Jacob Gilliland recently completed The Triple Crown of hiking. This feat, which only about 450 people have ever done, consists of completing the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail totaling close to 8,000 miles. Jacob has also spent time in Alaska to pursuing a career in guiding in which he still does today.Jacob currently work as an Outdoor Adventure Specialist at Appalachian Ski and Outdoors Inc. and guide people fishing in Alaska during the summer months.
Be sure to check out his presentation on April 3, 2019 at Appalachian Outdoors at downtown State College, PA.
Inside the Episode:
Jacob starts us off with his inspiration for taking on such a monumental challenge.
We hear about Jacob’s encounter with a Mountain Lion on the Continental Divide Trail.
Jacob tells us about his decision to hike the Appalachian Trail from north to south, an uncommon route for most people who tackle this challenging hike.
Food was a big part of planning these extensive hikes, and Jacob gives us great insight on what works for the long haul.
Jacob gives us some of his preferred methods for finding drinking water and how he was able to play it safe.
Jacob breaks gets into the various pieces of gear needed to complete these hikes, including backpacks and hiking boots.
Jacob tells us about some the highlight of his trips
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