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An overweight, 61-year-old retiree, with zero hiking experience, decided to hike the entire 2,185.3 mile length of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. What could possibly go wrong? As his brother, Mike, commented, "It's a bit like taking up boxing and fighting Mike Tyson in your first bout." Join Steve and his guests as they discuss all aspects of the trail, from gear to Lyme Disease, then back to trail magic and injury.
 
From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking. Co-hosts, Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.
 
Our weekly podcast shares the unique perspective of the North East, Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile.
 
Trail Correspondents is a teleportation machine to the trail- in audio form. Every other week, a select handful of thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the American Discovery Trail, give us a glimpse into the world of long distance backpacking. Through their eyes and vocal cords, we learn all about the highs, lows, and nitty gritty details that go into a half-year, cross-country trek. Trail Correspondents is the next best thing to being on ...
 
Stories from the Trail is the hiking community's only live call-in show, created by and for people who love to talk trail. We go beyond the Appalachian Trail don't limit our conversations to hiking. Hosts Reptar, Gary Sizer (aka "Green Giant", author of Where's the Next Shelter?) and Megan Thompson (aka "Voldemort") will bring you their conversations with people who live outside. SUPPORT THE SHOW! https://www.patreon.com/StoriesFromTheTrail
 
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The Crew says "Hello" to outstanding human Clorice Reinhardt. We re-live what it was like to run and win the Hamster Wheel 30 hour and the Fall Fling 400 minute Ultra. We also talk some heavy science, so don't listen to this with your kids unless you want them to learn about foul language and Tyrosine Mediated Proton Coupled Electron Transfer. Outr…
 
Shannon Finn became Joy this year. I followed her on Facebook and appreciated her visceral writing, where she rarely held back if she had something to say, which was often! We've often remarked at the life-changing nature of a long-distance hike, and Joy has experienced this change in compelling ways. Not only did she lose weight through her hiking…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by backpacking legend Nimble Nomad. The name is likely familiar as Nimblewill Nomad recently made news for setting the record as the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail at 83 years old. We learn all about this odyssey- and he does not sugarcoat how challenging i…
 
Kevin Hoegler was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at 18 years old. Kevin decided that sitting around was not to be his path, and has instead continued his lifelong journey of self examination and challenge through ultra running. Running 100 miles in under 24 hours is not an easy task, especially for a new runner. We talk a little Jersey, a l…
 
This week's guest, Gail Muller, is another of those unlikely adventurers, whose story is a breathless tale of triumph against a debilitating illness and chronic pain. Gail reveled in the "normal" cuts, scrapes, bumps, and bruises of the Appalachian Trail, precisely because they weren't the chronic pain she'd been experiencing for 15 years. Returnin…
 
What does one eat on a backpacking trip? It may seem like a simple question with an equally simple answer. But dig a bit beneath the surface and, you'll quickly learn there's more nuance than you might originally think. Not only do we get a taste of what goes into a day's menu for our hiker trash, but we also learn how their tastes have evolved whi…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Minus33, we are joined by Badger’s pal, Billy Widmer. In addition to being The Trek's go-to tech guru, Billy has an accomplished backpacking resume that includes an AT thru-hike, a lot of trekking through his native lands of New York, and a recent and very unorthodox th…
 
Not Safe For Work! The Cultra Crew looks at all the rules of trail running and breaks them. But you really should have known that was going to happen. We have the full Crew on hand and lines are crossed, and plans are made. We play the classic game "Know Your Knees" which Becky destroyed. Coincidence, I think not! WTF happend to AFB's shorts? We al…
 
Tom Sherry has been on a bit of a tear regarding long-distance hiking over the past few years. His hiking bio is growing quickly, and I took the opportunity to catch up with him after he breezed through the Appalachian Trail this year in 99 days. He even had time to attempt a revival of a meme within his family. The "Phoon" is a pose he used in all…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by Andrew Hughes. Andrew is quite possibly the most accomplished mountaineer that you have never heard of. Some of his feats include climbing the highest summit in all seven continents and six of the seven highest volcanic summits, he's the third person ever to complete th…
 
