Completing the Pacific Crest Trail strengthened our desire to venture into the wild again. We love the simple lifestyle, beautiful landscapes, and daily surprises of life on the trail. After much research, we have determined our next adventures!

In 2013 we plan to thru hike two more long trails! In the spring we will walk the entire Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. Then, come autumn, we will travel to the southern hemisphere and become some of the first people to thru hike the recently opened Te Araroa trail, which spans the full length of New Zealand.

The responses to our Pacific Crest Trail stories and photos were overwhelmingly positive. We were touched by your messages and will keep sharing future adventures with you via blog posts. Those posts will, however, appear under a new banner.

We have outgrown and are moving to We have already transferred your email subscriptions to the new site. If you read the blog through a bookmark or RSS feed, please update the URL to:

In addition to redesigning the website, we recently added pages describing the Appalachian Trail and Te Araroa. We encourage you to take a look around.

In order for us to follow our dreams and for this lifestyle to work in the long term, we need to become financially sustainable while hiking. We are looking for food, gear, flight, and other types of sponsors. If your business would like to sponsor us, please comment below or email me at: If you are not in a position to sponsor us, simply sharing our blog link or photo book link with as many people as possible would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your support! We’re excited for the many adventures which lie ahead!


  1. THAT is GREAT news!………Triple Crown???????????
    Having to put my next PCT hike into 2014, I’ll be e-hiking with you next year…Yeahhooo!


  2. Is that second photo at Duzy Basin with Fin Dome in the background? I haven’t been there for 25 years or more but it looks familiar. I have hiked the Milford Track in N.Z. as have thousands of others, and attempted Mt. Katahdin once but lost the trail in a snowstorm above timberline and retreated.

    Keep me posted.. I will love to follow your adventures.


  3. Yay! Wonderful news! Am so looking forward to hearing of your futue wanderings. Hope your prep time goes well.


  4. Wow! That’s exciting news, Chris and Anna! I wish you great success in finding a means of support. Your blog has been very interesting so you may be able to sustain yourselves from it.
    Best wishes, Gene


  5. So, there’s always National Geographic, as well as local tourist bureaus who might be interested…

    Are you going to settle in Fort Collins & get jobs & then go back ‘home’ to the wilds, or postpone Ft. Collins & get back to your REAL home?


      1. So where are you guys hanging out this winter? Let me know if you will be in SF bay Area anytime. Would love to see you guys!



  6. Congratulations, Anna & Chris, on an exciting 2013! Looking forward to reading and seeing those exquisite photos covering your adventures. All the best!


  7. Hey Shutterbug & Northstar! I’m grateful to be one of the many to offer you congratulations on your completion of the PCT! I’m was fortunate enough to talk with the two of you back in June at Vermillion Valley Ranch along the John Muir trail, and I just wanted to thank you for giving me one of your blog cards. After completing the JMT, my friends and I have been following your adventures up to canada, and have been left inspired by your phenomenal photography and thorough descriptions along the way. I’m not kidding when I say you two are the soul inspiration for a thru PCT hike consisting of myself and five others in 2014. I look forward to following your future endeavors and Shutterbug’s work in photography in the years to come!


  8. Sponsors, huh? As I was reading your plan for more thru hikes, I was wondering where you would get the money. Good luck! I was going to suggest seasonal work at vacation spots.



    1. Thanks, that’s a solid suggestion. We met a few thru hikers that work in ski towns during the winter and hike over the summer. If we can manage it, we would prefer to support ourselves with sponsors in part because it’s nice to promote small businesses with an environmental mission. For example, all of our PCT food from our sponsors was nutritious, produced with organic ingredients, and super duper yummy. You can’t beat that!


  9. Dearest Anna & Chris – will think on sponsors but key is to act now on the targets you have already id’ed as they are allocating 2013 spend over the next 2 months and you want to be in their consideration set. I am sure you are! Steve can share advice on getting sponsors for the Chicago Shoreline Marathon (kayaking race). We will send the new link around to our friends.

    Now Chicago is where all the cool kids hang in the winter ha ha after they exhaust the charms of Columbus but you are welcome to stay here at our house for however long – got room, work space and bandwidth. And a dog.

    Thrilled about your good work. Lisa & Steve


  10. Will give this another go — couldn’t get my comment to work with links, but maybe some spelling out of those linkswill help! Thought you might be interested in a hiking blog directory that Philip Werner of Sectionhiker dot com (great blog re: all things backpacking) has put together. It is hiking-blogs dot net and offers a great way to get exposure. Folks can vote for your blog and they do promotions through various sponsors and vendors. Not as great as direct sponsorship, but might be another way to get your awesome adventures, pictures, and reviews noticed! Would love to see your site submittef there as it would be one of the first I would vote for! Cheers!


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