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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Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

In this strange, virus-infected spring, I find myself swooning to a new love, the Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20º, sent to The Trek for review. Though

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-Tos, and Huts Author: Sarah Jones Decker Publisher: Rizzoli International, 304 pages with color

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Socks Appeal: 8 of Our Favorite Backpacking Socks for 2020

Socks Appeal: 8 of Our Favorite Backpacking Socks for 2020

When it comes to planning a long-distance trek, choosing socks may not seem like a big priority on your gear list. Socks are socks,

May 26, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

In 2015 I bought a puffy for a hike on the Colorado Trail that weighed in at 12 ounces at the time of this writing. It’s a great piece, still going

May 21, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] “Hiking from Home” – Chaunce’s Primer for Hikers *and* the Homefront

[Book Review] “Hiking from Home” – Chaunce’s Primer for Hikers *and* the Homefront

Hiking from Home: A Long-Distance Hiking Guide for Family and Friends Author: Juliana Chauncey Publisher: Self-published, 228 pp. $16.95. MSRP:

Apr 15, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Should You Exercise Outside During the COVID-19 Epidemic?

Should You Exercise Outside During the COVID-19 Epidemic?

As of April 5, 42 US states and the District of Columbia had issued stay-at-home orders, affecting about 90 percent of the population, some 300

Apr 7, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trail-Related Closures, Reopenings Due to COVID-19

Trail-Related Closures, Reopenings Due to COVID-19

(Updated 7 a.m.. MT, May 28) The Trek is committed to providing the latest news on trail-related closures, postponements, and cancellations due to

Mar 18, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

(Updated 2:41 p.m. ET, March 19) On March 11, Barney and Sandy Mann—aka Scout and Frodo—sent an email notifying hikers who had signed up for their

Mar 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Thanks to LED lighting, night-hiking has become a much more viable option than the days when your only choice was gripping a heavy flashlight that

Feb 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans