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Backpacker Radio

Mar 4, 2024

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, Chaunce hiked the Foothills Trail! With Chaunce being just a few days removed from this 76-mile gem of a hike, the trail is fresh on her mind, and she provides us a detailed rundown of her experience and standout stories, the trail's many highlights, how it was doing this trek with Harper, a full overview of her gear, an encounter with a zombie ghost, and all the nitty gritty logistics one could dream of having heading into this waterfally, bridgey hike in the Carolinas.

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Interview with Chaunce!

Time stamps & Questions

00:04:05 - Reminders: Mark your calendars for a BPR live podcast in Denver on April 23, leave a 5 star review on Apple and email us to get a BPR sticker, and recommend a guest who will be at Trail Days!

00:08:50 - Why did Chaunce hike the Foothills Trail?

00:12:00 - How was the weather?

00:14:55 - What’s the background of the Foothills Trail?

00:16:48 - How did you get to the trail, logistically?

00:19:35 - Discussion about the costs of the trail

00:25:00 - Discussion about getting to the trail

00:27:33 - Which direction did you hike?

00:32:42 - What was the terrain like?

00:34:20 - Can you camp wherever?

00:35:30 - Discussion about expectations versus reality for the hiking difficulty

00:37:22 - Discussion about day 2 of hiking

00:38:18 - Any notable highlights from the first couple days of trail?

00:41:00 - Discussion about wildlife

00:46:45 - Discussion about the bridges and stairs

00:51:23 - Discussion about Chaunce’s massage

00:53:15 - Why didn’t you bring a rain jacket?

00:54:30 - Tell us about hiking with Harper

00:57:10 - How crowded was the trail?

01:02:08 - What was the resupply situation like?

01:05:05 - Who would you recommend the Foothills Trail to?

01:07:38 - Discussion about the road walks

01:08:34 - Discussion about waterfalls

01:11:30 - Discussion about how challenging the hike was

01:14:50 - Any good poop stories?

01:15:50 - What were your favorite waterfalls and bridges?

01:16:40 - Would you describe the Foothills Trail as flat?

01:17:20 - Discussion about the gear Chaunce carried

01:33:18 - Discussion about Harper’s gear


Trek Propaganda: 36 East Coast Trails That Aren’t the Appalachian Trail by Diane Duffard

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