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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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
2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

"What is a Trail Correspondent?" you wonder.  I thought you'd never ask. Unlike our Vloggers, Trail Correspondents will have their audio

Feb 23, 2018 : Zach