Chuck McKeever

My name's Chuck, but it's "Stoic" to my trail friends. In 2016 I quit my teaching job and thru-hiked the P.C.T., losing 40 pounds, a good deal of fear, and various pieces of equipment along the way. Now I'm back in Seattle and teaching again, and the teenagers in my class tell me I look like "Tom Hanks from that movie with the volleyball...no offense." You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @mckchuck.

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Thru-Hiking Reflections One Year Later: The World is Burning

Thru-Hiking Reflections One Year Later: The World is Burning

A year ago this week, I completed my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a trial by fire, in the proverbial sense; I had been backpacking

Sep 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear AC Long Sleeve Men’s Henley

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear AC Long Sleeve Men’s Henley

(Disclaimer: This item was donated for the purposes of reviewing.) Basic Specs Name:

Apr 29, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Hitchhiking and Thru-Hiking: A Roadside Symbiosis

Hitchhiking and Thru-Hiking: A Roadside Symbiosis

Walking through the woods, as an end in and of itself, is as old and romantic an American tradition as there is. It seems fitting, then, that the

Apr 22, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
How Long Should I Wait to Clean My PCT Gear? An Idiot’s Guide

How Long Should I Wait to Clean My PCT Gear? An Idiot’s Guide

There is a certain class of hiker for whom the idea of the next trek is all-consuming. These worthy people, many of whom write for or read this

Apr 11, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

The year 1875 was an eventful one. It was the year in which Karl Marx, the father of communism, brought to prominence the old saying “From each

Apr 3, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

More than a little ink has been spilled in praise of the outdoors over the years. For millennia, people have tried to capture the relationship

Feb 20, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

A week away from the beginning of my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike, the southern terminus and the California desert were the furthest things from my

Feb 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Your Winter Inspiration For the Day: Meet Peter Freuchen

Your Winter Inspiration For the Day: Meet Peter Freuchen

What’s the coldest night you’ve ever spent? For me, the answer is easy: on the shore of Chicken Spring Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail. At a shade

Jan 30, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
What I learned hiking Mount Whitney from the Pacific Crest Trail

What I learned hiking Mount Whitney from the Pacific Crest Trail

The old man came through the swinging door of the general store. Worn blue flannel shirt, knife clipped to jeans pocket, big hands that had spent a

Jan 20, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

We’re riding out the gray and gloomy days of winter, and sunshine and hiking season seem all too far away. But many ambitious hikers are in the thick

Jan 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever