Introducing our favorite 2018 Thru Hikers.
Every year we’re inundated (and frankly honored) with hundreds of requests for supporting someone’s dream thru hike. Unfortunately, it’s simply impossible to hook up everyone with gear, but there are always a few stand-outs that grab our attention for any number of reasons. This year is no different, and we’ve got folks using our Windrider and Southwest pa
If you’re like us – and you are to some degree – living the trail life vicariously through social media updates, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite trail characters to keep an eye on this summer.
Josh “Cheesebeard” Tippett // @cheesebeardhikes
Cheesebeard is a Triple Triple Crowner (The three-trails-in-three-years phenomenon) and has already put our gear through the paces on the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail. For 2018, he is headed out with his good friend and hiking partner Oil Can (more on him below) to develop a roughly 300-mile traverse around the Yellowstone ecosystem (more on that later). His images and words are wise beyond his years and filled with incredible moments in the backcountry.
Eddie “Oil Can” Boyd // @oc_boyd
At 21 years old and already with 6,000+ miles under his hat (a bucket, in case you were wondering), Oil Can will be joining Cheesebeard in Yellowstone this summer. He is also a Triple Triple Crowner, and the youngest to ever do so – according to whatever statistics people look at for that sort of thing.
Bethany “Fidgit” Hughes // @_herodyssey_
Bethany has been an ambassador of ours for nearly three years now. She’s currently back on trail in Peru making her way to Alaska as part of Her Odyssey, the multi-year project she started with her hiking partner Lauren “Neon” Reed. Their mission is to “travel the length of the Americas by non-motorized means connecting stories of the land and its inhabitants.”
Liz “Handstand” Kidder // @lizkidder
Samuel Martin // @spmartin_
Samuel has been using our gear for a few years now, and he’s been planning his 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike for just as long. His minimalistic approach to hiking and photography are what initially peaked our interest, and we’re beyond excited to be along for his journey.
Sarah “Sniffles” Legg // @sarah_ann_gracee
Tommy “Twerk” Corey // @twerkinthedirt
Twerk is a character with a unique eye for photography and life on the trail. His 2017 Pacific Crest Trail trip was cut short, but he was hooked and will be embarking on the hike again this year – this time all the way to Canada.
Jeff “IBTAT” Oliver // @savedbymtns
Ryan Nethery // @ryan.nethery
Ryan has been a customer for years, and a huge fan of our brand. So after deciding to take a hiatus from his occupation as a freelance videographer with Vice Media, he reached out to let us know that he was finally doing it. Hitting the Pacific Crest Trail and documenting the entire trip. Saying we’re excited to see his take on the trail, is an understatement.