My name is Jonah Boyer, and I am a 19 year old long-distance backpacker, writer, musician, and photographer from Maryland. From August of 2012 to July of 2013, I walked roughly 4300 miles from Atlantic to Pacific, loosely following the American Discovery Trail, with my guitar, my camera , and my journal to keep me company. It was a true wealth of experience: I watched the seasons change before me, witnessed so many great landscapes, and met an immeasurable amount of people just by moving one step at a time. After 11 months I made it to Point Reyes National Seashore in California, and while I have never let out a more satisfying sigh of relief, I was also feeling uncertain about what the future would hold. The drive back with one of my best friends, James, was sublime, as was arriving home and jamming out at the welcome home show my brother had set up at our house (thanks, Dad!), but I missed the trail as soon as I left it. I am currently saving up, planning and preparing for my next hike, the Pacific Crest Trail, which will take me from the California/Mexico line to the Washington/Canada line. I will start in mid-April and hope to end in early August before I go off to college. With each new adventure, I strive to learn more about myself, about others, and the world we all live in.
Working on publishing my journals, so keep an eye out for a Dudetrek book soon!
- The Pacific Crest Trail crosses through California, Oregon, and Washington, totaling to 2650 miles of walking in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Unlike the American Discovery Trail, the PCT does not follow roads but is rather a single continuous footpath that winds through some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery that side of the Mississippi (Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous US, is a day’s hike from the trail). When I set off in mid-April, I will do so with several hundred fellow hikers intending to hike the entire trail, and will hopefully be among the 60 percent that finish, according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Check out the map below to see where I’ll be hiking, and click on the logos to see what companies have sponsored me already for 2014!
These companies generously donated gear/ food to me!
And these companies were able to give me a discount on their products!