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.
#81 | Tommy Corey aka "Twerk" of Hiker Trash Vogue
Tommy Corey, aka Twerk, is the man behind the wildly popular Hiker Trash Vogue photo series. Twerk gives us a run-through on his experiences backpacking the PCT, how the Hiker Trash Vogue project came to be, and what it's like to be a gay man in the thru-hiking community.
We close out the show with a Triple Crown of Autumn Ahs, learn how much it costs to pee on Chaunce's face every morning, a 1 minute gear review, and try to determine how much money Chaunce can make by selling foot photos.
#80 | Dr. Anne Baker on Post-Trail Depression
In addition to being an experienced long distance backpacker and gear nerd, Dr. Anne Baker is a therapist, scientist, and someone who has done a good deal of research on post trail depression. Anne breaks down how and why someone experiences post trail depression and offers some tips for how to avoid it or at least lessen its impact. Anne also details what 2020 NOGO thru-hikers went through this year and how their grief was tied to a loss of identity.
#79 | Mac from Halfway Anywhere
Today we are joined by Mac of Halfwayanywhere.com. Mac gives us the full tour through his short, but very dense adventuring career, including his 1.5 PCT thru-hikes, his time adventuring in Japan, his multiple trips through the Himalayas, bikepacking across Australia, and the list goes on and on. We touch on why the Arizona Trail is game off for the remainder of 2020, a one minute gear review, a point counter point on quilts vs. sleeping bags, and our last Backcountry Matchmaking for a hot minute.
#78 | Delia D'Ambra of Park Predators
We are joined by Delia D'ambra, a full-time investigative journalist and the host of Park Predators, a podcast that details some of the most horrific murders that have taken place in national parks. Needless to say, maybe don't let your kids listen to this one.
We cover the triple crown of Adam Sandler movies, do another round of one minute gear reviews, a point / counterpoint on inflatable vs closed cell foam sleeping pads, and learn about diarrhea inducing gummy bears.
#77 | Barney "Scout" Mann on his New PCT Book, "Journeys North"
Barney "Scout" Man is a famed Trail Angel, triple crowner, and author. This convo focuses on Scout's new book , Journeys North, Scout's beautiful account of his and Frodo's 2007 PCT thru-hike. We learn what went into this immense research project, how he and Frodo fended off a bear with a two-part harmony, and we're blessed with a short reading from the book. We have another one-minute gear review, introduce a new segment- point / counter point, a triple crown of summer foods, & once again lose our min
#76 | The Ice Age Trail
Today we are joined by Luke Kloberdanz, the director of philanthropy at the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We geek out very much on all things Wisconsin, and maybe commit to making it the destination of Backpacker Radio's next road trip. Luke talks about his thru-hike of the IAT, the wonderful tradition that is the Wisconsin Fish Fry, and why it might be the ideal pandemic trek. We get sucked down a Taco Bell Vortex, unveil a new full-time opening at The Trek, & just generally lose our minds at the end of this o