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Author: Chris Gallaway

A New Shoe for the Trail: the Astral Aquanaut

In September Sunshine and I took a week-long backpacking trip in Glacier National Park. She’d visited the Park numerous times when she lived in Missoula, Montana after her second thru-hike on the A.T.. This was my first time in Glacier (and in Montana for that matter), and I was excited to see a new part […]

First Trailer for “The Long Start to the Journey” documentary film + premiere dates Spring 2015

We are excited to share the first trailer for The Long Start to the Journey and also to announce the first public screenings of the film at festivals and events around the Southeast in the Spring of 2015. Starting with our world premiere event in Asheville, North Carolina on Thursday, March 19th. We’ll be showing […]

My Kit

Thru-hikers are (generally speaking) fascinated by gear. Equipment is far from the most important element in helping you complete a thru-hike (tenacity, love of nature, patience and endurance all factor in far above that), but it can go a long ways towards making you safer, more comfortable, and healthier while backpacking. Gear and equipment might […]

The Last Hundred Miles

I never thought I’d find myself saying, “Only a hundred miles left to walk.” As a northbound thru-hiker, when you enter the 100 Mile wilderness leading up to Katahdin it feels like the days and miles are flying by. The effort of six months (on average) and 2,000 miles are behind you, and only a […]


September 3rd, 2013 — Reached the top of Katahdin. My compass bearing is south for the first time in what feels like a very, very long time. More updates to follow in the coming days–thank you all for your support and for following the journey!


My parents told me that my little brother had died on the third day I was in Maine. I was on the slopes of Bemis Mountain. It had been a drizzly morning at the shelter, and I’d slept in, enjoying the patter on my tent. By the time I hit the trail the day was […]

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