Thru-Hiker Clara “Redfeather” Hughes

In Canada, Clara Hughes is a household name.

A legend, she won multiple Olympic medals in both Summer and Winter Games — 6 medals total. The only person ever to have won multiple medals in both.

BUT she met her husband, Peter Guzman, on the AT.

And went on to become a legendary thru-hiker.

#185 | Patricia Cameron on Being Assaulted in a Trail Town, Her PCT LASH, and Living on a Glacier in Alaska Backpacker Radio

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again joined by Patricia Cameron. We catch up on all that she's been up to since our last interview, including a NOLS mountaineering leadership course in Alaska, a 2022 LASH on the PCT, and a hiker trash prom hosted by her organization, Blackpackers. Patricia also shares a distressing story of her being the victim of a hate crime during her PCT hike in Lone Pine, California, in which she caught the entire encounter on video. We play the audio from this incident, get Patricia's take on exactly what went down, some of her thoughts on the risk and reception of being a hiker of color through these rural towns, and despite this incident, why she has no plans to stop long-distance backpacking anytime soon. A warning to listeners that the audio from this video is triggering, but I do believe that it's important for everyone in the community to hear this and get a sense of the depressing reality that still persists for many of our fellow hikers. We wrap the show with a few reasons why a flip-flop thru-hike might be the way to go on the AT, a triple crown of non-dog pets, a superb listener poop story, and more. Enlightened Equipment: Use code “TREKPOD10” for 10% off Enlightened Equipment’s Stock Revelation Quilt or Torrid Jacket at Organifi: Use code “BACKPACKER” for 20% off at Gossamer Gear: Use code “TAKELESSTREKMORE” for 15% off at  [divider] Interview with Patricia Cameron Blackpacker's Website Patricia’s Twitter Patricia’s Instagram Blackpackers Instagram Time stamps & Questions 00:06:50 – QOTD: Would you take 5 years off your life to talk back and forth with your dog for one hour? 00:11:45 – Reminders: subscribe to the Trek newsletter for news about the Badger Sponsorship 00:12:20 – Introducing Patricia 00:13:14 – What have you been up to since March of 2021? 00:14:54 – What does a person do on a glacier for 2 weeks? 00:18:41 – What inspired you to take the class and learn these winter skills? 00:20:03 – How does a day on a glacier compare to a day of backpacking? 00:22:02 – What skill were you most excited to learn? 00:24:35 – How did you transition from Alaska to Kennedy Meadows? 00:25:30 – Tell us about starting on the PCT 00:26:40 – Discussion about cold soaking and food planning 00:28:33 – What made the PCT harder than you were expecting? 00:33:27 – Tell us about hiking after injuring your leg. 00:35:11 – Did you consider getting off trail? 00:36:01 – Tell us about the incident that happened in Lone Pine. 00:40:25 – *Trigger warning: Audio clip starts* 00:41:22 – *Trigger warning: Audio clip ends* 00:42:30 – Were you scared at that moment? 00:42:45 – Were you more or less scared going back to trail after that? 00:45:38 – Tell us more about Nicole and Girls Fight Back 00:46:43 – Is there a part of you that feels vindicated by capturing the incident on video? 00:50:18 – What will it take for you to feel safe going to Lone Pine? 00:53:48 – What do you want the listener to take away from hearing this? 00:56:48 – How did the incident impact the rest of your hike, particularly in trail towns? 01:00:30 – Any parting messages related to this? 01:01:04 – Where did your LASH end? 01:03:30 – Discussion about Amtrak ride from Truckee to Denver 01:06:00 – Discussion about the Tahoe Rim Trail 01:08:20 – Would you recommend the TRT to others? 01:10:00 – Tell us about your Good Morning America interview 01:14:15 – Discussion about public speaking 01:15:40 – Tell us about Hiker Trash Prom 01:17:48 – What’s coming up for Blackpackers in 2023? 01:20:00 – Thank you! SEGMENTS Trek Propaganda 6 Reasons a Flip-Flop Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail Is the Right Way To Go by Richard “Crossword” Guenther That’s all, Folks. by MG Hibionada Triple Crown of non-dog pets Mail Bag 5 Star Review [divider] Check out our sound guy @paulyboyshallcross. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)!  Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. Advertise on Backpacker Radio Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube. Follow Backpacker Radio on Tik Tok.  A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Andrew, Austen McDaniel, Austin Ford, Brad & Blair (Thirteen Adventures), Brent Stenberg, Christopher Marshburn, Dayne, Greg McDaniel, Kristina Diaz, Matt Soukup, Mike Poisel, Patrick Cianciolo, Paul Packman Sealy, Sawyer Products, and Tracy “Trigger” Fawns. A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Dcnerdlet, Jacob Northrup, Jeff LaFranier, Keith Dobie Jr, Liz Seger, and Peter.
  1. #185 | Patricia Cameron on Being Assaulted in a Trail Town, Her PCT LASH, and Living on a Glacier in Alaska
  2. #184 | Andrew Skurka 4.0: Hunting, His Latest Gear Takes, and Gifting Chaunce a Trash Bag
  3. #183 | Mackenzie Fresquez on Backpacking with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD
  4. Q&A #1: Pros & Cons of Sharing Hike on Social Media, How to Intergrate into the Hiking World, Timberline Trail vs. Tahoe Rim Trail
  5. #182 | Ethan Greene, Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, on All Things Avalanche Safety

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