Family of 6 hikes Appalachian Trail

20 years after her first Appalachian hike, Jamie, her husband Chris, and their four daughters, Maya,13, Harper, 11, Josie, 8, and Sabina, 6, camped in snow, and hiked across rivers and up mountains, all with blistered toes and homework assignments to complete. …

6-year-old Sebastopol girl breaks hiking record with family on Appalachian Trail

Click PLAY or watch them on Twitter.

PCT documentary – “Elevation Change” with Sam Fox

 Sam Fox sets out to break a trail running speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail, and to raise money in honour of his mother’s Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.

It doesn’t take long before Sam realizes he’s in way over his head.  

Scott Williamson, already 17 days ahead of Sam on the trail, is also attempting a new record, but for very different reasons.

The full documentary will be available VOD on October 1st.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Collegiate Loop – 160 Miles in the high Colorado Rockies

TROY ZOHNER:

… The route travels around the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, using two of Colorado’s best known trails, the Colorado Trail (CT) and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

The CT is known as the Collegiate East and the CDT is the Collegiate West.

The trail passes by a dozen 14,000-foot summits along the way while traveling through a mix of high forests and alpine terrain. …

The Collegiate Loop: 160 Miles Around the Heart of the Colorado Rockies

Justin’s Pacific Northwest Trail

Justin:

The Pacific Northwest Trail resonated with me: rugged, rough, remote. I became somewhat (ok, totally) obsessed with the idea of hiking it. And in 2 weeks I’ll be starting the trail …

The PNT has all the things I love about backpacking: navigation challenges, undeveloped sections, bushwacking and solitude (I have a hiking partner, I won’t go full Castaway on you). The length is perfect for my three month timeframe …

(fewer) than 300 people have completed the trail since its inception in 1977. …

How Did I Get Here?

Unbounded – Greater Patagonia Trail documentary

“Unbounded” shows the beauty, the cultural richness but also the challenges of this trail network. I highly recommend watching this work of art to all prospective hikers as part of their preparation.
Jan Dudeck (creator of GPT)

Four young people who didn’t know each other at the start hiked 4 months on the Greater Patagonia Trail in Chile.

Only one had much experience hiking.

They made plenty of mistakes. Carried huge packs. At the start they could only manage about 7km / day.

The Greater Patagonia Trail is a route, not a trail. It’s unsigned. It’s wilderness. It’s very challenging.

Despite many, many problems, the documentary turned out to be quite entertaining. I recommend it.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

I watched on Amazon Prime. But it is available on other video streaming sites.

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The Greater Patagonian Trail … is HARD

Matt Maynard:

The 1,900-mile-long thru-hike winds through the southern Andes from Santiago to the climbing mecca of Mount Fitzroy. To complete it, adventurers need a lot more than physical stamina.

In late 2017, I contacted explorer and (Swiss) German engineer Jan Dudeck, who was just completing a decade-long quest to create a new long trail through South America. The Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT), as he named it, would come to be 1,900 miles, stretching through the southern Andes from Santiago to the Argentinean climbing mecca of Mount Fitzroy.

“This trail rewards the humble,” Dudeck replied in his e-mail to me, “and humiliates the proud.” …

I set out on my own GPT attempt in the summer of 2017. I quickly learned that Dudeck’s creation bears little resemblance to the famous thru-hikes of the U.S.  …

It’s still a very rare occurrence to meet other GPT hikers. …

Outside – The Quest to Complete the Greater Patagonian Trail

GPT section 1 Jan Dudeck