Oct 8, 2021
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are rejoined by Nicole Antoinette. We get an update on how her Colorado Trail hike went, including some very unexpected turns, we learn more about her entry into van life, and what advice she'd give to others looking to do the same, and chat about her new book which she is reluctant to call a book, How to Be Alone, an 800-mile hike on the Arizona Trail. Perhaps it goes without saying, but for those who were fans of Nicole's first appearance on the show, this one will not disappoint.
We wrap the show with Chaunce butchering the pronunciation of Wisconsin town names, a quick education on the bark beetle problem facing the American West, an exciting announcement about a not-yet-fully-fledged Backpacker Radio sponsorship for one lucky 2022 thru-hiker, a triple crown of stereotypical dog names, and much more.
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Interview with Nicole Antoinette
Time stamps & Questions
00:05:04 - QOTD: What’s your favorite fall activity?
00:08:26 - Wisconsin hiker meet-up updates
00:10:15 - The Mammoth Hike challenge
00:11:01 - Introducing Nicole Antoinette
00:13:03 - How did the Colorado Trail compare to the Arizona Trail and PCT?
00:13:47 - Why was the Colorado Trail the most joyful hiking experience?
00:16:27 - Emotional base weight impacts your hike
00:18:43 - Beginners on the Colorado Trail
00:21:05 - Tell us about hiking with your partner
00:24:05 - How did you handle your partner’s injury mid-hike?
00:28:45 - What did everyone else’s journey look like from that point forward?
00:32:36 - Hiking with your partner
00:35:19 - Did you have a favorite stretch or day on the Colorado Trail?
00:38:40 - Altitude sickness on the Colorado Trail
00:43:29 - Social media’s impact on preparing for a thru hike
00:46:26 - Anything else you’d want to share about the Colorado Trail?
00:48:06 - Hiking with a frameless pack
00:54:50 - Why did you move away from veganism?
00:58:08 - Any go-to, vegan thru-hiking foods?
01:01:30 - Did you experience any health changes when you re-introduced animal products?
01:04:31 - Do the symptoms of endometriosis go away immediately after you start hiking?
01:06:21 - How often are you living in your van?
01:06:48 - What year did van life start?
01:06:55 - What motivated you to get into van life?
01:09:03 - Talk us through the non-obvious pros and cons of van life
01:13:52 - If you could go back and give yourself van life advice, would you change anything?
01:18:13 - Did you retire a podcast?
01:18:26 - Tell me about the new podcast
01:22:07 - Nicole’s book
01:29:55 - Thank you, Nicole!
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