My good buddy Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail almost 20 years ago and worked as a ridgerunner with his dog for two years. Now, he has a job, a house, a dog, and a volunteer job as the President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West. Yet, Allgood still manages to thru-hike a long backpacking trail every year.

His secret? Short thru-hikes that offer 2,000 miles worth of challenge and adventure in a two-week vacation slot.

Looking for some shorter thrus that won’t require giving notice to your boss?

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