Clay Bonnyman Evans

To paraphrase Steve Miller, I'm a writer, I'm a runner, I'm a long-distance hiker, sure don't want to hurt no one.... I got my trail name, Pony, in 2015 when I hiked the Colorado Trail. In 2016, I hiked the AT and I have literally thought about it every day since. In May 2017 and 2018 I gave back to the trail by working on the ATC's storied Konnarock Trail Crew. I've got a new book coming out in July 2018, 'Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II' — which means no long hikes this summer (though I hope to climb some Colorado 14ers ... I've got just eight to go). But come 2019, who knows ...?

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Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey Author: Derick Lugo MSRP: $19.95 (210 pp.; August 2019) Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club

Dec 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Sustained by more than half a century of vigorous growth, outdoor recreation has become one of the largest economic sectors of the American

Nov 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Xero Shoes have been around for nearly a decade, but the past few years have seen the brand really take off in terms of visibility. Started by

Oct 28, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

The roots of Leave No Trace, a set of principles designed to promote conservation of land and water resources impacted by outdoor recreation, go back

Oct 26, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

I've been using my beloved REI Quarter Dome 1 tent for all my backpacking needs—some 4,000 miles of hiking—since I bought it in 2015. It's elegantly

Sep 30, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trail Profile: South Dakota’s Centennial Trail

Trail Profile: South Dakota’s Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is a 123-mile trail that winds through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Traversing ponderosa-pine forests, pastures, and open

Sep 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
How to Keep Yourself Safe from Chafe

How to Keep Yourself Safe from Chafe

It was a brutally hot, humid July day in Pennsylvania when Brandon “The Dude” Jacob walked past the halfway marker during his 2016 Appalachian Trail

Aug 29, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

In the world of long-distance hiking, it’s become as predictable as snow in the Sierra or the riot of wildflowers in rolling Virginia pastures in

Aug 19, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Altra Timp 1.5

Gear Review: Altra Timp 1.5

In just a few short years, Logan, Utah-based Altra Running shoes has taken the American long-distance hiking world by storm. I had never heard of

Aug 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Meet the Thru-Hiking Artists Inspired by the Appalachian Trail

Meet the Thru-Hiking Artists Inspired by the Appalachian Trail

Rebecca “V-Dub” Harnish One spring day in 2018, Tina Tempest, owner of the Quarter Way Inn hostel near Ceres, VA, noticed one of her guests sitting

Jul 7, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans