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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Our Pledge to Do Better

Our Pledge to Do Better

Inequality and the outdoors During a time when society can't agree on the shape of our planet, not even the most conspiracy-minded would argue that

Jun 11, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 65 | Sandi Marra on Why the ATC Is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail

Backpacker Radio 65 | Sandi Marra on Why the ATC Is Asking People to Avoid the Appalachian Trail

We're joined by Sandi Marra, the president and CEO at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  As we noted at the top of our previous podcast, the news

Mar 25, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 62 | The Strawbridges: Thru-Hiking the PCT as a Family of Six

Backpacker Radio 62 | The Strawbridges: Thru-Hiking the PCT as a Family of Six

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by five-sixths of the Strawbridge Family.  The Strawbridges successfully

Mar 1, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 61 | Grace and Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Their 15 Month Dirtbagging Adventure

Backpacker Radio 61 | Grace and Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Their 15 Month Dirtbagging Adventure

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by repeat guest Steven Shattuck aka Twinkle, along with his lovely wife,

Feb 17, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 60 | Girl Stuff: Periods, Pee Rags, Safety, Birth Control, Masturbation, Sports Bras, Creepy Guys, and More

Backpacker Radio 60 | Girl Stuff: Periods, Pee Rags, Safety, Birth Control, Masturbation, Sports Bras, Creepy Guys, and More

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are changing things up a bit. Today's show is dedicated to all things girl stuff. 

Feb 10, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 59: Wild Amanda AKA Naps on Thru-Hiking the PCT with a Dog, Murphy’s Law, and The Sunshine Coast Trail

Backpacker Radio 59: Wild Amanda AKA Naps on Thru-Hiking the PCT with a Dog, Murphy’s Law, and The Sunshine Coast Trail

Today the Cinnamon Connection is joined by Wild Amanda, aka Naps.  Naps is the only person I've met who's hiked the entire PCT with her dog, Frank. 

Feb 4, 2020 : Zach
The Attempt Episode 3: High Spirits

The Attempt Episode 3: High Spirits

SHOW NOTES Week one is a soggy one. Follow along as Benjamin hikes the first section of his PCT SOBO (southbound) journey. The Attempt is

Jan 28, 2020 : Zach
The Attempt Episode 2: “Hart’s Pass, Baby!”

The Attempt Episode 2: “Hart’s Pass, Baby!”

SHOW NOTES Benjamin and two other thru-hikers set off on the trail. The Attempt is produced by Julia Drachman with help from Doug Beyers. We are

Jan 28, 2020 : Zach
Introducing “The Attempt” Podcast | Episode 1: “I’m attempting it. I’m attempting it.”

Introducing “The Attempt” Podcast | Episode 1: “I’m attempting it. I’m attempting it.”

If you're a fan of Backpacker Radio and/or Trail Correspondents, we have good news.  If you're not, it's also still quite possibly that this news

Jan 28, 2020 : Zach
Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by legendary PCT trail angel Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven.  Donna

Jan 21, 2020 : Zach