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.

Posts

Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

 Today's subject is the one that people tend to spend the most time on. Of course, we refer to gear. We get an early look into our how our

May 21, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

In 2015, Scott Jurek was the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail, even the hiking community at large.  As soon as the legendary

May 12, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

As you likely recall, in episode five, we got our first updates from the trail. Today we get our first trail update from our second group of

May 9, 2019 : Zach
Hang Out with The Trek at Trail Days 2019

Hang Out with The Trek at Trail Days 2019

April showers bring May flowers AT Trail Days and also more showers. That's right, the page on the 2019 calendar has been flipped a handful of

May 6, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, I am joined by Jon Schwarze, also known as Airborne.  Despite this being his

May 3, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #6 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #6 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 1)

To prepare for a thru-hike is to spend months reading blog posts, watching videos, and following social media accounts trying to absorb as

Apr 29, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #35 | Weezer on Hiking Sober, Processing Grief, and Metamorphosis on the Pacific Crest Trail

Backpacker Radio #35 | Weezer on Hiking Sober, Processing Grief, and Metamorphosis on the Pacific Crest Trail

 In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, recorded at Wayfinder, I sit down with Weezer, a 2018 PCT hiker with one hell

Apr 24, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)

The shows leading up to today's served a necessary role. They introduced us to our 2019 hikers. We got to meet the vast array of

Apr 16, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

Backpacker Radio #34 | Ken Ilgunas on Trespassing Across America

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Smiles and I sit down with author Ken Ilgunas. To put it simply, Ken is a guy who marches to the beat

Apr 15, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

Backpacker Radio #33: Andrew Skurka and Second Chance Hiker

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by adventuring legend, author, blogger, and backcountry guide

Mar 28, 2019 : Zach