Episode 25 How to Hike 50 Miles in a Day with John Z
John Z knows how to hike, but he also knows how to do it the right way without risking injury to himself. On this episode of The By Land Podcast, hiker John Z joins me to talk about how he manages to hike 50 miles per day and how he's come to live a minimalist life. John is also one of the creators of Pa'lente Packs, a pack company that is intentional about being minimal and functional.
I asked John on the podcast because he has a method of hiking that allows him to cover crazy distances in a day and I wanted to know how he does it. Additionally, I wanted to learn from John how he's been able to reduce his pack weight to 8 lbs.. We talk about this and so much more.
If you're looking to get better at streamlining your process, reducing pack bulk, and want to know the proper techniques to moving down a trail, you're not going to want to miss this episode. John is a great dude, super chill, and just loves what he does.
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- John’s background and how he built up to hiking 50 miles in a single day
- Proper hiking technique for reducing impact on the body
- The impact of pack weight on the body
- The choices of gear - bringing what you need depending on the trip
- Adapting to trail conditions and scenarios
- John’s food plan and being aware of your body
- How to be minimal - making do with what you have
- Why John continues to hike and explore the backcountry
- Johns new pack company - behind the design
- Who’s John’s pack is designed for
- How John decided not to use a waist belt for a pack
- “Packing your fears”
- John’s advice to new backpackers
- Finding John online
- What’s next for John and the pack company
- John’s camera choice
- John and Emory BS session…