Thursday, January 19

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Only a few hundred people have completed the Triple Crown of Hiking, a task that requires more than 7,900 miles of hiking and conquering the three longest trails in the United States — the Pacific Crest Trail (2,654 miles), Appalachian Trail (2,181 miles) and the Continental Divide Trail (3,092 miles).

Long-distance hiking is arduous, the failure rate is high and injuries are unfortunately common. Substantial dangers present themselves and hikers meet the wilderness on its terms. A week traveling trails is a notable effort. Traveling long distance, especially the entire distance of just one of these trails in one season, is undeniably a remarkable exercise in endurance and perseverance, both mentally and physically.

Celebrated long-distance hiker Liz Thomas will share stories from her adventures on the Triple Crown and other trails.

About the Speaker:

Liz Thomas is among the most experienced female hikers in the U.S. and is known for backpacking light, fast and solo. In 2011, she broke the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail, besting the previous record by almost a week. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States on 16 long distance hikes, including the pioneering traverse of the Chinook Trail across the Columbia River Gorge and the pioneering traverse of the Wasatch Range, which she did solo. Liz is affectionately known as the “Queen of Urban Hiking,” having pioneered and completed routes in five cities across the U.S.

In her time not on the trail, Liz attained a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on long distance hiking trails, conservation, and trail town communities—a project she is applying in her work with the trail non-profit Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

Liz has been featured in Backpacker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, Outside Online, and Gizmodo. She gives presentations about long distance hiking around the country, especially to college outdoor clubs like the one where she first learned how to backpack. Liz is honored to serve as Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and as one of four ambassadors for American Hiking Society. Liz is the instructor for Backpacker Magazine’s first-ever Introduction to Thru-hiking Course. When not hiking, Liz splits her time between Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA. Liz is an outdoor writer to The New York Times.

A Boulder Bookstore coupon for discounts on Liz Thomas’s book is included with each ticket purchase. Liz will be available for a post-presentation book signing.