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.

#122 | Fancy Feast + Hot Ones (Hiker Trash Edition) Backpacker Radio

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 a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, after having her SOBO PCT plans thwarted by California's fires. In addition to giving us the unenviable story of finding Badger's dirty socks, she shares her experiences of working a variety of conservation jobs, including her time at the Green Mountain Club, and quite possibly the funniest trail name origin story we've ever heard. We wrap the show with a triple crown of the most beautiful spaces we've seen while backpacking, a quick n dirty gear review on the Platypus QuickDraw, and some listener feedback on period underwear.   Minus33: Head to and use code “21backpacker15” for 15% off your order Enlightened Equipment: Save 10% off of Enlightened Equipment’s Stock Revelation Quilt or Torrid Jacket with code “thetrek10” here  Organifi discount code: Use code “backpacker” at for 20% off your purchase ZBiotics: Use code “trek10” at [divider] Interview with Fancy Feast Fancy Feast's Instagram Time stamps & Questions 00:04:40 – QOTD: Do people attempting an FKT take the time to bury their poop? 00:06:30 – Backpacker Team Hot Ones 00:07:23 – How is everyone’s spice tolerance?  00:09:05 – Chaunce, what’s the longest you have gone without a shower? 00:11:00 – Zach, are there any big adventure plans with Leo?  00:12:20 – Chaunce, if you could co-host with someone other than Zach, who would you pick? 00:12:42 – Zach, if you could co-host with someone other than Chaunce, who would you pick? 00:14:03 – Can you name the first 10 episodes of Backpacker Radio in order?  00:18:11 – Zach, do you and Chaunce ever argue over creative differences? If so, when?  00:21:10 – Chaunce, what annoys you the most about Zach? 00:23:03 – Zach, can you explain this Tweet: “We imitate dog stretches and sexual positions, but not their affinity for goose shit. Seems arbitrary to me.” What inspired that? 00:24:23 – Chaunce, are there any episodes you wish you could erase?  00:27:29 – What’s the most annoying thru-hiking cliche?  00:31:34 – Chaunce, are you single?  00:32:07 – Zach, what was the last thing you lied to Jenna about?  00:33:39 – Chaunce, do you know what the Vas Deferens are? The seminal vesicles? The corona?  00:38:21 – Zach, can you sing “Walking Slow” by Animal Years? 00:40:11 – What’s the worst Leave No Trace error you’ve made?  00:43:13 – Out of all the guests on the show, are there any that you’d never want to hike with or have back on the show?  00:44:50 – Chaunce and Zach, will either of you triple crown?  00:49:10 – Introducing Fancy Feast 00:50:26 – Backstory of Zach’s sock search  00:53:22 – When did you finish the Colorado Trail?  00:53:39 – Give us your backpacking resume 00:57:06 – What was it like to work for the Green Mountain Club?  00:57:12 – Walk us through your job  00:58:00 – How do you go about educating other hikers?  00:58:43 – How did you handle poop stirring tasks?  00:58:57 – What do you stir the waste with?  00:59:43 – How many total privies have you stirred?  01:01:14 – What is the difference between the privies?  01:01:51 – Do you wear a N95 mask when doing those tasks?  01:02:02 – Have you ever gotten poop soup on you? 01:03:13 – What happens after the composting process begins?  01:03:34 – Where does the new soil get distributed?  01:04:34 – Do you have any advice for others looking for a similar job?  01:05:46 – Anything else on the hiking resume?  01:07:00 – What is it like to be told you need to get off trail vs. when you make the decision yourself?  01:10:05 – When you switched to the Sierra, was it a strategic decision?  01:10:48 – Did you hike the CT with other PCT hikers? 01:13:04 – What was the journey like getting from the PCT to the CT? 01:15:58 – What’s the Southwest Conservation Corp?  01:16:35 – What are some examples of the work?  01:18:00 – How did you end up getting into conservation work?  01:19:33 – Give us your pitch on why trail maintenance is rewarding  01:22:52 – How many compliments do you get on your hat?  01:23:20 – How did you find out about Zach’s socks?  01:24:04 – Did you have trouble finding them? 01:24:48 – What was appealing about the sock hunt?  01:26:44 – What hike is next?  01:27:28 – Do you have to worry about snow?  01:29:04 – What knowledge do you need to have about cows?  01:30:26 – Is this a paid role? 01:30:36 – Is there an adventure planned for after ski bumming?  01:31:29 – If you went back on the conservation end of the spectrum, do you have a dream conservation job?  01:32:15 – How did you get the name Fancy Feast?  01:34:58 – Did it taste like it smells?  01:35:24 – Have you eaten cat food since?  01:36:45 – As a listener, what is something you’ve always wanted to say to the hosts?  01:37:45 – Was it a conscious decision to not wear makeup on an episode where you’re sweating?  01:38:14 – How does the studio compare to your expectations?  01:38:56 – What was your least favorite episode?  01:39:20 – What do you do to save money?  01:40:29 – What was your favorite episode?  01:42:49 – Anything else you’d like to convey, Fancy Feast?     SEGMENTS Hot Ones Bet  Trek Propaganda  Triple Crown of the best backpacking views  Gross or Not Gross If you don't wash thrifted clothes before you wear them Mail Bag  5 Star Review [divider] Check out our sound guy @Paulybooyshallcross. 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, Ausen McDaniel, Jason Lawrence, Christopher Marshburn, Sawyer Products, Brad and Blair (Thirteen Adventures), Brent Stenberg, Patrick Cianciolo, Brandon Spilker and Matt Soukup. A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Cynthia Voth,, Emily Brown, Mitchell, Dcnerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Peter Ellenberg, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven, TraskVT, Lindsay Sparks, Liz Seger and Lisa Douglas.
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Father of the FKT – Buzz Burrell

