This post originally appeared on TheTrek.coEach year, dozens of TheTrek’s beloved bloggers hit the Appalachian Trail and, in addition to their prolific prose, also capture their respective journeys via Instagram. Follow along to feel the excitement, send good vibes, track our progress, and, hopefully, gain some inspiration for a hike of your own!
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Without further ado, here is this year’s best-and-brightest hiker trash!
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances. He is a Lead Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures and the New England Outdoor Center.