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The Backpacking Podcast

The Backpacking Podcast

By John Kelley, Jeremiah Stringer
A podcast all about backpacking; tips, tricks, gear and locations. There will also be a little bit of humor and, hopefully, a little inspiration.
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Starting with Nothing: Chatting with Up and Coming Cottage Company Chicken Tramper Ultrlight Gear
JK and Jeremiah chat it up with Austin and Nathan from Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear.  Check them out at
October 13, 2020
Hiking with Syntax 77, Suicide Awareness, and Being Dan Becker's Love Child with Kyle O'Grady
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
A 12,000 Mile Trail with Rue McKinnon
Jeremiah and JK talk with Rue McKinnon 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
Backcountry Coffee and Backpacking in Utah with Josh Ebersole and Devin Ashby
JK and Jeremiah go live with Josh Ebersole, and Devin Ashby surprises Jeremiah by calling in to the show.
September 24, 2020
Smoked Meat, Hammocks in Michigan, and 6 Months of Vacation with the Schill Brothers
We have our first ever livestream, and it's with the O.G.'s of backpacking livestreams, the Schill Brothers.
September 10, 2020
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
Growing up in Germany, Writing a Book, and Finding New Views with Hike Oregon!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
April 1, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
Jiu Jitsu, Wag Bags, and Jason Hates Mountain House
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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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