Trail Correspondents

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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 trail yourself.

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#13 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Foods, Hiker Hunger, and Nutrition Strategies (Group 2)
01:03:31

We hope you've got enough appetite to stomach another show about trail food, because today's edition is an all you can eat buffet of hiker fare. Our remaining PCT and CDT hikers weigh in on what their favorite trail foods are, what they're craving most, if they've been stricken with the notorious hiker hunger, how their food systems have evolved over the course of their hikes, and more.

For anyone who's curious about how long distance backpackers manage their diets, this episode will provide plenty of food for thought.

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PCT HIKERS

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CDT HIKERS

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Jul 15, 2019
#12 | The Thru-Hiker Diet: Favorite Meals, Snacks, and Philosophy (Group 1)
01:11:11

Food. It's is a subject of endless fascination to just about everyone. Even the most experienced hikers stand room for improvement with their backcountry menus. Rarely do I go a long stint on trail without picking up some sort of tip for how to enhance my hiker fare.

This episode will be appealing to those who want to improve their on trail culinary skills or who are simply curious about what a hiker eats, what the vaunted hiker hunger is all about, and how tastes evolve over the course of a thru-hike.

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Related reading: My PCT Thru-Hike Diet & 3 Ingredient Backpacking Meals

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Jul 01, 2019
#11 | Thru-Hiking Gear: Regrets, Upgrades, and Best Advice (Group 2)
01:12:55

Gear. For some people it's their favorite topic in the world, for others, it results in a shoulder shrug and an eye roll. But whether you love or hate gear talk, there's no way around it: what you carry on your back, plays a big role in how much you enjoy your hike. More precisely, getting it wrong the first time, can be emotionally and financially draining.

-Check out the full list of what our hikers changed in the show notes below-

Today our hikers share what they've sent home, what they've upgraded- really an overall glimpse into their gear systems thus far.

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PCT HIKERS

  • Karthikeya Nadendla
    • Sent home Big Agnes Air Pillow, but is considering retrying on trail, or trying Sea to Summit Pillow
    • Started with New Balance Summit Unknowns, swapped out for for Altra Timps after heel pain
  • Laura Stewart
    • Sent home cook set cup accessory
    • Forwarded the larger snow basket option for trekking poles
    • Dropped Patagonia long-sleeve button-up in favor of long-sleeve sun shirt
    • Removed netting from Outdoor Research skort and paired with men's boxer briefs
    • Added sun gloves
    • Sent home Injinji toe socks liner and is using a single layer Darn Tough sock
    • Considering adding a sun umbrella
  • Julie Klazynski
    • Switched Sawyer Micro for a Sawyer Squeeze
    • Planning to send home: mug, stove, mace, extraneous toiletries (lotion, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Liam Purtle
    • Sent ahead microspikes
    • Bought larger size shoe (went from 10.5 to 12)
  • Eric DernbachAlison Dernbach
    • Upgraded to Altras with wider fit
    • Sent home: mug, extra pair of long underwear, pack cover, first aid kit, book
  • Angie Kane
    • Swapped out hiking shorts in favor of hiking pants for sun protection
    • Upgraded to Sawyer Mini from Sawyer Micro
    • Added Injinji liners
    • Sent home shorts, sleeping pants
    • Received from home: yoga shorts with pockets, cheap leggings (to replace sleeping pants)

Check out our suggested PCT Gear List.

CDT HIKERS

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Jun 12, 2019
#10 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 2)
53:06

To prepare for a thru-hike is to spend months reading blog posts, watching videos, and following social media accounts trying to absorb as much information for your forthcoming journey as possible.  But even the most type A person can't completely envision what lies ahead on the trail- and thank god for that.

That is precisely the premise of today's show.  Today our hikers let us in on how the journey has deviated from their expectations.

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Jun 06, 2019
#9 | Reactions to the Murder on the Appalachian Trail
24:52

Today's episode was not supposed to happen.  At the beginning of the season, we outline the subjects in which we want our hikers to share with you. Today's show was not on that agenda. This episode is in response to the recent news of the murder that occurred on the Appalachian Trail.

In the very early hours on May 11th, a pair of hikers were attacked by a man with a machete.  One of them survived, albeit with very serious wounds, the other, Ronald Sanchez known on trail as Stronghold, did not.  For the sake of not repeating myself, you can hear more details about this attack and my brief thoughts on this horrific incident in the intro of episode 38 of Backpacker Radio.

For this show, however, we wanted to feature the take of our Appalachian Trail hikers, those who were out on the trail during this tragic event.  In the following recordings, they share how they found out about the news, and how it has impacted their hikes, along with that of their trail families.  Here it is.

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May 30, 2019
#8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)
58:49

It's the subject which most aspiring thru-hikers dedicate the most time, energy, and money toward.  Yes, let's talk gear.

