Swami: An Aussie long distance hiker who has hiked EVERYTHING. His website is very informative for someone new to long distance hiking, or experienced hikers who want to draw inspiration

Hashbrown: A good friend I met while Ridge Running the Appalachian Trail in 2015. She has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, solo trekked around Nepal, hiked the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit (Peru), and The Great Himilaya Trail (Nepal).

Buck Nelson: The Desert Trail pioneer, also other really cool adventures, he’s one of the most badass dudes ever!

Gear Companies 

Pa’lante Packs: Lightweight backpacks made by my friends John Z and Handy Andy

ULA Equipment: Lightweight backpacks made in the USA

Hiker Trash Wear: Hats and shirts, 5% of your purchase goes to the Big 3 National Scenic Trails

Zimmerbuilt Backpacks: Lightweight cuben-fiber backpacks made in USA

Purple Rain Skirts: Functional and stylish hiking skirts made by my friend Purple Rain

Mountain Laurel Designs : Lightweight backpacking gear made in USA

Gossamer Gear: Lightweight backpacking gear

Western Mountaineering: Lightweight down sleeping bags made in USA

Ibex Merino Wool: Quality wool thermal underwear made in USA

Katabatic Quilts: Lightweight down sleeping quilts. I use the Flex 22. Made in USA

Zpacks Gear: Anything you could ever want in cuben-fiber, made in USA

Feathered Friends : Lightweight down sleeping bags made in USA

Enlightened Equipment: Lightweight down quilts made in USA

North American Long Trails

Grand Enchantment, Lowest to Highest, Northern New Mexico Loop, Sky Islands Traverse New Mexico, Arizona, Death Valley, California

Pacific Crest Trail: California, Oregon, Washington

Continental Divide Trail New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana

Appalachian Trail  Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

Great Divide Trail: Alberta & British Columbia, Canada

Pacific Northwest Trail Montana, Idaho, Washington

Arizona Trail 

Hayduke Trail Arizona, Utah

Florida Trail

Oregon Desert Trail

Idaho Centennial Trail 

Bigfoot Trail California

Condor Trail California

Ice Age Trail Wisconsin

Superior Trail Minnesota

North Country Trail New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota

Benton MacKaye Trail Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina

Long Trail Vermont

Colorado Trail

Hot Springs Trail California, Nevada, Idaho

Great Plains Trail Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas

Great Eastern Trail Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia,  Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania

American Discovery Trail Atlantic to Pacific Ocean