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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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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.

    #58 | Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

    #58 | Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

    Donna Saufley has served as a trail angel to Pacific Crest Trail hikers for more than two decades. Donna comes by her trail name, "L-Rod", short for lightning rod, very honestly. She's exceptionally outspoken, a ball of energy, and has a deep passion for the PCT and its community.  This is a fun, emotional, educational conversation. We also chat about how you can get a free trip to the moon, do a triple crown of stereotypes you meet on trail, and are blessed with another listener poop story.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    #57 | Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

    #57 | Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

    "Crazy Jack" Northam has earned his name by summiting Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the United States' lower 48) nearly 200 times, an endeavor he didn't begin until the ripe age of 50 years. Chaunce and I close out the show by highlighting the top shelters on the Appalachian Trail, give an official ruling on the best Dorito flavor, do the Triple Crown of food items remaining in your bag when get to town, and get into a new recurring segment, Listener Poop Stories.

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    #56 | Scott Turner on the Best Hikes in San Diego County, 2020 Predictions, and The Top Footwear on the AT

    #56 | Scott Turner on the Best Hikes in San Diego County, 2020 Predictions, and The Top Footwear on the AT

    Scott is the go-to resource for all things hiking in Southern California.  He's the co-author of the latest version of "Afoot and Afield: San Diego County", known as San Diego's hiking bible.  Scott shares his favorite hikes in San Diego county, including the best short trails, long trails, the trail with the best ecological diversity, the best history, and much more. We also cover the top footwear on the Appalachian Trail in 2019, our predictions for 2020, more horse facts, and Chaunce has a mini-meltdo

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #55 | Kevin Nealon

    #55 | Kevin Nealon

    Today we are joined by comedy legend, Kevin Nealon.  In case you've been living under a rock for for the last 30 years, Kevin Nealon is famous for his years on Saturday Night Live, his character on Weeds, he's a popular standup comedian, he's been in a slew of movies, and he's now the host of his own YouTube show, Hiking with Kevin.  Kevin regales us with tales from his time at SNL, his favorite Chris Farley story, that time he helped deliver his son, along with his favorite hiking spots around Los Angele

    • 1 hr 34 min
    #54 | The Trans-Catalina Trail

    #54 | The Trans-Catalina Trail

    The Cinnamon Connection take on all things Trans Catalina Trail (TCT), which Chaunce and Badger thru-hiked a month(ish) ago.  We give a day-by-day rundown of the hike, including an overview of the terrain, wildlife, how to get there, campsites, resupply, gear advice, water, navigation, and wine mixing. We also talk about the dumbest things we've forgotten to pack on a backpacking trip, talk about ways to be more sustainable on a backpacking trip, and why Christmas music sucks.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    #53 | The Ultimate Backpacker Holiday Gear Wish List

    #53 | The Ultimate Backpacker Holiday Gear Wish List

    With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Where's Waldo Wednesday, Thumbwar Thursday, & all the rest on the horizon, there is no better time to score your 2020 gear purchases than the present.  But with a never ending fire-hose of gear roundups coming your way during this holiday season, how do you decide on which items are best suited for your long distance goals? We reached out to Backpacker Radio's previous guests to share their favorite gear items.

    • 35 min

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