The Backpacking Podcast
By John Kelley, Jeremiah Stringer
Be prepared to listen to great stories, hear from incredible guests, and laugh until your stomach hurts. Jeremiah Stringer and John Kelley share from experiences and knowledge from the trail while bringing the fun back to backpacking podcasts. The main goal here is to make you smile, and you'll quickly realize that Wednesdays are the best day of the week.
82 PIE ON THE TRAIL: Bonus Episode - Traveling Abroad, Long Trails, and Bagels
JK and Jeremiah have an incredible conversation with international traveler and long trail hiker, Pie. We talk about everything from his recent hike through Iceland to his love of bagels and summer sausage.
October 22, 2021
81 DOC - Poop Embarrassment on Trail, Hiking the JMT, and Getting Struck by Lightening
Host of The John Freakin' Muir Podcast, Doc knows a little bit about everything, but not enough about anything to be an expert. Keeping his nose above the waterline and his toes above the tree line. https://thejohnfreakinmuirpod.wordpress.com/ @johnfreakinmuirpodcast
October 20, 2021
80 CHICKEN TRAMPER - A Cottage Company Success Story
Jeremiah and JK catch up with the guys from Chicken Tramper after a year to see how they've grown, talk about hiring employees, and what's on the horizon. WEBSITE: chickentrampergear.com INSTAGRAM: @chicken_tramper_gear YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ftny3MT12sQ5zuksNUpHw
October 13, 2021
79 JESSE MANNTAI - Canadian Long Trails, Ramen Bombs, and The Perfect #2
JK and Jeremiah hang out with Jesse Manntai from Backcountry Forward about his recent hike of the Great Divide Trail, as well as his other backpacking adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
October 6, 2021
78 JONATHAN SLIDER - Bringing the Outdoors to Today's Youth
Jonathan runs the nonprofit "Trailblazing Hope Outdoors". It is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide a modality of healing through outdoor recreation for youth in our community. Visit Trailblazing Hope on the web: https://www.trailblazinghope.com/ Email: email@example.com Instagram: trailblazinghopeoutdoors
September 29, 2021
77 BRIAN "THE FLASH" CARPENTER - Long Trails, Mortal Wounds, and Woodworking
Jeremiah and JK sit down and chat with Brian "The Flash" Carpenter and discuss his many long trail experiences, as well as his side business, Smoky Trail Signs. www.carpenter-woodworks.com instagram: carpattack
September 22, 2021
76 Jeremiah and JK Q&A
Jeremiah and JK answer a number of questions across the board from hammock camping, to tents, to the essential pooping in the woods.
September 15, 2021
75 The 2021 Gear BATTLE ROYALE!!!
JK and Jeremiah compare gear items to see who is the gear champion for 2021.
September 8, 2021
74 Battling An Outbreak, Nutrition, and Keeping Your Head On Straight
74 Jeremiah and JK talk about the battle to stay healthy on the trail on multiple levels; overall health, nutrition, and keeping your mental health at the forefront.
September 1, 2021
73 New Tents, E Bikes, and Angry Virtue Signaling
Jeremiah and JK chat about new gear, teaching people about backpacking, and people's passion about the backcountry. Can you have too much backpacking in your life?
August 25, 2021
72 BRICE BURTON - Giving Back, Raising A Young Hiker, and Wag Bag Shenanigans
JK and Jeremiah spend some time chatting with the founder of The Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Project, Brice Burton. We talk about everything from Pacific Northwest backpacking to bringing up the next generation of backpackers. Check out The KOAP at https://www.kentuckyoap.org
August 18, 2021
71 JK and Jeremiah Are Dreaming of NEW GEAR!!!
Jeremiah and JK talk about gear they're wanting to get their hands on for the fall backpacking season. Do they want tents? New clothes? Hammock gear? Settle in and enjoy the conversation.
August 11, 2021
70 This Episode is About NOTHING, But It's ENTERTAINING!
JK and Jeremiah sit down to talk about anything and everything from JK's recent bout with Covid to Jeremiah going kayaking. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the show!
August 4, 2021
69 TAYSON WHITAKER - Changing Perspectives, Carving a Legacy and Outlasting the Critics
JK and Jeremiah sit down to talk with the founder and owner of Outdoor Vitals, Tayson Whitaker. Tayson shares everything from the beginnings of OV and future innovations, and even lets Jeremiah share some things he doesn't like about one of their products. If you'd like to check out Outdoor Vitals, go to https://www.outdoorvitals.com
July 28, 2021
68 Can the LITTLE GUY WIN? Cottage Gear vs Big Box Gear!
Jeremiah and JK chat about the differences between cottage brand companies and big box brand companies. What are the pros? What are the cons? Is one more important than the other? We'll leave that for you to decide.
