Walking Distance presented by The Trek and created by Alison Young, is a bi-weekly podcast that invites experts to help us explore a unique subject in the wonderful world of long distance trekking. Walking Distance is for day hikers looking to break into backpacking as well as more experienced trekkers looking to level up their knowledge and seek inspiration. From multi-month trips to thirty mile loops, from the high alpine to the desert valley, from spiritual pilgrimages to long weekend getaways, this podcast will serve as a deep dive on why we believe that everything truly is within....Walking Distance.
#06 | Giving Back with Andrew Downs & Gina Knox
We are joined by Andrew Downs, the Senior Regional Director of the ATC - South, and Gina Knox, a 2021 Granite Gear Groundskeeper. Downs thru hiked the AT in 2002 and has a volunteer-first approach to protecting and maintaining the AT. Gina Knox has postponed her AT 2021 thru-hike, and is instead cleaning up 300 miles of public lands. We covers how hikers can become trail volunteers, how COVID has impacted the cleanliness of outdoor spaces, and the logistics of packing out pounds of trash from the trail.
#05 | Backcountry Food ft. Aaron Owens Mayhew
Today's subject focuses on eating well in the backcountry. Aaron Owens Mayhew, a registered dietician and thru hiker, left her career to thru hike the PCT. She’s also the founder of Backcountry Foodie, a site that includes meal plans, shopping lists, community forums, masterclasses and other resources for hiking food. The show covers why the 2 lb per day backpacking food principle may be a myth, how to pack more calories into less space, & how to stay high energy on the trail with carbs, proteins, and fat
#04 | Backcountry Safety ft. Dr. Elizabeth Andre & Molly Herber
Today's episode is all about safety in the backcountry. The interviews feature Dr. Elizabeth Andre is an Associate Professor of Nature and Culture at Northland College, and Molly Herber is a project manager for NOLS. Topics covered include the basics of human psychology and how it pertains to safety in the backcountry the theories of risk homeostasis and heuristics, and how to practice “negative thinking” to be more safe on the trail.
#03 | Nicholas Kristof
In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Nicholas Kristof, an award winning columnist at the New York Times and dedicated section hiker. Now, he’s working on section hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, hiking with his wife, their daughter, and her boyfriend.
Blissful Hiker covers the benefits and drawbacks of section hiking versus thru-hiking, how to plan hikes and stay in shape while working a job, and hiking with others.
#02 | "What's in your Pack?" ft. Alan Dixon & Kelly Floro
In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Alan Dixon, an outdoor guide and competitive athlete, and Kelly Floro, lead writer and content editor for The Trek. Blissful Hiker covers how to straddle the line between ultralight and luxurious hiking, how to feel you have “permission” to take whatever you need, and gives the 411 about testing gear before going on a long hike with it.
#01 | "Getting Started" ft. Dr. Alan Carpenter & Heather Balogh Rochfort
In the first episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Dr. Alan Carpenter and Heather Balogh Rochfort.
Blissful Hiker covers how to transition from day hiker to backpacker, from preparing mentally and physically, learning about gear and building camaraderie, and how to get over beginners’ perfectionism.