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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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8 Fireside Chat with Hilltop Packs Owner, Ben McMillan and Mr. Backpacking with Jason Sir

The Backpacking Podcast

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 Bleeding Out, Replica Trail Signs, and Thru Hiking the SHT with Brian “Flash” Carpenter.
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
34 Clean Up After Yourself......Please! A Chat With Benny "Plug It In" Braden
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 National Parks, Collegiate Backpacking Classes, and Chairs That Don't Exist Anymore with Devin Ashby
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 Fanny Packs, Dyneema Sacks, and Bags That Ward Off Bear Attacks with Ben McMillan
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 Calendar Year Triple Crowner, Free Outside Author, and All Around Adventure Junkie, Jeff Garmire
31 JK and Jeremiah sit down for a conversation with author of the book, "Free Outside", Jeff Garmire
November 25, 2020
30 Death Defying Deep Winter Backpacking, Serious Bushcraft Skills, and Literally Leading the Blind Up a Mountain with Justin Sylvester
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 Creating an Outdoor Beard Brand, Helping Kids With Cancer, and Being a Star Wars Nerd with Matthew Treece
Jeremiah and JK sit down for a conversation with the owner and founder of Outdoor Beards, Matthew Treece.
November 18, 2020
28 Going Stupid Ultralight, Running Marathons, and Basic Bushcraft with Bryce Newbold
Jeremiah and JK talk with Bryce Newbold
November 13, 2020
27 Conquering the JMT, Backpacking with Your Fiancé, and Fostered Doggy Accidents with Amy Routt
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 Completing An FKT With A Prosthetic, Friendly Competition, And Destroying Your Body with Jason Wish and Ricky Vandegrift
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 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
23 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
22 A 12,000 Mile Trail with Rue McKenrick
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 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
20 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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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