Ambassadors & Support
Heather "ANISH" Anderson
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson is the only woman who has completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each three times. This includes her historic Calendar Year Triple Crown hike in 2018 when she hiked all three of those trails in one March-November season, making her the first female to do so.
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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 "Allgood" LaRuffa has been an avid thru-hiker since his first thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 1996. Allgood has hiked over 10,000 miles on long distance trail in the US, including the first thru-hikes of the Chinook Trail, a 330 mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in Washington & Oregon, and The Blue Mountains Trail, a 585 mile route through the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon.
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.
Thomas "Jabba" Gathman
Since 2013, he has hiked over 20,000 miles on trails both international and domestic with no sign of slowing down. So far he has tackled the Jordan Trail (in the Middle East), the Appalachian Trail twice (once in winter starting in Maine the first week of December), Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, half of the Florida Trail, Wonderland Trail, Sierra High Route twice, Wind River High Route twice, Mid State Trail (in Pennsylvania), and countless other hikes and summits. He has his sights set on many, many more adventures.
The Real Hiking Viking
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.
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.