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Backpacker Radio

Zach Davis

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Backpacker Radio

Backpacker Radio

Zach Davis

77
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624
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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.

Latest Episodes

#74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

EWe are joined by Jamey Mossengren aka The Unicycling Unicorn. Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the life of a street performer.Not only does Jamey make a living on his unicycle, he's also unicycled both the Colorado Trail & Arizona Trail! We chat about these rides, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, and what goes into being a successful street performer. We also talk about the return of 2020 AT thru-hikes, we introduce Hiker Horoscopes, & another edition of Backcountry Matchmakin

122 MIN6 d ago
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#74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

#73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

EToday, we are joined by Doug Laher, the father of Trevor Laher, the hiker who tragically passed near Apache Peak on the Pacific Crest Trail earlier this year. Doug reads his beautiful tribute to Trevor and we talk about what lessons are to be learned from Trevors passing. We also chat with Kaitlyn Purington, of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a search & rescue non-profit based in Riverside County.We also have some Trek Propaganda, how to check your bung for deer ticks, & our favorite creature comforts

119 MIN2 w ago
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#73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

#72 | Luke "Strider" Jordan on the North Country Trail and Great Plains Trail

EToday we are joined by Luke “Strider” Jordan. Strider has a couple of very impressive treks on his resume including the North Country Trail (NCT), which is more than twice the length of the Appalachian Trail, as well as the 3,100 mile Great Plains Trail (GPT), which runs from Texas to North Dakota. We also discover the wild world of naked pooping, a fan-submitted poop paradise on the John Muir Trail, and another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking.

179 MIN3 w ago
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#72 | Luke "Strider" Jordan on the North Country Trail and Great Plains Trail

#71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

ESarah Jones Decker is the author of the new photobook "The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-tos, and Huts". We learn what goes into a project as massive as doing a photo essay of all of the AT's shelters, Sarah's favorites, the history of these structures, which have the best privies, and much more. Sarah is also the co-owner of Root Bottom Farms, an organic farm based in North Carolina, and we selfishly pick her brain on how to suck less as plants.

169 MINMAY 21
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#71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

#70 | Sean "Shug" Emery on Hammock Camping and Life as a Circus Clown and

EShug Emery is a hammock enthusiast, with almost 100K YouTube subscribers and a former circus clown for Barnum & Bailey. We go way down the traveling circus rabbit hole, and we promise you his stories do not disappoint.Shug also shares his top tips for novice hammockers, what his setup looks like, and what goes into making a successful YouTube channel. We close out the show with some Trek propaganda, a triple crown of things we will no longer take for granted, & another edition of backcountry matchmaking

181 MINMAY 14
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#70 | Sean "Shug" Emery on Hammock Camping and Life as a Circus Clown and

#69 | Will "Akuna" Robinson

EWill "Akuna" Robinson is an army veteran, the first known African-American male to complete the triple crown, & an all around awesome guy. We talk about his experiences in managing chronic pain, how hiking interfaced with his PTSD, what it's like hiking through rural America as a black man with dreadlocks, and some of the highlights / lowlights of each of his hikes. We also learn how people are keeping busy during the apocalypse & introduce a new segment, Backcountry Matchmaking- an on-air dating service.

174 MINAPR 28
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#69 | Will "Akuna" Robinson

#68 | Jean Muenchrath on Her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra

EJean Muenchrath is a mountaineer, escaper of death, author, and spiritual being. Jean gives us a play by play of the time she nearly died after catastrophic fall near Mt Whitney in winter conditions. She walks us through not only this harrowing tale, but the long process to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery, the subject of her book If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation.We wrap up the show with some listener emails, Poop Stories, & One Line Movie Revie

92 MINAPR 16
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#68 | Jean Muenchrath on Her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra

#67 | When Can We Backpack Again? A Chat with Public Health Experts + 2020 NOGO Thru-Hikers

EThis episode is dedicated to all things COVID-19. We chat with a pair of experts on infectious disease and epidemiology.Dr. Amesh Adalja, is an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and Jagdish Khubchandani is a Professor of Health Science at Ball State University. We also are joined by a pair of 2020 NOBO turned NOGO thru-hikers (and Trek contributors), to share their experiences of how this pandemic played out from their perspectives.

