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An overweight, 61-year-old retiree, with zero hiking experience, decided to hike the entire 2,185.3 mile length of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. What could possibly go wrong? As his brother, Mike, commented, "It's a bit like taking up boxing and fighting Mike Tyson in your first bout." Join Steve and his guests as they discuss all aspects of the trail, from gear to Lyme Disease, then back to trail magic and injury.
 
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.
 
Our weekly podcast shares the unique perspective of the North East, Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile.
 
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 ...
 
Stories from the Trail is the hiking community's only live call-in show, created by and for people who love to talk trail. We go beyond the Appalachian Trail don't limit our conversations to hiking. Hosts Reptar, Gary Sizer (aka "Green Giant", author of Where's the Next Shelter?) and Megan Thompson (aka "Voldemort") will bring you their conversations with people who live outside. SUPPORT THE SHOW! https://www.patreon.com/StoriesFromTheTrail
 
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This week on the show, we go back to the 'normal" format, with me, Mighty Blue, at the microphone. Ryan is passing back the show having successfully steered it for the past three months. I am eternally grateful for the effort Ryan put into the show and hope to have him back behind the mic from time to time. Today's guest is Steve Nota, a Bostonian …
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Alison Young. Alison has a world-class radio voice, is a super accomplished backpacker, with a long list of thru-hikes, a former professional flutist and classic music aficionado, and the host and producer of The Trek's newest podcast, Walking Distance. We get a crash co…
 
Lisa Speas or "Conundrum" has been long-distance backpacking for many years traversing a variety of trails, the longest of which being the Appalachian Trail. Her AT journey was anything but typical and even included flatlining in the emergency room. Lisa and Ryan discuss her journey on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by the show's third co-host at this point, the real hiking viking. We do a deep dive on every inch of Jabba's recent hike of the Hayduke, including the challenges of long water carries, regular exposure to 100-plus degree days, navigating the route, and some truly epic stor…
 
We recorded this about three weeks ago and allegedly the sound is super shitty. But you needed this episode apparently, you damn completists! I think we talked about Fred's triumphant return to Three Days at the Fair in NJ and Jimmy talks about the race and his people at Six Hours at the Reservoir. Party time! Belated AF tho We’re on Spotify! https…
 
Perseverance, dedication, fitness. That's what it takes to win the CUT 112, New England's most exclusive endurance event. There's a reason the vetting process for this is so tough; this is the race that eats its young but them spits them out on the side of the trail and has literally people curled up into a fetal position in a semi-catatonic state …
 
We've got a couple of overachievers on the show today. Kera and Bill decided that an Appalachian Trail thru-hike wasn't sufficient to scratch their adventure itch, so they went straight from their 2200-mile walk to a 5000-mile bike trip, crossing the country from Bar Harbor to San Diego–taking a fairly circuitous route, it must be said! The two of …
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by recurring guest, Steph Lotus aka Weezer, and her good pal, Dirty Avocado, as the duo recently wrapped a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. This one is the mid-point between a trail overview and first person narrative of their journey, including some mild tragedy, comedy, an…
 
Julie Fraysier is a runner's runner. She has a high school and collegiate background as a runner but discovered the trails a few years ago and has not looked back. Hear how she has applied her super chill attitude to her approach to running while balancing being a mother of four, and being top woman at Run Ragged, CT's only Last Person Standing rac…
 
On a beautiful day in the Grayson Highlands, Ryan hikes and sits down with Nimblewill Nomad for a follow-up interview from the last time they spoke on the trail. Nimblewill is over 900 total miles in since leaving Flagg Mountain, Alabama, earlier this year. He is attempting to set a record by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail at 83 years old. His h…
 
We are beyond thrilled to finally unveil our third season of Trail Correspondents presented by The Trek. For those new to the show, Trail Correspondents is a teleportation machine to the trail - in audio form. Every other week (or so), host Zach Davis and a select handful of thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Gossamer Gear founder Glen Van Peski. We learn all about the origins of Gossamer Gear, including how the company would not be in existence today without the founder of Whole Foods. We learn about some of Glen's proudest gear innovations, including the crotch pot. We walk…
 
While you listen to this, our guest today, Jamey Mossengren, is out on the Pacific Crest Trail with his buddies, The Minnesota Hikings. Jamey and I talk about his 2019 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and his remarkable mode of transport on the Colorado Trail, amongst others. Despite our laughs, I was struck how Jamey and his mates were enjoying …
 
Seattle's Jess Mullen is an absolute treasure to the ultrarunning community. An accomplished 100-miler, a dietitian, a coach and all-around awesome human, Jess sits down with us after her amazing 6-day performance at the NJ Three Days at the Fair. Hear how she got her start in this sport, what challenges she has overcome and what she's up to going …
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by my good bud, Nicole Antoinette. Nicole is a thru-hiker, entrepreneur, podcast host, and all around magnetic personality. We talk about overcoming imposture syndrome in the world of backpacking, why the stereotypical thru-hiking style of big miles, ramen, and cramped mote…
 
What? Spring Fling 600 Minute race without Lake LoPresti? We take a deep dive into the happenings at this competitive, fun race. EB and JM give us the inside scoop on what its like to run more loop. Then AFB shares the details of a Redlining of the West Rock Ridge State Park, during the West Rock All Trails Challenge in Hamden CT. Fans of the Regic…
 
It was Trail Days in Damascus this past weekend, and Ryan took to opportunity to chat with Steve about the event itself, his books, and his upcoming plans for the JMT. With Steve on his mini-sabbatical, Ryan is choosing the topics he wants to cover on the show and decided that putting a bit of a spotlight on Steve's books would open them to a new a…
 
This is a very special episode- we are joined by Fast Cory (Reese), one of the best ultra people in the world. We have a fun and sometimes serious talk about running and depression and the link between the two. Cory is an amazing father, husband, social worker and ultrarunner from south west Utah and if you've never heard of him, please crawl out f…
 
Jim Harrison serves as the Director of Outdoor Programs at Emory and Henry College, where he created and oversees the Semester-A-Trail program. The only one of its kind in the country, this program allows students to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail while enrolled in courses tailored to their experience. Jim was shaped by his 1997 southbound AT thru…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by legendary Appalachian Trail trail angel, Miss Janet. We learn about how cute boys was her gateway back to the trail in the 70s, the history of how people learned about and communicated around the trail, and why she's dedicated so much of her life to helping AT hikers. We…
 
You spin me right round, baby right round, like a record baby... but will a record be broken? Is this the golden age of timed races? Are people Colivid (TM) and ready to bust a gut to break those round records? Is it a looped course or just a circular point to point? How fast does one have to be to run Boston this year? Which of the Cultra Crew was…
 
Hey bros, what's good? We bro'd down super hard on the epi, def do not wanna miss this shizz. Art's bro Bob from the C-O is in town and we go through mad topics like mountain running, mountain lions and mountain passes. Woot. Art talks spiked shoes, Jimmy has every bro-name in the book bc he's the BASED BRO GOD. Bob hits us with facts and we have t…
 
Will Campbell "Guano Man" joins the show this week as the first "subject matter expert" to discuss electronics and technology on the trail. With his electrical engineering background, we discuss batteries, cell phone systems, and chargers, all while considering the unique needs and challenges of the trail. Guthook Articles: https://atlasguides.com/…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by Ben Crawford of the Crawford Family. In 2018, Ben Crawford, along with his wife Kami, and their six kids, ages between two and sixteen years old, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. We learn all about the unique challenges of this undertaking, including how to keep kids s…
 
Hey gang! Cultra is back! And we brought an old friend with us, tonight we have Brian Roccapriore, Traprock RD extraordinaire. Typically Traprock kicks off the ultra season here in New England and it's always one of the biggest races of the year, usually fielding 300 runners over the two distances but because of Covid we had the race split over two…
 
