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 Appalachian Trail; 2018, Foothills Trail and Alabama Pinhoti Trail; 2019, Great Plains Trail pilot trail in South Dakota and Nebraska; on April 7, 2021 I will start the Pacific Crest Trail. My most recent books are "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II," "The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail," and "I See by Your Outfit: An Unexpected Cowboy Odyssey."

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ULA Circuit Backpack Review

ULA Circuit Backpack Review

When I launched my thru-hiking career on the Colorado Trail in 2015, I did a lot of research online to find gear I thought would work for me. I’m

Jun 27, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Sea to Summit Ascent AcII Sleeping Bag Review

Sea to Summit Ascent AcII Sleeping Bag Review

On my last thru-hike (PCT, 2021) I used a quilt for the first time. Thanks to (mostly) cooperative weather, a 20-degree quilt proved to be just

Apr 20, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Tom Turcich (and His Pup) Set to Complete 7-Year Around-the-World Walk Next Month

Tom Turcich (and His Pup) Set to Complete 7-Year Around-the-World Walk Next Month

On April 2, 2015, Tom Turcich, 33, left his home in New Jersey to walk around the world. More than seven years, 26,000 miles, six continents, and one

Apr 15, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Topo Athletic MT-4 Trail Runner Review

Topo Athletic MT-4 Trail Runner Review

I am admittedly a big fan of Topo Athletic trail shoes, both for running and long-distance hiking. I discovered the company a few years ago after the

Mar 28, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Icebreaker Merino 200 Sonebula Base Layers Review

Icebreaker Merino 200 Sonebula Base Layers Review

The Icebreaker Sonebula thermal base layer set is a midweight, 100% merino wool next-to-skin layer for hikers and backpackers. How do these thermals

Mar 21, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Jack Wolfskin JWP Atmos Jacket Review

Jack Wolfskin JWP Atmos Jacket Review

Jack Wolfskin, a German company working on building inroads to the North American outdoor market, has been putting out some good — and good-looking —

Jan 31, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
PCT Receives $4.4 Million to Reduce ‘Three to Five Years’ of Backlogged Maintenance

PCT Receives $4.4 Million to Reduce ‘Three to Five Years’ of Backlogged Maintenance

The Pacific Crest Trail will receive an injection of $4.4 million from the $9 billion Great American Outdoors Act passed by Congress in 2020 to begin

Dec 23, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Ryan ‘Constantine’ Bunting sets North Country Trail FKT and Becomes Youngest Hiker to Complete All 11 National Scenic Trails

Ryan ‘Constantine’ Bunting sets North Country Trail FKT and Becomes Youngest Hiker to Complete All 11 National Scenic Trails

On Nov. 3, Ryan “Constantine” Bunting and his partner, Dana “Magpie” Burkett set the fastest-known-time for hiking North Country Trail, walking

Dec 7, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 Review

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 Review

In previous shoe reviews, I've expressed my frustration with shoe companies that issue a "new and improved" model of a favorite trail shoe that turns

Jul 1, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring notable walks and walkers from history, literature, and film. If not for the

Apr 8, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans