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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Backpacker Radio Episode #9 – Hey Girl from Sounds of the Trail, Boots vs. Trail Runners, and Near Death Experiences in the Smokies

Backpacker Radio Episode #9 – Hey Girl from Sounds of the Trail, Boots vs. Trail Runners, and Near Death Experiences in the Smokies

If you've listened to Sounds of the Trail, you already know today's guest.  Backpacker Radio is joined by Laura "Hey Girl" Johnston- an AT and PCT

Apr 24, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #4: The First Week on Trail (Part I)

Trail Correspondents Episode #4: The First Week on Trail (Part I)

Episode number 4 of our Trail Correspondents series comes directly from the trail!  Our hikers were tasked with interviewing a fellow

Apr 19, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #8 – Dirt Squirrel, the Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Thru-Hiking as a Vegan

Backpacker Radio Episode #8 – Dirt Squirrel, the Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Thru-Hiking as a Vegan

In today's episode, we sit down with 2017 PCT thru-hiker, Dirt Squirrel.  Dirt Squirrel will destroy any notions you have about the

Apr 17, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #3: The Night Before (Part I)

Trail Correspondents Episode #3: The Night Before (Part I)

 Today we check in with half of our trail correspondents during quite possibly the most nerve-wracking moment from the journey- the night

Apr 10, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #2: Meet Our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail Hikers

Trail Correspondents Episode #2: Meet Our Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail Hikers

 In the Follow Rachel on Instagram       Miles "Miles To Go" Bisher Bio: Hey there, I’m Miles, better known

Apr 4, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #7: Jeffrey “Legend” Garmire on Hiking the Triple Crown in a Calendar Year

Backpacker Radio Episode #7: Jeffrey “Legend” Garmire on Hiking the Triple Crown in a Calendar Year

Many a'hiker trash dream of completing the triple crown of backpacking, to hike the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trail.

Mar 28, 2018 : Zach
Introducing Backpacker Radio’s 2018 Trail Correspondents: Appalachian Trail Edition

Introducing Backpacker Radio’s 2018 Trail Correspondents: Appalachian Trail Edition

We are thrilled to introduce the first episode of our new Trail Correspondents series.  In a nutshell, a small group of thru-hikers from the

Mar 26, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail

Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail

For most, disappearing to the trail for a month or two is a dream vacation.  Serial thru-hiker and peak bagger Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck and his

Mar 19, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #5: Shailee Basnet on Summiting Everest, The AT vs. PCT, and Thru-Hiking Purism

Backpacker Radio Episode #5: Shailee Basnet on Summiting Everest, The AT vs. PCT, and Thru-Hiking Purism

Curious what it's like to go from someone who never hikes to summiting Mt. Everest? Enter Shailee Basnet. After growing up with "the secret

Mar 13, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #4: The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, and Thru-Hiking Nutrition

Backpacker Radio Episode #4: The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, and Thru-Hiking Nutrition

For Episode #4, we are again joined by our buddy, Wayfinder Co-op in Denver, CO Amazing Grass and The Danger of Relying on Faux Foods by

Feb 27, 2018 : Zach