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
Described by Backpacker Magazine as "the most traveled hiker on earth”, Cam “Swami” Honan has trekked in 61 countries across six continents, logging more than 100,000 km (62,100 mi) over the last three decades. He documents his journeys on his blog, The Hiking Life, and has written and co-edited three bestselling titles about hikes around the world — Wanderlust, The Hidden Tracks, and Wanderlust USA.
Hailing from Australia, Cam’s longest and most well known hiking journey took place in North America. Between July 2011 and December 2012, he completed a trip called the “12 Long Walks.” Consisting of a dozen consecutive thru-hikes and totaling more than 14,300 miles (23,014 km), during the adventure he passed through 29 US States, 4 Canadian provinces, and set records for the fastest calendar year Triple Crown (Pacific Crest, Appalachian, and Continental Divide Trails - 236 days), and distance hiked in a calendar year.
In more recent times, Cam has pioneered traverses of some of the world’s most challenging wilderness areas, including Mexico’s Copper Canyon region, Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the Badlands of South Dakota, the southwest wilderness of Tasmania, and the Altiplano of Bolivia.
When not hiking, Cam can be found splitting his time between Australia and his adopted homeland of Mexico.