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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.

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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.

    #78 | Delia D'Ambra of Park Predators

    #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.  

    • 1 hr 48 min
    #77 | Barney "Scout" Mann on his New PCT Book, "Journeys North"

    #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

    • 2 hr 28 min
    #76 | The Ice Age Trail

    #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

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #75 | The Blackalachian

    #75 | The Blackalachian

    We are joined by Daniel White, known on trail as The Blackalachian. We learn about The Blackalachian's life before he was a full-time adventurer, including his days as a rapper and his time in prison, his experiences with racism on the AT, his thru-bike of the Underground Railroad Route, and his hikes of The Great Outdoors Challenge in Scotland and Camino del Norte in Spain. We wrap up the show with the Triple Crown of Summer Wins and a new Backcountry Matchmaking. 

    • 2 hr 29 min
    #74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

    #74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

    We are joined by Jamey Mossengren aka The Unicycling Unicorn.  Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the life of a street performer. Not only does Jamey make a living on his unicycle, he's also unicycled both the Colorado Trail & Arizona Trail!  We chat about these rides, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, and what goes into being a successful street performer. We also talk about the return of 2020 AT thru-hikes, we introduce Hiker Horoscopes, & another edition of Backcountry Matchmakin

    • 2 hr 2 min
    #73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

    #73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

    Today, we are joined by Doug Laher, the father of Trevor Laher, the hiker who tragically passed near Apache Peak on the Pacific Crest Trail earlier this year. Doug reads his beautiful tribute to Trevor and we talk about what lessons are to be learned from Trevors passing. We also chat with Kaitlyn Purington, of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a search & rescue non-profit based in Riverside County. We also have some Trek Propaganda, how to check your bung for deer ticks, & our favorite creature comforts

    • 1 hr 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
908 Ratings

908 Ratings

dani1993dani ,

Keeps getting better

Each episode I say “wow! That was the best guest yet!” And then I say it the next week, and the next week, and the next week. Seriously, every person who comes on the pod teaches me so much about different things.

Would love to hear from someone on the show about backpacking with tots! My 2 1/2 year old twin girls love the outdoors and day hikes, and they’re ready for the next step!

Icebankmiceelfalso ,

Light (or should I say ultra light) and entertaining podcast!

I’ve noticed recently that this is the only podcast I want to listen to since I stumbled upon it a few months ago. I enjoy the easiness and humor in each episode. The conversations between the hosts flows so naturally and I love it when the guests get sucked in as well! I’d recommend for any hiker or anyone who loves that type of community, definitely not just thru hikers! Thanks for the content!

ryan.krofta ,

Spotted Cow

Wow! From listening to BPR I thought I could only give a 5 star review, turns out there’s more options... Still had to give 5 stars though because I love the show so so so much. The guests are fun, experienced, and super knowledgeable. I used your show as an outlet for when I was stuck inside and preparation for the Colorado Trail. You handle the serious/important subjects as well as you are hilarious, and I always look forward to the next episode. The last episode I listened to was on the Ice Age Trail and as a Wisconsinite that is constantly longing for CO’s Rocky Mountains, the episode gave me a new appreciation for the great state I will always call home. You also nailed the cheese curds on the head! Gotta have that squeak!

I’m pumped that you’re covering the lesser traveled trails (north country trail and Ice Age), and I look forward to more. I’d love to hear more about the shorter trails that are also lesser known. Sheltowee Trace in KY, Tahoe Rim Trail, etc.

Again, thanks so much! Next time I’m in CO, I’d be honored to supply Spotted Cow for the podcast’s fuel! Chauncey, ya won’t be disappointed

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