59 minutes | Aug 17th 2020

9. Justin "Trauma" Lichter

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To learn more about Lichter, check out his website: www.justinlichter.com. Tap into his knowledge by reading one of his many books, including: Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking and Survive: Mountains.Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights 3:20: Trauma talks about nearing his goal of traveling to all seven continents. 4:20: Trauma has hiked over 40,000 miles. 5:00 Trauma grew up skiing and day-hiking with his parents. He loved running to see what’s around the corner.6:30: Trauma discusses an eye-opening trip to southern Utah that inspired him to thru-hike the AT. 8:30: Why the AT?9:45: Trauma talks about why he decided to pursue an outdoor adventure lifestyle. 11:15: Trauma reveals how he earned his trail name. (It’s a crazy story!)12:30: Ravens dive-bombed Trauma on his first wilderness trip.14:00: Trauma’s first major trip was a 1,500 mile adventure through eastern Africa.15:30: Wildlife encounters forced Trauma to cut his trip short.17:30: Trauma spooked a lion and got chased by an elephant. 19:00: People are not on the top of the food chain in Africa.21:30: Learning to navigate African cultures.23:30: Trauma was careful with water sources and vaccinations to avoid sickness.26:00: Trauma’s second major trip took him to Katmandu, Nepal, for the Great Himalaya Trail.28:50: Tricky resupply strategy for the Great Himalaya Trail.31:30: Trauma ate a lot of convenience store food.32:00: Altitude is draining.33:30: Trauma and Pepper become the first people to complete the PCT in winter.34:30: Trauma talks about his motivation to embark on a winter PCT thru-hike.35:30: Trauma and Pepper indirectly spent a decade preparing for their winter PCT trip, dialing in their gear and skills.36:30: Gear isn’t made for this type of trip. Trauma had to find the balance between winter gear weight and functionality.37:45: How Trauma and Pepper met.39:00: Trauma and Pepper have adventured thousands of miles together.39:30: Pros and cons of having an adventure partner.41:00: Trauma and Pepper lucked out with avalanche danger on the PCT.42:50: Trauma and Pepper got frostbite. 45:00: Winter navigational challenges you probably haven’t considered.47:00: What keeps Trauma going.48:45: Trauma’s work for National Geographic Maps.49:30: Trauma’s work on ski patrol.53:50: One of Trauma’s hiking presentations turned into a full barroom brawl. 55:10: Trauma’s favorite hiking gear.55:50: Trauma’s favorite hiking food. 56:05: The psychological differences between a zero and a “nearo.”
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