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."

Posts

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
Jack Wolfskin JWP Down Jacket Review

Jack Wolfskin JWP Down Jacket Review

I often find myself wondering how much lighter materials for outdoor gear can realistically get, short of the Perseverance rover discovering some

Mar 31, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
North Country Trail Connects to AT, Makes Major Reroute in Minnesota

North Country Trail Connects to AT, Makes Major Reroute in Minnesota

Following the passage of long-pending legislation in Congress in 2020, the North Country Trail has recently made significant route changes in

Mar 25, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Six Moon Designs Rain Walker SUL Umbrella Review

Six Moon Designs Rain Walker SUL Umbrella Review

As I approach my April 7 Pacific Crest Trail start date, I’m still debating whether to bring an umbrella for sun protection. I bought a Six Moon

Mar 23, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Kammok Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt Review

Kammok Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt Review

When I was given the opportunity to review Kammok’s new Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt, I had no idea what an incredibly versatile piece I was

Mar 17, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy this week denied a request to release the full text of its August 2020 "voluntary stewardship agreement" with

Feb 24, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

Facing criticism and questions on social media, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided more details about its August 2020 decision to sign a

Feb 16, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Barney and Sandy Mann, aka Scout and Frodo, have decided not to host Pacific Crest Trail hikers for the 2021 season, due to ongoing concerns about

Feb 3, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: Edward Payson Weston Was ‘World’s Greatest Pedestrian’

Great Strides: Edward Payson Weston Was ‘World’s Greatest Pedestrian’

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

Jan 12, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans