Matthew Kok

Matthew Kok (they/them) is a writer and a thru-hiker currently based out of Juneau, AK. They LASHed the PCT in 2019 and thru-hiked the CDT in 2021. They've written for Outdoors.com and write regularly for Garage Grown Gear. You can find them on Instagram @matt.kok

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“This Is What Everyone in the World Needs”: Michael “Grizzy Smurf” Monahan on Healing, Resilience, and the Triple Crown

“This Is What Everyone in the World Needs”: Michael “Grizzy Smurf” Monahan on Healing, Resilience, and the Triple Crown

Content Warning: This story contains brief mention of child abuse and neglect.Michael “Grizzly Smurf” Monahan completed his Triple Crown in

Feb 13, 2024 : Matthew Kok
Trail Profile: Te Araroa, Your Guide to the Best Way of Experiencing New Zealand

Trail Profile: Te Araroa, Your Guide to the Best Way of Experiencing New Zealand

Considering a hike on New Zealand's long trail? This trail guide for Te Araroa will get you started on the right foot.

Nov 30, 2023 : Matthew Kok
5 Key Ingredients for Dairy-Free Thru-Hikers

5 Key Ingredients for Dairy-Free Thru-Hikers

Thru-hiking on a dairy-free diet needn't be hard. Here are 5 staples that every thru-hiker can carry for delicious and nutritious meals.

Aug 24, 2023 : Matthew Kok
Through the Looking Glass: East Glacier’s Best New Trail Angel

Through the Looking Glass: East Glacier’s Best New Trail Angel

Meet Luna, owner of the CDT's best new hostel, Looking Glass Basecamp. Her inspiring story of triumph in the face of global catastrophe.

Jul 14, 2023 : Matthew Kok
Light Of A Clear Blue Morning: Early Days on the CDT

Light Of A Clear Blue Morning: Early Days on the CDT

But, this is what I mean, Gila. The world around you is so vibrant, I almost can’t believe it. It's all because of you. I find myself stunned silent as I wander your banks.

Jun 7, 2021 : Matthew Kok
10 Ways I’m (Emotionally) Preparing For The CDT

10 Ways I’m (Emotionally) Preparing For The CDT

First, thank you to the trees back East where I grew up. Thank you to the lakes, the loons, and the cold winters of my teenage years further North. Thank you to the Douglas Firs and their siblings, the mosses and lichens of the Pacific Northwest...

Apr 8, 2021 : Matthew Kok