We get an early look into our how our crew's backpacking gear is treating them. They share what they've sent home (if anything), if they've added anything new, if they have any regrets- really just an overall shakedown, a few weeks into their treks. This is a subject of deep passion to many of our listeners, so grab your pens and notepads, and get ready to scribble down some notes, because here comes some advice from those who've walked some of the walk.

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Check out our recommended Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

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May 21, 2019
#7 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)
50:16

As you likely recall, in episode 5, we got our first updates from the trail. Today we get our first trail update from our second group of hikers.

More specifically we get a pair of updates. We first get a taste of where our hiker's minds are the night before they embark on their treks. This likely comes as no surprise, but this is a time when emotions are flowing like a fire hose. Whether it's excitement, anxiety, or a combination of the two, our hikers' long-awaited treks are just one bad night of sleep away. And the second recording comes from the end of their first day on trail, where they're given a blank slate to talk about whatever most inspires them.

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May 09, 2019
#6 | Expectations vs. Reality (Group 1)
01:10:09

To prepare for a thru-hike is to spend months reading blog posts, watching videos, and following social media accounts trying to absorb as much information for your forthcoming journey as possible.  But even the most type A person can't completely envision what lies ahead on the trail- and thank god for that.

That is precisely the premise of today's show.  Today our hikers let us in on how the journey has deviated from their expectations.

Today's updates come from the same hikers you heard in the previous episode.  We're going to continue segmenting our hikers this way, grouped by embark date, rather than trail, to limit the delay of these recordings as much as possible.  This means you'll be getting updates from both the AT and PCT, and hearing from Frozen, Katharine, Missy, Kenneth, Melissa, Nancy, Sarah, Zack and Jazmin.

Enjoy.

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Apr 30, 2019
#5 | Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 1)
58:38

The shows leading up to today's served a necessary role. They introduced us to our 2019 hikers. We got to meet the vast array of personalities trekking across the country, and learn a good deal about the motives behind these epic journeys.

But, I like to think that these entries were just this season's hors d'oeuvres.

Today's show begins our main entree. Today's show features our first updates from the trail.

In this episode, you'll receive a pair of entries from our Correspondents.

The first actually comes the night before they hit the trail. This likely comes as no surprise, but this is a time when emotions are flowing like a firehose. Whether it's excitement, anxiety, or a combination of the two, our hikers' long awaited treks are just one bad night of sleep away. And the second recording comes from the end of their first day on trail, where they're given a blank slate to talk about whatever most inspires them.

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Apr 15, 2019
#4 | Wildcard I (Sacrifices Made to Thru-Hike)
01:26:41

A few weeks ago, I touched base with our correspondents to see what subjects they wanted to discuss before taking off for their hikes. As you may imagine, their responses were all over the map, as they are soon to be.

Given they were due to hit the trail soon and their emotions were likely hitting a fever pitch, I gave them free rein to talk about whatever subjects were most top of mind for them.

Today's show is our first wild card episode for season 2.

The most prominent theme you will discern from today's show is the sacrifices our hikers had to make to pull their thru-hikes together.  As you can imagine, taking a half year off to walk is no simple task. We also hear about- the thing they've been too afraid to talk about publicly, that they'll be disclosing for the first time on this show. Their outlook on society at large and how thats influenced their desire to thru-hike. Finances. Other people's reactions. Life on the home front, and more. This show covers a lot of ground and elicits some raw emotion, and this is why it's a perfect peak into the mind of someone who's leaving one world behind and about to enter into another.

Here it is. Enjoy.

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Mar 14, 2019
#3 | Thru-Hike Preparation
02:06:20

Preparing for a thru-hike can be a maddening experience.  When it comes to overhauling your life to spend upwards of a half year, on foot, in the backcountry, where does one even begin to make sure they're crossing all of their ts and dotting all their i's prior to stepping foot on trail.  That is precisely the subject of today's episode.

So- how are our hikers going about this process?  Let's find out.  First you'll hear from our Appalachian Trail hikers, follwed by our Pacific Crest Trail Hikers, Continental Divide Trail hikers, and Lucas, our American Discovery Trail Correspodent.  Enjoy.

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Feb 21, 2019
#2 | Introductions (Part 2)
01:05:20
This is episode two, part two, season two.  If you've listened to Backpacker Radio, you might be making assumptions about the subject of today's show.  But, lucky you, this one is not poo-themed.  
 
Instead, we're going to meet the remainder of this season's trail correspondents.  Today's show will introduce you to our Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail hikers.  
 
In the interest of not repeating myself, I will quickly highlight our thinking in those we brought on for this year's show.  First, we wanted to feature primarily first time thru-hikers, as it's my belief that the during your first long distance trek, the highs are higher, and the lows are lower.  We wanted the emotion to jump through your headphones and/or speaker and into your soul.  Two, we wanted to feature a greater diversity of voice, to represent more communities, as the trail demographics tend to be rather homogenized.  We want to encourage as many people as possible to discover the magic of the backcountry- in a sustainable way. 

