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What's it like to hike and live in the backcountry for 5 months? Host and thru-hiker Kyle O'Grady, who has completed every last step of the Appalachian Trail, interviews other thru-hikers, peak-baggers, and backpackers who are almost as crazy as him. Is life while thru-hiking really as glamorous as the social media stars make it out to be? Is pooping in the woods really that big of a deal? Find out these answers and more on Trail Tales.
 
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Baker is back once again, and this time he GOES OFF on some of the insane Colorado hiking/backpacking adventures he has had. We also spend some time talking about our future PCT hikes (wink wink), and of course sprinkle plenty of jokes/nonsense throughout the episode. Please consider joining my 46Climbs team to raise money for Suicide Prevention: h…
 
Lucas Smith has taken a, dare I say... untraditional route into the world of thru hiking. Rather than take on the Appalachian Trail or the PCT, Lucas has started his thru hiking journey by hiking the Buckeye Trail in Ohio, and the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. In this episode we mostly focus on the Ice Age Trail, so if you want to learn about a lesse…
 
In this two-part episode I start off by talking about the worst hiking injury I've ever experienced, which happened recently while backpacking the Cranberry Lake 50 in the Adirondacks. I talk about what went wrong, what we can do to learn from it... and how much it sucked. Here's a link to the video of my hike: https://youtu.be/ggwHwgPtF7w In part …
 
Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker is back on Trail Tales to talk all about her successful Appalachian Trail thru hike! Taylor hiked the trail in an impressive 121 days, and in this episode we talk all about it... including some of the most frequent troll comments she would receive on her videos. Taylor's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Taylorthe…
 
Jonathan Zaherek is back on the show to talk about getting sendy in the Adirondacks. Whether it's backcountry skiing, or trail running (even on the uphills) Jonathan never holds back as he continues his quest to basically be the biggest Adirondack Hiking Nerd of all time. A special thanks to Nick Groves for popping into the conversation for a few m…
 
The last time Appalachian Trail thru hiker Baker Bokorney was on the show, we put out a call for Trail Tales listeners to send him DMs on Instagram. That was pretty much the only criteria, and 8 of you delivered. Many of the messages discussed cool/lesser known thru hikes that folks want to complete, and many of them were roasting me as well. Wooho…
 
46Climbs co-founder Kolby Ziemendorf is back on the podcast! We talk about his Northville Placid Trail thru hike, his upcoming Vermont Long Trail thru hike, and I finally announce my 46Climbs team for this year! Please please please consider joining the Kyle Hates Hiking team and raising money for this great cause! You can join my team here: https:…
 
I've always wanted to go to Trail Days in Damascus, but haven't been able to. Fortunately, Jacob Younger is back on the podcast to talk about his experience at Trail Days 2021, and a bunch of other hiking nerd stuff. If you're really into Trail Tales and want to receive some bonus content, please consider supporting the show on Patreon: https://www…
 
Previous Trail Tales guest and thru hiker Russell Corfman is back exactly 100 episodes later! In our conversation we cover a number of different subjects including the bizarre (but awesome) concept of trail names, Russell's time on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and the Black Canyon Trail near Phoenix. Russell's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/chann…
 
Jay Morrison, aka ADK Woods Walker joins the show this week. Jay's channel is one of my personal favorites, due to his positive attitude, relatability and of course... his love for the Adirondacks! Be sure to listen until the end of the episode, because Jay tells a hilarious story of the time he caught changing at a campsite, and was recognized by …
 
Thru Hiker and backpacking YouTuber Frozen joins the show, for the second time! This time we discuss his hike of the Foothills Trail (and lets be honest, mine as well), some of the random hikes in the PA area that he has done, and much more! Frozen's channel is a favorite of mine, I really appreciate his attitude and the style of his content and it…
 
In this episode, Trail Tales editor and badass hiker Rose "Comics" Turner is back on the show, this time to discuss thru-hiking movies! We talk about the movies "A Walk in the Woods", "Wild", and a few more. I have not seen any of these movies, but Rose has, and I make some assumptions about them as we compare the way they portray thru hiking to th…
 
Baker is back, and in this episode we discuss what our DREAM thru hikes would be, if money, logistics, and all other obstacles were eliminated. Plus, we extend an open invitation for someone, literally anyone, to send Baker a DM on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbokorney/ If you're really into Trail Tales and want to support my content, chec…
 
Jacob Younger is back on the show for a pretty goofy episode. We each go over a list of backpacking items that we would RATHER carry than a Camp Chair. If you enjoy listening to Ultralight backpackers feel much more enlightened than they actually are, this is the episode for you :) Jacob's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealjyoungs/ Learn …
 
IBTAT is back for a third time on Trail Tales! We talk about his upcoming plans to hike the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2021, as well as his time spent working at Mountain Crossings on the Appalachian Trail. IBTAT is going to be sharing his entire CDT hike on YouTube, so go subscribe to him if you haven't already! https://www.youtube.com/chan…
 
Baker is back... again. This time we talk about navigating off trail in the Colorado wilderness, sun protection, and the band Puddle of Mudd? It's weird yo. If you're really into Trail Tales and want to receive some bonus content, please consider supporting the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/trailtales Feel free to leave me a five-star re…
 
