Backpacker Radio
Backpacker Radio
The Trek
From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking. Co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.
#92 | Andrew Skurka Returns
Andrew Skurka returns!  We touch on how COVID effected his guiding business, why wildfires have been so bad in the west over the past couple of decades, Andrew’s favorite trail meals, the intricacies of the backcountry bidet, picking the perfect campsite, layering in the winter, and more. We close out the show with a reminder of our impending butt tattoos, a triple crown of the worst chores, an explosive butthole patent-pending, picking death by shark or mountain lion, & some horse facts, crab edition.
Jan 7
2 hr 14 min
#91 | The NYE Sh*t Show Spectacular
Today's show runs the run the gamut, we drunk dial some fans, introduce a slew of new segments, do some trivia (grab a drink if you'd like to play along), and are given a play-by-play of some soiled denim courtesy of The Real Hiking Viking. As if that weren't enough Chaunce, Elise, and I consume enough adult beverages to commit to getting quasi-matching butt tattoos if you, our Backpacker Radio listeners, deem it worthwhile. This is our longest episode yet, by a lot, and is exceptionally weird.  Strap in
Dec 27, 2020
4 hr 2 min
#90 | Cindy Ross
Cindy Ross is a bonafide renaissance woman. She's published 11 books, she's a triple crowner, illustrator, and avid traveler, but, the bulk of our conversation today dives into Cindy's novel approach to raising kids. Cindy and her husband prescribe to experiential education, as evidenced by their family of four section hiking the CDT beginning when their kids were just toddlers. We have a triple crown of sauces, unveil 2020's naughty and nice lists, go back in time & prevent the making of two movies.
Dec 22, 2020
2 hr 20 min
#89 | Dr. Kristina Kiefer on Backpacking with a Dog
Dr. Kristina Kiefer is a veterinarian with a PhD in Veterinary Regenerative Medicine and an avid backpacker. We cover A LOT of ground in this interview ranging from how much weight a dog should carry, to what ages are appropriate for dogs to go on long distance hikes, to which breeds are best for backpacking, and more. We also introduce a new segment, Dad Stuff, answer some burning listener questions, and chat about winter thru-hiking the AT.
Dec 11, 2020
2 hr 3 min
#88 | Dr. Alan Carpenter
Dr. Alan Carpenter is a true testament that age is just a number, as his entry into long distance backpacking didn't begin until the ripe age of 65. Since then, he's accumulated 20K miles on foot and another 10K miles on his bike. His stories are gold, he's an injection of inspiration extract, and is as nice as could be. We also hypothetically end relationships with our culinary skills, get some horse facts on octopuses, do a triple crown of white elephant gifts & answer some burning listener questions.
Dec 2, 2020
2 hr 15 min
#87 | Paul Barach on Japan's Shikoku Pilgrimage + Murphy's Law
With no backpacking experience, Paul Barach quit his job and set off for Shikoku Pilgrimage, a 750-mile route on a small Japanese Island.  Paul's trek was a display in Murphy's Law as he suffered from heat exhaustion, dehydration, being charged by a wild boar, breaking a piece of an ancient temple, and sustained a leg infection. Paul's stories are some truly hall of fame material. We do the triple crown of US states, learn about "the crap strap", and are blessed with a fan poop story.
Nov 18, 2020
1 hr 40 min
#86 | Nathan Hankes on Post-War Healing on the Appalachian Trail
We are joined by Nathan Hankes, an army veteran who served as a drone operator in the Iraq War.  Upon returning from his tour, Nathan turned to the Appalachian Trail to deal with his residual anger, anxiety, and confusion.  We go deep on Nathan's experience in Iraq, how that affected his political outlook, how the AT helped him heal, and we learn about Nathan's Appalachian Trail memoir. We have a triple crown of tips to lighten your pack, a 1-minute gear review, & tackle some hard hitting listener questio
Nov 10, 2020
2 hr 28 min
#85 | Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by, we are joined by Neville Harris.  Neville is the owner and head honcho at Woods Hole Hostel, regarded as one of the top hostels (if not the top hostel) along the entire Appalachian Trail.  Neville shares a bit about her meditation practice and the impact it's had on her life, she walks us through a typical day at Woods Hole Hostel, how COVID has impacted her business, how running the hostel played a role in her recent divorce, and much more.  Whether you've stayed at Woods Hole or not, we think you're really going to enjoy this chat. We also debate where to teleport 10 tons of jello to maximize destruction, do a triple crown of appetizers, and have a one minute gear review.    Backcountry discount code: Use code: Backpacker15 for 15% off your first purchase at Minus33 discount code (listen to episode to get the code): 15% off your first purchase at True Thru-Hiker Shirt & Mug [divider] Interview with Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail. Website Instagram 00:06:18: QOTD: if you could pick a day to be your birthday besides your actual birthday, what day would you pick?  00:10:12 - What is Woods Hole Hostel? How did you get into the hiking culture?  00:11:40 - Where is Woods Hole Hostel? 00:11:54 - Where is the closest town? 00:12:59 - Tell us about the intricacies of Woods Hole Hostel?  00:17:30 - Are you religious? 00:18:20 - How long are you meditating?  00:18:38 - Do you have a particular practice you follow? 00:19:45 - Can you give us an overview of your meditation approach? 00:21:20 - What are the benefits you see from meditation? 00:23:39 - Are you in communication with other trail angels in the area?  00:24:50 - Is meditation offered through Woods Hole? 00:25:30 - Do you lead a yoga class?  00:26:30 - Will you walk us through a day at Woods Hole Hostel? 00:28:11 - What’s on the Woods Hole menu usually? 00:33:00 - How do you can food? 00:34:47 - How did you feel taking in hikers during coronavirus?  00:41:53- How many people stay with you in a year?  00:44:40 - Can you talk about the animals at Woods Hole Hostel?  00:49:33 - How do you balance helping hikers and running a business?  00:51:43 - How was running the hostel with a partner vs. alone?  00:52:44 - What led you to choose between the hiking community and your husband?  00:55:16 - Can you talk about hikers leaving critiques about your husband?  00:57:09 - What about the hiker community do you love so much? 01:00:56 - How do you prevent burnout?  01:02:58 - How have you seen the hiking community change over the years?  01:05:16 - Do you think technology has had any effect?  01:07:17 - Do you take outside donations?  Woods Hole Website — Donation  SEGMENTSTrek Propaganda The Beer Drinker’s Guide: Best Breweries on the Colorado Trail by Kelly Floro  A Mountain Lion Follows Utah Trail Runner for Six Terrifying Minutes by Kelly Floro  Triple Crown of Appetizers Is buffalo chicken a common meat topping for nachos? Discuss. Point / Counterpoint: Stovetop vs. Oven Dad Wisdom from Zach: Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet  Reddit Brain Buster One-Minute Gear Review  Chaunce: Weighted Vest Zach: Solar Charged Lantern/Charger  Mail Bag (Brought to you by 5-Star Review Pupdate! Comment _____ for a free sticker! [divider] Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)!  Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Jason Lawrence, Austen McDaniel, Thomas Fullner, Christopher Marshburn, S11N, Sawyer Products A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Brandon Spilker, Emily Brown, Jeffrey Miller, Mitchell, Zoe Jenkins, DcNerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Peter Ellenberg, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and  Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube.
Nov 2, 2020
2 hr 16 min
#84 | India Wood on Her Colorado Transect Hike
India Wood, despite having no backpacking experience, packed her pack and set out to hike diagonally across the state of Colorado, from the SE to the NW corner of the state. We learn how India went about planning her route, the challenges associated with doing this during COVID, why you should dig a cat-hole the night before, & what advice she has for others who want to create their own routes. We have a triple crown of halloween candy, dive into our favorite youtube videos, & get a horse fact about moose
Oct 22, 2020
2 hr 7 min
#83 | The John Muir Trail (With Chaunce & Fireball)
Today we are joined by Chaunce & Fireball, to walk us through their hike of the John Muir Trail. In addition to learning about all of the particulars of the trail, Chaunce & Fireball regale us with tales from their trek that include nude modeling for tourists, their favorite swimming holes, & the time Chaunce pooped alongside a stranger.  We have a 1-minute gear review, bring back patent pending, get a pupdate, & discuss why CrossFit is great training for backcountry dumps.
Oct 12, 2020
1 hr 57 min
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