Cam “Swami” Honan
“Deserts, jungles, mountains or coasts; I’ve never had a preference. If I’m out in the wilderness with everything I need in the world on my back, chances are my smile is wide
and my thoughts are clear.”
~ 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.”
Hailing from Australia, Cam’s longest hiking journey took place in North America. Between July, 2011 and December, 2012, he completed an incredible trip that was called the “12 Long Walks.” Consisting of a dozen consecutive long distance hikes and totalling more than 14,300 miles (23,014 km), Cam passed through 29 US States, 4 Canadian provinces and destroyed a whopping 28 pairs of trail running shoes! Along the way he set records for the completion of a calendar year Triple Crown (Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails - 236 days), distance covered in a calendar year and the one of which he is most proud, dehydrated beans consumed in an 18 month period (123.7 lbs / 56.1 kg)!
In more recent times, Cam has pioneered traverses of Mexico’s Copper Canyon region (2013 - together with fellow Montbell athlete, Justin Lichter) and Peru’s Cordillera Blanca (2014). In 2016, he completed what may have been his toughest trip yet; a 200 mile (322 km) solo traverse of southwest Tasmania, one of the wildest and most rugged wilderness areas on the planet.
When not hiking, Cam can be found splitting his time between Australia, the US and his adopted homeland of Mexico.