Brandon Chase

My name is Brandon, and I'm from Maine. I currently live in 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 in 97 days 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 had the privilege of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, and speed-trekking up Poon Hill in Annapurna, Nepal. 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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Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Feet are the workhorses of any long-distance undertaking. They do the lion's share of the work and take the most damage of any body part. They get

Aug 14, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Breaking Down My $2,500 Thru-Hike Budget

Breaking Down My $2,500 Thru-Hike Budget

One of the major considerations when contemplating a thru-hike is, "Can I afford it?" Many hikers think they have arranged their finances properly,

Aug 7, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List Review

Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List Review

Before starting my thru-hike, I posted my Appalachian Trail gear list, which I had spent a long time dialing in and shaking down. Now that I've

Jul 31, 2018 : Brandon Chase
The Injury That Nearly Ended My Thru-Hike

The Injury That Nearly Ended My Thru-Hike

Everyone's worst nightmare when planning a thru-hike is an injury that will end their journey prematurely. This is not only because of all the time,

Jul 22, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike

Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike

Hello again! It's been just over two weeks since I summited Mount Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Now that I've taken some time

Jul 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
My Hike Ends with a Memorable Day on Katahdin

My Hike Ends with a Memorable Day on Katahdin

Welcome back for another trail update. Day 93, 12.2 Miles: Campsite at Mile 2,064.2 to Monson As expected, it rained throughout most of the

Jul 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Thirteen: Days 86 – 92

Weekly Trail Update Thirteen: Days 86 – 92

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 86: Full Goose Shelter to Campsite at mm1934- 20.1mi I was up and on the trail at quarter to 6

Jun 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Twelve: Days 78 – 84

Weekly Trail Update Twelve: Days 78 – 84

Welcome back for another trail update!   Day 78: Campsite at mm1768 to Jeffers Brook Shelter- 25.4mi Logs left a few minutes before me

Jun 17, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Eleven: Days 70 – 77

Weekly Trail Update Eleven: Days 70 – 77

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 70: Campsite at mm1550.7 to Cheshire, MA – 28.2mi Despite the big rigs whooshing by throughout the

Jun 10, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Ten: Days 63 – 69

Weekly Trail Update Ten: Days 63 – 69

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 63: Pochuck Mountain Shelter to Campsite at mm1381.3 – 29.8mi Because I got in to the shelter a

Jun 1, 2018 : Brandon Chase