Lisa and Gordon Simmons are the proud owners of Hostel Around the Bend in Hiawassee, Georgia. The hostel is just half a mile from Dick's Creek Gap (AT Mile 69.2) and this is their first season fully open. We discuss the experience of running a hostel, how the year has gone for them, and even share some advice for hikers. If you'd like to stay at Ho…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Dr. Freeborn Mondello. Freeborn, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, explodes our brains with some non-conventional advice for hikers, backpackers, and really any endurance athlete. This includes why stretching might be a waste of time, the importance of heavy weight re…
 
For my show this month, I've returned to the Class of 2019 and a woman I met quite early on. Sarah Jane Hatfield was an outwardly confident hiker, with a YouTube channel and blog for a local newspaper, chronicling her way north. However, that wasn't at all how she felt in those early days. Her fascinating story is punctuated with a birth (her daugh…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek brought to you by OnX Backcountry, we are joined by Clara "Redfeather" Hughes. Clara, in no uncertain terms, is a bonafide superstar. In addition to a multitude of thru-hikes under her belt, Clara is a world-class speed skater and cyclist, being the only athlete in history to win multiple…
 
Steve Estremera, Phil Barone and Patrick Davitt are fascinating individuals, each with their own superpowers, but once combined they become Conquer The World Race Management (CTW) a formidable force in the Northeast Ultra Scene. Evil Becky and AFB spend some time probing the adventurous scientific minds of this race trio and take a deep dive into t…
 
The show this week features interviews from four hikers who Ryan was able to meet with at Rock Gap in North Carolina, mile 105.8 on the Appalachian Trail. All four interviews offer different perspectives, and each has a unique story to share about their hike. This is Gandalf. By complete luck, he crossed paths with Nimblewill Nomad, and got to chat…
 
In today's episode of backpacker radio presented by the trek, we are joined by Emily Ford. Perhaps you've heard that name in the backpacking sphere of late, because Emily recently wrapped a thru-hike of Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail- in the dead of winter- becoming just the second person ever to do so, and the first woman. We do a deep dive on Emily's …
 
If you are not in the mood for a good ole ride in the douche canoe, then this may not be the episode for you. We discuss the utter terror that may be found on an all night run on the Hop River Trail. What is it like to deal with the hardships of technical stone dust, or getting stalked by a cat at night as it prepares to pounce. AFB and Evil Becky …
 
Originally from Virginia, Zach Hoops has gone all-in with long-distance and ultralight backpacking. After discovering his love for hiking and honing his craft on sections of the AT, he went on to complete the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound in just over one hundred days. In addition to this major accomplishment, he has traversed several other lesser…
 
What can we say? It's been a hell of a year, right? Ugh. We pick right up where we left off, two yahoos just dicking around on microphones, talking about the Appalachian Trail. - There are people who will drift in and out of your thru-hike. - Following the Siren Song of slack packing. - We didn't horde things through the pandemic, YOU DID! - Dial m…
 
Today is our centennial show, and oh boy, is it a beast. For starters, as a thank you to you, our beautiful listeners- we are giving away some awesome prizes, including a Gossamer Gear tent, pack, and trekking poles- but really that just scratches the surface. We're chatting with Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis about their current COVID Recover…
 
Cass Bridges hails from North Georgia and spent a few seasons working at the historic Mountain Crossings before taking on a thru-hike attempt of her own in 2020. Her journey included two months of isolation since she had a start date of February 1st (!) combined with a more brutal than usual winter. However, the second half of her hike included a h…
 
What an amazing soul Callie Vinson is- from unhealthy at 377 lbs a decade ago to lining up at the Tahoe 200 this September, we talk all things trail, running but most importantly life. Hear how her first race went (the 2016 Chicago Marathon) to what's she's up to now. Team PAWS Callie & Shan's CULTRA episode Callie's Instagram Steep Endurance Ragge…
 
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