Liz Thomas I Long Distance Adventure Hiker
“From the backpacking perspective...seeing life at 3 mph just slows things down and makes you appreciate the beauty that’s around you and the people that are around you a lot more.”
A friend recently sent us to the website of Liz Thomas: Long Distance Adventure Hiker, and we were blown away. She rocks! Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011 at the age of 22. Did you get that 22 years old! She is one the the most experienced women hikers in the country having backpacked over 10,000 miles across the US. Liz has been featured in Backpacker Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and LA Magazine and has given talks about her experiences at colleges, hiking clubs, and conferences across the country. We were so psyched when she accepted our invitation to be part of By Way Of. - D + J
Where did you grow up? And how would you describe that place and it’s people?
I grew up in Northern California. It was kind of a typical suburban upbringing. I grew up in a place where we were only an hour and a half from the mountains, but the way the city was designed it wasn’t really that walkable and so I found myself being drawn towards the open spaces there were. As I grew up and went to college and saw a different world, I kept going to bigger and bigger open spaces and that is kind of how it influenced me to become the adventurer that I’ve become.