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.
S03 Episode #3| The First Night on Trail
The episodes leading up to this one introduced us to our 2021 hikers, taught us about their prep, and gave us insights as to why they decided to plan a thru-hike. However, planning a thru-hike and actually taking those first few steps are two very different things.
S03 Episode #2| Thru-Hike Preparation
Preparing for a thru-hike is no easy feat. After all, hikers have to completely overhaul their life. This often involves quitting their job, storing all of their belongings somewhere, saying goodbye to loved ones/partners, and make a strict budget - and we haven't even gotten into all the necessary gear and skills one needs for a thru-hike. So where does one start? How on earth does anybody actually plan for, let alone go through with, a thru-hike? Let's find out.
S03 Episode #1| Introductions
We are excited to be able to bring you an eclectic group of talented storytellers in 2021. From an aspiring Triple Crowner to a first-timer, from a recent high school grad to a mother of eight, the third season of Trail Correspondents offers a wide range of voices to relay this life-changing experience This year’s season even features a new twist – all the hikers will be going SOBO.
S02 Episode #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.
S02 Episode #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.
S02 Episode #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.
Among the best read-along podcasts
I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. Great content, great host chemistry, solid production—Davos’ Fingers is everything you want in a ASOIAF podcast. I’m on my first read in the books and they make the experience more enjoyable.
I wish the class of 2020 was represented
Their journeys were unique and had value!
Binging before my first thru-hike attempt
I’m here, training for the AT in India, and this has been a godsend of stories and information that will help in my thru-hike attempt starting in April 2020. I’m putting together gear lists on my phone as I listen to The Trek’s correspondents doing the same and reviewing their’s. Meal planning while listening to them talk about Hiker Hunger. I do my training hikes, strength training, or eating a meal and enjoy listening and taking notes and just investing myself in the stories. Thank you for this!