Dylan Tonkin

I have spent my lifetime chasing big rapids, mayfly hatches and whistling wings. I was the kid who grew up in the outdoors away from video games and TV. As a youth I spent time hiking the trails of PA including the AT. I was the kind of kid with the full length map of the AT on my wall growing up. I finally took control of my life and thru hiked the AT in 2016. It opened up my eyes to so many new and exciting things and helped me to develop a better understanding of the world, and more importantly, myself.

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Dylan’s UL PCT 2018 Gear List

Dylan’s UL PCT 2018 Gear List

The weeks and months leading up to the start of any long-distance hike seem never-ending.  In an effort to feel connected or get some sort of

Apr 16, 2018 : Dylan Tonkin
Trail Food: Steve’s Paleo Goods

Trail Food: Steve’s Paleo Goods

I've noticed two trends over the last several years. An increase in folks interested in long distance backpacking and an increase in people caring

Jan 9, 2018 : Dylan Tonkin
A Pre Thru-Hike To-Do List

A Pre Thru-Hike To-Do List

The months or weeks before a thru-hike seem to pass as slow as molasses.  The current state of the weather conditions outside right now do not help. 

Jan 7, 2018 : Dylan Tonkin
Thru Hiking Pennsylvania’s Horse-Shoe Trail

Thru Hiking Pennsylvania’s Horse-Shoe Trail

When I set the goal to thru hike the Horse Shoe trail in 2016 nearing the end of my 2,19 mile AT thru hike I never imagined a trail of 141 miles

Oct 20, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
Have a great rest of your life

Have a great rest of your life

To date I have written and scrapped no less than 4 drafts of this post to sum up the last year of my life. My first year as a thru hiker.  To me, and

Oct 18, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
Gear Review: Montbell Colorado Parka

Gear Review: Montbell Colorado Parka

Circumstances of review Throughout the winter and early Spring I wore the Description This reversible down parka boasts a generous urban cut and

Jul 11, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
Sorting Through 2017’s Thru-Hiker Hashtags

Sorting Through 2017’s Thru-Hiker Hashtags

Trying to sort through the sea of incredible online photos is nearly impossible. In order to help us with that the millennials, or at least those

Jul 9, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
How to be a Thru-Hiking Elitist 

How to be a Thru-Hiking Elitist 

When it comes to thru-hiking, it's absolutely imperative that everyone follows the rules (not guidelines) set by you. Here's a few tips to help you

Jun 1, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
Stability, the only thing you need to hike the AT

Stability, the only thing you need to hike the AT

During my hike I tried my best to figure out what the successful thru hikers had in common.  What is the difference between a person who makes it the

Apr 5, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
How I saved money to thru hike

How I saved money to thru hike

  To me the most unacceptable reason for failing to be able to complete a thru hike was and still is money.  Running out of money is a

Mar 30, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin