Brandon Chase

My name is Brandon, and I'm from Maine. I currently live in overseas where I represent the United States as a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) at our embassies abroad. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 in 97 days as a way to escape the hamster wheel and spend some good quality time in the US of A after being away for several years. I've had the privilege of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, and speed-trekking up Poon Hill in Annapurna, Nepal. When not planning a hike, I'm training for ultramarathons or traveling to new places. Follow my experiences here on TheTrek and on my personal blog, FitForMiles.com

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Weekly Trail Update Three: April 9 to April 15

Weekly Trail Update Three: April 9 to April 15

Welcome back for another trail update. Day 15: Jerry Cabin Shelter to Bald Mountain Shelter - 25.6mi Last night was another subfreezing

Apr 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update #2: April 2 – April 8, 2018

Weekly Trail Update #2: April 2 – April 8, 2018

Welcome back for another trail update. Day eight: Cable Gap Shelter to Russell Field Shelter - 21.6 miles Today was one of my shortest days.

Apr 13, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Weekly Trail Update #1: March 25 – April 1, 2018

Weekly Trail Update #1: March 25 – April 1, 2018

Welcome to my first update from the trail! Here I'll give a day-by-day account of my hike and everything that goes along with it. Please excuse the

Mar 31, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Lessons Learned From a Successful FKT Attempt

Lessons Learned From a Successful FKT Attempt

Recently, I completed an unsupported FKT attempt of the 255-kilometer Beşparmak Trail in the Part 1 and FKT announcement post, one of the main

Mar 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Energy Gels for Hiking: Yay or Nay?

Energy Gels for Hiking: Yay or Nay?

Disclaimer: I am sponsored by Manuka Sport and I support and recommend their products in this post.  As the worlds of ultralight backpacking and

Mar 16, 2018 : Brandon Chase
My 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

My 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

Below is the list of gear I am currently planning to take on my AT thru-hike beginning in March 2018. This is a living post and will be updated if I

Mar 1, 2018 : Brandon Chase
The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Should be Following on Instagram

The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Should be Following on Instagram

Each year, dozens of The Trek's beloved bloggers hit the Appalachian Trail and, in addition to their prolific prose, also capture their  journeys via

Feb 27, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical

Feb 9, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Five Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on the AT

Five Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on the AT

I've hiked more miles in my life than I've run, but a couple of years ago I picked up ultrarunning and have been borderline obsessed since. For me,

Feb 2, 2018 : Brandon Chase
How To Get To Springer Mountain And Home From Katahdin For (Almost) Free

How To Get To Springer Mountain And Home From Katahdin For (Almost) Free

This article is going to tell you how to get to the start of your thru-hike and home again for almost free by "travel hacking." More specifically, I

Jan 10, 2018 : Brandon Chase