This week's guest is another of those intrepid female hikers who follow their passion and find out what the world has in store for them. Lisa Parker has had a varied career, from teaching to the New York fashion scene before finally finding her own passion. She had started the Appalachian Trail in 2020 but got off the trail after more than 300 mile…
 
Obvious statement of the year award- walking the length of the country will do a number on one's body. Just how severe is the impact...well, that's what our trekkers will share with us today. In addition to the physical adjustment, our hikers will detail exactly how they manage their pain and what advice they would offer to those who are looking to…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we bring you our first ever LIVE podcast. And by that, we mean it was live to the fine folks who joined us at the Hop Haus in Fitchburg, Wisconsin on October 15th. There's no way to describe this episode other than...rowdy. If you want to feel like you were in the room with us, we recomm…
 
Multiday superstar Amy Mower shares how to not listen to that inner voice telling you to stop. We get an insiders look at the Javelina Jundred and Jackass Junction. Sounds like our kind of place! Rachel Belmont of Episode 50 Fame is her excellent pacer and also shares nerve racking stories of Sky Diving. Javelina Jundred Outro music by Nick Byram B…
 
When I went out to hike the AT in 2014, I met a breed of woman I'd hardly known existed. These were strong-willed, fiercely independent young women, many of who were vastly more impressive than a lot of the men I met out there. It has been a theme of the trail for this past decade. Women are hitting the AT, and other trails, with little or no backp…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, Badger, Chaunce, and Sauce give you the full recap of our recent Wisconsin Ice Age Trail Road Trip Extravaganza. We give you a play-by-play of the highlights from the trail, town, the live events, and all the TMI inside stories and embarrassing moments in between. Casual warning to liste…
 
Looking to win your local leaf catching contest? What is the latest gear for snagging the falling foliage during a run? So many questions, so few resources. We tackle this along with so much more. Strava Leaf Catchers Outro music by Nick Byram Become a Cultra Crew Patreon Supporter Cultra Facebook Fan Page Sign up for a race at Live Loud Running Si…
 
Ian Connell just won Bimblers Bluff 50k for the second time, but he is not all about winning. He finds his space on the trail and lives in the joy of the moment. He has ended up on the podium of every UltraSignup race he has entered, but remains remarkably humble. Bimblers Bluff 50K Race Results Outro music by Nick Byram Become a Cultra Crew Patreo…
 
We have another section hiker on the show this week. I recently saw Sarah Ellison's awesome summit picture at the top of Katahdin, joyously capturing the end of a 16-year odyssey that started when, as a cop, she spoke to a young man camped behind a store in Roan Mountain. The whole concept of being a "thru-hiker" was alien to Sarah, yet the thought…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by world-renowned photographer and director, Pete McBride. We learn about Pete's entry into photography, including what advice he'd offer to aspiring adventure journalists, what it's like to work for NationalGeographic, the ongoing conservationist threats to the Grand Canyo…
 
Our shows come together each week with a kind of serendipitous whimsey. This week's guests, Emanuel and Karen Bravo, wrote to me to share how they had prepared for the Sierras and eventual climbing of Mt Whitney. Emanuel wanted to encourage me to go again and told me exactly how he did it and suggested I could be successful if I adopted his approac…
 
John, Paul, George and Ringo are here! This was the result of like 4 episodes being spliced together, sometimes live, sometimes later in the studio. All kinds of technical difficulties. Whatevs, warts and all. We talk fall marathon season, bad ultrarunning advice, being burned out, Art literally just leaves early, we do NO Patreon (sorry, give us m…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we open the show with a Hiker Trash edition of "Hot Ones", where Chaunce and Badger are grilled by Elise while eating incredibly hot wings. Tears, fear, and slamming beers ensues. We also feature our most impromptu interview to date with our new pal, Fancy Feast. Fancy Feast just wrapped…
 
You're going to love the story that today's guest is going to tell you. Lord Thomas Bouissaguet is part of a group of French visionaries whose ambition is to bring to reality nothing less than a French Appalachian Trail, now named Hexatrek. I first heard of this on Dixie's Facebook page and reached out to Lord Tom, who had his own, somewhat tenuous…
 
Because our prompts can often leave the juiciest trail stories uncovered, this season, we have built in even more wildcard episodes, where our correspondents muse on whatever is most inspiring to them about their recent trail experience. Today's show covers quite a bit of ground, everything to a wild storm in the Winds, a play by play of a day in t…
 
AFB and Phat Phred welcome Trisha Ignatowski who recently nabbed an FKT on the 360 mile Erie Canal Trail. According to undisclosed sources, she allegedly was inspired by the infamous 419 Bike trip of Cultra’s AFB. Trisha shares stories of competitive skating, trail running tips for women, steeplechase, South Mountain, NJ, Sassquad, Palisades, Totor…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are rejoined by Nicole Antoinette. We get an update on how her Colorado Trail hike went, including some very unexpected turns, we learn more about her entry into van life, and what advice she'd give to others looking to do the same, and chat about her new book which she is reluctant t…
 
I recently saw a bunch of hikers finish under a banner headline of "Warrior Expeditions," and I was drawn to a black and white summit picture of today's guest, Shannon Shaver. Shannon's hiking really started after she saw Martin Sheen in The Way, that terrific little movie that tells about a pilgrimage on the Camino De Santiago, in Spain. That lead…
 
Cultra Host Evil Becky Byram leads a scatagorical episode as we talk Spatathalon. cutoffs, canellations, volcanos, FKT's and the beauy of running in the North East in Autumn. Check out the Spartathalon Here are the results of the Vermont 50 Outro music by Nick Byram Become a Cultra Crew Patreon Supporter Cultra Facebook Fan Page Sign up for a race …
 
We have a husband and wife section-hiking team on the show today. Deb Taylor and Danny Mooney have done Iron Man races, Triathlons, and Marathons for years, yet Covid cemented and grew a new love–backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Deb and Danny share their insights and reflect upon the correlations they have found between hiking the trail and th…
 
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are talking all things social media and how it relates to the world of backpacking. This is a long and lively conversation and we dive into some highly charged subjects including gatekeeping, is Instagram influencing a good or bad for the thru-hiking culture, the addictive nature of s…
 
The Crew hears from Michael Crutchley AKA Crutch Lee about the six or more times he attempted running 100 miles, until his recent success. Many great lessons here for anyone looking to take on the 100 mile distance. This may be the professional help you have been seeking. Cultra Episode 15 Evil Beck Burke Notchview Ultra Yeti 100 Ghost Train Grinds…
 
Chris Casado was lucky enough to be taken on a hiking trip in the Sierras at the age of 14 by a teacher who became a good friend. Fast forward 25 or so years, and Chris and his teacher are offering the same trip–and other trips–to people of all different hiking abilities. Even Chris's children have shared the adventure. Given my love/hate relations…
 
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Lauren and Henri de la Vega — a husband and wife southbounding the Continental Divide Trail to complete their triple crown. We take a journey down memory lane in both romance and trails and get an in-depth play-by-play on their CDT hike thus far. This chat paints an awes…
 
The Cultra Crew covers it all: New Haven Road Race, Vegemite, UTMB, Vegemite, Notchview Preview, Vegemite, Blue 2 Blue Preview, Soda Stream tips, and so much more. Becky tries Vegemite for the first time ever, live on this show and the results??? Tune in to find out how awkward this can get. Outro music by Nick Byram Become a Cultra Crew Patreon Su…
 
Today we explore the social dynamic of a thru-hike. If you've listened to previous seasons shows on this subject, you might think that you already know the answer to this question. However, let us not forget, our trekkers are hiking against the current. Whereas the vast majority of thru-hikers- regardless of which triple crown trail they're on- hik…
 
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