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] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

[Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

On March 1, 2018, Ben Crawford ushered his wife and six children, ages two to 16, onto the then-2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. He then filmed the

Nov 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Trail Shoe Review

Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Trail Shoe Review

Hikers of a certain age will recall the famous meme from Charles Schulz’ Peanuts cartoons, in which the incorrigible Lucy sweetly entices the hapless

Nov 16, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1976, at

Nov 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants Review

During my first long-distance hike (not counting Boy Scout 50-milers and a trek around the Annapurna massif in Nepal many moons ago), I was furious

Oct 28, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

The Great Strides series will be an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film.

Sep 22, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
BioLite HeadLamp 750 Review

BioLite HeadLamp 750 Review

BioLite has in recent years produced some excellent lightweight, USB-rechargeable headlamps. The 1.7-ounce BioLite HeadLamp 200 is my absolute go-to.

Sep 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Xero Shoes Naboso Trail Sport Sandal Review

Xero Shoes Naboso Trail Sport Sandal Review

Hiking in sandals isn’t for everybody, and hiking in minimalist sandals is surely for fewer still. But if you’ve learned to appreciate hiking in

Sep 8, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

Barney Scout Mann is so ingrained in trail culture that there aren’t quotation marks around his trail name on the cover of his remarkable new memoir,

Aug 27, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans