Brian Cornell

Greetings everybody! My name is Brian and I am addicted to mountains. On the trail I go by “Knots” and come April 30th, I will be starting my thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail alongside my brother, Nick (Top Nach). Originally from Front Royal, VA but I have been residing in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the past few years. Will do anything outside, including but not limited to, hiking, running, skiing, biking, writing, reading and sitting. Favorite writers include Abbey, Thoreau, Kerouac and Hoff. Hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014, excited to get back on the path!

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Trailcation in Durango: A Mental and Physical Reset

Trailcation in Durango: A Mental and Physical Reset

After seven zeroes in the lovely, nearly engulfed in smoke, town of Durango I am ready to get back out on that dirt path.  While my shin does not

Jun 13, 2018 : Brian Cornell
A Challenging First Week in Colorful Colorado

A Challenging First Week in Colorful Colorado

At the border of New Mexico and Colorado there was a barbed wire fence that was bent over, touching the ground.  It was easily stepped over as I

Jun 8, 2018 : Brian Cornell
And Then It All Turned Green

And Then It All Turned Green

The trail out of Cuba, New Mexico was eight miles of road walk, the last five of which were on dirt and gravel.  The forest roads slowly climbed the

Jun 1, 2018 : Brian Cornell
A Comparison of Cows and Hikers

A Comparison of Cows and Hikers

Despite the obvious differences of how many legs we choose to walk on and the fact that hikers aren’t shot in the head when they get old and fat

May 26, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Lotta Road, Little Trail Through a Dusty Land

Lotta Road, Little Trail Through a Dusty Land

This past stretch from Pie Town to Grants consisted of a lot of road walks.  “Road walk” is a broad term as there are a few different kinds of roads

May 20, 2018 : Brian Cornell
In and Out of the Gila Wilderness

In and Out of the Gila Wilderness

Within this stretch of trail we spent four days in the Gila Wilderness and within the Gila Wilderness is the Gila River.  The trail follows the Gila

May 15, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Into the Silver City

Into the Silver City

The walk out of Lordsburg was full of sunshine and flat miles.  I did not mind the easy walking; however, we left town at 2 p.m. during the heat of

May 6, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Deep in the Land of Enchantment

Deep in the Land of Enchantment

After months of anticipation and calculations, days spent dreaming about walking town to town and mountain to mountain, hours of planning and

May 4, 2018 : Brian Cornell
What’s in Your Pack?

What’s in Your Pack?

Who asked that? Well, nobody. Yet I feel it necessary to make my obligatory gear list post before we start hiking tomorrow. I’ve categorized the gear

Apr 29, 2018 : Brian Cornell
CDT Eve Eve

CDT Eve Eve

Landed in El Paso, Texas, about an hour ago.  Currently sitting at DeadBeach Brewery enjoying a post-flight pint as we search for lunch options in

Apr 28, 2018 : Brian Cornell