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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.

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    • 4.6 • 99 Ratings

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.

    Katie "Oats" Houston on the Appalachian High Route, Lone Star Trail, and Breaking Out in the Outdoor Industry

    Katie "Oats" Houston on the Appalachian High Route, Lone Star Trail, and Breaking Out in the Outdoor Industry

    In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Sawyer Products, we are joined by Katie “Oats” Houston. Oats is a solo thru-hiker, who’s completed the AT, Colorado Trail, Lone Star Trail, and most importantly for today’s recording, the 330-mile Appalachian High Route. We dive deep into the Appalachian High Route’s details, including the standout sections, resupply strategy, the best months to hike it, standout stops in Asheville (where Katie is from), and much more. Katie also shares some tips for breaking out as a freelancer in the outdoor industry, which is especially relevant, as she is also a contributor for The Trek and formerly the head of our social media.
    We wrap the show by teasing our next live podcast- hint, it’s not in Denver, Badger has a hilarious and misfortunate wild animal encounter at my house, the triple crown of conversations you don’t get to on trail, and a listener voicemail / tick PSA.
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    [divider]
    Interview with Katie “Oats” Houston
    Katie's Instagram Katie's Trek Profile Katie's Website Time stamps & Questions
    00:03:57 - Reminders: We’re coming to Austin, TX! Support us on Patreon and check out our Backpacker Radio hats in the Trek’s store!
    00:08:30 - Introducing Oats
    00:09:05 - How did you get into the outdoors and the Trek?
    00:10:04 - How did you get your trail name?
    00:13:22 - Why did you decide to hike the AT?
    00:16:32 - Were you the first person to do the Appalachian High Route?
    00:19:06 - Can you give us an overview of the Appalachian High Route?
    00:25:22 - What’s the route like elevation-wise?
    00:28:20 - What are the towns and resupplies like?
    00:30:50 - What do you know about the geology of the southern Appalachians?
    00:36:01 - What are the highlights of Asheville?
    00:40:00 - Could a first time hiker do the Appalachian High Route?
    00:41:45 - What did you use for navigation?
    00:43:50 - How did you pick to go clockwise?
    00:45:46 - Tell us about the hiking you did in Texas
    00:46:51 - Do you have tips about thinking through things while thru-hiking?
    00:50:00 - Give us your rating and elevator pitch for the Lone Star Trail
    00:55:26 - Discussion about the aggressive dogs on the Lone Star Trail
    00:57:00 - Discussion about Big Bend National Park
    00:59:05 - What are your tips for breaking into the outdoor industry?
    01:04:28 - What are different ways to find outdoor industry jobs?
    01:06:40 - Walk us through a typical week at Sawyer
    01:08:08 - What are your tips for pricing your skills?
    01:13:00 - How much freelance work do you do now?
    01:14:55 - Give us Sawyer’s background
    01:20:57 - Where can people keep up with you?
    Segments
    Trek Propaganda: Why I Always Carry a Bear Canister When Thru-Hiking by Moose Juice
    QOTD: How long would you watch a loading screen before aborting all the info you entered/work you did/progress you made to start over?
    Scary Thing of the Week
    Pooping in the Woods Update
    Triple Crown of conversations you don’t get into on trail
    Listener Voicemail
    Mail Bag
    5 Star Review
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    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker on Hiking the AT Twice, Youtube Fame, and Running a Gift Shop

    Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker on Hiking the AT Twice, Youtube Fame, and Running a Gift Shop

    In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Sawyer Products, we are joined by Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker. Taylor is a thru-hiker, peak bagger, prominent YouTuber, and as of the recording of this episode, exceptionally pregnant. In addition to hiking the AT in 2021 and 2023, Taylor has also hiked all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers. We learn all about her entry into the world of thru-hiking, how she grew her YouTube following- including a friendly sibling rivalry, what the life of running a gift store is like, and her AT-themed Monopoly board game.
    We wrap the show with a recap of the remainder of this years AT Trail Days, including consuming butter and dead bodies (fortunately, not related), what Backpacker Radio fans shall henceforth call themselves, the triple crown of things we wish we could buy stock in, and preview a 175-mile hike that Badger is doing around Denver.
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    [divider]
    Interview with Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker
    Taylor's Website Taylor's Instagram Taylor's Youtube Nahamsha Gifts Time stamps & Questions
    00:03:28 - Reminders: Suggest a guest for PCT Days and support us on Patreon for exclusive bonus content!
    00:06:07 - Trail Days Recap
    00:32:15 - Introducing Taylor
    00:34:49 - Tell us about moving to New Hampshire
    00:37:17 - Tell us about your first hikes in the Whites and how those prepared you for the AT
    00:39:15 - What was it like getting off the AT in 2020?
    00:42:50 - How does one get into the gift shop business and what is it like?
    00:48:01 - Did you start Youtubing during your first AT attempt?
    00:50:22 - Tell us about getting back on the AT in 2021
    00:52:25 - Tell us about getting off trail to drive a marathon
    00:56:00 - Do you prefer hiking solo over hiking with a tramily?
    00:58:30 - When did you start getting judgmental comments on your channel?
    01:00:27 - In what instance do the comments go too far?
    01:02:50 - How do you maintain your motivation while making videos?
    01:06:15 - Did you have media training prior to starting Youtube?
    01:08:02 - How has your tech changed over the years?
    01:09:21 - What standout stories do you have from your 2021 hike?
    01:10:30 - Have you always been athletic?
    01:12:30 - Tell us about the Belknap Range Redline
    01:16:00 - Discussion about Taylor’s wedding and honeymoon
    01:17:24 - How did you decide to hike the AT a second time?
    01:19:35 - What places did you intentionally return to on your second thru-hike?
    01:20:55 - Tell us about the end of your second AT trip
    01:26:57 - Did you enjoy the second hike as much as the first?
    01:30:30 - Did you feel compelled to stay on trail because of your audience?
    01:31:40 - Discussion about Taylor’s trail videos and advice for others
    01:33:50 - How do you make sure to record the highs and lows of the hike?
    01:36:25 - Do you have any good poop stories?
    01:41:48 - Tell us about the Lakes Region Explorer Patch Program
    01:42:25 - Tell us about camping while 8 months pregnant 
    01:44:50 - What videos do you have left to make before giving birth?
    01:46:08 - What is the vent diagram between thru-hiker and pregnancy cravings?
    01:47:50 - Where can people follow you?
    01:48:36 - Sawyer Question: if you were given an unlimited budget to throw a party for any historical figure, who would it be and what would the theme be?
    Segments
    Trek Propaganda: Every Pizza on the Colorado Trail, Ranked by JT Simmons
    QOTD: Beyonce has the beehive, Taylor Swift has the swifties, Lady Gaga has the little monsters…what would Backpacker Radio listeners be?
    Triple Crown of things you wish you could buy stock in
    New Thing of the Week
    Priest Confessions
    Mail Bag
    5 Star Review
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    • 2 hrs 26 min
    Brandon "Horsepower" Weis on the Calendar Year Triple Crown and Arizona Trail

    Brandon "Horsepower" Weis on the Calendar Year Triple Crown and Arizona Trail

    In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek brought to you by Sawyer Products, we are joined by Brandon “Horsepower” Weis. With minimal prior backpacking experience, in 2021,  Brandon successfully completed the calendar year triple crown plus a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. The next two years were not any more laid back, as he accrued more than 15,000 miles worth of backpacking over a three year span, including treks of the Benton MacKay Trail, Pinhoti, Oregon Desert Trail, Bigfoot Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Colorado Trail, Hayduke, and the Sheltowee Trace Trail. In addition to giving us an overview of these treks, Horsepower delights us with fun stories, including a terrifying encounter with a grizzly, sleeping in countless pit toilets, being asked to leave a restaurant due to his odor, accidentally drinking deet, and more. 
    We wrap the show with an overview of the first half of trail days, including how Badger is the world’s biggest moron, the triple crown of our short section hike on the AT, and how many drinks constitute drinking.
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    [divider]
    Interview with Brandon “Horsepower” Weis
    Brandon's Instagram Brandon's Book Time stamps & Questions
    00:07:30 - Reminders: Support us on Patreon for exclusive bonus content and suggest a guest for us to interview at PCT Days!
    00:08:54 - Introducing Horsepower
    00:09:40 - What’s your trail name origin story?
    00:11:11 - What was your background in weight lifting prior to backpacking?
    00:12:45 - Where did your interest in thru-hiking come from?
    00:14:37 - How long were your section hikes prior to the CYTC?
    00:14:55 - Tell us about being a big Lil Wayne fan
    00:16:34 - Tell us about being a partier
    00:18:26 - Tell us about deciding to hike the Calendar Year Triple Crown
    00:20:29 - In what other ways have you gone all in on something you’re interested in?
    00:22:21 - Tell us about starting the Calendar Year Triple Crown
    00:24:30 - How much did your pack weigh when you started?
    00:26:35 - Did you keep to a regular hiking schedule?
    00:28:11 - At any point did you think it might not have been a good idea?
    00:30:27 - Did you factor in zero days or town vortexes?
    00:36:00 - What were your lowest points on the AT?
    00:40:42 - What was your low point on the first CDT section?
    00:43:47 - What drew you to The One tent?
    00:44:28 - Discussion about switching over to the PCT
    00:46:30 - Were you too tired to talk to other hikers?
    00:47:08 - What were the high and low points on the PCT?
    00:48:54 - How did you mitigate injuries?
    00:50:52 - Tell us about your back injury
    00:55:00 - Are you glad you have already done the Calendar Year Triple Crown?
    00:56:02 - McDonalds bathroom story
    00:57:44 - Too smelly to be in a restaurant story
    00:58:36 - Was the AZT always the plan?
    01:00:12 - Discussion about getting off the Buckeye Trail
    01:01:00 - Burnt shoes story
    01:03:10 - Pit toilet connoisseur 
    01:05:48 - Savage mice and rats
    01:07:30 - Kind of maybe saved a guy’s life 
    01:09:10 - Held at nonthreatening knifepoint in a car 
    01:10:22 - Accidentally drinking DEET 
    01:10:53 - Accidentally holding a lovely couple hostage 
    01:12:26 - Hearing the song Roxanne 200 times in a night
    01:15:30 - Tell us about going back to smaller trails after the CYTC
    01:19:09 - Tell us about the Oregon Desert Trail
    01:24:30 - Tell us about the Bigfoot Trail
    01:30:48 - What’s your rationale for doing so many miles?
    01:31:56 - Are you frugal when out on trail?
    01:33:44 - What was your biggest pigout moment?
    01:35:05 - What’s your favorite meal on trail?
    01:36:37 - Eating so much peanut butter he became allergic
    01:39:10 - Did you

    • 2 hrs 19 min
    Quoc "Double Magic" Nguyen on the Alaska Traverse, Norge pa Langs, and Brooks Traverse

    Quoc "Double Magic" Nguyen on the Alaska Traverse, Norge pa Langs, and Brooks Traverse

