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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.

    #161 | Diane "Sticks" Harsha: FBI Special Agent, AT Section Hiker, and Author

    #161 | Diane "Sticks" Harsha: FBI Special Agent, AT Section Hiker, and Author

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Diane "Sticks" Harsha. Diane is an AT section hiker, the author of "Sticks and Stones: How to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 13 Years", and a retired FBI agent. We of course spend a lot of time talking about Diane's career in the bureau- including questions about the rigorous training and testing required to be accepted into the FBI, negotiation tactics that could be applied to convincing a spouse to let you leave for an extended backpacking trip, carrying a weapon on trail, and the overlap between working in the FBI and backpacking the AT at large. And yes of course we sneak in a couple of X-Files questions.
    We wrap the show with a triple crown of celebrities we'd most want to party with, a story about Chaunce farting her way through a work Zoom meeting, and Badger announces his next backpacking trip.
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    Interview with Diane “Sticks” Harsha
    Diane's Facebook Diane's LinkedIn Sticks and Stones on Audible Sticks and Stones on Amazon Time stamps & Questions
    00:02:55 - QOTD: What’s the most embarrassing moment you have from a virtual meeting?
    00:15:42 - QOTD 2: What’s the thing you’re most excited about?
    00:20:02 - Reminders: Shoutout to our new Chuck Norris members!
    00:21:40 - Introducing Diane
    00:22:27 - How did you get into the FBI?
    00:25:12 - What was the fitness test you took?
    00:26:47 - Is Chaunce fit enough to join the FBI?
    00:31:00 - Discussion about age norms.
    00:33:11 - Tell us more about FBI training.
    00:37:55 - Discussion about the accuracy of polygraph tests.
    00:39:42 - Were you on any wild cases you can tell us about?
    00:44:40 - Do you feel like you were treated differently as a woman agent?
    00:46:53 - Since it’s illegal to make false statements to federal agents, could we go to prison for lying to you?
    00:48:34 - What negotiation skills would you recommend for convincing your partner to let you do a thru-hike?
    00:51:03 - Tell us more about active listening.
    00:53:40 - Did you ever use these communication strategies while hiking?
    00:56:44 - What other skills crossed over between being an FBI agent and hiking?
    00:59:07 - Did you experience fear before starting the trail?
    01:00:30 - Did you hike with a gun?
    01:03:10 - If you had to pick one state on the AT to carry your gun through, which would it be?
    01:06:40 - Was your husband more worried about your career or about your hiking?
    01:08:31 - What were your single most dangerous moments in the FBI and on the trail?
    01:14:03 - What other things did you bring to trail from your career?
    01:18:50 - Did the trail ever grant you any insights related to your work or a case?
    01:21:24 - Is there an emotional lull after completing each case?
    01:24:10 - Did you ever have a case that could have been an episode of X-Files?
    01:25:30 - What are things that movies and shows always get wrong?
    01:28:12 - What are the advantages to section hiking the AT over many years instead of all at once?
    01:31:35 - Tell us about how you planned the sections.
    01:38:14 - Give us your trail name origin story.
    01:42:20 - When did you get the inspiration to write the book?
    01:46:08 - What can a reader expect when they pick up the book?
    01:48:50 - Where can people find the book?
    SEGMENTS
    MG Check-In
    Trek Propaganda
    Desolation Wilderness Now Requires Bear-Resistant Food Storage by Kelly Floro Triple Crown of non-A or B-list celebrities you’d love to party with
    Listener Voicemail
    5 Star Review
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    • 2 hr 27 min
    #160 | Beginner Backpacking Mistakes 2.0

