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How I Became a Backpacker

In an article that came out today in <a title="Mushroom Trip Report" href="">Trails Magazine</a>, I discuss my transformation from sedentary to migratory.
In an article that came out today in Trails Magazine, I discuss my transformation from sedentary to migratory.

As a kid, teenager, and young person, I constantly had a restlessness in my feet, but I didn’t know why.

In an article published today in Trails Magazine—an online magazine that focuses on the athletes and culture of long distance backpacking—for the first time, I’ve written about how I became a backpacker.

For a lot of people just getting into backpacking, it’s easy to think that I was just born a Triple Crowner. But like a lot of serial long distance hikers, I came from a fairly sedentary, smart-kid restless lifestyle and transformed into a lady who lives to be on the trail.

Please check out the article (scroll down: the full version in English is there!!!) I’m hoping that by reading this article, a few people (teenagers?) may be inspired to get out there.

How did you transform into a backpacker?


Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.