July 21, 2021
67 How to TICK OFF Other Hikers! What Drives Backpackers Nuts?
JK and Jeremiah talk about all the ways that backpackers can be truly annoyed on the trail. This episode is sponsored by Outdoor Beards. Check them out at: https://www.outdoorbeards.com
July 14, 2021
66 Recent Trips, Trail Closures, and Personal Responsibility
Jeremiah and JK take a few minutes to talk about recent trips, big news from the Red River Gorge, and what we need to do to be more responsible in the backcountry.
July 7, 2021
65 JEFF GARMIRE - The Barkley, Backpacker Rivalries and Battle Royals
Jeff Garmire is back! Today, we talk about the Barkley Marathon, long distance racing, and then things go sideways. This could be the funniest episode of the podcast to date!
June 30, 2021
64 Weird Things People Take on Trail, and A Giveaway Update
Jeremiah and JK talk about the strange things that people sometimes take on the trail, and also give an update on how you can win some pretty amazing prizes from out online giveaway. Here's the link for the giveaway: https://forms.gle/R5wznWU5SAuqoM778
June 23, 2021
63 Yellow Blazing, Hammock Camping, and Being a Man of Your Word
JK and Jeremiah sit down to chat about recent trips, backpacking methodology and whatever else pops into their heads.
June 16, 2021
62 A HUGE Thank You, Backpacking Coffee, and LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the support over the last year and a half. To show our appreciation, we had a livestream giveaway where we gave away gear from multiple companies, and Ben McMillan, from Hilltop Packs, made a ground breaking announcement about the future of his company. If you missed the giveaway, have no fear! We are also doing an "audio podcast only" giveaway from multiple companies with lots of great gear. STAY TUNED! Click on THIS LINK to qualify to win some really great gear in the "Mr. Backpacking With Jason Sir Memorial Giveaway!"
June 9, 2021
61 LLOYD VOGEL - Cottage Brands, Ultralight Backpacking and Building a Brand
GarageGrownGear.com Lloyd Vogel -Likes Gear. Lots of it. Lloyd was born and raised in the booming metropolis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin! He discovered his love of kayaking along the shores of Lake Michigan, and spends his ever diminishing free time kayaking, backpacking, playing ultimate frisbee, and eating disproportionally large meals. Lloyd got his start in business through Big Outdoors, which merged with Garage Grown Gear in March 2017. Prior to that he was a special education teacher. While the world of startups and education are plenty different, a background in herding kittens has helped him in both professional pursuits.
June 2, 2021
60 DAN DURSTON - Yo Yo Thru Hiking, Not Really Guiding Trips, and Designing a Revolutionary Tent
JK and Jeremiah sit down for a chat with Backpacker and gear designer, Dan Durston. https://www.durstongear.com
May 26, 2021
59 HUNTER MUSGROVE - Cottage Company Love, Sandal Hiking, and Learning to Use a Camera
Jeremiah and JK get the opportunity to talk with Hunter Musgrove from "Hunter's Trip" on YouTube. We chat about everything from living in multiple states, to falling in love with backpacking, to hiking with sandals. Find Hunter on Instagram: @hunterstrip
May 19, 2021
58 Q&A with JK & JEREMIAH
Jeremiah and JK take some time to answer real time questions from people tuned in to their livestream. There's lots of laughs and lots of fun in this one.
May 12, 2021
57 JULIA SHEEHAN - Long Trails, Best Camp Foods, and Aiming For the Triple Crown
JK and Jeremiah sit down for a conversation with long trail hike, Julia "Rocket" Sheehan. We talk about everything from her time in the military to he current goal of completing hiking's triple crown. You can find Julia on YouTube and Instagram via the links below. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jls935 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliasheehan/
May 5, 2021
56 RANDY PIERCE & JUSTIN SYLVESTER - A Blind Climb Up 48 Mountains
Jeremiah and JK chat with Randy Pierce and Justing Sylvester about their climb up all 48 4000 footers in New Hampshire.
April 28, 2021
55 APRIL FOOLS - Backcountry Ranting, Recent Trips, and Responsibility in the Backcountry
JK and Jeremiah chat about recent experiences backpacking and the ongoing battle of money and YouTube.
April 21, 2021
54 DAVE MORROW - Outdoor Photography, Backcountry Responsibility, and Finding the Perfect Shot
Jeremiah and JK sit dow to talk with an outstanding photographer in Dave Morrow.
April 14, 2021
53 DAVID GRAY - Camping with Dogs, Nature Photography and Artistic Inspiration
JK and Jeremiah sit down for a chat with David Gray about everything from photography to his many trips.
April 7, 2021
52 RUE MCKENRICK - American Perimeter Trail Update, Wearing awkward clothes on the trail, and What's Next
JK and Jeremiah sit down with the creator of the American Perimeter Trail, Rue McKenrick to get an update on how the trail is doing, and what's next for him.
March 31, 2021
51 FROZEN from Outdoor Adventures - Dealing w/ Mental Health, Becoming a Dad, and Hiking Long Trails
JK and Jeremiah sit down to chat with Outdoor Adventures' Frozen about life on the trail, how it changes your life, and how to adjust to life after.
March 24, 2021
50 JUSTIN HICK Gear Reviews, Canadian Rockies, and Long Trail Hiking
JK and Jeremiah sit down to chat with Justin Outdoors himself, Justin Hick, about life, hiking, and being an outdoor YouTuber.
March 17, 2021
49 CHRIS SMEAD Movie Making, Rock Climbing, and Planning for the Future
JK and Jeremiah sit down to talk with the founder of Outmersive Films, Chris Smead, about past projects, his time in the backcountry, and what the future holds.
March 10, 2021
48 ODIE NORMAN - Making Memories, Living the Dream, and Burning the Midnight Oil
Jeremiah and JK hang out with Odie Norman, AT thru hiker and creator of the Hiker Yearbook. We discuss everything from the early days of the yearbook through it's introduction to the west coast and PCT hikers.
March 5, 2021
47 THE STRAWBRIDGE FAMILY - Triple Crowns, Hiking With Family, and Making a Difference
JK and Jeremiah get to sit down and talk to the Strawbridge family about their upcoming Appalachian Trail thru hike and finishing up the triple crown of hiking; the PCT, CDT, and now the AT.
March 3, 2021
46 HEATHER "ANISH" ANDERSON Defeating Gender Bias, Weight Problems and Breaking Records
JK and Jeremiah sit down for an amazing conversation with 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and the current FKT holder for the Pacific Crest Trail, Heather "Anish" Anderson.
February 24, 2021
45 ANDREW SKURKA Ultralight Backpacking, Bear Encounters, and Beans and Fritos
Jeremiah and JK sit down to chat with one of the originators of ultralight backpacking, and a true adventurer, Andrew Skurka
February 17, 2021
44 SINTAX77 Cheeseburgers, Being an Introvert, and The World Watching You Become a Backpacker w/ Sintax77
In this episode, JK and Jeremiah get to sit down with one of the originators of the trail video, Sintax77.
February 10, 2021
43 SEAN SHUG EMERY Hangin' Out in Sector 7 with Shug! Whoooo Buddy!!!!
Jeremiah and JK get the distinct pleasure of hanging out with a true backpacking legend, Sean "Shug" Emery. They talk about everything from circus performing, sobriety, and whether or not Shug actually likes camping in the cold.
February 5, 2021
42 Tarp Camping, False Summits, and Jeremiah Hates Insoles
JK and Jeremiah chat about future trips, gear and opinions on insoles. This is all part of a pop-up livestream.
February 3, 2021
41 Shut It Down and Sleep In, Ancient Backpacking Gear, and Breaking Other People's Gear.
JK and Jeremiah sit down and chat about recent trips, gear failures, and gear preferences.
January 27, 2021
40 Southern Slang, Things to Avoid When Backpacking, and Stories From the Backcountry
JK and Jeremiah talk about things to avoid when you're in the backcountry and share stories of their own mistakes.
January 20, 2021
39 BRIAN “FLASH” CARPENTER Bleeding Out, Replica Trail Signs, and Thru Hiking the SHT
JK and Jeremiah sit down with Thru Hiker and Owner of Smoky Mountain Signs, Brian Carpenter.
January 13, 2021
38 Season 3 Premiere, Melting Trail Runners and Gear Favorites
Jeremiah and JK chat about the new season, recent trips and whatever else they can come up with.
January 6, 2021
37 Plane Crashes, Vistas for Days, and Hiking the Pinhoti Trail
Jeremiah and JK talk about JK's most recent trip to Alabama to hike with Brad from "As the Crow Flies Hiking" on YouTube, as well as chatting about some recent trips for Jeremiah and his wife, Bridgette.
