Brandon Chase

Brandon is a guide, writer, and endurance athlete from Maine. In a previous life, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State and had the opportunity to explore over 60 countries while serving at U.S. Embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.  Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.S. While abroad, he picked up an affection for endurance athletics and regularly competes in ultramarathons at 50k, 50 mile, and 100 mile distances around the globe.In addition to leading wildlife and rafting trips in the Pine Tree State, he is a guide and instructor forAndrew Skurka's backpacking trips and Plan Like a Pro course.He writes about his adventures here on TheTrek as well as TheStringbean.co and his personal blog, Fit For Miles

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Zpacks Duplex Lite Tent Review

Zpacks Duplex Lite Tent Review

Zpacks, a renowned name in the backpacking community known for their innovative and lightweight pack and shelter designs, has solidified its place as

May 29, 2024 : Brandon Chase
Q&A With Heather “Anish” Anderson On Her Summer FKTs

Q&A With Heather “Anish” Anderson On Her Summer FKTs

Heather "Anish" Anderson is a legend in the FKT world. Learn about her incredible summer of setting records on sections of the AT and PCT.

Oct 2, 2023 : Brandon Chase
REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Rain Jacket and Pants Review

REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Rain Jacket and Pants Review

REI is a leading outdoor retailer known for its high-quality and innovative rainwear. Their much-loved XeroDry line of jackets and pants have been

Sep 4, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P Tent Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P Tent Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P Tent is an ultralight and durable shelter designed for hikers seeking lightweight reliability. HMG is known

Aug 1, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Astral TR1 Scuffler Trail Runner Review

Astral TR1 Scuffler Trail Runner Review

Astral's TR1 Scuffler takes the company's watersports heritage and applies it to the trail, boasting exceptional breathability and traction.

Jul 19, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Inov-8 Roclite Pro G 400 GTX V2 Hiking Boot Review

Inov-8 Roclite Pro G 400 GTX V2 Hiking Boot Review

Founded in 2003, Inov-8 is a British company that designs and manufactures high-performance footwear and apparel for running, hiking, and other

May 25, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Gossamer Gear Fast Kumo Review

Gossamer Gear Fast Kumo Review

Gossamer Gear is an innovative outdoor gear company that has been providing lightweight, durable, and functional equipment to hikers and backpackers

Apr 25, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket Review

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket Review

Cotopaxi is well-known in the outdoor industry as a socially conscious gear and apparel company. Named after the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador, the

Apr 20, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Ibex Woolies 1 Baselayer Review

Ibex Woolies 1 Baselayer Review

Ibex continues to make strides in its outdoor clothing offerings and has recently released a limited-time run of its discontinued-but-popular Woolies

Mar 16, 2023 : Brandon Chase
Inov-8 TrailFly G 270 V2 Review

Inov-8 TrailFly G 270 V2 Review

On New England trails, only the toughest shoes survive. Granite slabs chew though Altra soles, and Hokas don't stand a chance against the knobby and

Feb 21, 2023 : Brandon Chase