    #160 | Beginner Backpacking Mistakes 2.0

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are bringing you another edition of Beginner Backpacking Mistakes. Today we're joined by our good pal and backpacking superstar, Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck, to give you a rundown of mistakes to avoid on your next backpacking trip.  If you listened to the first edition of this panel, rest assured that all of the tips in this episode are brand new- backed by many thousands of miles of trail experience- we made all the mistakes so you don't have to.
    We also have a triple crown of our favorite day hikes in Colorado, we learn about Twinkle and Grace's recent epic backpacking trip in Peru, and we wrap the show with a solid hazing of Chaunce.
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    Panel with Badger, Chaunce, and Twinkle
    Backpacker Radio 61 | Grace and Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Their 15 Month Dirtbagging Adventure Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail Twinkle's Instagram Time stamps & Questions
    00:06:18 - QOTD: What have you been up to since we last talked?
    00:11:27 - Discussion about Twinkle’s Huayllapa Circuit hike
    00:21:14 - Twinkle’s Mistake #1: Relying on your phone too heavily for navigation
    00:28:20 - Chaunce’s Mistake #1: Not including gear replacements or fixes into your trail budget
    00:36:00 - Zach’s Mistake #1: Not eating enough food
    00:43:50 - Twinkle’s Mistake #2: Splitting up with your group without making a detailed plan
    00:57:08 - Chaunce’s Mistake #2: Just because your body feels like it can push on, doesn’t mean it should
    01:02:32 - Zach’s Mistake #2: Be more selective with your campsites
    01:15:02 - Twinkle’s Mistake #3: Do not buy excess footwear prior to your hike
    01:25:00 - Nancy East fan club
    01:28:13 - Chaunce’s Mistake #3: Not preparing for what happens after your hike
    01:34:58 - Zach’s Mistake #3: Not budgeting enough extra time for your hike
    SEGMENTS
    Trek Propaganda
    5 Backpacking Hacks I Learned from HikeTok by Katie Houston Triple Crown of our favorite Colorado day hikes
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    • 2 hr 42 min
    #159 | Shayla "Kiddo" Paradeis on Hiking Without a Smartphone and Healing from Trauma

    #159 | Shayla "Kiddo" Paradeis on Hiking Without a Smartphone and Healing from Trauma

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Shayla "Kiddo" Paradeis. Shayla is a very accomplished backpacker, with the triple crown just scratching the surface of her hiking resume, but it's her approach to backpacking that makes this conversation stand out. We chat about what it's like to backpack in today's age without a smartphone, including the differences of keeping in touch with hikers, navigating on trail, tracking the forecast, and more. Shayla also shares her experience of healing on trail, and how her experiences as a sexual assault survivor have played a major role in her desire to be in the backcountry. Another warning to listeners, if the subject of sexual assault is especially triggering to you, we encourage you to skip ahead about half way into today's interview.
    We wrap the show with the triple crown of reasons to go to a baseball game, we check in with MG as she's just hiked through the 100-Mile Wilderness, we discuss things that feel like a scam but aren't (but also sort of are), and give a shoutout to a couple who got engaged on the PCT this year!
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    Shayla's Website Shayla's Youtube Channel Time stamps & Questions
    00:02:52 - QOTD: What isn’t a scam but feels like one?
    00:05:50 - Reminders: Leftover trail days shirts *were* in the Trek store!
    00:06:38 - Introducing Shayla
    00:07:23 - How does one decide to hike without a smartphone?
    00:10:23 - What’s the rationale?
    00:13:12 - Are you off of social media entirely?
    00:15:10 - Do you ever listen to music?
    00:17:24 - How have you noticed hikers change as you’ve hiked so many trails?
    00:21:59 - Have you noticed a change in how you get through your day?
    00:24:37 - How are you checking the weather forecast?
    00:25:54 - Do you get frustrated being around other hikers who are always on their phones?
    00:28:10 - Has any part of you lost faith in humanity?
    00:29:57 - Discussion about navigation and getting lost without a phone.
    00:33:52 - Tell us about your hiking group patterns for your long trails.
    00:36:25 - What was your hitchhiking method?
    00:37:07 - Did you ever get bothered by your hiking partners using their phones?
    00:38:36 - If you could do it over again, would you hike alone?
    00:40:17 - Do you have any tips for people wanting to set boundaries?
    00:46:44 - Tell us about the Haute Route.
    00:49:06 - Can you compare the Haute Route and the Tour du Mont Blanc?
    00:51:02 - Are you also a runner?
    00:52:30 - Why don’t you like racing as much anymore?
    00:53:44 - Did you have a light pack in 2011?
    00:54:41 - Tell us about eating better.
    00:56:51 - How many calories did you consume on trail?
    00:57:49 - Are you a competitive person?
    01:01:11 - Tell us more about why you’re hiking.
    01:04:57 - What happened that led you to run away to Glacier?
    01:06:30 - Were your parents disappointed when you left New York?
    01:08:02 - Did the trauma you experience relate to getting into backpacking?
    01:09:42 - Have you found thru-hiking to be healing?
    01:10:41 - (Begin trigger warning) How did your relationship on trail pan out?
    01:12:33 - Did any part of you want to quit hiking after that?
    01:15:10 - How did you feel safety-wise after that?
    01:16:36 - Tell us more about your book.
    01:18:47 - Can you give us a synopsis of what the book is about?
    01:21:22 - (End trigger warning) Tell us about the volunteering you do in Glacier National Park.
    01:25:50 - Tell us about grizzlies and wolves!
    01:27:10 - Discussion about how wolves impact the ecosystem.
    01:29:08 - Is there anything else you want to share?
    01:29:48 - Thank you!
    SEGMENTS
    MG Check-In
    Trek

