James Townsend is a photographer, writer, and experiential educator. His photojournalism work has been featured in The New York Times, The BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, and more. In the experiential education field, James has led outdoor adventure and international trips for over a decade, working with companies like National Geographic Student Expeditions, New York Times Student Journeys, and the YMCA. As an avid traveler, he has visited nearly 50 countries, and 46 US states. James thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2021, and the Arizona Trail in 2022. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Trek. For his stories and photos of meaningful travel and outdoor escapades, follow him at @jamesgoesplaces on Instagram.
Thru-hiking is about more than just walking. It’s the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a lifestyle of absolute freedom. It’s pure bliss. It’s unfettered