Athletes & Support
Heather "ANISH" Anderson
Heather, known as Anish on trails, is the second female to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking”–completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each twice. She also holds overall self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013)–hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 min, which broke the previous men's record by four days and established the first female record–and the Arizona Trail (2016) which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) in a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes.
OREGON DESERT TRAIL THRU-HIKE 2017
You can follow her adventures at: www.facebook.com/AnishHikes
For more information: anishhikes.wordpress.com
Justin "Trauma" Lichter
Congratulations to Justin "Trauma" Lichter and hiking partner Shawn "Pepper" Forry for completing the first winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. About the trip, Justin says "We grew as outdoorsmen more so on this trip than any other trip. It tested us in many challenging conditions. We had to hone our wet weather system, cold weather systems, cold and wet weather system and winter travel systems." The pair covered 2,600 miles in 132 days through a variety of weather conditions!
Shawn "Pepper" Forry
Having completed the Triple Crown of hiking, Shawn Forry has continued to redefine the limitations of ultralight travel, having logged more than 25,000mi of wilderness experience. Best known for pioneering new routes across the world, he also holds the unsupported speed record of the Colorado Trail, covering the 465mi in just over 10 days. In collaboration with Justin Lichter, he became the first individual to traverse the 2650mi Pacific Crest Trail during winter. As a recent inductee into to the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, Forry continues to pursue new terrain to explore through alpine trekking and ski mountaineering pursuits.
Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa
Whitney has hiked over 6,000 miles with his K-9 companions over the years. After finding a dog on the Appalachian Trail in 1996 his life was forever changed. Whitney and his first dog Erwin (named for the trail town Erwin, TN) worked on the Appalachian Trail in the 1990’s as Ridge Runners after their thru-hike, where they provided education and support to a variety of trail users. Whitney has hiked many long trails in the US but is most proud of his recent pioneering first thru-hike of the Chinook Trail, a 293 mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in WA&OR.
CDT Blog: http://thedagodiaries.com/
Cam “Swami” Honan
One of the world’s most prolific hikers, Cam Honan has trekked more than 55,000 miles (88,514 km) in some 56 countries since the early 1990’s. In January, 2015, Backpacker Magazine called him, “the most travelled hiker on earth.”
NYARA (New York Adventure Racing Association)
New York Adventure Racing Association (“NYARA”) is the largest adventure racing club in the U.S. In addition to producing several adventure races each year, NYARA is a team comprised of experienced multi-sport athletes who compete locally, nationally and internationally.
Pemba grew up in the Everest region of Nepal, in Sewangma. At the age of 16 Pemba began working in the Himalayan tourism industry as a professional mountain guide. After moving to the US Pemba started an adventure guiding company, Sherpa Ascent International, in an effort to reestablish contact with his home country and share the Himalayan Mountain’s majestic environment, and colorful culture with westerners.
Mark Flagler & Flagler Films
Flagler Films is best known in the video production industry for producing inspiring, outdoor recreation and adventure programs that take viewers off the beaten path to visit the wild and scenic backcountry found on our planet. Mark Flagler is an award-winning producer and cameraman who is a proven expert in producing walking and hiking programs for television, DVD markets and online.
Wolf OR-7 Expedition
The Wolf OR-7 Expedition retraced the approximate track generated by the GPS collar worn by the Oregon wolf known as Wolf OR-7. This young male grey wolf traversed over 1,200 miles through Oregon and into California, to become the first and only documented free-roaming wolf in California in nearly 90 years, and he is still out there . . .
Team Los Gitanos
During the spring of 2014, a team of international alpinists traveled to the remote Revelations Mountains in Alaska. Jerome Sullivan, Lise Billon, Jeremy Stagnetto and Pedro Angel Galan Diaz were attempting a first ascent of the Pyramid Peak (8572ft).
American Mountain Guide Association
After establishing its US operations in 2002, Montbell became a member of Outdoor Industry Association and began supporting the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). Montbell America is in the process of learning more about the various social activities that play a critical part of being a good corporate citizen in the US.
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit membership organization founded by a group of citizens passionate about the CDNST and working to building a strong community of supporters and Trail Enthusiasts who want to see the Trail completed and protected.
Pacific Crest Trail Association
The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit membership organization that aims to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands.
American Long Distance Hiking Association-West
The ALDHA-West is an organization of individuals interested in the pursuit of all aspects of Long Distance hiking. Their membership covers a wide range of ages and experience levels and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on every aspect of long distance hiking, from gear, food, travel, dangers, expectations, trail weather, all the way to how to ease back into normal life after months on the trail.