Liz held the women’s unassisted speed record for the Appalachian Trail from 2011-2015 and has 15,000 miles of long distance hiking under her shoes (including the Triple Crown—the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail.) While not hiking, Liz serves as Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association and as one of four ambassadors nationally for the American Hiking Society. She is the instructor for Backpacker Magazine’s online Thru-hiking 101 course. Despite having a master's degree in environmental science from Yale, when you meet her, she'll likely be hungry and in need of a bath.
This article serves as supplemental information to the advice outlined in her extensive and insightful gear chapter from Pacific Crest Trials. If