In Episode 84, Paul Barach tells us about his 750 mile and 42 day backpacking trip on the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan.  In the show, Paul shares the history of this religious Buddhist route, talks about hiking in traditional pilgrim clothing, and shares some of the challenges that he faced – including heat, hunger, injuries, and infections.

You can check out Paul’s book “Fighting Monks & Burning Mountains” for all the details, or listen to this interesting discussion about a little known thru-hike and religious journey on the remote island of Shikoku, Japan.  The trail passes 88 temples and sacred sites where the Buddhist priest Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) trained during the 9th Century.

Subject: Shikoku Pilgrimage
Interviewees: Paul Barach
Interview Date: January 14, 2021
Runtime: 1:22:17

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