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In 2020, I got to live out my thru-hiking dream, but I'm only one of thousands of people who hikes on the Appalachian Trail - what are their stories? That's what I hope to find out! Join me every-other Wednesday for interviews with other hikers and recounts of my own thru-hike!

Walking and Talking: An Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Ryan Schlosser

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    • 4.9 • 94 Ratings

In 2020, I got to live out my thru-hiking dream, but I'm only one of thousands of people who hikes on the Appalachian Trail - what are their stories? That's what I hope to find out! Join me every-other Wednesday for interviews with other hikers and recounts of my own thru-hike!

    Lightshow!

    Lightshow!

    Lightshow and I met two weeks into my thru-hike when the world was shutting down due to COVID. He completed the southern half of the AT last year. This year he plans to start at Katahdin and head south. He joins me this week to talk about his unique approach to hiking the trail, why you should take the blue-blazes, his time working at Standing Bear Farm, and so much more! Lots of love and lessons in this one.  
     
     
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    New Episodes every other Wednesday at Noon EST!
     
      

    • 41 min
    The Schlossers talk AT

    The Schlossers talk AT

    Hey everyone! My mom, Mary Schlosser, joins me this week to reminisce about her experience with the AT in 2020. No intro or outro today. Audacity keeps crashing whenever I try to edit, so it’s all interview this time around. Join us for a conversation about putting on a brave face, learning lessons from the woods, eating cold oatmeal, apple cider festivals, and so much more!
     
    If you’d like to listen to other episodes with Mary, check out episodes 1 & 8  
     
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    One-Year Anniversary & The Return of Shotgun

    One-Year Anniversary & The Return of Shotgun

    On this one-year anniversary episode I’m joined again by Chase Bontemps (Shotgun). Shotgun is a 23 year-old West Virginia University grad who now works as a civil engineer in Washington DC. He’s one of my best friends from the trail and we hiked the northern half together. Today’s episode is a relaxed conversation in which we reflect on the one-year anniversary of our start dates. If you’d like to hear Shotgun’s backstory, I recommend first listening to episodes 11 and 19. If you’ve already heard those episodes, or if you just want to dive into this episode, welcome aboard!
     
    **I was riddled with technical difficulties while recording and editing this episode. I tried my best to make everything sound as normal as possible
     
    Thank you to everyone who has listened to the show over this past year! You all rock! 
     
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    • 33 min
    Hell Yeah Jesus!

    Hell Yeah Jesus!

    This week I’m joined by Scott “Hell Yeah Jesus” Hughes. He’s the host of his own podcast I Just Wanna Be Hiker Trash (link below). Scott was 1,400 miles into a sobo AT thruhike attempt in 2016 when he made the decision to get off trail for the year. He returned Katahdin in 2018 and set off again – this time successfully making it all the way to Springer Mountain. Anyone who hikes 3,500+ miles on the AT comes away with some great stories. Lucky for me, all those stories make for a great interview! Join us for a conversation about determination, crazy trail names, podcasting, lessons the trail teaches, and so much more!
     
    Check out I Just Wanna Be Hiker Trash here
    https://ijustwannabehikertrash.com/
     
    or on FaceBook
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    New Episodes every other Wednesday at Noon EST!
     
     

    • 46 min
    The Unreleased Tapes- Part 1

    The Unreleased Tapes- Part 1

    This week I step away from the normal interview format and instead bring you some recordings from the trail in early April 2020. I had stopped releasing podcasts at this point due to COVID. Hopefully this episode shines some light on the difficulty of the hike at that point and my thoughts as I debated whether or not to continue my hike.  
     
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    New Episodes every other Wednesday at Noon EST!
     
     

    • 30 min
    The Long Trail with Natalie Muskin

    The Long Trail with Natalie Muskin

    This week we head to a different trail – Vermont’s Long Trail! This trail stretches 273 miles through Vermont from the Massachusetts border to Canada. Natalie Muskin joins me to recount her 2018 thru-hike and her experience the following summer as a backcountry caretaker! Join us for a conversation about the naturalness of hiking, persevering through injury, the assumptions people too often make when a woman hikes alone, everything coming full-circle, and so much more!    
     
    Learn more about Green Mountain Club Backcountry Caretakers!
    https://www.greenmountainclub.org/looking-back-50-years-how-the-caretaker-program-began/
     
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    Links to Listen: https://ryanschlosser.com/podcasts/
     
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    New Episodes every other Wednesday at Noon EST!
     

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

TreeHugGinLuv ,

Very inspiring

I found this podcast looking for something to motivate me in my transition from a runner to a walker. I allow myself to listen only when walking. I find myself planning, my own AT thru-hike. Or at least wishing I had the courage. His guests really make you believe Its possible. Ryan is so real and down to earth. I thoroughly enjoy and find myself walking farther to finish a show.

mrs granola ,

Much respect

Love your show dude! Much respect!

meredithn11 ,

Excellent

Ryan is a charismatic interviewer and always picks fun and interesting guests. Fantastic work buddy!!

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