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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The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

Once upon a time, the best deals were to be had on Black Friday.  Today, savvy shoppers know better- the biggest savings happen starting today, Cyber

Nov 27, 2017 : Zach
Badger’s PCT Tales: That Time I Was Charged by a Mountain Lion

Badger’s PCT Tales: That Time I Was Charged by a Mountain Lion

We had been seeing large cat prints on trail every day for more than a week. One would think this might prepare me for the possibility an

Nov 26, 2017 : Zach
The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

We applaud everyone who chooses to #optoutisde today.  For those who are opting to get a head start on the gear savings, we've compiled a list of the

Nov 24, 2017 : Zach
Badger’s PCT Tales: From a High Sierra Blizzard to an Outhouse Floor

Badger’s PCT Tales: From a High Sierra Blizzard to an Outhouse Floor

If there's one universal truth of mountain forecasts, it's that they're not to be trusted.  This is especially true for any predictions made more

Nov 17, 2017 : Zach
PCT Chapter 2: Full Dis-Fire-Closure

PCT Chapter 2: Full Dis-Fire-Closure

A big part of the reason for SOBO thru-hiking the PCT instead of going the more conventional NOBO route, was that I wanted a continuous trek. This

Aug 19, 2017 : Zach
PCT Chapter 1: The Beginning

PCT Chapter 1: The Beginning

It's impossible to recreate the magic of your first thru-hike. Although the terrain is entirely unfamiliar, I went into the PCT feeling like I

Jul 25, 2017 : Zach
Badger’s Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Thru-Hike Gear List

Badger’s Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Thru-Hike Gear List

I'm leaving for Seattle in three days.  If all goes according to plan, I will be back sometime around Halloween.  Here's my full list of possessions

Jul 7, 2017 : Zach
My PCT Thru-Hike Diet and Nutrition Plan

My PCT Thru-Hike Diet and Nutrition Plan

As it turns out, Oreos are not a superfood. One of the beautiful realities of thru-hiking is that you can eat literally whatever you want and

Jun 29, 2017 : Zach
Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The cat is out of the bag. Well, if you Today, although I can pinpoint elements in my life that are less than ideal, my resting state is

May 29, 2017 : Zach
Feral Pony Ruthlessly Kicks Thru-Hiker in Balls [Watch]

Feral Pony Ruthlessly Kicks Thru-Hiker in Balls [Watch]

One of the many highlights of the Appalachian Trail is encountering the feral (commonly principles of Leave No Trace and to keep a distance from any

May 23, 2017 : Zach