Episode 84 Trail Name Legend
Jeff Garmire has logged 21 thousand miles and counting at the time of this episode being aired. Funny thing is, you wouldn’t really know it because he doesn’t exactly care to shout it from the rooftops. Rather, he goes about his business by chasing his passion, learning, and trying new things.
On trail, Jeff goes by “Legend.” As such, I figured it would be beneficial to pick the brain of someone who has hiked so many miles, completed a Calendar Year Triple Crown, attempted and completed the FKT of the Arizona Trail, and countless other endeavors. You don’t have to want to follow in Jeff’s footsteps in order to learn something from him. What Jeff knows can apply to literally any backpacking trip, big or small, that you will ever do. We cover everything from his early days, to how he deals with the mental struggles of the trail, speed versus efficiency, and his latest AZ Trail adventure. You name it, we cover it and Jeff does so in a way that isn’t intimidating or hard to follow.
This episode is no doubt packed full of great talking points!
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Jeff remembers Tyler Lau from when he was attemping his own Calendar Triple Crown
Connecting with others on trail
Where and how Jeff’s backpacking story began
What the PCT culture was like when Jeff started
Jeff’s first PCT experience and how it compares to today
Deciding to hike again
Hiking the PNW Trail
Deciding to attempt an FKT
Mental vs. Physical
Techniques for staying mentally sharp
Planning out the AZ Trail FKT
Learning what your body is capable
Learning to hike big miles
Efficiency versus speed
Hiking and being inside your head
Dealing with the mental redline
Thoughts on what a “backpacker” is and what it means to backpack
How to follow up with Jeff