James Townsend

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 and New York Times Student Journeys. 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.

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No Signal, No Problem: Apple Introduces 2-Way Satellite Messaging for iPhones

No Signal, No Problem: Apple Introduces 2-Way Satellite Messaging for iPhones

Hikers and iPhone users are about to stay a lot more connected in the backcountry with iOS 18's new satellite messaging feature.

Jun 12, 2024 : James Townsend
Introducing Thru-Hiker Central: Your Year-Round Trail Community Hub

Introducing Thru-Hiker Central: Your Year-Round Trail Community Hub

As the thru-hiking season winds down and winter approaches, that doesn’t mean your connection to the trail community has to fade away. The Trek is

Nov 9, 2023 : James Townsend
What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Too Much From Your Thru-Hike)

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Too Much From Your Thru-Hike)

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

Jul 18, 2023 : James Townsend