Are you looking to learn more and be inspired for your next hike? Do you just want to day dream and escape to the trail as you sit at your desk at work? I am currently listening to three podcasts that let me do both of those! I'm not one to put headphones in and listen to anything while I'm actually hiking (I prefer to just be in nature), but Backpacker Radio, Hiking Thru, and The Hiker Podcast are my go to listens in the car, at work, or when I'm doing things at home.
Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek
Hosted by: Juliana Chauncey (Chaunce) and Zach Davis (Badger)
Backpacker radio is in my opinion the perfect trifecta of podcast greatness. It's informative, hilarious, and relatable.
My favorite part about listening to Backpacker Radio, and probably the thing that keeps me listening, is the light hearted banter between Chaunce and Badger that they carry out during the podcast. They have me laughing out loud multiple times while listening. The podcast feels very relaxed, like you are listening to genuine conversation. While there are segments that they follow, and they do get down to business with their guests, they allow the conversation to be natural. Sometimes completely off topic tangents will occur and you have those "What were we talking about?", "How did we get here?" moments.
From the guests that are on the show to Zach and Chaunces' experience as hikers and hosts, I feel that Backpacker Radio is an honest account of hiking. As a newer hiker and someone who hasn't completed a thru hike (YET), I feel like I can trust what I learn in terms of gear, trails, and just experience out traveling and hiking, but I also still find it very relatable.
This is actually the first Backpacker Radio episode I listened too. Mac has been to so many different places around the world. For me it was really interesting to listen to his experiences from Japan, Nepal, Australia and Tasmania that you don't typically hear about.
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Hosted by: Erin Egan
Hiking Thru is very much a story telling podcast. Erin sets a conversational tone with her guests and gives them space to get the best stories out of them. You can tell that each guest is thoroughly researched before their episode. Erins questions are very insightful and she really focuses on their thoughts and emotions while they were on the trail. I feel like I am on the trail experiencing it with them while I listen.
I really enjoyed this episode because you hear a lot about the AT, PCT, and CDT and other long distance trails in the United States on podcasts, but being a resident of Alberta, it was really nice to hear about some trails closer to home. Constantine gives a very detailed account of his experiences on the Great Divide Trail, Vancouver Island Trail, and the Sea to Summit Trail.
Listen to Hiking Thru:
The Hiker Podcast
Hosted By: Andy Neal
The Hiker podcast claims to get to know the hiker behind the trekking pole and attempt to demystify hiking. I believe that through the guests Andy has on the show and the interviews he does that the podcast does accomplish this.
One of the things I really like about The Hiker Podcast is the variety of guests that Andy brings on. It's not just your big name thru hikers or your "hikerlebrities" (which I love listening to as well), but also day hikers, section hikers, and even guests providing outdoor education and conservation. Listening to people who are able to really travel and do thru hike after thru hike gets a little overwhelming sometimes. It just seems so impossible to me, so it is a nice little "oh yah, I can do this" reminder to hear from people who felt the same as me but still found a way to get out and have amazing trail experiences.
Favourite episode I've listened to so far: #9 Barney "Scout" Mann: Trail Angel, Hiker, & Author (Apple/Spotify)
This episode was easily my favorite because Scout is such an exceptional storyteller. I could have listened to him talk about hiking, his trail angel experience, and even just his life experience all day long. I actually got a little bit emotional listening to this because you can just feel how much the trail means to Scout and what a big part it has played in his life.
Listen to The Hiker Podcast:
If you give any of these a listen let me know what you think! Have any podcasts you love to listening to? Share it with me in the comments!