In as we speak’s episode of Backpacker Radio introduced by The Trek, we’re joined by Nika “Early Chicken” Meyers. Nika is a backpacking badass. Not solely is she a triple crowner, however Early Chicken has set a pair of pace data, together with the unsupported FKT on the Lengthy Path and the self-supported FKT on the Colorado Path, which she set final yr with a time of 9 days 14 hours, and 19 minutes (remember, this takes most individuals a full month). We get a full chronology of Nika’s backpacking profession, when and the place the thought of trying FKTs first entered her world, her background in aggressive snowboarding, crucial lesson she’s discovered when trying thru-hikes, her unbelievable art work, and rather more.
We wrap the present with a sequence of Elise-centric segments (as she’s sitting in for Chaunce as we speak), together with how she’s getting ready, what gear she’s utilizing, how she’s budgeting for the CDT, and rather more. We additionally chat about some 4-6 day backpacking journeys within the West to place in your bucket listing, how thru-hiking has modified our lives, and we get a shock go to from Jabba on the finish of our interview.
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Interview with Nika “Early Chicken” Meyers
Time stamps & Questions
00:05:11 – QOTD: What are your climbing plans for this summer season?
00:07:27 – BPR Bulletins: Path Days Street Journey, Asheville Meetup Might 11, 6:30pm
00:08:30 – Introducing Nika
00:08:56 – How did you get your path identify?
00:10:33 – What’s related in your background earlier than you began thru-hiking?
00:13:51 – Do you know instantly after the Lengthy Path that you’d do extra lengthy trails?
00:15:35 – What sort of animals use the Lengthy Path as a migratory hall?
00:16:34 – For those who bought to listing one sport in your tombstone, what would it not be?
00:17:23 – Take us from the Lengthy Path in 2012 to the PCT in 2014.
00:19:03 – How did you handle with out your father or mother’s blessing for beginning the PCT?
00:22:00 – How rapidly did you hike the Lengthy Path and the PCT?
00:24:50 – How did you get considering FKTs?
00:26:27 – Anything you wish to spotlight from the PCT?
00:26:56 – What did you do after the PCT?
00:28:25 – What’s more durable, a 50-mile day or coping with highschool youngsters?
00:29:34 – How did you get into environmental schooling to start with?
00:32:11 – What was your way of life like residing within the Cascades?
00:32:55 – Dialogue about snow on the PCT.
00:33:40 – What’s your snow climbing method?
00:35:08 – Did you do loads of peaks within the Cascades?
00:36:08 – Are you an adrenaline junkie?
00:36:55 – Inform us concerning the CDT.
00:37:20 – What’s your pack weight like for these hikes?
00:38:54 – What else do you wish to share concerning the CDT?
00:41:54 – Did you are feeling the identical method going from the CDT to AT that you simply did PCT to CDT?
00:45:07 – What are the largest variations between these two trails?
00:47:10 – What’s your tackle the AT as your final Triple Crown path?
00:49:02 – Was it tough to discover a option to hike by your self?
00:51:00 – Was this pink blazing or banana blazing?
00:52:24 – Inform us your poop story.
00:57:41 – Something notable from the Rim2Rim2Rim?
00:58:23 – What’s the elevation change within the Grand Canyon?
00:58:40 – What’s the R2R2R FKT?
01:00:28 – How briskly did you hike the Arizona Path?
01:00:47 – When did you get the thought of setting FKTs?
01:02:56 – How did you bridge the hole between regimented schedules and having enjoyable?
01:05:56 – How do you intend an FKT with out planning day by day mileage?
01:08:14 – What was your sleep routine like?
01:09:00 – Dialogue about speaking with different hikers whereas pursuing an FKT.
01:11:22 – Did you make the most of caffeine in any respect?
01:13:42 – Did your urge for food ever get again to regular throughout the Colorado Path FKT?
01:15:12 – Did you crave something throughout an FKT?
01:15:55 – Do you suppose this can change your meals planning for future FKTs?
01:16:42 – Is any a part of an FKT Kind I enjoyable?
01:18:02 – Do you get anxious about climbing in the midst of the evening?
01:19:11 – What’s the time distinction between the Lengthy Path and Colorado Path FKTs?
01:21:58 – Do you get antsy whereas ready for storms to go?
01:22:48 – Did ending in higher situation have extra to do along with your coaching or the terrain?
01:24:08 – Inform us about your artwork.
01:27:37 – Inform us concerning the watercolor t-shirt.
01:29:10 – For those who might decide one piece to show in your own home, which would it not be?
01:30:13 – Are loads of items commissioned?
01:30:45 – The place can individuals meet up with you?
01:31:43 – What’s subsequent for you?
01:32:54 – Thanks!
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