In as we speak’s episode of Backpacker Radio introduced by The Trek, we’re joined by Hazel Platt recognized on path as Platypus. Along with thru-hikes of the Appalachian Path and the Pacific Northwest Path, Hazel additionally serves because the Volunteer Engagement Affiliate for the PCTA. Hazel can be a queer/trans hiker, going by the he/they pronouns. We go deep on this interview, studying about Hazel’s emotional journey of popping out as a trans hiker throughout the peak of lockdown within the lower than welcoming surroundings of a conservative group in West Virginia. We additionally study concerning the variations of Hazel’s thru-hikes, the place that they had come out as queer previous to the AT, and trans shortly earlier than embarking on the Pacific Northwest Path. We chat about Hazel’s love for off-trail mountaineering, together with the highlights and lowlights of navigating on the PNT. We conclude the interview with an summary of Hazel’s work on the PCTA, the significance volunteers play for the Pacific Crest Path, and what the longer term beholds for the non-profit.
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Interview with Hazel “Platypus” Platt
Time stamps & Questions
00:04:45 – QOTD: How was the Denver Hiker Trash meetup?
00:13:05 – BPR Bulletins: Path Days Highway Journey, Asheville Meetup Could 11, 6:30pm
00:15:15 – Introducing Hazel
00:15:45 – What’s your backpacking resume?
00:16:42 – What precipitated you to not end the Lengthy Path?
00:17:19 – Did you are feeling in over your head beginning the AT?
00:18:10 – Any notable tales from the AT?
00:19:40 – What was the inspiration to develop into sober?
00:20:40 – What would you prefer to share about your popping out course of?
00:23:04 – What was the reception like in West Virginia or on-line?
00:25:35 – Are you able to stroll us by what it was like when the pandemic began for you?
00:29:12 – Inform us about your tech profession previous to mountaineering.
00:33:08 – Did the cloud round gender dysphoria carry in any respect after popping out?
00:35:35 – Are you able to converse to a number of the frequent cultural challenges you’re inundated with?
00:40:43 – What comes up for you when somebody will get your pronouns improper?
00:41:47 – What was your expertise and reception like on the Pacific Northwest Path?
00:46:06 – Was there a distinction in your mountaineering expertise from the AT to the PNT?
00:48:50 – What was it like going from the group of the AT to the isolation of the PNT?
00:51:04 – Did you see any grizzlies?
00:51:42 – Inform us concerning the time you bought misplaced.
00:56:54 – Are you aware how way more of the path has been developed lately?
00:58:43 – Are you able to converse to the group you discovered on path in comparison with what you anticipated?
01:01:24 – Are there locations you’d recommend somebody search for group previous to mountaineering?
01:04:15 – Dialogue about historical past.
01:10:40 – Inform us a narrative that encapsulates the larger image historical past of the AT.
01:13:30 – Inform us a enjoyable reality about crops.
01:15:21 – Inform Zach the story about George Washington, land surveying, and the Fairfax line.
01:20:14 – Inform us about your function with the PCTA.
01:21:20 – Are you able to inform us extra concerning the function volunteers play for the PCTA?
01:22:56 – Are you able to converse to a number of the largest challenges of working with volunteers?
01:26:37 – What’s your imaginative and prescient for extra inclusive packages and messaging inside the PCTA?
01:30:18 – How do you see your self carrying out your individual targets inside your work?
01:32:22 – Do you will have any parting ideas to share?
01:36:55 – Thanks!
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