My name is Forty Two. During the summer of 2012, I took a trek through the green mountains of Vermont on a path of dirt, rocks and mud called The Long Trail. I expected the journey to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the adventure left me bedazzled and hungry for more of this mysterious and wonderful thing called “thru-hiking.”
Fast forward five years and I’ve hiked nearly 7,000 miles along six of North America’s long-distance footpaths. Somewhere between the dusty canyons and craggy mountain tops, I realized that distance-hiking isn’t just a fascinating way to travel–it’s a fascinating way to live. The scenery is breathtaking, the physical exertion is exhilarating, and the people I meet along the way are an unmatched source of inspiration. Also, burning 5-6,000 calories a day equates to being able to eat a shit-ton of ice cream and pizza when I visit town. Trail life is the best life. Take a Trek.