December 18, 2020
36 Don't Get Lost in the Woods
JK and Jeremiah talk about getting out in the backcountry responsibly and not getting lost. (This episode is sponsored by Art of the Trek)
December 16, 2020
35 Hot Takes, Wide Feet, and Witch Doctors
December 11, 2020
34 BENNY "PLUG IT IN" BRADEN Clean Up After Yourself......Please! A Chat
Jeremiah and JK sit down to talk with Benny "Plug It In" Braden about his #erasethetracechallenge and celebrate over a year of being PTS free.
December 9, 2020
33 DEVIN ASHBY National Parks, Collegiate Backpacking Classes, and Chairs That Don't Exist Anymore
33 JK and Jeremiah have a conversation with the star or Backcountry Exposure on YouTube, the Backpacking Experience Podcast, and the GM of Waymark Gear, Devin Ashby.
December 4, 2020
32 BEN MCMILLEN Fanny Packs, Dyneema Sacks, and Bags That Ward Off Bear Attacks
Jeremiah and JK have a chat with the owner and founder of Hilltop Packs, Ben McMillan, and give away several of their new fanny packs.
December 2, 2020
31 JEFF GARMIRE Calendar Year Triple Crowner, Free Outside Author, and All Around Adventure Junkie
31 JK and Jeremiah sit down for a conversation with author of the book, "Free Outside", Jeff Garmire
November 25, 2020
30 JUSTIN SYLVESTER Death Defying Deep Winter Backpacking, Serious Bushcraft Skills, and Literally Leading the Blind Up a Mountain
Jeremiah and JK get to sit down and chat with Justin Sylvester of the YouTube channel, "It's Good in the Woods".
November 20, 2020
29 MATHEW TREECE Creating an Outdoor Beard Brand, Helping Kids With Cancer, and Being a Star Wars Nerd
Jeremiah and JK sit down for a conversation with the owner and founder of Outdoor Beards, Matthew Treece.
November 18, 2020
28 BRYCE NEWBOLD Going Stupid Ultralight, Running Marathons, and Basic Bushcraft
Jeremiah and JK talk with Bryce Newbold
November 13, 2020
27 AMY ROUTT Conquering the JMT, Backpacking with Your Fiancé, and Fostered Doggy Accidents
JK and Jeremiah sit down for a conversation with JMT Thru Hiker, Amy Routt.
November 11, 2020
26 DAN BECKER Actually Backpacks!
Jeremiah and JK hang out with their good friend, Dan Becker.
November 6, 2020
25 JASON WISH & RICKY VANDEGRIFT Completing An FKT With A Prosthetic, Friendly Competition, And Destroying Your Body
JK and Jeremiah get the opportunity to sit down with the current and former FKT holders of the Sheltowee Trace, Jason Wish and Ricky Vandegrift.
November 4, 2020
24 CHICKEN TRAMPER ULTRALIGHT GEAR Starting with Nothing: Chatting with Up and Coming Cottage Company
JK and Jeremiah chat it up with Austin and Nathan from Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear. Check them out at https://chickentrampergear.com
October 13, 2020
23 KYLE O'GRADY Hiking with Syntax 77, Suicide Awareness, and Being Dan Becker's Love Child
Jeremiah and JK get to hang out with Kyle O'Grady, the host of the Trail Tales Podcast and the YouTube Channel, Kyle Hates Hiking.
September 30, 2020
22 RUE MCKENRICK American Perimeter Trail - 12,000 Mile Trail
Jeremiah and JK talk with Rue McKenrick about the adventure of blazing the American Perimeter Trail, a 12,000 mile trail that literally goes around the perimeter of the US.
September 28, 2020
21 DEVIN ASHBY & JOSH EBERSOLE Backcountry Coffee and Backpacking in Utah
JK and Jeremiah go live with Josh Ebersole, and Devin Ashby surprises Jeremiah by calling in to the show.
September 24, 2020
20 SCHILL BROTHERS Smoked Meat, Hammocks in Michigan, and 6 Months of Vacation
We have our first ever livestream, and it's with the O.G.'s of backpacking livestreams, the Schill Brothers.
September 10, 2020
19 Hot Takes, Comfort on the Trail and Stop Taking So Many Clothes!!!
JK and Jeremiah give some backpacking hot takes and chat about what it means to be comfortable on the trail.
August 16, 2020
18 HIKE OREGON Growing up in Germany, Writing a Book, and Finding New Views
Today's show features our first ever female guest and true outdoor O.G., Franziska of Hike Oregon. She shares with us all the things going on in her crazy life, and plans for a new book and other projects in the future. We also might rant a little about some gear that went sideways.
August 5, 2020
17 Let's Get Serious For A Minute: A Chat About Public Lands
JK and Jeremiah get serious for an episode as they discuss the importance of public lands and how we can help to preserve them.
July 15, 2020
16 Jeremiah's Personal Life, Jacking Up Your Body, and Butt Kicker Hill
JK and Jeremiah talk about how to prepare and take care of yourself to have a better experience on the trail.
July 8, 2020
15 Tim Watson has a beard!!!! Season 2 Premiere with Tim Watson
The season 2 premiere kicks off with special guest, Tim Watson. We talk about everything from upcoming trips, how Tim became a backpacker, and tips on beard straightening.
July 1, 2020
14 Linguistic Racism, Comfort on the Trail, and the Pocket UGQ Won't Put in their Quilts with Chad Houghton
Chad Houghton joins the podcast for an unscripted talk about UGQ, how they make their quilts, and how COVID-19 is affecting them.
May 20, 2020
13 The Controversy in Your Backpack! Which items cause division in the backpacking world?
Jeremiah and JK talk about items that cause heated discussions between backpackers.
May 1, 2020
12 BENNY "PLUG IT IN" BRADEN Big Beards, 900 Miles of Trail, and dealing with PTS
Jeremiah and JK get the opportunity to chat with Benny "Plug It In" Braden. Plug It In shares his thoughts on his FKT of the 900 mile club in the Smokey Mountains, the various video projects he's been a part of, and his struggles and victories in dealing with PTS. He also shares a little about the movie, "Highline" that got to be a big part of. Highline is now available for download on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo and Microsoft Video.
April 15, 2020
11 Gear Failures: Broken chairs, bad pitches, and veshtibules (or vegetables?)
In this episode, Jeremiah and JK talk about various gear failures they've had while out in the backcountry, and they argue over the correct pronunciation of vestibule.
April 9, 2020
10 DARWIN ONTHETRAIL Tattoos, Vegetarian Pizzas, and Living In A Van with Darwin!
JK and Jeremiah get the opportunity to chat with none other than Darwin from Darwin Onthetrail. We chat about everything from what got him started backpacking to future projects and encouragement for this year's long trail class. http://youtube.com/darwinonthetrail https://www.patreon.com/darwinonthetrail http://darwinonthetrail.com/ http://instagram.com/darwin_onthetrail http://facebook.com/darwin.onthetrail https://theoutdoorevolution.com/through-the-great-southwest
April 1, 2020
9 Backpacking Gear Battle Royale
JK and Jeremiah pit different gear items against each other to see who stands on top of the mountain as the best.
March 26, 2020
8 Fireside Chat with Hilltop Packs Owner, Ben McMillan and Mr. Backpacking with Jason Sir
Jeremiah and JK get the chance to sit around the campfire at the Red River Gorge with Jason Waugh of Backpacking with Jason on YouTube and Ben McMillan, founder and owner of Hilltop Packs.
March 22, 2020
7 Down Insulation, Geese that Attack, and Jeremiah's Strange Night Time Habits
In this episode, Jeremiah and JK talk about the way that down insulation keeps us so warm when the weather gets colder. We also find out about a traumatic experience that JK went through as a teen and how Jeremiah practices late night hygiene in his tent.
March 14, 2020
6 Winter Backpacking and Sleeping In Way Too Long!!!
JK and Jeremiah share stories from their recent backpacking trips in Wisconsin and KY, and they share how they stay warm when sleeping in sub freezing temps.
March 4, 2020
5 What's On Your Feet? Should Jeremiah Hike Barefoot?
In this episode, Jeremiah and JK talk about their experiences with footwear on the trail and what works best for them.
February 26, 2020
4 JASON WAUGH Jiu Jitsu, Wag Bags, and Jason Hates Mountain House (Backpacking With Jason)
Jeremiah and JK welcome their first ever guest, Jason Waugh of the YouTube channel "Backpacking with Jason" to talk about a number of topics from fitness, to backpacking out west, and cooking on the trail.
February 19, 2020
3 The Backpack Evolution
In this episode, JK and Jeremiah share their journey of backpacks, from the first ones they purchased to the packs they're using today, and how technology has changed in packs.
February 12, 2020
2 Cold Weather Backpacking, and Severe ADHD
In this episode, Jeremiah and JK talk about cold weather backpacking, how to dress for it, and some of the pitfalls. The guys also get off topic, talking about everything from hygiene to Jeremiah's sticker collection.
February 5, 2020
1 An Introduction. Who are we?
In this episode, you'll get to know Jeremiah and John as they share their journeys into backpacking, and plans that they have for the future.
January 5, 2020