124 MINAPR 9
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#67 | When Can We Backpack Again? A Chat with Public Health Experts + 2020 NOGO Thru-Hikers

#66 | Drunk Q&A

EBackpacker Radio is making good on their promise to get weird. Today we bring you a drunk Q&A. Backpacker Radio's new intern, Elise Ott, navigates us through a series of questions, including COVID-19, how we're handling the self-quarantining, a lot of poop related subjects, thru-hiking purism, and much more. At the top of the show, one of Chaunce's friends gives us the poop story to end all poop stories. This one is our most feral podcasts to date. Because that's what you do during an apocalypse. [divider] Drunk Q&A with Badger & Chaunce Save 10% at Greenbelly.co by using code "TREK2020" at checkout. Save 15% at Gossamergear.com by using code "ATDRINK15" at checkout. Save 10% at AppalachianGearCompany.com by using code "BACKPACKERRADIO" at checkout. Hikerlink! Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years Intro beats: Pauly Boy Shallcross Check out Trail Correspondents Check out The Attempt! [divider] Drunk Q&A 0:03:52 - Intro, Welcome to BPR (long-distance style) 0:05:00 - Elise Ott Int...

139 MINMAR 31
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#66 | Drunk Q&A

#65 | Sandi Marra on Why The ATC is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail

ESandi Marra is the president and CEO at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Sandi shares how the ATC arrived to the decisions to ask people not to thru, section, or even day hike on the Appalachian Trail. She also shares her timeline for when their recommendation could change, and what that would take, as well as her message to those who are still on the trail, whether in defiance of the request or those who are having trouble getting a ride off the trail.

42 MINMAR 26
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#65 | Sandi Marra on Why The ATC is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail

Latest Episodes

#74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

EWe are joined by Jamey Mossengren aka The Unicycling Unicorn. Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the life of a street performer.Not only does Jamey make a living on his unicycle, he's also unicycled both the Colorado Trail & Arizona Trail! We chat about these rides, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, and what goes into being a successful street performer. We also talk about the return of 2020 AT thru-hikes, we introduce Hiker Horoscopes, & another edition of Backcountry Matchmakin

122 MIN6 d ago
Comments
#74 | Jamey Mossengren aka "The Unicycling Unicorn"

#73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

EToday, we are joined by Doug Laher, the father of Trevor Laher, the hiker who tragically passed near Apache Peak on the Pacific Crest Trail earlier this year. Doug reads his beautiful tribute to Trevor and we talk about what lessons are to be learned from Trevors passing. We also chat with Kaitlyn Purington, of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a search & rescue non-profit based in Riverside County.We also have some Trek Propaganda, how to check your bung for deer ticks, & our favorite creature comforts

119 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#73 | Doug Laher and Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU)

#72 | Luke "Strider" Jordan on the North Country Trail and Great Plains Trail

EToday we are joined by Luke “Strider” Jordan. Strider has a couple of very impressive treks on his resume including the North Country Trail (NCT), which is more than twice the length of the Appalachian Trail, as well as the 3,100 mile Great Plains Trail (GPT), which runs from Texas to North Dakota. We also discover the wild world of naked pooping, a fan-submitted poop paradise on the John Muir Trail, and another edition of Backcountry Matchmaking.

179 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#72 | Luke "Strider" Jordan on the North Country Trail and Great Plains Trail

#71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

ESarah Jones Decker is the author of the new photobook "The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-tos, and Huts". We learn what goes into a project as massive as doing a photo essay of all of the AT's shelters, Sarah's favorites, the history of these structures, which have the best privies, and much more. Sarah is also the co-owner of Root Bottom Farms, an organic farm based in North Carolina, and we selfishly pick her brain on how to suck less as plants.

