Tough, known off trail as Sarah Williams, set out in 2017 to hike the Appalachian Trail in 100 days. Vlogging daily, she recorded honestly the entire journey - the glorious, the difficult and everything in-between. In this episode we talk about the many challenges - overcoming hiker hunger, staying on track when the miles don't seem to add up, remaining grateful... Just the little things!Read More
Bolt, known off trail as Connor Pierce, hiked the AT to figure out what comes next after graduating with a philosophy degree. Little did he know, the meandering trail would be a perfect place to ponder....particularly when you start in early February. The suffering either breaks you or you find the funny and in this episode he relates where he found the funny.Read More
Puff Puff, known off trail as Alex Mason, has been on a 4 year adventure. By the time Jukebox crossed her path on the AT in 2018, she had NOBO hiked the PCT then went back the next year in 2016 to SOBO the PCT. Jumped directly into a thru hike of the Te Araroa followed by cycling 81 days across Australia with a hop to Indonesia for another couple months of cycling. Her next adventure will be rowing across the Atlantic then Indian Oceans in 2020 supporting research into Parkinson’s Disease and PTSD. Get comfortable there’s a lot to talk about.Read More
Balls, known off trail as Marek Bowers, started Rawlogy to find a super light weight, environmentally friendly source for recovery balls in order to relieve pain while in the wilderness. In this episode, we talk about ways rolling can help to keep you out on trail, what size ball works best for different things and hugging a tree. And if you #shareyourballs, Marek has a special treat for you.Read More
Mr Fabulous, known off trail as Derick Lugo, went from never having hiked before to AT thru hiker in a matter of weeks. In this episode, he regales me with stories of the adventures and misadventures of walking from Georgia to Maine. And how these stories became his new book "The Unlikely Thru Hiker".Read More
Grizzly, known off trail as Michael Ivey, comes to you from the side of the road outside Sierra City. Going the extra mile, literally, to get reception. In this episode, we talk about the challenges of the PCT this year. Focusing heavily on the Sierras, which he just completed, and what adjustments he made to accommodate for the conditions. Due to those conditions, deadlines now loom begging a conversation about staying flexible with your plans out there.Read More
Nar Nar, known of trail as Kyle O'Grady, got a late start on the Appalachian Trail in 2018. We talk about the pressure to do the mileage and keep to a schedule. With a side trip for an instant coffee jones and hammocking the AT. Coming off the trail, he started the Trail Tales Podcast to stay connected to the trail community.Read More
Scatman, known off trail as Craig Fowler, fulfilled a 30 year dream when he completed his Triple Crown in 2015. But that was just the beginning. Under the banner of his One of Seven Project, he then went on to complete the Bike Packing Triple Crown and is currently planning for a Calendar Year Triple Crown. In this episode we talk details... the planning, the mental, the miles. And how you have to be open to what the trail is telling you.Read More
In a change from the usual, Oats & Legs spoke with me on a recent zero day on the AT. Known off trail as Katie Houston & Nick Pavlot, they teamed up at Harper's Ferry after Legs' original tramily all left the trail. In this episode, we talk about their experience of the trail and how things have changed since they teamed up. We dig into food with Oats' fascination with dry oats and Legs waxes poetic about Outdoor Pantry meals. And this rumor about bears and rain.
Mr Shoes & Kanalkanut, known off trail as Scott & Aidan Durkin, did some deep farther / son bonding during their 2017 thru hike of the AT. The perfect culmination of a multi-subject homeschooling project. Oh by the way, Aidan was 14 at the time! Logistical support provided by Moneypenny, aka Mom, back at home in England. During this episode everyone got to chime in with their perspective on the adventure.... and there's definitely some he said / he said / she said happening.
Slider, known off trail as Amy Hunsucker, traveled the Appalachian Trail in 2018 with the Northbound Horde... and a plastic trombone. In this episode she talks about thru hiking with the Horde and strategies they used to keep such a large group together. And why learning to "Embrace the Suck" is crucial!!!Read More
This episode continues my conversation with Jen & Suds, known off trail as Jen Collins & Jake Russell. We dig into adventures with North American wildlife, big and small, while also hitting on some decisions that apparently still need to be made.Read More
Suds & Jen, known off trail as Jake Russell & Jen Collins, are approaching their SOBO hike of the PCT this summer from completely different perspectives. He's successfully hiked the Appalachian Trail, while this will be her first thru hike. In this episode, we highlight their differing concerns and preparation styles for the hike. Bet you can guess who the planner is.Read More
Toby & Mcguire, known off trail as Toby, a chocolate lab mix, and Trisha Penrod, long ass section hiked 900 miles
of the AT, from New Jersey to Maine. In this episode, we talk about the joys and challenges of thru hiking with a dog.
And dive into what Toby's kit looked like and how she trained him to sleep in a hammock.
Cockblock Moses, known off trail as Clayton Barker, started his journey SOBO thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. And if it ain't broke...well you know the saying. He proceeded to SOBO the PCT and started the CDT SOBO, before deciding to come back another time…Read More
Jukebox, known off trail as Devin Everett, started her thru hiking adventures on the Appalachian Trail in 2018. In this episode, she reminisces about hiking with lyme disease, crazy food cravings, which inadvertently started a black market in Honey Stingers and stokes a bit of gear anxiety as she prepares for the PCT, which she literally started this first week of May. Say "HI" if you stumble upon her.Read More
Chardonnay, known off trail as Elsye Walker, completed her Triple Crown in 2018 becoming the first African American Woman to do so. In this episode we talk about how her time on the trail became the entry to adventures of many shapes and sizes. We also delve into the dangers of getting locked into your pre-trail plans to the detriment of the overall experience.Read More
In part two of my conversation with Spur, known off trail as Jake Carr, we dig into a little psychology. The amazing gift when you give yourself permission to try, the importance of diversity and representation on the trail... and the difficulty of transitioning back to real life after being a superhero for five months.Read More
Spur, known off trail as Jake Carr, came to the AT with literally no previous thru hiking experience. Taking it one day at a time, he summited Katahdin five and a half months later. In this episode, we talk about the amazing adventure of it all, trail diversity and never forgetting the importance of practicing self love.Read More
Songbird, known off trail as Caroline Kellough, took to the PCT with her boyfriend in 2018.
This episode she digs into what she gave up to carry coffee, pondering the question “is it cold soaking or solar heating”... the age old trail question “Do dinosaurs have pancreases?”… And how the trail broke her open.