Brandon Chase

My name is Brandon, and I'm from Maine. I currently live overseas where I represent the United States as a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) at our embassies abroad. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 as a way to escape the hamster wheel and spend some good quality time in the US of A after being away for several years. I've also had the privilege of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, and fast-packing in the Himalayas. When not planning a hike, I'm training for ultramarathons or traveling to new places. Follow my experiences here on TheTrek and on my personal blog, FitForMiles.com

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Scott Jurek Ends Appalachian Trail FKT Attempt Due to Injury

Scott Jurek Ends Appalachian Trail FKT Attempt Due to Injury

Updated 8/11/2021: Unfortunately, Scott Jurek was forced to suspend his speed record attempt due to injury. According to his Instagram, Jurek

Aug 11, 2021 : Brandon Chase
Wildfires, Reroutes, and Records: The Future of PCT FKTs

Wildfires, Reroutes, and Records: The Future of PCT FKTs

On July 22, 2021, activist and ultrarunner Timothy Olson reached the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail having set off from the Campo and

Aug 4, 2021 : Brandon Chase
Losing Light: Joe McConaughy’s Long Trail FKT Documentary

Losing Light: Joe McConaughy’s Long Trail FKT Documentary

On June 10, 2020, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy set the self-supported Fastest Known Time on Vermont's

Jun 7, 2021 : Brandon Chase
Q&A with Joe “Stringbean” McConaughey: Smashing the Arizona Trail FKT

Q&A with Joe “Stringbean” McConaughey: Smashing the Arizona Trail FKT

Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy once again set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) speed record on a long-distance path last week, this time taking on the

Apr 21, 2021 : Brandon Chase
Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX Hiking Shoe Review

Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX Hiking Shoe Review

Merrell is no stranger to the outdoors, having produced highly-acclaimed hiking shoes and boots for many decades. In recent years, hiking footwear

Nov 19, 2020 : Brandon Chase
Gear Review: Leatherman Signal and Free T4

Gear Review: Leatherman Signal and Free T4

Leatherman multi-tools are widely regarded as some of the highest-quality and best-value appliances on the market. Since 1983, Leatherman has been

Jul 13, 2020 : Brandon Chase
Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy Sets the Self-Supported Long Trail FKT

Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy Sets the Self-Supported Long Trail FKT

Updated 7/5: Due to a technicality in the FKT rule book, Stringbean now holds the "self-supported" FKT, and the previous unsupported FKT stands from

Jun 15, 2020 : Brandon Chase
Gear Review: Somewear Global Hotspot

Gear Review: Somewear Global Hotspot

One of my favorite pieces of adventure technology in recent years has been the two-way satellite messenger. With its ability to provide tracking and

Apr 17, 2020 : Brandon Chase
How to Optimize Your Research for a Thru-Hike

How to Optimize Your Research for a Thru-Hike

When I decided I was going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018, I threw myself headfirst into researching every facet. I wanted to know

Feb 28, 2020 : Brandon Chase
Gear Review: The Cutaway by Nashville Pack and Equipment Company

Gear Review: The Cutaway by Nashville Pack and Equipment Company

There is an undeniable influence on thru-hiking from the ultrarunning community, as evidenced by the growing use of  items such as trail running

Sep 20, 2019 : Brandon Chase