I have thruhiked the Arizona Trail – from Utah to Mexico – two months – 1300km – hikertrash for life. Temps from -20C to 30C. Ellie from 500m to 3000m. Terrain from mountain to canyon to forest to desert (and sometimes all at once). Monsoons, wind storms, snow storms, flash floods, 80km water carries. Giant… Read More Coronado


I have thruhiked the Cheryl Strayed Highway – from Mexico to Canada – three states – five national monuments, six national parks, five state parks, seven BLM field offices, twenty-five national forests, forty-eight federal wilderness areas – 4270km – hikertrash for life. Eighteen days of rain in the desert. Thirty in the PNW. Snowstorms in… Read More Tumanguya

Nüümü Poyo

The mountains are calling, but the rangers are checking permits. The mountains are calling, and if it turns out that there’s an autoroad to the top I am going to friggin’ scream. The mountains are calling, but this is the AT, so, “mountains.” The mountains are calling, and since this is Te Araroa, climbing them… Read More Nüümü Poyo

Thru Music

A lot of people have asked me what I’m (always) listening to while I’m hiking. Here are some favorites:   PODCASTS: Behind the Bastards (Robert Evans) History of Rome (Mike Duncan) Revolutions (also Mike Duncan) Hardcore History (Dan Carlin) Slow Burn (Leon Neyfakh) More Perfect (Jad Abumrad) All The President’s Lawyers (Josh Barro and Ken… Read More Thru Music


I have thru-hiked Te Araroa – from Cape Reinga to Bluff – the length of New Zealand – 3000km – 4 months – tama tu, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate kai – hikertrash for life. Longest day: 15h45 (Mt Crawford traverse in the Tararuas). Shortest day: that zero I took at Upper Wairoa Hut… Read More Bluff