    • 1 hr 58 min
    #158 | Kathryn Miles on Attempting to Solve the Shenandoah Murders

    #158 | Kathryn Miles on Attempting to Solve the Shenandoah Murders

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by RTIC, we are joined by Kathryn Miles. Kathryn is an award-winning journalist, science writer, and the author of five books, most recently "Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders", which is the focus of today's chat.  We go deep on everything to do with this case, including the gruesome details of the murders, why this was not a random act of violence, why this case has yet to be solved, who Kathryn believes to be the perpetrator, and much more. A warning to listeners, this one goes into some pretty horrific details on the subjects of sexual assault and murder. If either of these subjects are especially triggering to you, we encourage you to skip ahead to the segments for this one. 
    We then pivot from rape and murder to the triple crown of ice cream toppings.  Typical backpacker radio stuff.
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    Interview with Kathryn Miles
    Kathryn Miles Website Kathryn’s Instagram Buy Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders or at your local bookstore Time stamps & Questions
    00:05:23 - QOTD: How was your day today? 
    00:11:37 - Introducing Kathryn Miles 
    00:12:12 - What’s your hiking background? 
    00:12:53 - Anything else you want to add about the hiker designations? 
    00:13:52 - Can you tell us about your journalism career? 
    00:15:23 - Did you always know ‘Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders’ was going to become a book? 
    00:17:01 - Can you give an overview of the case?
    00:19:11 - What were the challenges with writing this? 
    00:21:36 - Do you eventually develop thicker skin towards these stories? 
    00:22:45 - Going into this project, were you afraid of the side effects others experienced after digging into similar stories? 
    00:24:08 - Did you have a background or past interest in true crime? 
    00:25:44 - When you’re researching something like this, where do you start? 
    00:27:40 - How do you focus on the killer when you don’t know the killer? 
    00:29:44 - Amateur sleuthing 
    00:30:32 - Do you worry about bringing a new potential killer into the story? 
    00:32:45 - Did you lose your love for the outdoors and hiking after writing the book? 
    00:35:12 - Did you end up viewing the photos?
    00:36:40 - Could you share some more details around this being a premeditated murder? 
    00:39:58 - What will readers learn through the book that they wouldn’t through the police reports?
    00:42:01 - What were some of the most interesting things you found in the reports? 
    00:47:37 - Can you speak to the general safety of the trails? 
    00:50:37 - Do you think there’s anything nefarious with that? 
    00:53:15 - Are park rangers part of a union? 
    00:54:01 - Tell us more about the culture clash in the involved parties 
    00:55:59 - Were there any thru-hiking suspects? 
    00:56:48 - Did you ever find out why he had a bloody knife? 
    00:58:18 - Can you tell us more about the second character? 
    01:00:24 - What were the similarities between the two murders? 
    01:01:01 - Was there a purpose to wrapping a body in a sleeping bag? 
    01:02:53 - How do they determine who’s vibrator it was? 
    01:03:52 - What did he do to modify it? 
    01:05:54 - Is there any scenario in which the murderer wants to be caught? 
    01:08:59 - What’s your personal opinion on who the killer is? 
    01:10:10 - What is Darrell Rice doing these days? 
    01:11:11 - Did you try to reach out to Darrell Rice? 
    01:12:12 - Is he still missing? 
    01:13:30 - What convinced them it was Darrell Rice? 
    01:16:28 - What do you think it will take for the FBI to pick

    • 2 hr 8 min
    #157 | Tahoe Rim Trail: Badger Recaps Trail Highlights, Logistics, Chafes, and Gear Advice

    #157 | Tahoe Rim Trail: Badger Recaps Trail Highlights, Logistics, Chafes, and Gear Advice

