This 9-Year-Old Completed Thru-Hiking’s Triple Crown

“Christian Thomas, aka Buddy Backpacker, finished the Continental Divide Trail on September 18, becoming the youngest person to complete all three of the nation’s longest hiking trails.

On September 18, nine-year-old Christian Thomas stood in front of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park with his parents, Andrea Rego and Dion Pagonis. The family from Crested Butte, Colorado, had just finished a 1,200-mile section hike of the Continental Divide Trail, the last leg on their journey to say they officially walked its length. Having finished both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014, this was the third long-distance footpath they’d hiked in nearly five years.
With that final step toward the geyser, Thomas became the youngest person in history to complete all three trails, called the “triple crown” of hiking. Doing so requires trekking nearly 8,000 miles and climbing more than 1,000,000 feet in elevation. Fewer than 350 people have reported their triple crown to the American Long Distance Hiking Association–West, an organization that tracks such feats, though ALDHA-West president Whitney LaRuffa says unreported triple crowns could double that figure.”

For the complete story go to: Outside Magazine

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