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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Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

In more than 2,100 miles of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I never got a single blister on my feet. That was thanks, in part, to the miracle

Apr 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Granite Gear Blaze 60

Gear Review: Granite Gear Blaze 60

Granite Gear’s Blaze 60 isn’t the lightest pack around—but then, it’s not supposed to be. It’s designed for hikers who need to haul extra gear or

Mar 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

So, you’re planning to head out on trail for a long walk. Maybe even a thru-hike of one of the Triple Crown trails — the Pacific Crest Trail, and

Feb 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
After Tens of Thousands of Miles, Has Hiking Legend “Nimblewill Nomad” Finally Retired?

After Tens of Thousands of Miles, Has Hiking Legend “Nimblewill Nomad” Finally Retired?

At age 80, one of the most accomplished long-distance hikers in the world has settled atop a mountain in eastern Alabama. Has Nimblewill Nomad's long

Jan 2, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

GPT Pilot Trail At-a-Glance Trail: Pilot trail of the www.greatplainstrail.org Maps: The Great Plains Trail is America's newest long-distance

Dec 6, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Foothills Trail: A 77-Mile Taste of the Southern Appalachians

The Foothills Trail: A 77-Mile Taste of the Southern Appalachians

The idea for the Table Rock State Park in the north/east to Lake Jocassee, and, on the eastern half of the trail, steep climbs of up to 2,000 feet

Oct 19, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

I arrived at A.J. Matthews/The Trek. When I asked how his hike was going, Joker told me he’d injured his ankle and spent the last month working at

Sep 21, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Appalachian Trail Needs You (and Your Sweat)

The Appalachian Trail Needs You (and Your Sweat)

Volunteer maintainers are "graying out" and nobody’s replacing them. It took more than 1,600 miles of walking on the Appalachian Trail before it

Jul 26, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

It’s no mystery why hikers in the midst of a grueling long-distance journey love trail magic. Whether you’re having a great day or feeling ground

Jun 4, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans