My name's Chuck, but it's "Stoic" to my trail friends. In 2016 I quit my teaching job and thru-hiked the PCT, 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." I'm the author of "A Good Place for Maniacs: Dispatches From the Pacific Crest Trail," which you can find online through your favorite independent bookstore. You can find me on Instagram @mckchuck and Twitter @crowcialist.
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