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What’s it like to hike and live in the backcountry for 5 months? Host and thru-hiker & YouTuber Kyle Hates Hiking (Kyle O’Grady), who has completed every last step of the Appalachian Trail, interviews other thru-hikers, peak-baggers, and backpackers who are almost as crazy as him. Is life while thru-hiking really as glamorous as the social media stars make it out to be? Is pooping in the woods really that big of a deal? Find out these answers and more on Trail Tales.

Trail Tales - Thru-Hiking & Backpacking Kyle Hates Hiking

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What’s it like to hike and live in the backcountry for 5 months? Host and thru-hiker & YouTuber Kyle Hates Hiking (Kyle O’Grady), who has completed every last step of the Appalachian Trail, interviews other thru-hikers, peak-baggers, and backpackers who are almost as crazy as him. Is life while thru-hiking really as glamorous as the social media stars make it out to be? Is pooping in the woods really that big of a deal? Find out these answers and more on Trail Tales.

    The Uncomfortable TRUTH about Kyle Hates Hiking (did I sell out?!)

    The Uncomfortable TRUTH about Kyle Hates Hiking (did I sell out?!)

    GO check out all the new gear Garage Grown Gear just added to their collection! https://www.garagegrowngear.com/collections/new-to-garage-grown-gear
    In this episode I'm joined by Levi Spangler, who is a YouTuber and editor for the Kyle Hates Hiking channel. We talk about his experiences hiking in North Carolina, and get into some 'spicy' topics concerning the work we are doing on the Kyle Hates Hiking channel. Have I sold out? What are some of the common critizisms I get after shifting my content into the mystery space? All of this and much more. Levi's channel: https://www.youtube.com/@LeviSpangler/
    Edited by: https://www.youtube.com/@luke_mckay/
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
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    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Exposing the TRUTH about Justin Outdoor's Temu SCANDAL 💲💲

    Exposing the TRUTH about Justin Outdoor's Temu SCANDAL 💲💲

    Justin Outdoors joins the show to shed some light on his recent "scandal" after taking a sponsorship for the controversial brand Temu. We talk about why he took the sponsorship, his audience's pushback, and what he's learned. We also dive into some backpacking gear talk, and Justin shares an INSANE story about being charged by a grizzly bear, and discharging his bear spray.
    Justin Outdoors on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@JustinOutdoors/
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
    CLOTHING 👔 Shorts: https://amzn.to/3sdiQrL Socks: https://amzn.to/3M2nPUi Rain Jacket: https://amzn.to/3JPMBoy Down Jacket: https://amzn.to/3UrHG2Q
    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
    This show notes contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I'll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the podcast and allows me to continue to make episodes like this. Thank you for the support!

    • 59 min
    We need to talk about the current state of Backpacking YouTube (it's just sad)

    We need to talk about the current state of Backpacking YouTube (it's just sad)

    Editor and producer for my channel Luke McKay joins me for a candid conversation about the backpacking niche. We answer the follow questions; What is the current state of backpacking YouTube? What can be done to take this niche to the next level? And, who are some of the creators we feel are currently pushing boundaries and making truly unique content?
    Luke's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@luke_mckay
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
    CLOTHING 👔 Shorts: https://amzn.to/3sdiQrL Socks: https://amzn.to/3M2nPUi Rain Jacket: https://amzn.to/3JPMBoy Down Jacket: https://amzn.to/3UrHG2Q
    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
    This show notes contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I'll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the podcast and allows me to continue to make episodes like this. Thank you for the support!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    7 Ultralight Backpacking Gear HACKS that stupid hikers ignore (with Baker Bokorney)

    7 Ultralight Backpacking Gear HACKS that stupid hikers ignore (with Baker Bokorney)

    Baker is back, and this time we are going over our favorite ultralight backpacking gear hacks, plus other interesting backpacking discussions! This one went off the rails a little bit, I'm not going to lie, but hopefully you're here for the goofs and the gags! Enjoy!
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
    CLOTHING 👔 Shorts: https://amzn.to/3sdiQrL Socks: https://amzn.to/3M2nPUi Rain Jacket: https://amzn.to/3JPMBoy Down Jacket: https://amzn.to/3UrHG2Q
    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
    This shownotes contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I'll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the podcast and allows me to continue to make episodes like this. Thank you for the support!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    10 STUPID but Common Beginner Backpacking Mistakes (w/ Sintax77)

    10 STUPID but Common Beginner Backpacking Mistakes (w/ Sintax77)

    Sintax77 is BACK on the show, and in this episode we're going over common beginner backpacking mistakes! The reason I'm calling these 'stupid' mistakes is because, well, I'm an idiot and I've made pretty much all of these mistakes at one point or another. Sintax77 is the man, I'm so grateful he came back on the show, and I hope you enjoy! Sintax77 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@sintax77
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
    CLOTHING 👔 Shorts: https://amzn.to/3sdiQrL Socks: https://amzn.to/3M2nPUi Rain Jacket: https://amzn.to/3JPMBoy Down Jacket: https://amzn.to/3UrHG2Q
    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
    This shownotes contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I'll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the podcast and allows me to continue to make episodes like this. Thank you for the support!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    i never thought something like this could happen...

    i never thought something like this could happen...

    On March 3rd, 2024, my girlfriend experienced a freak accident as we started what was supposed to be an easy hike. Here's the story and what we can learn from it.
    For guest/episode ideas, listener feedback, sponsorships, or business inquiries reach out to: trailtalespod@gmail.com
    My Gear spreadsheet: https://lighterpack.com/r/9qjh18
    BIG FOUR 🤘 Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/x9oX1x My FAVORITE Tent: https://zpacks.com/products/plexsolo-tent?aff=99 Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/35rlMIw
    OTHER SLEEPING STUFF 💤 Pillow: https://amzn.to/3he3mgX
    FOOD & WATER 🍴Filter: https://amzn.to/3pfZ25j Stove: https://amzn.to/3simgd1 Cook Pot: https://amzn.to/3LSjqmJ Spork: https://amzn.to/3shROja Water Storage: https://amzn.to/3sinBk3
    CLOTHING 👔 Shorts: https://amzn.to/3sdiQrL Socks: https://amzn.to/3M2nPUi Rain Jacket: https://amzn.to/3JPMBoy Down Jacket: https://amzn.to/3UrHG2Q
    ELECTRONICS 🔌 Power Bank: https://amzn.to/3t4fDds Headlamp: https://amzn.to/3M9yrke Wall Plug: https://amzn.to/3pa3JNJ
    MISCELLANEOUS 🤘 Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3hqT39n Ultralight Knife: https://amzn.to/3t0m3dL Trowel: https://amzn.to/3CL0Ys6 Shoulder Pocket for Backpack: https://ula-equipment.9xrw.net/kjAQm0
    This shownotes contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I'll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the podcast and allows me to continue to make episodes like this. Thank you for the support!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
640 Ratings

640 Ratings

winooskiwinter ,

Thru hike prep

I have been listening as part of my preparation to hike the long trail. Super helpful!

ReconAT24 ,

Great Pod!

I love “Kyle hates hiking “ on YouTube, and Trail tales makes it easy to listen on the go. Happy trails!

Thatlldokels ,

Great podcast!

I find it extremely hard to find a podcast where I like the host and what they talk about, and this podcast is great! It’s fun to listen to, even if you get off topic it’s about hiking/outside/nature related things and not just going off topic and talking about like randomly football or other things that don’t relate.

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