Trail Correspondents is a teleportation machine to the trail- in audio form.
Every other week, a select handful of thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the American Discovery Trail, give us a glimpse into the world of long distance backpacking. Through their eyes and vocal cords, we learn all about the highs, lows, and nitty gritty details that go into a half-year, cross-country trek. Trail Correspondents is the next best thing to being on trail yourself.
#24 | An Interview with Your Former Self
At the beginning of this year, before embarking on their thru-hikes, we asked our Correspondents to interview themselves. Specifically, their future selves. We wanted to capture both the metamorphosis a hiker goes through during their journey, as well as hit on the pressure points of what was driving them onto the trail in the first place. This episode features both the questions fielded before their journey, along with their answers a couple months after they finished. The result, is magnificent.
#23 | Readjusting After a Thru-Hike
Our correspondents share how the adaption back to their former worlds has been, and what elements of their on-trail worlds they've brought with them- or at least hope to.
#22 | The End
Today is the end of the trail. For this one, we hear from our hikers twice, both the day before the northern terminus and at the finish line itself, with one exception. As you can imagine, this is an emotional update. Although the journey is the destination, there is likely no more exciting part of the journey than the finish line.
#21 | Wild Card III: Sober Hiking, Relationship Advice, and Trail Etiquette
Today's show brings us our final wildcard episode. Given the timing of this episode, near the end of our correspondents' journeys, there's a lot of reflection on the miles in their rearview mirrors. We also hear some advice about maintaining a relationship on the trail, sober hiking, hiking with a fishing rod, trail etiquette and more. These episodes have been listener favorites in the past, this one will be no exception.
#20 | Revelations
An extended period in the great outdoors is medicine for the soul. Breaking free from our routines in a natural setting is a recipe for happiness, clarity, and a fresh perspective. Our hikers will share all of the revelations moments they've experienced on trail. They talk about what changes, little or big, they'd like to incorporate into their post-trail worlds, and how their hikes have facilitated this decision.
#19 | The Mental Grind
Although a half year backpacking trip is a physical grind, this is not the most challenging part of a thru-hike. This title belongs to the psychological side of this journey.
Our hikers chime in on whether they agree with this sentiment, what coping mechanisms they use to overcome their challenges, how the challenges have evolved over the course of the hike, and what advice they would offer to their pre-trail selves on how to better handle these hurdles.