Danny Strayer

Danny “Crazy Horse” Strayer: I grew up in Michigan before working as a civil engineer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After five years of the office life, I’d had enough, quit my job, and began a life of travel. From road trips across America to hiking South African mountains or the Bavarian Alps, I’m always down for adventure. I blog about my travels at www.astraylife.com and am currently hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Posts

Advice on Hiking New Zealand’s Te Araroa

Advice on Hiking New Zealand’s Te Araroa

Having completed my 3,000km hike across New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail, here's my advice for future hikers.

Mar 22, 2020 : Danny Strayer
Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Though I've ranted about the things wrong with the Te Araroa, the trail has some truly amazing assets as well.

Jan 13, 2020 : Danny Strayer
Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

I'm three weeks into my second thru-hike on New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail, but to put it plainly, I'm not sure I'm enjoying it.

Nov 26, 2019 : Danny Strayer
Te Araroa Gear List

Te Araroa Gear List

On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.

Nov 1, 2019 : Danny Strayer
After the AT Comes New Zealand’s TA

After the AT Comes New Zealand’s TA

After finishing a thru-hike, many hikers are left wondering what comes next. The answer's easy: another thru-hike!

Oct 18, 2019 : Danny Strayer
Post-Hike Life Brings New Adventures

Post-Hike Life Brings New Adventures

After 139 days hiking through the woods I began my reintegration into society.

Dec 12, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Magic and Misfortune at Katahdin

Magic and Misfortune at Katahdin

My final days on the trail were full of trail magic as well as misadventure.

Dec 6, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Phone-less in the 100-Mile Wilderness

Phone-less in the 100-Mile Wilderness

An unfortunate fall in a river left me without my phone as I entered the 100-mile wilderness.

Nov 24, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Maine Became a Mental Challenge

Maine Became a Mental Challenge

After the incredible White Mountains, I finally reached Maine, the last state on my journey.

Nov 18, 2018 : Danny Strayer
The Whites and Their Rocks Nearly Killed Me

The Whites and Their Rocks Nearly Killed Me

After 1,800 miles I finally made it to the infamous White Mountains. Little did I know the mountains would put me through hell.

Nov 10, 2018 : Danny Strayer