    In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Quoc “Double Magic” Nguyen. Double Magic might just be the most accomplished backpacker you’ve never heard of, along with being in the running for most interesting person on earth. His 23,000 miles of backpacking started with trails you know, like the Colorado Trail and the Pacific Northwest Trail, and quickly evolved to trails you likely haven’t including Norge pa Langs,  Via Dinarica, the Colorado Loop (a 1500 mile route he made up), a pair of epic excursions in Alaska, and trekking around the Aleutian Islands, a thing people don’t do. This one is a like a snowball rolling downhill, it gets more momentum and becomes more dangerous the further it goes. 
    We wrap the show with some news of grizzlies getting reintroduced to the Cascades, the triple crown of cheeses, and a listener pumps our tires on our behalf.
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    [divider]
    Interview with Quoc “Double Magic” Nguyen
    Quoc's Instagram Quoc's Website Time stamps & Questions
    00:03:50 - Reminders: Support us on Patreon to get exclusive bonus content and don’t miss important updates by subscribing to the Trek’s newsletter or submitting your email on our website!
    00:05:45 - Introducing Quoc
    00:07:28 - How did you get into the outdoors?
    00:09:34 - How did you transition from peakbagging to thru-hiking?
    00:12:04 - What stood out to you from your first thru-hike?
    00:13:14 - Were you stressed about money after graduating law school?
    00:16:28 - How do you deal with shifting priorities?
    00:18:25 - What is your trail name origin story?
    00:19:41 - Why the Te Araroa as a second hike?
    00:22:45 - Discussion about the TA
    00:24:16 - How did you learn about the international hikes you’ve done?
    00:26:14 - What did you learn about thru-hiking during your first two hikes?
    00:27:29 - What was the first route you created?
    00:28:42 - Tell us about the Iceland Traverse
    00:35:45 - Do you not feel fear?
    00:38:30 - Did you ever think you were gunna die?
    00:42:00 - Tell us about the Norway end to end hike
    00:45:26 - Was this a stressful trek?
    00:46:30 - What were the terrain and resupplies like?
    00:48:11 - Discussion about the ULA circuit
    00:49:00 - Do you have tips for hiking efficiently?
    00:50:38 - Tell us about your nutrition while hiking
    00:55:00 - Would you recommend the Norway hike to others?
    00:57:29 - How tired are you after the Norway hike?
    01:00:00 - How do you make your trips work financially?
    01:05:30 - Does it bother you when people don’t return their carts?
    01:07:30 - Tell us about your current job in homeland security
    01:09:32 - What are the worst things that have happened to you on trail?
    01:15:15 - Why don’t you use a satellite communication device or bear spray?
    01:17:00 - Story about being charged by bears
    01:21:48 - Have your feelings about grizzly bears changed?
    01:24:52 - What are you afraid of?
    01:27:00 - What is your gym routine like?
    01:31:00 - Tell us about the Brooks Range Traverse
    01:35:55 - Do you ever get frustrated or lose your temper?
    01:36:50 - What are the mileages of these two traverses?
    01:39:25 - Tell us about the Alaska Traverse
    01:46:00 - What are your big three?
    01:47:20 - What do you use for footwear?
    01:48:50 - Do you carry a bear canister?
    01:51:00 - Tell us about the Cordillera Blanca Traverse & Huayhuash Circuit
    01:54:41 - Tell us about the 1,500 mile Colorado Loop
    01:58:40 - What are your favorite 13ers?
    02:01:22 - Kumo Question: What is the most ridiculous fashion trend you’ve participated in?
    Segments
    Chaunce’s Wedding Update
    Trek Propaganda: Grizzlies To Be Reintroduced in North Cascades: What It Means for the PCT by Kelly Floro
    QOTD:

    • 2 hrs 36 min
    Q&A with Hiking Viking: Underrated Gear, Favorite Hikes, & Go-To Backpacking Foods

    Q&A with Hiking Viking: Underrated Gear, Favorite Hikes, & Go-To Backpacking Foods

    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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    [divider]
    Q&A with Jabba
    Viking's Instagram 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?
    Segments
    Trek Propaganda
    List of US Long Trails 5 Budget-Friendly Ultralight Backpacking Hacks by Moose Juice 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
    Mail Bag
    5 Star Review
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    • 2 hrs 42 min
    Backpacker Radio LIVE with Ryan "Dirtmonger" Sylva

