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
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
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
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.
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
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.
LL Cool Juniper or LL for short, known off trail as Caitlin Olson, jumped on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017 with her friend Indigo. Setting off with limited experience, they quickly got into the thru hiking routine... with daily coffee breaks. Almost getting renamed "too far away to help", she shares the story of how quickly things can change out there.Read More
Eleven, known off trail as Meredith Johnson, spent 10 years dreaming about thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. Embracing her inner bad ass, she stepped on the trail in 2018. One trail stumble..one surgery for a broken elbow...6 weeks of rehab and a burning desire to complete her thru hike, she successfully summited Katahdin after 118 days. If you happen to see her on the Pacific Crest Trail this year, be sure to say "HI".Read More
Oil Can, known off trail as Eddie Boyd, spent his senior year of high school prepping for his SOBO hike of the Appalachian Trail. Twenty-five miles in, he abandoned the trail. As you can probably guess, that's not the end of the story. In this episode, he talks about leaving then returning to the trail in the same year and subsequently completing his Triple Crown.Read More
Today's episode is the continuation of my conversation with American Idol, known off the PCT as Gretel Scarlett. In this bonus episode, she discusses the dangers of following other people's footprints, her on-the-trail reality versus family at home impressions and the delicate topic of hygiene on the trail.Read More
American Idol, known off trail as Gretel Scarlett, is an actress, singer, dancer and successful Pacific Crest Trail thru hiker from Australia. During this episode, we discuss the unique challenges of being a SOBO PCT thru hiker, a woman and a non-American on the trail. And how a little DIY ingenuity to stay warm created the Tyvek Burrito.Read More