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Zach McCarthy is an ultra-runner, backcountry skier, and outdoor adventurer from western Maine. Recently, Zach won the 50-mile Kilkenny Ridge Race in the northern White Mountains of New Hampshire, coming within a couple minutes of the course record. Zach is also the founder of Inclusive Ski Touring, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an inclusive uphill community through organized group programs. Find Zach on Instagram @zmccart and @inclusiveskitouring
Eli Burakian is a photographer, backpacker, and distance athlete from New Hampshire. Eli goes big on huge routes that people haven't thought to do yet, and his FKTs include the Cohos Trail, Live Free or Die Route, Pemi 14 4,000 footers, and more. Most recently, Eli set the unsupported FKT traversing Iceland north to south. His 13 day journey is pretty incredible, and the photos that he took along the way are absolutely insane. Follow Eli on Instagram @eliburakian and at eliburakian.com
There are a LOT of FKT routes out there. The Fastest Known Time website lists a few routes across the entire U.S. that constitute its "premier" list, but in terms of finding the biggest, grandest routes in specific areas, theres not much else to go off. Xander Keiter and I have been around the FKT scene - in Maine and New Hampshire in particular - so we thought  we'd give our thoughts on what we would define as the "premier routes" in the two states. ***These are just our stupid opinions and we probably missed some great routes. If I did, let me know on the insta page!***
Zane Wasicko is a backpacker and trail-runner from Pennsylvania. Zane has accomplished a lot already, (including section-hiking the entire AT with his dad from when he was 15-17 years old), but most recently Zane became the youngest person (17 y/o at the time) to complete the White Mountains Direttissima, a thru-hike of the New Hampshire 48 4,000 footers. Not only that, he hiked it entirely unsupported. If you've ever wanted to be able to say you knew someone before they went big, this isn't a bad bet (no pressure Zane). Follow Zane on Strava (his name) or on Instagram @zanewasicko
Scott Benerofe is a thru-hiker and peak bagger from the northeast who is currently based out of Vermont. Scott hiked the Long Trail in 2016, the AT in 2019 (we never met), and has finished the NE115. This past winter, Scott completed an incredible SOBO (south-bound) thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail - starting in early December. Listen to Scott tell me his story of one of the most brutal and awe inspiring thru-hikes I've ever heard of. Find Scott on Youtube at Scott Benerofe or on Instagram @scottbenerofe
The past week I've been moving to a new place and starting medical school, so things have been incredibly busy! I din't have time to schedule a conversation this week, so instead I'm doing an Ask Me Anything from questions submitted to my Instagram @_will.peterson. Let me know if you like this type of content!
Liz "Mercury" Derstine is a distance athlete and professional musician. She has some incredible efforts under her belt, including the northbound women's Appalachian Trail FKT, the women's Pinhoti self-supported FKT, and most recently, the women's self-supported Long Trail FKT. Listen to our conversation to hear all about her amazing journey to her latest accomplishment. Find Liz on Instagram @pinkfeathers or on her website mercuryontherun.com
Alyssa Godesky is a professional triathlete and endurance athlete based in the northeast. She Holds the women's supported FKTs on the Long Trail and Adirondack 46, and most recently she bested my FKT for the supported New Hampshire 4,000 Footers. This is a super unique conversation between the two fastest people (at the moment) to ever climb the 48, and I hope you all enjoy! Find Alyssa on Instagram @alyssagodesky or at her website alyssagodesky.com
Stef Bishop is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete based out of Long Island. She has performed at the highest level in multiple disciplines of endurance sports, including winning the World's Toughest Mudder in 2016. Just to name a couple of others, she has completed the Speed Project, a nearly 300 mile event from the Santa Monica Pier to Las Vegas, and she also set the women's New Hampshire 48 FKT in 2021, basically during a hurricane. We talk about all of this, her injuries and road to recovery, and much more on this week's episode.
Jack Kuenzle is an endurance athlete and coach for Uphill Athlete who travels around smashing some of the largest FKTs out there. In this episode we talk about many of his efforts, but we largely focus on his most recent FKT, a monstrous 26 hour record on the White Mountains 100. We also talk about his journey to endurance events, how to train to run in the mountains, and much more. Find Jack on Instagram @jackkuenzle.
Whitney Pearson is a long distance hiker, peak bagger, and distance athlete based out of the White Mountains. She holds some awesome unsupported FKTs, but most recently she became the first woman to complete the Pemidential route, a grueling 81 mile route with 26,500 feet of vertical that connects the Presi Traverse and the Pemi Loop. She hiked and ran the entire route unsupported. Listen as we discuss this most recent adventure and more. Follow long with Whitney's adventures on Facebook under her name or on Instagram @mummahiker
Beginning on July 19th, Xander Keiter and I - along with a large support crew - set out to try to set the fastest known time for the New Hampshire 4,000 Footers. I ultimately set the new trailhead to trailhead record at 3 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes, and Xander climbed 41 of the 48 before succumbing to brutal ankle pain. Listen along to hear about our personal experiences during this amazing experience. If you're new to the podcast, be sure to give it a 5 star review and send any questions to fromthebackcountry@gmail.com
Philip Carcia is a distance athlete, hiker, backpacker, content creator, and lover of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As of June 21st, Philip has embarked on his third attempt at a single calendar season hike of the White Mountains Guide, a brutal hiking feat that has never been accomplished. Philip completed the White Mountains Guide on his first two attempts in 2020 and 2021, missing the single season mark by just a few days each time, and crushing the previous speed record in the process. Listen along as we dig deep into his motivation for attempting this brutal hike for a third time, dissect how his relationship with this route and with himself as an athlete has changed over time, and much much more.Find Philip (haha) on Instagram and TikTok @findingphilip. There are links in his social media accounts to his GoFundMe page where you can support his project! Stay updated with the podcast on Instagram @fromthebackcountry
Philip Carcia is a distance athlete, hiker, backpacker, content creator, and lover of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On June 21st, Philip will embark on his third attempt at a single calendar season hike of the White Mountains Guide, a brutal hiking feat that has never been accomplished. Philip completed the White Mountains Guide on his first two attempts in 2020 and 2021, missing the single season mark by just a few days each time, and crushing the previous speed record in the process. Listen along as we dig deep into his motivation for attempting this brutal hike for a third time, dissect how his relationship with this route and with himself as an athlete has changed over time, and much much more.Find Philip (haha) on Instagram and TikTok @findingphilip. There are links in his social media accounts to his GoFundMe page where you can support his project! Stay updated with the podcast on Instagram @fromthebackcountry
#10 - Shane Moore