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by no one! Today's episode is all about the Tahoe Rim Trail and Badger's recent experience thru-hiking this trail. This one covers everything you'd want to know about hiking the TRT, including the trail's basics, my experience and advice for resupply, gear, pacing, permits, bear storage, the best time to hike this trail, bugs, dealing with snow, navigation, funny stories, cell service, worst chafes, best poops, and much more.
    We wrap the show with a very weird and impromptu segment- healing your holes with Badger and Chaunce, we touch on the sad news of a hiker who recently passed in the White Mountain National Forest, we get a ridiculous poop story from our pal Paul Packman Sealy, and Backpacker Radio sponsorship winner MG gives us her first update from the AT!
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    [divider]
    Interview with Zach “Badger” Davis
    Badger's Tahoe Rim Trail Gear List Time stamps & Questions
    00:04:42 - QOTD: Would you rather have an elephant’s nose or a giraffe’s neck?
    00:08:20 - Introducing Zach!
    00:09:05 - What is the TRT?
    00:10:52 - Which direction did you hike?
    00:11:57 - Tell us about the elevation and miles per day.
    00:14:40 - Did you need a bear canister?
    00:18:25 - Tell us about the permits required.
    00:21:21 - How many people did you see each day?
    00:22:30 - Did anyone ask if you hiked the AT?
    00:24:25 - How was the water situation?
    00:26:13 - Was it exposed or under treeline?
    00:27:15 - How was the snow situation?
    00:33:40 - What is the best time of year to hike the TRT?
    00:35:49 - Tell us about day 1.
    00:39:28 - Did you make any friends?
    00:39:47 - Discussion about Zach’s Ursack.
    00:43:30 - Tell us about day 2 (chafing).
    00:47:40 - Discussion about Zach wearing a kilt on the AT (disclaimer: disturbing visuals).
    00:51:29 - Tell us about day 3 (weather, gear).
    00:58:25 - Tell us about day 4 (burn area, ubering, town day).
    01:05:47 - Tell us about day 5 (Desolation Wilderness, hiking with friends vs. alone).
    01:12:30 - Tell us about day 6 (Tahoe City).
    01:15:57 - Any other notable food things?
    01:19:27 - Did you have vitamins and supplements?
    01:23:04 - Discussion about weight and muscle.
    01:26:55 - Tell us about day 7 (snow, cold).
    01:30:22 - How did you get to the trail?
    01:32:55 - Where does it rank among other shorter thru-hikes you’ve done?
    01:34:04 - Would you recommend the TRT to first-time long distance hikers?
    01:35:24 - How was this experience different now that you’re a father? 
    01:36:54 - Is it worth traveling across the country as someone from the East Coast?
    01:37:47 - Anything you would have done differently?
    01:38:41 - How long was your longest food carry?
    01:39:35 - Did you have any knee pain and if so, how did you alleviate it?
    01:39:52 - Did you have any trouble navigating?
    01:41:00 - Any poop stories?
    01:44:28 - What’s the next hike for a now-dad?
    SEGMENTS
    MG Check-In
    Trek Propaganda
    Badger's Tahoe Rim Trail Gear List Hiker Rescued from Presidential Traverse on Saturday Has Died by Kelly Floro Paul’s Poop Story
    5 Star Review
    Healing Your Hole with Zach and Chaunce
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    • 2 hr 14 min
    #156 | The Virtual Sherpa on Peak Bagging 13ers and 14ers, Responsibly Promoting Trails, and Video Guiding

    #156 | The Virtual Sherpa on Peak Bagging 13ers and 14ers, Responsibly Promoting Trails, and Video Guiding