The poster boy for Fastest Known Times is Kílian Jornet Burgada.

As I post, Kilian holds the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of MatterhornMont BlancDenali and perhaps Everest.

But it’s  Buzz Burrell who really popularized the concept, co-founding with Peter Bakwin and Jeff Schuler.

Buzz Burrell

Those three run the site on a voluntary basis.  And it’s a ton of work.

Buzz himself had been racing routes for decades. He set the FKT on the Colorado Trail in 1999.  The FKT on John Muir in 2000. 

This interview with Buzz will fill you with respect.  Buzz co-hosts his own audio show called the FKT Podcast

40. Backcountry Coffee with the Pros Out and Back

Coffee is life for many of us. It’s our morning ritual, a jolt that shakes us out of the afternoon doldrums, and a pick-me-up when we need to burn the midnight oil. But in the backcountry, brewing the perfect cup can be complicated. A pour-over leaves you with messy grounds to haul out and instant coffee often falls short on taste. We turned to some of our favorite professional hikers — Heather “Anish” Anderson, the Hiking Viking, Adventure Alan Dixon, and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas — to unmask the secrets to brewing the best cup of coffee in camp. We spent time with each of these world-famous hikers, learning how they use coffee in their adventures and what they do to make their morning cup of joe in the wild. Turns out their methods for making coffee on trail are as wild and varied as their personalities. They join us on the Out and Back podcast this week to share their field-tested brewing techniques, so you can get the most out of your coffee on your next adventure. Tune in to Episode 40 of the Out and Back podcast to get the details on Liz Thomas’s scientific, blind study on the best instant coffee brands. Find out what type of coffee Heather Anderson uses on longer trips. Learn about Viking’s coffee alternative and get a ridiculous story about how he hated his junior high school science teacher’s coffee breath, but somehow wound up drinking coffee anyway. Get the specs on Adventure Alan’s 1.8-ounce coffee methods that jive with even the most stringent ultralight backpacking principles.  Follow these hikers on Instagram: @lizthomashiking, @1adventurealan, @anishhikes, @therealhikingvikingMake sure to check out the Out and Back podcast page on Instagram!And remember, podcast listeners get a Discount on a Gaia GPS Membership!
  1. 40. Backcountry Coffee with the Pros
  2. 39. Mike Clelland – Owls and UFOs
  3. 38. She Dreams of Alpine, Allison Boyle
  4. 37. Life With Fire (Amanda Monthei)
  5. 36. Jeep on Fire: Casey Kaiser (Gaia GPS Offroad Podcast collaboration)

NEW podcast – Cicerone Hiking guidebooks

As publishers of nearly 400 outdoor travel guidebooks, Cicerone Press are a specialist team who love the outdoors and want to inspire and guide you on your next outdoor adventure.

In this episode, hosts Amy Hodkin and Hannah Stevenson introduce themselves and speak to Joe Williams about the history of Cicerone, our team of expert authors and the areas and activities covered in Cicerone guidebooks.

Whether walking, cycling, trekking, scrambling, mountain biking, running or skiing, Cicerone offers guidebooks written, edited and tested by outdoor experts.

Find out more and view our full range of guidebooks on the Cicerone website,

You can also search for @CiceronePress on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and join our Facebook community group, Cicerone Connect.

I used their Aconcagua guidebook, for example, when hiking independently to French Base Camp.

super hiker Mary Cochenour

Tune in to this week’s episode of the Out and Back podcast as Mary tells a thrilling tale about her early days as a wilderness ranger in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Hear about her first night spent alone in the wilderness and what happened months later when she discovered that a man had been following her around the backcountry. …

Mary … is the Out and Back podcast producer and a writer and editor at Gaia GPS.

