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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After Tens of Thousands of Miles, Has Hiking Legend “Nimblewill Nomad” Finally Retired?

After Tens of Thousands of Miles, Has Hiking Legend “Nimblewill Nomad” Finally Retired?

At age 80, one of the most accomplished long-distance hikers in the world has settled atop a mountain in eastern Alabama. Has Nimblewill Nomad's long

Jan 2, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

GPT Pilot Trail At-a-Glance Trail: Pilot trail of the Great Plains Trail Distance: About 250 miles Location: From Scottsbluff, NE, to Bear Butte,

Dec 6, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Foothills Trail: A 77-Mile Taste of the Southern Appalachians

The Foothills Trail: A 77-Mile Taste of the Southern Appalachians

The idea for the Foothills Trail, a National Recreation Trail located in far western South Carolina, began in the 1960s as an effort to preserve and

Oct 19, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

I arrived at Bears Den Lodge, just past the 1,000-mile mark on the Appalachian Trail, at high noon on July 2, 2016, a pleasantly warm, sunny day. To

Sep 21, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Appalachian Trail Needs You (and Your Sweat)

The Appalachian Trail Needs You (and Your Sweat)

Volunteer maintainers are "graying out" and nobody’s replacing them. It took more than 1,600 miles of walking on the Appalachian Trail before it

Jul 26, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

It’s no mystery why hikers in the midst of a grueling long-distance journey love trail magic. Whether you’re having a great day or feeling ground

Jun 4, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans