The Trek Bloggers

The following awesome people are the official bloggers of the The Trek.   In other words, they’re the renegade trail-folk who will be blogging their thru-hikes right here on  Their job is to be adventurous and share their experiences in vivid detail.  Our job is to live vicariously and envy their existence.

Want to be a Trek Blogger?  You can: apply here

Want to write for this site, but aren’t thru-hiking?  We’re always looking for more backpackers with a passion for writing. Find out more about the The Trek Writers.

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Alex Ing-Simmons

From Yorkshire in the UK. I like to spend my time outdoors hiking, cycle touring and running. I work on an organic farm growing veg and recently got into foraging. I am a qualified sports massage therapist, a useful skill on trail!

Brian Kavanagh

Hi. I'm Brian aka The Sophisticated Caveman. After years of psyching myself out, I've finally committed to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring. I'm looking forward to sharing my adventures on the trail!

Danielle Parsons

Hello, my name's Danielle and I am a biologist backpacker from Santa Cruz, California. As an avid birder and botanist, I love to share my love for naturalizing with others. My pack is usually heavy since I lug around my binoculars and digital camera. Happy trails !

Elaine Che

I'm a Los Angeles native who found love in the outdoors after living in New England for the past few years. I lived at a meditation center from 2016-2019 which helped me establish a connection with nature. Now I'm back living in the city of LA and find myself seeking solitude and refuge in long distance backpacking. My least favorite town chore is showering because my legs get caked with dirt as soon as I'm back on trail so sometimes it's like, what's even the point?? I'm attempting a thru hike of the Arizona Trail this year, please follow along!

Elizabeth Kennedy

Three things about me: I love all things outdoors and trails. I live in close proximity to the AT. If I were an animal, I'd be a honey badger.

François de Neuville

Hey! I'm François, 34 years old, former commando-paratrooper, adventurer, entrepreneur, and tsunami survivor. I'm from Belgium, but I've been a nomad for the past seven years. I have my own business (high-performance coach, speaker, and author). I'll be hiking the PCT in 2024 with my wife!

Guinevere Drabik

AT NOBO 2023. Trail name: Lucky. I am a flatlander from Nebraska. Recently graduated with my masters in Zoology with a focus in parasitology. Come and join the fun and read about my (mis)adventures on trail.


Hey! I'm Jai and I'm a hiking tour guide in Australia. I consider myself a professional coffee drinker, an amateur thru-hiker and a wannabe detective (I blame Agatha Christie)

Joey Ferguson

I’m living proof you can walk through fire and find joy on the other side. After my AT thru-hike in 2018, I was forced to reinvent myself and my life. Now I travel, write, hike, and backpack, splitting time between vanlife and home in Colorado. I thru-hiked the epic Colorado Trail in 2023 and have big plans for more adventures. Follow along here and on YouTube @JoyfulRambler.


Hey, I'm Margaret and I'm 23 years old, and I'm sick of punching someone else's clock. I've decided to quit my job and pursue dreams of hiking the country, and maybe eventually living and working from a car so I can spend more time with my dog. I'm a little bit impulsive, I'm very determined, and I want to get the most out of life. I'm an avid reader, gamer, and eater. Mostly, I just want to live a life worth telling stories about; where I don't dread going to work, make the world a little bit better than I found it, and hopefully inspire some others to follow their dreams too.

Michael Chamberlain

Hello! I am an avid outdoors person, so if the activity is outside you will find me there! I love hiking, camping, learning primitive skills, bushcraft, hunting, canoeing, gardening... and the list goes on and on! When I am not in the outdoors, I am teacher. I teach design, woodworking, and sculpture to 6-12 grade boys at an all boys private school in Baltimore City.

Nathan Box

Writer, reader, blogger, hiker, explorer, movie critic, poet... Attempting to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2020.

Paige Wagar

Four fun facts about me: When I was in 3rd grade, I had 2 pet cockroaches. My favorite color is seafoam at sunset. My favorite smell is freshly brewed coffee. I've been exclusively eating plants for the last 5 years and plan to keep being my herbivorous self on my NOBO thruhike of the Pacific Crest Trail this year! My passion for the outdoors has carried me on adventures across the globe and has most recently carried me to the great Pacific Northwest, where I now live. I'll be returning to my home state of California to begin my thruhike hike in May!


Hello there beautiful people! My name is Petri (no trail name yet) and I'm hiking the PCT Nobo in april 2022. I'm from The Netherlands where I work as a yoga teacher and massage therapist. Favorite quote: 'I want to see mountains again Gandalf, Mountains!'. I wiggle my tail a lot when I'm excited. Follow along on my very first thru-hike!

Shaina Roberts

Hi! I'm Shaina. I'm most likely hiking some part of the Pacific Crest Trail as you're reading this. This isn't the first (and likely not the last) time I've put my life on pause to walk up, down, and around some beautiful mountains. Follow @shainahroberts on Instagram for pictures and stories I find especially funny along the way.

Thomas Allie

Optimist Prime here! PCT Class of 2022! AT Class of 2024 hopeful! Professional photographer, long distance hiker, environmental conservationist, devoted optimist, lover of all things outdoors. Since 2017 the Pacific Crest Trail was my dream. In 2022 I made that dream a reality. My new dream, hike every single trail that I possibly can in my lifetime. Follow along as I spread optimism with a camera in one hand, a trekking pole in the other.

Yard Sale

I'm a class of 2020 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, aspiring class of '21 Mid State Trail thru-hiker, and a freelance writer. Oh, and sometimes I do my homework, cause I'm in college too, I guess. If you're nice to me, I'll make you bread.

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