    Backpacker Radio LIVE with Ryan "Dirtmonger" Sylva

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we'll do it live! That's right, we are once again joined by backpacking legend, Ryan Sylva aka Dirtmonger, to learn more about his ridiculously extensive backpacking experience from around the world, but this time we are joined by 60 of our best friends at the Skylark Lounge in Denver, Colorado. Although many beers were consumed during the making of this podcast, we feel confident this live episode stays in bounds, at least relative to the first go around, which we no longer speak of.
    We wrap the show with a QA from attendees of this event, a triple crown of the best sports movies, Chaunce gives us the full rundown on her engagement, and we finally introduce our highly anticipated new segment, Trail Confessionals.
    Banner photo credit: Rolf Asphaug
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    [divider]
    Live Podcast
    Dirtmonger's Instagram Dirtmonger's Blog Time stamps & Questions
    00:05:17 - Reminders: Submit feedback to podcast@thetrek.co, sign up for the Trek’s newsletter, and reach out to us if you know a venue that would like to host us!
    00:06:27 - Introducing Dirtmonger
    00:13:20 - Tell us about your Poop Loop Bikepacking route
    00:15:36 - Was this the start of a new chapter in your life?
    00:19:20 - Does bikepacking scratch the same backcountry itch as backpacking?
    00:22:58 - How do you develop and feel confident in your philosophy about backpacking?
    00:26:54 - Tell us about your backstory
    00:31:12 - Have you ever done something you wouldn’t want to do again?
    00:34:15 - Sell us on bikepacking
    00:37:28 - Discussion about using other activities to heal while still adventuring
    00:44:15 - What’s the longest day you’ve had on a bike?
    00:46:30 - Tell us about the Salkantay Trek, Ausungate Circuit, and Cordillera Real Traverse
    00:50:59 - Do you learn things when you hike with Swami?
    00:54:02 - What do you mean by hiking at your level?
    00:59:56 - Discussion about hiking alone versus with people
    01:01:52 - How did that inform the hiking decisions you made afterwards?
    01:02:35 - What appeals to you about the desert?
    01:04:40 - Tell us about the Oregon Desert Trail
    01:06:50 - Tell us about the Altiplano Traverse
    01:11:35 - Are there outdoor conditions that you don’t enjoy?
    01:14:23 - Has there been a scenario where you turned back because the conditions were bad?
    01:17:20 - What’s your mentality about proving yourself to other people?
    01:23:50 - Tell us about the Whatever Route
    01:28:25 - Discussion about planning and developing the Great Basin Route
    01:37:20 - What’s your most controversial take on thru-hiking culture?
    01:40:05 - What’s your median base weight?
    01:45:30 - Discussion about down jackets and rain jackets
    01:48:00 - Kumo Question: Do you think visors will ever come back around?
    01:49:06 - Audience Q&A: Is there anything you want to hike in Asia?
    01:50:00 - Audience Q&A: Bidet?
    01:51:00 - Gossamer Gear Giveaway 1
    01:55:30 - Audience Q&A: If you had to do one trail for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    01:56:40 - Audience Q&A: Do you ever mentally struggle without seeing people around?
    02:00:10 - Audience Q&A: How do you mentally balance creating a new trail with LNT?
    02:03:08 - Audience Q&A: What trail made you fall in love with thru-hiking?
    Segments
    Chaunce’s Engagement Story
    QOTD: How much money would it take for you to live in a dumpster for a month?
    Triple Crown of sports movies
    Trail Confessions
    Two Star Trail Review
    Mail Bag
    5 Star Review
    [divider]
    Check out our sound guy @my_boy_p

    • 2 hrs 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Justyouraveragesmith ,

Best backpacking podcast.

I had wrote a review earlier and checked to make sure it went through and my infant swiped left so pretty sure it got deleted 😆 I have been listening to your podcast for years. I have also been wanting to do the AT since I was a teen. Your podcast has given fuel to my fire. Zach, I got your book ‘Appalachian trials’ for my husband for our anniversary in 2022. He loved the book. Our original plan was to do the AT come 2023 but we had the plot twist of having our seventh baby and moving across country. Now where we live, the PCT is our goal. Starting in Mexico and walking home. Thanks for the inspiration, I love the podcasts so much. The interview with Quac was awesome. He’s such a chill down to earth guy. Look forward to listening to many more!

Matthew2222 ,

This show is very nice.

Its obvs my fav pod! Long format lasts most of a workday when I need to take breaks for meetings and whatnot. How the heck do sticker codes work and what are they for? Am I missing out on winning something?

Ciavarella ,

Andrew Terrill episode

Great subject matter, but poor interviewing skills. The questions were mostly forgettable and pedestrian, honestly sounded like he was being interviewed by 14 year olds doing a high school assignment.

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