36 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 #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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    • 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
    S3 Episode #9 | The Thru-Hiker's Diet

    S3 Episode #9 | The Thru-Hiker's Diet

    What does one eat on a backpacking trip?  It may seem like a simple question with an equally simple answer.  But dig a bit beneath the surface and, you'll quickly learn there's more nuance than you might originally think.  Not only do we get a taste of what goes into a day's menu for our hiker trash, but we also learn how their tastes have evolved while on trail, the much-anticipated Hiker Hunger- the point at which a trekker's stomach evolves into a bottomless pit, and general advice for how they go about thinking about their diets overall. 
    Check out Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials.
    In today's episode we hear from:
    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.
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    • 47 min
    S3 Episode #8 | The Physical Adjustment

    S3 Episode #8 | The Physical Adjustment

    Obvious statement of the year award- walking the length of the country will do a number on one's body.  Just how severe is the impact...well, that's what our trekkers will share with us today.  In addition to the physical adjustment, our hikers will detail exactly how they manage their pain and what advice they would offer to those who are looking to prepare for a long distance backpacking trip themselves.  
    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.

    • 52 min
    S3 Episode #7 | Wildcard II

    S3 Episode #7 | Wildcard II

    Because our prompts can often leave the juiciest trail stories uncovered, this season, we have built in even more wildcard episodes, where our correspondents muse on whatever is most inspiring to them about their recent trail experience.  Today's show covers quite a bit of ground, everything to a wild storm in the Winds, a play by play of a day in the life of a thru-hiker, the importance of hiking your own hike, the importance of grit, 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 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.
    FACEBOOK: Follow Trail Correspondents and The Trek.
    sign up for our newsletter > Editing and music courtesy of David Zitney. Follow him on Instagram @dzitneyaudio.
    Give us feedback on Trail Correspondents here.

    • 51 min

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