58 minutes | Aug 5th 2020

7. Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

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Learn more about Liz Thomas and her urban thru-hikes on her blog and follow her on Instagram. Check out Snorkel’s latest adventure: Treeline Review, a comprehensive gear-review website that helps you find and buy the right equipment the first time around. Read her book Long Trails, Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike and her recent Falcon Guide, Hiking Waterfalls Southern California: A guide to the Region’s Best Waterfall Hikes, released in November 2019.Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights4:40: Snorkel explains how she got her trail name.6:05: Snorkel talks about her 20,000 miles hiked, including the Triple Crown.7:00: If she could only hike one trail again, it would be the CDT, and here’s why!8:00: Snorkel held the women’s speed record on the Appalachian Trail for five years before Heather “Anish” Anderson broke it. 9:30: Snorkel completed the first traverse of the Wasatch Range.13:40: Find out Snorkel’s motivation to keep hiking all these miles.14:35: Outside Magazine named Snorkel the Queen of “Urban Hiking.”15:45: Snorkel has thru-hiked 14 US cities. New York was the most intimidating.19:10: You can get the same benefits on an urban hike that you get on a wilderness hike. 27:08: Gear is about 40 percent of your hiking budget.28:20: All the expenses that people forget about when planning a long hike.29:40: Snorkel tells us what type of gear to invest in for your first long hike.30:35: Resupply in town versus mail drops. Liz says first timers should buy in town and for good reason.33:10: Shanty blew his budget on the Appalachian Trail. 33:50: The thru-hiking budget rule of thumb.34:20: Shout out to Paul Magnanti “PMags” for his super cheap thru-hike budget. 36:40: How to save money when you backpack into a trail town.43:00: Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses on your first trail hike.49:00: Liz is an ambassador of the American Hiking Society. 53:00: Liz talks about the motto of her new gear website, Treeline Review. “Buy right the first time.”55:16: Snorkel craves the weirdest trail food ever. There is seriously something wrong here. 
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