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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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
Weekly Trail Update Nine: Days 57 – 62

Weekly Trail Update Nine: Days 57 – 62

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 57: Zero Day at Rock N Sole Hostel As mentioned before, I decided to take a zero day here to let

May 28, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Seven: Day 43 – 49

Weekly Trail Update Seven: Day 43 – 49

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 43: Zero Day in Waynesboro I took today off, and boy did I need it. The last 100 or so miles have

May 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update Eight: Days 50 – 56

Weekly Trail Update Eight: Days 50 – 56

Welcome back for another trail update! Day 50: Harper's Ferry to Pine Knob Shelter - 24.1mi I woke up at the Quality Inn feeling rested, and

May 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase