Backpacker Radio #140 | Hiking the Appalachian Trail Pt 2: How to Train, Dangerous Wildlife, and More – The Trek

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are running back the Appalachian Trail panel.  This time, your favorite cinnamon connection are working in tandem to share some more of their top, trail-tested advice for hiking the AT.  This includes how to prevent against the biggest threat presented by the Trail, the right resupply strategy (or lack thereof), how to train for the Trail, and much more.

We wrap the show with a triple crown of traits you’d want in a hiking partner and we chat about some of our favorite down jacket options.   


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AT Panel with Chaunce & Badger

Time stamps & Questions

00:03:48 – QOTD: How do you feel about mint chocolate chip ice cream? 

00:10:40 – BPR Announcements: WE ARE GOING TO TRAIL DAYS! 

00:13:10 – Badger Tip #1: Permethrin your clothes! 

00:19:34 – Chaunce Tip #1: Give shelters a shot 

00:23:47 – Badger Tip #2: Dry out your gear

00:25:21 – Don’t worry about tidying your pack

00:26:52 – Chaunce Tip #2: Train vertically 

00:28:34 – Alternatives to stair stepper machines 

00:30:38 – Why running isn’t enough training for the AT 

00:31:47 – Badger Tip #3: Don’t pre-plan resupplies on the AT

00:40:22 – Chaunce Tip #3: Instead of researching sights, research trail towns and history 

00:44:29 – Be sure to have a seasoned hiker give you a shake down 

00:49:15 – Panel wrap up


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