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Feb 07, 2019
#1 | Introductions (Part 1)
01:18:06

We're back!  After a few month-long hiatus, Trail Correspondents presented by The Trek is storming back into your world like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

As you likely already know, last year the Trail Correspondents series ran through The Trek's flagship podcast, Backpacker Radio.  Due to the popularity of this series, we deemed it worthy of its own home, i.e. this podcast. So....

What is Trail Correspondents?

Last year, we showcased roughly a dozen thru-hikers taking on Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail.  Every other week, we'd feature their updates from the trail centered around a particular subject or theme.  Through their eyes and vocal cords, we got a glimpse into the minds, hearts, and souls of those who take on a half year backpacking trip.

This year, by and large, it's going to be more of the same.  The primary difference for this year's show, is the hikers that we're featuring.  More specifically, the theme for this season of Trail Correspondents was to

  1. Feature primarily first time thru-hikers.  We made this decision as it's hard to replicate the excitement of your first cross-country trek, and this enthusiasm is palpable.  And,
  2. Feature a greater diversity of voice.  This season, we've got hikers ranging in age from 22 to 66.  We've got hikers who are chasing their dream, and others who are eager to escape unsavory realities on the home front. Most of our correspondents are from the US, though we're also happy to be featuring those with Canadian, Mexican, and Indian descent.  Our crew includes someone hiking with their spouse, someone hiking with their life partner, and a brother / sister duo.

Really the only qualities this group has in common is their storytelling ability (which you are soon to learn, is captivating) and an intense desire to make 2019 a landmark year.

You can find our Correspondents bios, headshots, and Instagram profiles (for most) below.

This is the first episode, where you will meet our Pacific Crest Trail hikers, and Lucas, who's hiking the American Discover Trail from Iowa to California.

 

American Discovery Trail

Lucas Woolfolk

IMG_3922 - Lucas WoolfolkBio: Lucas is a long time lover of the outdoors, but last year decided to take that passion to a new level. In 2018, he decided to embark on the American Discovery Trail which spans across the USA from coast to coast. He made it roughly 1,500 miles as far as the end of his home-state of Iowa, but plans to finish the remaining 2,700+ miles to the California coast in 2019. Before the venture, Lucas was suffering from depression and creative block as an artist and set out to re-spark his passions and discover the USA one step at a time.

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Appalachian Trail

Nancy Alexander

Nancy Alexander - Nancy AlexanderBio: Nancy will be 66 years young when she starts her journey on the AT. Recently retired, widowed, mom of two amazing daughters, grandmother, road cyclist, adventurer, and lover of wild flowers and wild places. She backpacked 240 miles of the AT in 2017, but that wasn't enough, so she's back for more. A lot more...

Frozen

me - FrozenBio: Frozen has 5 years of backpacking experience with his biggest trip covering a 240 mile section of the Superior Hiking Trail. He has worked in IT at the same job for 14 years and needs a life change. After his Uncle had an unfortunate hunting accident that left him paralyzed below the waist, Frozen decided that his thru hike couldn't wait until retirement, and is setting out to hike from Georgia to Maine.

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Missy Baatz

HeadShot - Missy BaatzBio: Dog lover, nature addict, crystal enthusiast. She has decided to trade in the corporate 9 to 5 for the adventure lifestyle to include the collection of experiences over material possessions. When not hiking she and her husband tour the country in their DIY camper van. Their one true happy place is in the mountains and hiking the Appalachian Trail is a dream come true.

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Melissa Glass

melissaTCpic - Melissa GlassBio: Melissa will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in March of 2019 and it will be her first long distance hike. She currently resides in Delaware where she bartends while wistfully thinking about wide open spaces. You will always see her wearing her Buff and a pair of sunglasses. Melissa hopes that you enjoy following her and the other Trail Correspondent's journeys this season!

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Kenneth Pararo

kennethBio: Kenneth is a 29 year old Atlantan. Prior to deciding to hike the AT, he spent most of his free time biking; however, a 1-week stint on the AT in March of 2018 awakened a new interest in the hardships and challenge presented by backpacking. He's submitted his resignation at the tech company he's worked at since graduating college and is ready to hit the trail again in late March of 2019 to finish what he started.

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Katharine Rudzitis

A80E7F5F-5BAD-423E-AC03-417739414871 - Katharine Rudzitis (1)Bio: Katharine is a born and bred Manhattanite who enjoys exploring and the outdoors. She grew up wandering and adventuring, but she found herself spending less and less time outside, replacing the wild with (equally wonderful) trips to other cities. The Appalachian Trail has been a lifelong dream, and she decided that 2019 would be the year to give it a try. (Plus, she loves a good, challenging goal).

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Travis

TravisBio: Travis is a naturally curious, freedom seeking Tennessee native. While preparing for his NOBO hike, he's fallen in love with trail running and creating gear spreadsheets. The AT will be his first solo thru-hike, and he's secretly hoping to catch long trail fever.

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Continental Divide Trail

Sara Dhooma

https://photos.thetrek.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/03200440/IMG_1244-Sara-Dhooma.jpgBio: Sara Dhooma’s trailname of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” perfectly describes this fearless, globe-trotting adventurer. She has travel backpacked in 75+ countries, and strives to trek the most epic landscapes on earth. After a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, she left her office job in August 2017 to complete her hiking bucket list. After a warm-up on the Israel National Trail this winter, Sara will take a big step towards the Triple Crown with a NOBO thru-hike Continental Divide Trail.

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Dosu

Dosu KinutaBio: Dosu (pronounced "dough-sew") Kinuta looks like a bum but lives like a king. If you have ever wanted to quit your career and go backpacking he would tell you to do it. If you thought that living wild and free in your 30s was for people with trust funds he will show you it's not. If you need that encouragement then listen.

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Pacific Crest Trail

head-shot-pct - Eric DEric Dernbach

Bio: Eric grew up in a small mountain town in Colorado and is the little brother to fellow trail correspondent, Alison. He studied architecture and design at Kansas State University and upon graduating moved to practice architecture in Austin, Texas. He has been working there for the previous 4 years, but the itch to get on the trail has been growing ever since. His curiosity of the outdoors has led him to take on a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike with his sister Alison in 2019.

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Karthikeya Nadendla

Karthik Headshot - KarNadendlaBio: When Karthikeya was young, he wanted to be a Scientist, later a doctor and instead became an IT Engineer. As soon as he began Hiking, Mountaineering, Rock climbing his experiences multiplied followed by a perspective change and he no longer strived to be something. So, he shifted his focus on adventures rather than designations and is leaving on a journey thru PCT with a goal to obtain maximum experience from life.

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Angie Kane

Uhngie - Angie KaneBio: Angie is a woman from Michigan who loves theatre, music & movement, and the outdoors! She is ripping herself from her "everyday life" to go on this incredible adventure and couldn't be more excited (and terrified) about it. :) She is most excited to allow the time to experience new things and new people... and to see what she sees.

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Zack Munsell

Bio: Zack Munsell is outgoing and thrives to keep the people around him comfortable, confident, and most importantly in laughing. Though he's a rookie outdoorsman, having only gotten into overnight backpacking this past summer, he's confident his strong will and personality will be defining factors that enable him to complete his thru-hike. Zack is in a little over his head, and is compensating by being a little out of his mind.

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Jazmín Ortega

IMG_7 - Jazmin OrtegaBio: Born in Los Angeles and raised in Mexico, Jazmin started out as a newspaper reporter and now works in state government, fueling her outdoor adventures in marathon running and hiking with a healthy dose of street tacos. Her SoCal-based indoor pursuits include reading, writing and painting. After section hiking the PCT for four years, she's jumping feet first into her first thru hike.

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Sarah Herman

IMG_3606 - Sarah Herman_v2Bio: Before embarking on homeless trail life, Sarah lived in the Philadelphia suburbs with her partner. She worked as a travel consultant for five years, and was an avid rock climber. She enjoys music, chocolate, Broadway, more chocolate, and being outside. She's heard candy bars abound on the PCT, and is as ready as she'll ever be for this adventure.

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Alison Dernbach

Copy of IMG_20171015_121431602 - Alison DernbachBio: Alison is from Colorado but has recently lived in California and New Mexico. She is still trying to figure out what to do with her life, but working at a nonprofit and helping land conservation projects seems to be the direction things are going. Her love of coffee, beer, and mountains knows no bounds.

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Laura Stewart

D7A43EB6-5F24-4F60-B64C-90F641DF0BBB - Laura StewartBio: Laura, a 39-year-old physical therapist from Victoria BC Canada, “hated hiking” until her early 30s. After a friend insisted she just shut up and try it, Laura realized that hiking is actually just walking, usually in beautiful surroundings. Although late to the party, Laura has since has fallen in love with hiking and backpacking, exploring the many world-renowned trails near her home on Vancouver Island, as well as in the Canadian Rockies, the European Alps, and the US. The PCT in 2019 will be her first backpacking trip longer than 2 weeks.

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Julie Klazynski

https://photos.thetrek.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/05055655/JulieKlazynski-Julie-Klazynski.jpgBio: Julie is a high school math teacher from Columbia, IL. She loves hiking and camping with her husband, coaching high school soccer, cooking, collecting National Park stamps, and having a few beers with her awesome friends and family.

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Feb 07, 2019