    In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, brought to you by RTIC, we are joined by Mickey aka The Virtual Sherpa. The Virtual Sherpa runs a successful website and youtube channel dedicated to sharing tips, trail overviews, and more from some of his favorite trails around Colorado and the greater Southwest. We chat about what some of the most underrated 13,000 ft peaks are in Colorado, and why they might be even better than many of the state's 14ers, some of his favorite hikes without hoards of people, his philosophy on gatekeeping and responsibly promoting trails, and much more.
    We wrap the show with a backpacking trip in Zion National Park that deserves to be on your bucket list, a Q&A touching on a range of subjects including but not limited to good hiking spots for late fall, what life is like with a budding toddler, the scent of tent sex, and more.
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    Interview with Mickey aka “Virtual Sherpa”
    The Virtual Sherpa Website The Virtual Sherpa Youtube Channel The Virtual Sherpa Instagram Time stamps & Questions
    00:04:40 - QOTD: At what age do people start consuming more Tums than Starbursts?
    00:09:19 - Introducing Mickey aka “Virtual Sherpa”
    00:09:37 - Mickey’s Shit Story
    00:12:42 - Tell us your backpacking and peak bagging resume.
    00:14:30 - Discussion about trail and ultrarunning.
    00:15:33 - What’s harder, training for an Ironman or training for a 100-mile run?
    00:19:29 - How fast are you?
    00:20:55 - Give us some background on how the website started. 
    00:22:39 - Tell us about your preference with 14ers versus 13ers.
    00:24:32 - Tell us why you loved living in Chicago if you hate people.
    00:26:20 - Tell us about the 13er you did over Memorial Day?
    00:27:15 - F**k Mary Kill: peak bagging, CT section hikes/backpacking, trail running
    00:28:40 - Tell us about the evolution of the website and Youtube channel.
    00:31:32 - How do you feel about the conflict between exposing trails via the internet and avoiding people while hiking?
    00:34:23 - Why does someone need to work hard to find a spot?
    00:35:50 - Discussion about keeping spots secret, public land, and gatekeeping.
    00:41:22 - How would you describe your audience and what are the most common questions you get?
    00:44:10 - What are your top 3 favorite 14ers and top 3 least favorite 14ers?
    00:46:58 - What are your favorite and least favorite 13ers?
    00:48:35 - What are your top 3 secret spots?
    00:51:20 - Discussion about fear and anxiety about the mountains.
    00:53:19 - Do you have a preference between the blog or the Youtube channel?
    00:55:52 - Have you asked your friend why there’s a story before every recipe?
    00:57:21 - What is a border-crossing expedition?
    00:58:43 - Do you have any highlights from exploring Utah?
    01:02:23 - Discussion about National Parks, crowds, and timing hikes.
    01:07:34 - Discussion about Canyonlands.
    01:09:13 - What are your big 3 for a typical backpacking trip?
    01:12:22 - What’s your typical camera setup?
    01:14:40 - Tell us about your dog, taking your dog on adventures, and tips for hiking with dogs.
    01:20:34 - Anything else do you want to share?
    01:22:14 - Thank you!
    SEGMENTS
    Trek Propaganda
    The Zion Traverse: Hiking Off the Beaten Path in Utah’s Most Popular National Park by Katie Kommer Q&A
    5 Star Review
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    • 1 hr 47 min

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New-ish to hiking/backpacking starting this year, 250 miles logged so far which sounded cool until I listened to any given episode here. Wish I’d found this podcast prior to my 40 mile trip in Capitol Reef NP over 5 days w/ an offensive baseweight. I’ve burned through most episodes but finally dived deep in the Apple archives to listen to the highly touted “Weezer” episode which resonates deeply as today is my 2yrs sober mark. All the advice, humor, experience shared in this podcast is greatly appreciated. Hopefully one day I’ll be dialed in enough to smash a long trail and meet ya’ll at Trail Days. Cheers🍻

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The podcast that “takes me home.”

Being on the trail is my home and what saves my sanity. Whether hiking where I’m from in Wyoming; backpacking at home in South Dakota, Colorado, or where I left my heart during my trip to Peru; this podcast takes me back to where I long to be when I can’t be there. I also learn so much about places I still want to visit and I think there hasn’t been an episode where I haven’t learned something or laughed! Keep up the great work, guys!!! I’ll forever be a fan! Five stars all the way!

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1 of only 2 podcasts I’ll listen to.

Absolutely love BR. Not every guest is a home run, but Zach and Chaunce still manage to pull an RBI off when not. Lauren Capone was definitely at the top of the list of best episodes. (Was wondering if she has any thoughts on perfect aminos over whey protein)
Zach absolutely shined on that interview, albeit I did miss Chauncey’s never ending witticisms.
Recently a “spooky trails ep” was proposed and I’m really hoping that happens!
I won’t name names but theres been a couple eye-roll inducing, jaded, overly disenchanted guests that weren’t easy to make it through, and is why I’m hoping y’all get Jupiter(Hikes) on sometime. His zen like outlook on hiking is super inspiring and so is this show. Thanks for the TRT tips.

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