Clay Bonnyman Evans

To paraphrase Steve Miller, I'm a writer, I'm a runner, I'm a long-distance hiker, sure don't want to hurt no one.... I got my trail name, Pony, in 2015 when I hiked the Colorado Trail. In 2016, I hiked the AT and I have literally thought about it every day since. In May 2017 and 2018 I gave back to the trail by working on the ATC's storied Konnarock Trail Crew. I've got a new book coming out in July 2018, 'Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II' — which means no long hikes this summer (though I hope to climb some Colorado 14ers ... I've got just eight to go). But come 2019, who knows ...?

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BioLite HeadLamp 750 Review

BioLite HeadLamp 750 Review

BioLite has in recent years produced some excellent lightweight, USB-rechargeable headlamps. The 1.7-ounce BioLite HeadLamp 200 is my absolute go-to.

Sep 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Xero Shoes Naboso Trail Sport Sandal Review

Xero Shoes Naboso Trail Sport Sandal Review

Hiking in sandals isn’t for everybody, and hiking in minimalist sandals is surely for fewer still. But if you’ve learned to appreciate hiking in

Sep 8, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

Barney Scout Mann is so ingrained in trail culture that there aren’t quotation marks around his trail name on the cover of his remarkable new memoir,

Aug 27, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Counter Assault Bear Deterrent: How it Works, How to Use It

Gear Review: Counter Assault Bear Deterrent: How it Works, How to Use It

I have a pretty good idea how to review a book: Read book Write review Ditto for long-distance hiking gear and apparel: Use gear

Jun 5, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

In this strange, virus-infected spring, I find myself swooning to a new love, the Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20º, sent to The Trek for review. Though

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-Tos, and Huts Author: Sarah Jones Decker Publisher: Rizzoli International, 304 pages with color

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Socks Appeal: 8 of Our Favorite Backpacking Socks for 2020

Socks Appeal: 8 of Our Favorite Backpacking Socks for 2020

When it comes to planning a long-distance trek, choosing socks may not seem like a big priority on your gear list. Socks are socks,

May 26, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

In 2015 I bought a puffy for a hike on the Colorado Trail that weighed in at 12 ounces at the time of this writing. It’s a great piece, still going

May 21, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans