January 18, 2022

Episode 54: Matthew Hengst on Really Long Trails

On this episode: Thru-hiking warm fuzzies, lime green Crocs, and being a divemaster. We’re talking with Matthew Hengst, a self-described indigent hiker who recently completed a 5,000 mile hike on the Eastern Continental Trail.


Show Notes

  • 0:30 – Introducing Matthew
  • 04:15 – What is it like to hike 5,000 miles?
  • 06:20 – The biggest animal problem in the south? Hint: it’s not the gators.
  • 08:40 – When Matthew got into hiking
  • 10:45 – How do you follow up the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT)?
  • 12:54 – The transition from 302 days on the trail back to “normal” society
  • 14:00 – Physical recovery after the ECT vs the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
  • 16:00 – Biggest challenges on the PCT vs the ECT
  • 19:00 – Would you do the PCT or Appalachian Trail (AT) again?
  • 20:00 – Footwear (socks, shoes, etc.) for hiking 8,000 miles
  • 23:30 – Food on long trails.
  • 25:00 – How did you figure out how to connect up the trails that make up the ECT route?
  • 28:30 – Mosquitos and “No See-ums”
  • 33:40 – The human connection on the trail (and the giant warm fuzzy of thru-hiking)
  • 35:40 – Preparing to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
  • 36:00 – Diving, and advice for anyone interested in getting into it
  • 41:50 – Completing the Triple Crown (AT, CDT and PCT)… and beyond
  • 44:35 – How do you support yourself while you do all this walking?
  • 48:10 – Favorite parts of the trails Matt has hiked
  • 50:45 – What is a typical day now that he is off-trail?
  • 52:41 – What he uses for tech and how he keeps everything connected and charged

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

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