169 MINMAY 21
Comments
#71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

#70 | Sean "Shug" Emery on Hammock Camping and Life as a Circus Clown and

EShug Emery is a hammock enthusiast, with almost 100K YouTube subscribers and a former circus clown for Barnum & Bailey. We go way down the traveling circus rabbit hole, and we promise you his stories do not disappoint.Shug also shares his top tips for novice hammockers, what his setup looks like, and what goes into making a successful YouTube channel. We close out the show with some Trek propaganda, a triple crown of things we will no longer take for granted, & another edition of backcountry matchmaking

181 MINMAY 14
Comments
#70 | Sean "Shug" Emery on Hammock Camping and Life as a Circus Clown and

#69 | Will "Akuna" Robinson

EWill "Akuna" Robinson is an army veteran, the first known African-American male to complete the triple crown, & an all around awesome guy. We talk about his experiences in managing chronic pain, how hiking interfaced with his PTSD, what it's like hiking through rural America as a black man with dreadlocks, and some of the highlights / lowlights of each of his hikes. We also learn how people are keeping busy during the apocalypse & introduce a new segment, Backcountry Matchmaking- an on-air dating service.

174 MINAPR 28
Comments
#69 | Will "Akuna" Robinson

#68 | Jean Muenchrath on Her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra

EJean Muenchrath is a mountaineer, escaper of death, author, and spiritual being. Jean gives us a play by play of the time she nearly died after catastrophic fall near Mt Whitney in winter conditions. She walks us through not only this harrowing tale, but the long process to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery, the subject of her book If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation.We wrap up the show with some listener emails, Poop Stories, & One Line Movie Revie

92 MINAPR 16
Comments
#68 | Jean Muenchrath on Her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra

#67 | When Can We Backpack Again? A Chat with Public Health Experts + 2020 NOGO Thru-Hikers

EThis episode is dedicated to all things COVID-19. We chat with a pair of experts on infectious disease and epidemiology.Dr. Amesh Adalja, is an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and Jagdish Khubchandani is a Professor of Health Science at Ball State University. We also are joined by a pair of 2020 NOBO turned NOGO thru-hikers (and Trek contributors), to share their experiences of how this pandemic played out from their perspectives.

124 MINAPR 9
Comments
#67 | When Can We Backpack Again? A Chat with Public Health Experts + 2020 NOGO Thru-Hikers

#66 | Drunk Q&A

EBackpacker Radio is making good on their promise to get weird. Today we bring you a drunk Q&A. Backpacker Radio's new intern, Elise Ott, navigates us through a series of questions, including COVID-19, how we're handling the self-quarantining, a lot of poop related subjects, thru-hiking purism, and much more. At the top of the show, one of Chaunce's friends gives us the poop story to end all poop stories. This one is our most feral podcasts to date. Because that's what you do during an apocalypse. [divider] Drunk Q&A with Badger & Chaunce Save 10% at Greenbelly.co by using code "TREK2020" at checkout. Save 15% at Gossamergear.com by using code "ATDRINK15" at checkout. Save 10% at AppalachianGearCompany.com by using code "BACKPACKERRADIO" at checkout. Hikerlink! Intro Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years Intro beats: Pauly Boy Shallcross Check out Trail Correspondents Check out The Attempt! [divider] Drunk Q&A 0:03:52 - Intro, Welcome to BPR (long-distance style) 0:05:00 - Elise Ott Int...

139 MINMAR 31
Comments
#66 | Drunk Q&A

#65 | Sandi Marra on Why The ATC is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail

ESandi Marra is the president and CEO at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Sandi shares how the ATC arrived to the decisions to ask people not to thru, section, or even day hike on the Appalachian Trail. She also shares her timeline for when their recommendation could change, and what that would take, as well as her message to those who are still on the trail, whether in defiance of the request or those who are having trouble getting a ride off the trail.

42 MINMAR 26
Comments
#65 | Sandi Marra on Why The ATC is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail
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