In 2017 I decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in what became known as "the year of fire and ice." I bypassed the Sierra after coming upon it too early in the season for the snow skills I have (or lack), but that also allowed us to stay sometimes even just a day ahead of the fire closures that flooded the northern half of the trail.
In 2018 I section hiked 400 miles of the Colorado Trail while working in Denver as a front end developer. The goal had been to stay in shape and to get back out to the Sierra to finish my missed section in August, 2018. However, two days before my flight was scheduled to depart, forest fires around Yosemite closed a large portion of the area I needed to hike.
While I haven't given up on the Sierra, I've accepted that the timing of it might be better just falling into place than being planned far in advance. In the meantime, I'll be departing from Springer Mountain in March, 2019 to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
2018 was also an exciting year, because it marked the start of the Backpacker Radio podcast, presented by The Trek. As The Trek's flagship podcast for long-distance hikers, by long-distance hikers, I have gotten to enjoy spending countless evenings of the past year interviewing incredible guests that have helped shaped the long-distance hiking community into what it is today.
In 2019 I went on to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The 2,200-mile trail far exceeded my expectations. During my time on the trail I began the planning stages of a book on long-distance hiking, and when I returned in August I wrote, Hiking From Home: A Long-Distance Hiking Guide for Family and Friends. I found that there were many guide books on long-distance hiking written for the hiker or with the hiker in mind, and that family members, significant others, and friends of the hikers themselves were turning to these books in order to better understand what their loved ones were doing. On the trail I decided to write a new guide book that was instead written with those at home in mind - breaking down long-distance hiking and explaining how it works in a way that would appeal to those who may never set foot on a long-distance trail. It includes information on communication, support, safety, and logistics and can be purchased here.
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