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.
#113 | Rachael "Rabbit" Delano: Triple Crowner and Yogi
Rachael "Rabbit" Delano is a triple crowner, yogi, trail junkie, and in an ongoing battle with the Colorado Trail. We talk about the highs & lows of each of Rabbit's thru-hikes, which yoga poses she most recommends for hikers & backpackers, and why the Colorado Trail keeps kicking her ass! We wrap the show with a discussion on why backcountry campfires might need to become a thing of the past, we do a triple crown of things that ruin a day hike, and introduce a new segment- Hiker Trash Board Confessionals
#112 | Beginner Backpacking Mistakes
Because we here at Backpacker Radio can occasionally steer off-topic, we wanted to experiment with an episode dedicated to what the show's title implies. Backpacking stuff. Today we share some of the biggest mistakes made by beginner backpackers. Regardless of where you are in your backpacking evolution, we think you'll walk away from this one with some very useful insight.
#111 | Second Chance Hiker
In 2018, Cory McDonald, aka Second Chance, was bored, depressed, and north of 400 lb. After his doctor told him that he was bound for a heart attack, Second Chance committed to hiking the PCT with the goal of losing 200 lb in the process. We learn all about the highs & lows of Cory's trek including how he got a girlfriend and how his hike ended with a helicopter ride. We wrap with a triple crown of things we're bad at, learn why the AT doesn't have switchbacks & get a follow up on James Jordan's verdict.
#110 | Alison Young: Thru-Hiker, Producer, Podcaster, and Classic Music Aficionado
Alison Young is an accomplished backpacker, a former professional flutist and classic music aficionado, and the host / producer the Walking Distance Podcast. We get a crash course in all things classical music, we talk in depth about Alison's many treks, esp her international hikes, we talk about what it's like to backpack with two fake hips, and much more. We wrap the show with the most bizarre triple crown we've ever done, a gross / not gross, and why gingers don't feel pain.
#109 | The Real Hiking Viking on The Hayduke
Today we do a deep dive on every inch of Jabba's recent hike of the Hayduke, including the challenges of long water carries, regular exposure to 100-plus degree days, navigating the route, and some truly epic stories including a trail magic rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. We wrap the show with a triple crown of things that ruin your day, Chaunce explains why you can't get a vaccine until after you've done your taxes, and we get some more horse facts, chicken edition.
#108 | Weezer & Dirty Avocado on the Arizona Trail
Today we are joined by recurring guest, Steph Lotus aka Weezer, and her good pal, Dirty Avocado, as the duo recently wrapped a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. This one is the mid-point between a trail overview and first person narrative of their journey, including some mild tragedy, comedy, and romance. We wrap the show with a triple crown of desert things, we tease the new Trail Correspondents season, and we are blessed with a bison poop story.