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 # 27: Bill Manning of the Colorado Trail Foundation, The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail, and Chaunce’s Big Surprise

Backpacker Radio # 27: Bill Manning of the Colorado Trail Foundation, The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail, and Chaunce’s Big Surprise

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, the Cinnamon Connection catches up with Bill Manning, the Executive Director at the Colorado Trail

Jan 16, 2019 : Zach
Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Just a few weeks ago we unveiled the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 or Gossamer Gear Backpack Choice between one (1) Therm-a-Rest Hyperion Sleeping Bag

Jan 15, 2019 : Zach
The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

And then there were twelve. We put a call out for 2019 thru-hikers to submit a 90-second video explaining why they're thru-hiking, why they'll

Jan 8, 2019 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 26: Scout + Frodo, The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail, and Forgotten Internet Holidays

Backpacker Radio Episode 26: Scout + Frodo, The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail, and Forgotten Internet Holidays

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, Chaunce sits down with famed PCT trail angels, Scout and Frodo. We learn about Scout's new book, "The

Jan 6, 2019 : Zach
Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Calling all 2019 AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikers!!! The Trek wants to sponsor you! It's almost time to turn those 2018 calendars into tinder, which

Dec 27, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 25: Bethany “Fidgit” Hughes on Trekking the Length of the Americas

Backpacker Radio Episode 25: Bethany “Fidgit” Hughes on Trekking the Length of the Americas

A life changing adventure is merely a decision away. That's the takeaway lesson from today's interview with the top footwear amongst 2018

Dec 20, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Starting a thru-hike without any prior backpacking experience, although not entirely rare, is a brave endeavor.  To string three consecutive

Dec 5, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

This is it. The end. Our final episode of the season. A thru-hike is---typically speaking---a half-year adventure. In the midst of this

Dec 3, 2018 : Zach
Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

It's happening.  We're is thrilled to announce that we're bringing back a second season of the Trail Correspondents series. In case you're

Nov 27, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

"Expectation is where failure lies." - Heather "Anish" Anderson Today's guest is very fitting for our 23rd episode, since she is arguably the

Nov 20, 2018 : Zach