Everything This Ultralight Backpacker Took on a 2,160-Mile Hike

Ultralight backpacker Joe McConoughay, known on the trails as ‘Stringbean’, holds the speed record for the Appalachian Trail and is here to share his essentials for the 2,160-mile hike. On the go for 50 miles a day, Joe’s goal was never to remove his pack while moving, allowing him to cover 2,160 miles in only 45 days. From storing the right amount of food to serious chafe prevention, see how Joe packed his ultralight 20lb bag for his record-breaking trek. Trail Footage Provided by Michael Dillon Director: Alice Roth Director of Photography: Eric Brouse Editor: Leticia Villarinho Host: Joe McConaughy Producer: Alyssa Marino Field Producer: Vara Reese Line Producer: Joe Buscemi Associate Producer: Josh Crowe Production Manager: Melissa Heber Production Coordinator: Fernando Davila Camera Operator: Alfonso Sound Mixer: Lily Van Leeuwen Production Assistant: Noah Bierbrier Post Production Supervisor: Andrew Montague Post Production Coordinator: Holly Frew Supervising Editor: Christina Mankellow Assistant Editor: Justin Symonds