When she is not in the office, Mary works as a guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures in wild places around the west, like Rocky Mountain National Park, Yosemite, and the Brooks Range in Alaska. …

Click through to listen to the story online:

Solo Backpacking with a Stalker

Andrew Skurka interview

Andrew Skurka is without question one of the most accomplished hikers in history.  A legend.

  • Alaska-Yukon Expedition (6 months, 4,700 miles),
  • Great Western Loop (7 months, 6,875 miles), and the
  • Sea-to-Sea Route (11 months, 7,775 miles).

He’s run a 2:28 marathon, as well.

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail, was published by National Geographic – over 125,000 copies sold.

Today he and his team lead people to exciting destinations, teaching skills along the way: planning, gear, fitness, food, navigation, responding to emergencies, etc.

In a recent podcast interview Andrew explains why he still prefers map and compass, using electronics as a back-up.  And you have to believe him since it was sponsored by the Gaia GPS app.

Click PLAY or listen to it clicking through via Twitter.







walking the Keystone XL pipeline route

When writer Ken Ilgunas set out to walk the 1,700-mile proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline and talk to the people he met there, he expected challenging debates about climate change, energy security and national sovereignty. In researching his new book, “Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland,” he expected to experience the wisdom of the people and decipher the pipe’s symbolic meaning. He expected enlightenment.

Instead, he found a country we wish were just a caricature: an America that does not actually value debate, or enlightenment, or wisdom at all. …

LA Times review

Ilgunas is a very interesting and thoughtful writer.

He’s personally against the pipeline.

I listened to an interview on the Backpacker Radio podcast.

The Keystone Pipeline System is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States, commissioned in 2010 and now owned solely by TransCanada Corporation. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas, and also to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma. … 


… The proposed Keystone XL (sometimes abbreviated KXL, with XL standing for “export limited” Pipeline (Phase IV) would connect the Phase I-pipeline terminals in Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Nebraska by a shorter route and a larger-diameter pipe. …

The Adventure Blog has moved

Our favourite site covering adventure worldwide — including hiking — has moved to a new URL:

The new theme looks great too. Follow them on the site, Facebook or Twitter.

related – The Adventure Podcast

My Interview on Adventure Podcast #17

Kraig Becker:

The latest episode of The Adventure Podcast is now available for download.

As usual, you can grab it from Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher, and Spotify. I’ve also attached it to this blog post for those who prefer to listen directly from their browser ….

Adventure Blog – Interview with Rick McCharles of

We talked best hiking trails in the world. My essential gear. Cam Honan. And much, much more. It’s a long episode.

I’ve learned a lot about a lot over the first 18 episodes.

Adventure Podcast – Episode 2: 10 Essentials of Hiking

Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker talk gear on their new audiocast.

Dave referred to his 2003 edition of Freedom of the Hills. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the 1974 version of that classic.

He and Kraig added 3-4 more essentials, only briefly touching on the non-essential electronics most of us carry.

Check it out:

The Adventure Podcast – Episode 2: The 10 Essentials of Hiking


  1. Navigation. Topographic map and assorted maps in waterproof container plus a magnetic compass, optional altimeter or GPS receiver.
  2. Sun protection. Sunglasses, sunscreen for lips and skin, hat, clothing for sun protection.
  3. Insulation. Hat, gloves, jacket, extra clothing for coldest possible weather during current season.
  4. Illumination. Headlamp, flashlight, batteries. LED bulb is preferred to extend battery life.
  5. First-aid supplies, plus insect repellent.
  6. Fire. Butane lighter, matches in waterproof container.
  7. Repair kit and tools. Knives, multi-tool, scissors, pliers, screwdriver, trowel/shovel, duct tape, cable ties.
  8. Nutrition. Add extra food for one additional day (for emergency). Dry food is preferred to save weight and usually needs water.
  9. Hydration. Add extra 2 liters of water for one additional day (for emergency).
  10. Emergency shelter. Tarp, bivouac sackspace blanket, plastic tube tent, jumbo trash bags, insulated sleeping pad.

The textbook recommends supplementing the ten essentials with:


NEW – The Adventure Podcast

 I’m subscribed. 🙂

An extension to the excellent Adventure Blog online.

Kraig Becker:

… The first episode is now available to download through iTunes or can be accessed directly here.

… weekly news from the adventure world, discussing major topics of interest, talking about gear, and having interviews with interesting guests.
It is co-hosted with my friend David Adlard, who has a rich background in the world of outdoor adventure as well having competed in several Ironman events and numerous adventure races, as well as working as a mountain guide and race director himself. …
We have also set up a few social media outlets for those who would like to share feedback and learn more about the podcast. Our Facebook page can be found here and we’re active on Twitter at @adventure_pod. We can also be reached by email at …