Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011. Liz is among the most experienced woman long distance hikers in the country and is known for hiking light and fast. In 2013, she walked the world’s first urban thru-hike across Los Angeles, and her profile was featured in Backpacker Magazine. Liz 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 12,000 miles across the United States on other long distance hiking trails. Just to give perspective, for every Triple Crowner, there are 17 folks that have summited Mount Everest. More people have been in space than hiked the Triple Crown, and when Liz finished it, she was one of 20 women with that title.
In addition to having a lot of experience hiking, Liz also received a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on long distance hiking trails, conservation, and trail town communities. Liz has been featured in Backpacker Magazine, LA Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal and gives talks about her experiences at colleges and hiking clubs across the country.
2013 Schedule (where you’ll see Liz):
I watch weather patterns to decide what trail is optimal each year, so nothing is determined until the spring.
Possible trails for 2014: TransAdirondack Trail (Adirondacks, NY), Sierra High Route (Sierra Nevada Range, CA), top secret never done before trail in Pacific Northwest (approximately 350 miles), Wasatch range traverse (approximately 200 miles), Bailey Range full traverse (Olympic National Park, WA), John Muir Trail (Sierra Nevada, CA)
Pacific Crest Trail, long distance fastpack, 2,656 miles, 5/25, California-Mexican border to Washington-Canadian border
John Muir Trail, long distance fastpack, 211 miles, 9/1, Sierras
Inman 300, long distance fastpack, 196 miles, 4/11, Los Angeles
Rim to Rim, ultra, 42 miles, 3/25, Grand Canyon