The Schill Brothers are one of my favorite backpacking YouTube channels because they like to goof around and talk smack almost as much as I do. We didn't really have a plan for this episode, I figured we could just start yappin' away and have no trouble going for an hour... turns out I was right! We talk about the weird quirks of the backpacking Yo…
 
Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker is about to set out on her Appalachian Trail thru hike! After getting off the Appalachian Trail last year, Taylor is going to be back at it again this year, leaving in just a few days. We talk about what she is excited for, what she is nervous for, and I find a few chances to reminisce about my Appalachian Trail thru hike …
 
Jacob Younger and I met each other on the Northville Placid Trail in September 2020. He told me about making his own gear, starting a company, and I thought it was really interesting and invited him on the podcast! Check out Jacob's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealjyoungs/ Like what you hear? Want to talk some smack? You can contact me …
 
Trevor Laher passed away while attempting a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in March of 2020. Despite the tragic circumstances, his father Doug Laher has made it his mission to educate other hikers of the PCT and beyond about how the accident could have been prevented. Doug joins me in this episode to talk about Trevor's legacy, the acci…
 
Troy Zohner (Tomcat) joins the show to talk all things thru hiking, peak-bagging, and backpacking. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1999, and then went on to complete and attempt numerous other hikes. If you name it, there is a good chance Tomcat has done it! Tomcat's blog: http://www.tomcatsadventures.com/ Like what you hear? Want to talk some sm…
 
James Appleton, host of The 46 of 46 Podcast comes on for his second Trail Tales episode. We spent most of this episode talking about the 'overuse' issue in the Adirondack High Peaks....although calling it such is a massive simplification. James lives in the Adirondack Park, and thus has some unique and valuable views on the subject. Even if you do…
 
In the 100th episode special, Baker takes over the job of interviewer and asks me all about my journey to becoming the #1 HOT NEW hiking influencer....lol. He asks me about the process behind my content, Flossy's involvement, my favorite YouTubers/podcasts, and much much more. PLUS this episode features some "new advertisers"... you won't want to m…
 
One of my favorite photographer's based in the White Mountains, Corey McMullen joins the show! I pick his brain about living in North Conway, which is a fantasy of mine lmao, and of course we spend a lot of time talking about the process behind his amazing photos. If you're not a photographer then don't worry; I really tried to ask more generalized…
 
Nikoline Hamann joins the show all the way from Denmark to talk about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail! We talk about the inspiration it took to commit to the idea of the Appalachian Trail despite living on a different continent, some of the highs and lows of her thru hike, and at the end she tells a story of how she fell and injured her face…
 
Rose "Comics" Turner joins the show this week to talk all about the Appalachian Trail and creating comics on it! That's right, Comics made creating art an integral part of her Appalachian Trail thru hiking experience. Also, since she hiked a good portion of the trail SOBO in 2018, we spend some time trying to figure out when we passed each other (s…
 
Natalie Reynoso joins Trail Tales to talk about the John Muir Trail... and what could go wrong when hiking it! We all know about the little random things that can go wrong when backpacking, and we cover basically all of them in this episode. Check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natreynoso/ Like what you hear? Want to talk some smack? …
 
Sophia Garber joins the podcast to tell the story of her 2020 Northville Placid Trail thru hike in the Adirondacks. She hiked it very shortly after Flossy and I did, and despite the similar time-frame... her hike sounded way more fun! So if you thought my NPT story was kind of a downer, give Sophia's a listen and hopefully you will get a different …
 
The White Mountains legend is back for another episode! We talk about Philip setting the FKT for the White Mountains Redlining project, and how it was much tougher than he estimated it to be. As per usual, Philip details the highs and lows of his achievement, and sets the record straight about what his next project will be. Follow Philip on Instagr…
 
Justin Outdoors joins the show to talk all about the Canadian Rockies, winter backpacking, and much much more. He has an awesome YouTube channel that focuses on gear reviews, trip videos, and hiking tips! Go check him out: https://www.youtube.com/user/jhick777 Huge thanks to CS Instant Coffee for sponsoring this episode! Go check them out through m…
 
It's no secret that thru hiking in 2020 is a very controversial topic. I usually try to stay out of controversial issues, but due to a number of listeners who reached out to me (and my own curiosity) I finally cracked... I present to you, and interview with Rune Ravn, a 2020 Appalachian Trail thru hiker. I ask Rune to tell his story, and ask him a …
 
Flossy and I successfully completed the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondacks. This was my second attempt at thru hiking this trail so I finally got my redemption. However... it wasn't easy. It was the hardest hike that we have attempted since the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Tune in to find out what happened. Go watch the video of our hike: htt…
 
Ryan Bunting joins the show to discuss a few lesser-known thru hikes in Western Canada. He explains what the Great Divide Trail, Sea to Sky Trail, and Vancouver Island trails are, and all about some of the crazy experiences he's had on them. Ryan's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wolvraid37np Huge thanks to CS Instant Coffee for spons…
 
