39 episodes

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.

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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.

    S3 Episode #15 | An Interview With Your Pre-Trail Self

    S3 Episode #15 | An Interview With Your Pre-Trail Self

    Today marks the final episode of our third season. At the beginning of this year, before embarking on their SOBO thru-hikes, I asked our Correspondents to interview themselves. Specifically, their future selves. We wanted a way to demonstrate the metamorphosis a hiker goes through during their journey- or perhaps lack thereof. This was our listeners' favorite episode last year, and I have no doubt that the response will be the same this time around. Here it is.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Jeff "Link" Podmayer Lara Waltrous Henri "Rooster" de la Vega Brittany Wolter [divider]
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    • 41 min
    S3 Episode #14 | The End

    S3 Episode #14 | The End

    The finish.  We are here.  Not days, not weeks, but months of blood, sweat, and tears, all with the remote hope that the journey will conclude at the intended destination- the southern terminus.  A goal that at one point feels too big to conceptualize, and today, this goal is realized.
    Our hikers give us a glimpse of how they're feeling- their current emotional state and how the expectation of reaching the destination compares to the reality. Enjoy.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Jeff "Link" Podmayer Lara Waltrous Henri "Rooster" de la Vega Brittany Wolter [divider]
    Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise, or praise for Trail Correspondents? Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.
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    • 17 min
    S3 Episode #13 | The Last Week on Trail

    S3 Episode #13 | The Last Week on Trail

    Today brings us to our hikers last week on trail.  Here, we asked our hikers to reflect on their journey overall.  Although this isn't technically a wildcard episode, we gave our Correspondents free rein to focus in on whatever they felt most passionate about in the process of looking back on their journeys.   You'll hear some disbelief, you'll hear some excitement, you'll hear some somber thoughts.  This one runs the full spectrum, and appropriately so.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Cal "Starburst" Dobbs Jeff "Link" Podmayer Lara Waltrous Henri "Rooster" de la Vega Natalie L Parker [divider]
    Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise, or praise for Trail Correspondents? Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.
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    • 37 min
    S3 Episode #12 | Lessons Learned

    S3 Episode #12 | Lessons Learned

    The trail is my teacher. Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of a long distance backpacking trip is the time it allows someone to be with their thoughts. It's not uncommon for the time and space to allow for a breakthrough, or even just seeing old problems in a new light. Today we learn what lessons our hikers have learned over their course on trail.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Cal "Starburst" Dobbs Jeff "Link" Podmayer Lara Waltrous Monica "Moss" Aguilar Henri "Rooster" de la Vega [divider]
    Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise, or praise for Trail Correspondents? Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.
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    • 45 min
    S3 Episode #11 | The Mental Grind

    S3 Episode #11 | The Mental Grind

    It is said that the mental component is the most challenging aspect of a thru-hike.  I am one of those making this claim, in fact, I wrote two books on this very subject.  Although the physical element of a cross country trek can't be understated in terms of difficulty, after a few weeks, a hiker's body largely adjusts to the rigors of walking all day, every day.  As the physical element gets easier, for many, the psychological struggle only grows in magnitude.  And that's the subject for today's show.
    Our hikers share what mental struggles they've encountered (if any), how it's differed relative to their expectations, what tools they use to stay sane, and much more.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Cal "Starburst" Dobbs Jeff "Link" Podmayer Lara Waltrous Monica "Moss" Aguilar Henri "Rooster" de la Vega [divider]
    Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise, or praise for Trail Correspondents? Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.
    Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Download this episode here. Find us on Stitcher and Google Play.
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    sign up for our newsletter > Editing and music courtesy of David Zitney. Follow him on Instagram @dzitneyaudio.
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    • 43 min
    S3 Episode #10 | Wildcard III

    S3 Episode #10 | Wildcard III

    We're back at it today with this season's third edition of our wildcard episode. Instead of giving our hikers a specific prompt, they are given the freedom to report on whatever subject they find most pressing. We get some very moving entries, including an emotional take on what it feels like to lose your hiking partner in the midst of the journey, we hear about hiker entitlement, we get a check-in from Ibex fresh off the Benton Mackaye trail- and why she's no longer on the PCT, and more.
    FIND US ON ITUNES | FIND US ON GOOGLE PLAY | FIND US ON STITCHER Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    Cal "Starburst" Dobbs Jeff "Link" Podmayer Juli "M8" Wolter Laura Waltrous Natalie "Ibex" Parker Monica "Moss" Aguilar Henri "Rooster" de la Vega [divider]
    Have any praise, questions, praise, comments, praise, or praise for Trail Correspondents? Reach out to podcast@thetrek.co.
    Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Download this episode here. Find us on Stitcher and Google Play.
    INSTAGRAM: Follow Trail Correspondents, The Trek, and Badger.
    YOUTUBE: Subscribe to The Trek.
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    sign up for our newsletter > Editing and music courtesy of David Zitney. Follow him on Instagram @dzitneyaudio.
    Give us feedback on Trail Correspondents here.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

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Great resource for aspiring thru hikers

I hope one day I’ll be able to embark on a long distance thru hike. In the meantime I’m enjoying my short stints outside and doing a lot of research. This pod is a great resource to hear a wide variety of experiences. It’s quelling some of my fears (ie. town resupplies, hitching) and giving great gear tips on what works and what doesn’t. Helpful as I build up my systems. Hope it gets revived!

kris_tara ,

More!!!

More please! Love the stories!

Mackinawa Mike ,

Thank you

Great education for my next hike

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