Zach

Owner / Editor-in-Chief at thetrek.co. AT (2011) + PCT (2017) thru-hiker. Author of Appalachian Trials and Pacific Crest Trials, resources focused on mentally preparing people for a thru-hike. Named The Top Hiking and Outdoor Blogger by USA TODAY. AKA Badger or the Good Badger. Will dance if provoked. If you're planning on thru-hiking in the future, I encourage you to check out my Personal AT Coaching Page.

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Introducing Appalachian Trail FAQ with the ATC

Introducing Appalachian Trail FAQ with the ATC

The Trek is thrilled to introduce a new series through

Sep 25, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 19: Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers

Backpacker Radio Episode 19: Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers

Before leaving for a long distance trek, it's common for people to envision worst case scenario.  For Piers Ellison, on his 2016 PCT hike,

Sep 14, 2018 : Zach
Conservation Fund Stalls in Congress as Deadline Nears

Conservation Fund Stalls in Congress as Deadline Nears

Updated on Sept. 25 With days to go before federal funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires, prospects for keeping the

Sep 13, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike

Trail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike

Technology on a thru-hike.  Combining these words tends to rouse some heated debate.  Some people abstain entirely from technology during

Sep 10, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 18: Andrew Downs on the Future of the Appalachian Trail, Thru-Hiker Entitlement, and How to Give Back

Backpacker Radio Episode 18: Andrew Downs on the Future of the Appalachian Trail, Thru-Hiker Entitlement, and How to Give Back

What's in store for the future of the Appalachian Trail?  This is one of the primary topics in today's episode of Backpacker Radio, as

Aug 28, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #12: The Lows

Trail Correspondents Episode #12: The Lows

Many people's perception of the thru-hiking lifestyle comes via social media, where people are more likely to portray the the cheery,

Aug 23, 2018 : Zach
72-Year-Old Hiker Killed by Falling Tree on Appalachian Trail

72-Year-Old Hiker Killed by Falling Tree on Appalachian Trail

On Tuesday, a hiker was struck and killed by part of a tree that fell on the Appalachian Trail, near Ashby Gap in Virginia.  The incident took

Aug 23, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 17: Thru-Hiking Injury Prevention and Recovery Tips with Dr. Emily Kelly

Backpacker Radio Episode 17: Thru-Hiking Injury Prevention and Recovery Tips with Dr. Emily Kelly

A sad, yet seemingly inevitable byproduct of long distance backpacking is pain and injury.  Though it's not a guarantee, to escape a long

Aug 16, 2018 : Zach
The Trek SWAG Giveaway!

The Trek SWAG Giveaway!

We're giving away a boat-load of The Trek SWAG.  It takes less than one minute to enter. One lucky winner will receive: One (1) Sunset Foam

Aug 10, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #11: The Highs

Trail Correspondents Episode #11: The Highs

Today's episode is our most uplifting to date.  That's because our thru-hikers have been tasked with describing the highs of their

Aug 6, 2018 : Zach