Backpacker Radio

#19 | Piers Ellison on His PCT Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Hiking with a Guitar, and Considerations for International Hikers

September 14, 2018
86 min

Before leaving for a long distance trek, it's common to envision worst case scenario. For Piers Ellison, on his 2016 PCT hike, this fear became a reality when he was bitten by a brown recluse spider.  We talk in depth about this nightmare, how he hiked the entire PCT while carrying his guitar, the challenges an international must confront in order to hike one of the United States' long trails, and finally, Piers delights us by playing a pair of songs from his new EP "Distance".  Also, Chaunce is drunk.

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