A presentation / discussion / Q+A for people that are interested in thru-hiking or long-distance hiking or that are planning a trip on the Appalachian Trail. And of course people that are just interested in the trip in general and might be curious.
Ryan Houser grew up in rural North Carolina where he was frequently exposed to wild places like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has a masters degree in architecture from North Carolina State University and is currently a designer for Lake Flato Architects based in San Antonio. Ryan has lived in many locations but he particularly enjoys Colorado, Texas and South Korea. He was not always the young professional that he is today. In 2012 he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 108 days from Georgia to Maine. Following his AT thru-hike he made countless frivolous life changes including but not limited to: thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015, running a bunch of 50K and 50 mile trail races, working as a ski bum in Colorado, teaching English abroad, working as a freelance reporter, driving a truck from North Carolina to Alaska, and also spent nearly two years working for Korean architects in Seoul. He still wishes he could hike the AT every summer.
About Thru-Hiking the AT:
What's it really like to solo thru hike the entire 2,180+ mile Appalachian Trail from start to finish? From coming face to face with a mother bear and her cub to hitchhiking on the back of motorcycles to resupply, join Ryan "Quicksilver" Houser in this firsthand account of the ups and downs of attempting this American icon from Georgia to Maine. Logistics, weight, nutrition, terrain, water, distance, weather; our minds take on vastly different priorities when we find ourselves alone in the backcountry. Through daily entries composed from the sleeping bag of his 108 day trek, see how one summer of wilderness changed a young hiker's life forever.