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

Backpacker Radio Episode #22: “Guthook” on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App

Backpacker Radio Episode #22: “Guthook” on Building the Most Popular Thru-Hiking App

What's it like to build the most ubiquitous app in the hiking community?  Today we learn that answer as we're joined by Ryan Linn, more

Nov 6, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #15: Diversity on the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #15: Diversity on the Trail

Diversity on the trail is a heavy, but important subject. It's impossible to do this subject justice in the span of an hour long podcast, but

Oct 26, 2018 : Zach
The Gear Up For Fall Giveaway!

The Gear Up For Fall Giveaway!

Fall is here, and to celebrate, The Trek has teamed up with some of our favorite backpacking brands---Gossamer Gear, Z-Packs, Bedrock Sandals,

Oct 24, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #21: Nathan “Puma” Bauman on His 18-Month Adventure, Photography Tips, and The Best Trail Magic Items

Backpacker Radio Episode #21: Nathan “Puma” Bauman on His 18-Month Adventure, Photography Tips, and The Best Trail Magic Items

What does it take to turn a thru-hike turns into an 18-month adventure?  That's the central theme of today's show, as the Cinnamon Connection

Oct 19, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #14: Grouping on the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #14: Grouping on the Trail

In today's show, our hikers discuss the evolution of their hiking groups over the course of their journeys.  Injuries occur, people grow

Oct 10, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode #20: The Real Hiking Viking on His Colorado Trail FKT Attempt

Backpacker Radio Episode #20: The Real Hiking Viking on His Colorado Trail FKT Attempt

Reoccurring guest The Real Hiking Viking joins the Turmeric Team to chat about his recent attempt at an FKT (yo-yo hike- to get a feel for his

Oct 1, 2018 : Zach
Introducing Appalachian Trail FAQ with the ATC

Introducing Appalachian Trail FAQ with the ATC

The Trek is thrilled to introduce a new series through

Sep 25, 2018 : Zach
Backpacker Radio Episode 19: Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers

Backpacker Radio Episode 19: Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers

Before leaving for a long distance trek, it's common for people to envision worst case scenario.  For Piers Ellison, on his 2016 PCT hike,

Sep 14, 2018 : Zach
Senate Committee Backs Extension of Federal Conservation Fund

Senate Committee Backs Extension of Federal Conservation Fund

Updated on Oct. 2 The US Senate Energy and Resources Committee approved a bill on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to permanently reauthorize the federal

Sep 13, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike

Trail Correspondents Episode #13: Technology Use on a Thru-Hike

Technology on a thru-hike.  Combining these words tends to rouse some heated debate.  Some people abstain entirely from technology during

Sep 10, 2018 : Zach