Chuck McKeever

My name's Chuck, but it's "Stoic" to my trail friends. In 2016 I quit my teaching job and thru-hiked the P.C.T., losing 40 pounds, a good deal of fear, and various pieces of equipment along the way. Now I'm back in Seattle and teaching again, and the teenagers in my class tell me I look like "Tom Hanks from that movie with the volleyball...no offense." You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @mckchuck.

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The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

More than a little ink has been spilled in praise of the outdoors over the years. For millennia, people have tried to capture the relationship between

Feb 20th : Chuck McKeever
What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

A week away from the beginning of my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike, the southern terminus and the California desert were the furthest things from my m

Feb 10th : Chuck McKeever
Your Winter Inspiration For the Day: Meet Peter Freuchen

Your Winter Inspiration For the Day: Meet Peter Freuchen

What’s the coldest night you’ve ever spent? For me, the answer is easy: on the shore of Chicken Spring Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail. At a shade abo

Jan 30th : Chuck McKeever
What I learned hiking Mount Whitney from the Pacific Crest Trail

What I learned hiking Mount Whitney from the Pacific Crest Trail

The old man came through the swinging door of the general store. Worn blue flannel shirt, knife clipped to jeans pocket, big hands that had spent a li

Jan 20th : Chuck McKeever
6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

We’re riding out the gray and gloomy days of winter, and sunshine and hiking season seem all too far away. But many ambitious hikers are in the thick

Jan 10th : Chuck McKeever
Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

One of the nice parts about thru-hiking is that it’s incredibly easy to make friends. Everyone’s sharing such a wonderful experience, one that almost

Dec 31st : Chuck McKeever
Keeping ‘The Watch’: How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Sleep Cycle

Keeping ‘The Watch’: How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Sleep Cycle

In my third month on the Pacific Crest Trail, I started noticing something bizarre during the nights: I wasn’t sleeping all the way through them. Bro

Dec 20th : Chuck McKeever