Flossy joins me once again to discuss the backpacking and hiking we have done since our last episode (episode 89), as well as our hiking plans for the future. We are going to be attempting to thru hike the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondacks... we talk about what we are excited for, the build up to the hike, and what we are nervous for. Huge…
 
Will Peterson thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2019, and after cancelling a 2020 PCT thru hike he decided to go after the White Mountains Direttissima FKT. Despite no previous experience setting FKTs, Will crushed the route and ended up setting the new unsupported FKT at 5 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. Super awesome! Article about Will's White M…
 
Sintax77 joins me again to talk about our hike of the Devil's Path in the Catskill mountains of New York. We did this hike in mid-August of 2020... and it absolutely kicked my butt. We were successful but I certainly underestimated the trail, so it was a humbling experience! In this episode we cover all the logistics of hiking Devil's Path, and muc…
 
My good friend Kayla joins the show this week to talk all about her FIRST THRU HIKE EVER in which she completed MY FAVORITE TRAIL EVER i.e the Vermont Long Trail! The Long Trail is tough, and hiking it in a group of 4 is even tougher, so I think it's awesome that she was able to crush it! We talk about group hiking, some of her favorite spots on th…
 
Taylor the Nahamsha Hiker joins me this week to talk about our thru hike of the Monadnock to Sunapee Greenway Trail! This trail is a 50-mile HIDDEN GEM in southwestern New Hampshire. We talk about why this trail is so amazing, how we got woken up by an ATV in the middle of the night, and much more! Go check Taylor's YouTube channel: https://www.you…
 
Amy "Slider" Hunsucker joins the show this week to talk about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail! Not only did she complete the Appalachian Trail, but she did so carrying a plastic trombone! Tune into this light-hearted episode to hear all about her adventure. Also, sorry about the audio quality on this one! Thanks to Sawyer Products for sponso…
 
The one and only Kraig Adams joins me this week to chat about his wildly successful YouTube channel. Kraig started out as a more 'traditional' YouTuber and has transitioned his content into that of a hiking channel. This is very much a rapid fire episode, with me asking many questions that were submitted on Instagram. We cover a lot, so buckle up! …
 
Baker is back, and for this episode we blatantly rip off Backpacker Radio's patent pending idea. We spent the entire episode discussing our ideas for new backpacking gear inventions. From Bear Spray trekking poles to a poop trowel which doubles as a spork, this one was a riot. Huge thanks to CS Instant Coffee for sponsoring this episode! Go check t…
 
Philip Werner is the creator behind SectionHiker.com, one of the first and most popular backpacking blogs on the internet. His website has been an important source of information to me since I first began hiking, so I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to chat with him. We talk a lot about the White Mountains, Redlining, and at the en…
 
Socked In (Rebecca Sperry) is attempting to set the female FKT for the White Mountains Redlining project. She just started and is full of ambition, and has a plan. She is a very experienced hiker and loves the Whites, and it was great to talk about the logistics and difficulties that will come with such an intense project. Much respect! Socked In o…
 
Flossy is back! We talk about the hikes that we've been lucky enough to complete so far this year, why Flossy moved to Vermont, and of course why we ended up sleeping behind a Dairy Queen on our Appalachian Trail thru hike! This is the first IN PERSON interview for Trail Tales, so you are about to listen to history in the making. HUGE thanks to Saw…
 
Ryan Stratton hiked the PCT in 2018 and also happens to be a member of the same fraternity as me. In this episode I ask him a bunch of questions about West Coast thru hiking that make me nervous to venture out there... most of you probably know what half those things already are at this point. Also, sorry I was so tired for this one. HUGE thanks to…
 
Jonathan Zaharek is an accomplished hiker, having most recently completed a single season winter 46 in the Adirondack High Peaks. Not only does he crush miles like a boss, but he is also an amazing photographer and filmmaker. In this episode we talk all about the Adirondacks, his hiking related content, and much more. Jonathan's YouTube channel: ht…
 
Joe Biasi thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015. Like many other thru hikers, Joe struggled to keep up with the mental challenges of the Appalachian Trail. Rather than quitting, he continued on out of stubbornness and ended up finishing the trail. This might seem like an inspiring story, but in this episode Joe talks about why he wishes things m…
 
BAKER IS BACK. I can't get rid of this guy... in this episode we talk all about ultralight backpacking gear! We talk about backpacking tents, backpacks, and lots of other gear. I've said numerous times on Trail Tales that I don't care about gear... but folks, I'm getting back into my gear phase. HUGE thanks to Sawyer Products for sponsoring this ep…
 
Follow Bigfoot joins the show to talk all about the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota. I've been curious to learn about this trail for a long time, so it was great to hear Bigfoot share all the essential information one must know before attempting a thru hike. In addtion, Bigfoot shares stories from his unsupported FKT of the Superior Hiking Trail…
 
Devin from the YouTube channel Backcountry Exposure joins me this week! We talk about fishing in the backcountry, living/hiking in Utah, and being a YouTuber in the backpacking niche. Make sure you listen to the end, because Devin tells a pretty gnarly story about hiking with his dog - a story which should remind all of us to take precautions when …
 
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