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.
#95 | Andy Downs of the ATC on the Mountain Valley Pipeline & Postponing Thru-Hikes During a Pandemic
Andy Downs of the ATC details the organization's decision to accept a large gift from the Mountain Valley Pipeline and why they are no longer opposing its construction near the Appalachian Trail. Andy also discusses the ATC's request for people to yet again postpone their thru-hikes on the AT in 2021, how the decision was arrived to, and some key considerations for those who will continue to take on their hikes. Lastly, Zach outlines why The Trek will not be closing the platform to thru-hikers this year.
#94 | Philip Carcia, New Hampshire's Peakbagging Phenom
Have you heard of New Hampshire? Because Philip Carcia has hiked it. All of it. In all different directions. In addition to a handful of thru-hikes, Philip has completed the New Hampshire 48 Single Year Grid, the White Mountain Direttisima (2x), & White Mountain Redline FKT. If you don't know what any of that means, good, we will learn this together during our conversation. We wrap with some news from the ATC, a new snail themed Reddit Brain Buster, & we get intel on the hot spots along the Ice Age
#93 | The Quirins on Thru-Hiking the AT with a Baby
Today we are joined by Bekah and Derrick Quirin. In 2017, the Quirins thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail carrying their adorable baby, Ellie. We learn how in the hell this is possible, including their diaper logistics, gear setup, and nap schedule. The following year the Quirins cycled the 2,700 mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. We learn the of the unique challenges between thru-hiking and thru-biking, the differences between hiking with a baby and a toddler, and much more.
#92 | Andrew Skurka Returns
Andrew Skurka returns! We touch on how COVID effected his guiding business, why wildfires have been so bad in the west over the past couple of decades, Andrew’s favorite trail meals, the intricacies of the backcountry bidet, picking the perfect campsite, layering in the winter, and more. We close out the show with a reminder of our impending butt tattoos, a triple crown of the worst chores, an explosive b******e patent-pending, picking death by shark or mountain lion, & some horse facts, crab edition.
#91 | The NYE Sh*t Show Spectacular
Today's show runs the run the gamut, we drunk dial some fans, introduce a slew of new segments, do some trivia (grab a drink if you'd like to play along), and are given a play-by-play of some soiled denim courtesy of The Real Hiking Viking. As if that weren't enough Chaunce, Elise, and I consume enough adult beverages to commit to getting quasi-matching butt tattoos if you, our Backpacker Radio listeners, deem it worthwhile. This is our longest episode yet, by a lot, and is exceptionally weird. Strap in
#90 | Cindy Ross
Cindy Ross is a bonafide renaissance woman. She's published 11 books, she's a triple crowner, illustrator, and avid traveler, but, the bulk of our conversation today dives into Cindy's novel approach to raising kids. Cindy and her husband prescribe to experiential education, as evidenced by their family of four section hiking the CDT beginning when their kids were just toddlers. We have a triple crown of sauces, unveil 2020's naughty and nice lists, go back in time & prevent the making of two movies.