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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.

Backpacker Radio The Trek

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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.

    #60 | Girl Stuff: Periods, Pee Rags, Safety, Birth Control, Masturbation, Sports Bras, Creepy Guys, and More

    #60 | Girl Stuff: Periods, Pee Rags, Safety, Birth Control, Masturbation, Sports Bras, Creepy Guys, and More

    Today's show is dedicated to all things girl stuff.   We've kicked aside the segments and dove straight into everything to do with thru-hiking as a woman. In addition to Chaunce, we are joined by former guest, guest co-host, and listener favorite, Weezer, along with Chaunce's AT buddy & Trek Vlogger, Fireball.  These badass backcountry gals enlighten us on everything from managing periods on trail, to dealing with creepy guys, dangers to women, birth control, sex, gender dynamics, hygiene, pee rags, & m

    • 2 hrs 49 min
    59 | Naps on Thru-Hiking the PCT with a Dog, Murphy's Law, and The Sunshine Coast Trail

    59 | Naps on Thru-Hiking the PCT with a Dog, Murphy's Law, and The Sunshine Coast Trail

    We are joined by Wild Amanda aka Naps. Naps thru-hiked thePCT with her dog, Frank.  We go down the rabbit hole on what it takes to accomplish this, including recommended gear, how she handled Frank's food and water, how she curtailed her hiking schedule to best suit Franks needs, and more. Naps also profiles the Sunshine Coast Trail, which she's thru-hiked 3 times.

    We wrap up the show with the triple crown of Ben & Jerry's flavors, chips worth going to prison for, and another listener poop story.  

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Introducing "The Attempt" Podcast | Episode 1: “I’m attempting it. I’m attempting it.”

    Introducing "The Attempt" Podcast | Episode 1: “I’m attempting it. I’m attempting it.”

    The Attempt follows Benjamin Drachman during his *attempted* SOBO thru-hike of the PCT in 2019.  The show is produced by Julia Drachman- and no that last name is not a coincidence, Julia is Ben's older sister.  What may shock you about this show is its production value.  And by that, I mean, it has production value.  We're all about trying new things here at The Trek. The first three episodes of The Attempt are available for your listening pleasure now. New shows will be released every other week.

    • 12 min
    #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

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