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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Trail-Related Closures Due to COVID-19

Trail-Related Closures Due to COVID-19

(Updated 7 p.m. MT, March 30) The Trek is committed to providing the latest news on trail-related closures, postponements, and cancellations due to

Mar 18, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

(Updated 2:41 p.m. ET, March 19) On March 11, Barney and Sandy Mann—aka Scout and Frodo—sent an email notifying hikers who had signed up for their

Mar 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Thanks to LED lighting, night-hiking has become a much more viable option than the days when your only choice was gripping a heavy flashlight that

Feb 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: NEMO Dragonfly 2

Gear Review: NEMO Dragonfly 2

Tent design has come a long way, not just since the heavy aluminum tubing poles and 12-pound rigs from my days (long, long ago, in a galaxy… etc.,

Dec 16, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey Author: Derick Lugo MSRP: $19.95 (210 pp.; August 2019) Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club

Dec 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Sustained by more than half a century of vigorous growth, outdoor recreation has become one of the largest economic sectors of the American

Nov 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Xero Shoes have been around for nearly a decade, but the past few years have seen the brand really take off in terms of visibility. Started by

Oct 28, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

The roots of Leave No Trace, a set of principles designed to promote conservation of land and water resources impacted by outdoor recreation, go back

Oct 26, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

I've been using my beloved REI Quarter Dome 1 tent for all my backpacking needs—some 4,000 miles of hiking—since I bought it in 2015. It's elegantly

Sep 30, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans