempts, but on July 29th he set a new unsupported FKT. In this episode, we talk about his FKT and the different types of FKT’s, how his hiking partner leaving trail threw him for a loop on the AT, and why thru hiking is whimsical.