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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FKTs Explained: Differentiating Between Supported, Self-Supported, and Unsupported Fastest Known Times

FKTs Explained: Differentiating Between Supported, Self-Supported, and Unsupported Fastest Known Times

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical

Feb 9, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Five Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on the AT

Five Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on the AT

I've hiked more miles in my life than I've run, but a couple of years ago I picked up ultrarunning and have been borderline obsessed since. For me,

Feb 2, 2018 : Brandon Chase
How (and Why) I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 Days

How (and Why) I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 Days

The Appalachian Trail spans nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. The average time of completion is between 4 and 6 months with a pace of 12-20

Jan 4, 2018 : Brandon Chase
How’d You Get Time Off To Hike The AT?

How’d You Get Time Off To Hike The AT?

When you tell people you're planning to hike over 2,000 miles in a single trip, they understandably have lots of questions. It is, after all, a

Jan 1, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Basic Thru-Hiker Nutrition Part 2: BMR and TDEE

Basic Thru-Hiker Nutrition Part 2: BMR and TDEE

In Part 1 of this series, I gave a brief overview of basic nutrition elements such as calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. In this segment, I

Nov 20, 2017 : Brandon Chase
HURRY: Snag a Kelty Cosmic 20 for just $68!

HURRY: Snag a Kelty Cosmic 20 for just $68!

The holiday season is a great time to stock up on gear, and we are starting to see some fantastic deals come our way. Currently, there is a way to

Nov 13, 2017 : Brandon Chase
Basic Thru-Hiker Nutrition Part 1: Macros and Micros

Basic Thru-Hiker Nutrition Part 1: Macros and Micros

Introduction Nutrition is an essential part of life and a topic of constant conversation among thru-hikers. While the general concept is simple -

Nov 8, 2017 : Brandon Chase
How To Save Up To 15% or More on Your Gear in 5 Seconds

How To Save Up To 15% or More on Your Gear in 5 Seconds

Today, I am going to show you how to save up to 15% (or more!) on your gear in no time flat. To do this, you will utilize what are known as

Oct 30, 2017 : Brandon Chase
DIY Energy & Recovery Drink Mix

DIY Energy & Recovery Drink Mix

Searching for a formula to increase your alertness, recovery, and stamina on the trail all in one go? Or maybe you dislike the taste (or

Oct 24, 2017 : Brandon Chase
The Basic Bro’s Big Three

The Basic Bro’s Big Three

Being Basic According to the Urban Dictionary, a Basic Bro is an "exceedingly ordinary male", which is the counterpart to a "Basic Bitch". Going

Oct 15, 2017 : Brandon Chase