#10 - Shane Moore

2022-06-0854:59

Shane Moore is a backpacker, surfer, and swimmer. Shane and I have been friends since highschool and hiked over 1,400 miles of the Appalachian Trail together in 2019. Revel in our *high-level* conversation as we are chased around our highschool parking lot by leaf blowers and lawn mowers. In this episode we touch on our 2019 thru-hike, Shane's recent hike on Maine's new Great Circle Trail, and surfing in Maine. Find his published writing about surfing in Maine at UpPortland.com. Find the Instagram page for our 2019 thru-hike at @shane_willAThike
#9 - Ben Peterson

#9 - Ben Peterson

2022-06-0101:28:58

Ben Peterson is a backpacker, 2021 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and my older brother. Listen this week as we discuss our different hiking adventures and our parallel but very different journeys to loving backpacking and the outdoors.
First, yes I know it's May 18th and not April 18th. I apologize for my idiocy. This week I ramble about a few more days on the New England Direttissima and why I ultimately decided to stop. I also rant about "are you running Boston" and Altras.
This week I ramble about my second week on (but mostly off) the New England Direttissima. Follow along for broken gear, scraped up legs, and graduation fun.
This week I ramble about my first few days on the New England Direttissima, a thru-hike of the New England 67 4,000 footers. Sorry about the quality of the podcast this week and the next few weeks, I’m recording it on my phone while *kind of* on trail. But ya know, the name of the show is From The Backcountry, so you knew what you were getting in to.
#5 - K. Mac Guthrie

#5 - K. Mac Guthrie

2022-04-2701:23:42

Mac is an ultra runner, backcountry skier, skimo racer, and soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University. She has run a 100K on the Florida Trail, a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, and the Midstate Massive 100 miler, among other things. She is currently the LCC (Loj Committee Chair) of NUHOC (Northestern's Outdoors Club), a top leadership position in the club that is responsible for the club's grounds and buildings in New Hampshire. Find her on Strava! Photo and video mentioned in the podcast are on the Instagram page @fromthebackcountry. Comments, questions, hate mail? Email me at fromthebackcountry@gmail.com
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