Hi, I’m Anna. I’m from the San Francisco Bay area and spent my childhood summers camping in Yosemite. My geologist mother was helicoptered into remote areas of Alaska each year to do field work. She passed on her love for the outdoors to me. At age 13 I went backpacking for the first time. We spent 10 days in the gorgeous Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Forget NYC, this was the life for me.

Hi, I’m Dan. I’m a Britalian – my mum’s from England and my dad’s from Italy. I grew up in the foothills of the Italian Alps. In the winter, we’d head into the mountains to sled on plastic tablecloths. After moving to England, my brother and I would backpack in the countryside. In my 20s I fell in love with ultra running and now compete whenever I get the chance.

We thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2010.

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  1. Hi there Dan and Anna,

    What a walk! I’m so envious!
    It looks like you are doing so well and enjoying every bit of it.

    Here’s one of my mad ideas. As we are in California in August we just wondered where you’d be and whether we’d cross your trail.

    Most unlikely but thought I’d ask the question.

    Lots o luv.

    James and family

  2. Hi, Great to meet you both on the PCT by Paynes Lake. Your goal of hiking the whole PCT really impressed Max, our 10 year old grandson. I was 12 when I first backpacked. It will be fun following your progress over the next couple of months. Any favorite stops in the Seirras? We are ready to hit the trail again.

    • Glad to hear from you all! The food you gave us was delish! As far as the Sierras, King’s Canyon NP is gorgeous as is Thousand Island Lake.

  3. We are planning a trip to Kings Canyon for next year. Your recommendation firmed up the plans. Next week we may go to Grizzly Lake in the Trinity Alps. We’ll continue to follow your blog. I visited Thousand Island Lake when I was in high school. It is beautiful.

  4. Dear friends,
    very happy to browse Your pics of China!!!
    Love China too, expecially Lijiang!!!!
    Hope we could keep in touch!
    Best wishes for everything, auguri per tutto!!!
    Your sincerely Stefano – Xiulong

  5. Hi, I’m Jack’s Mom. I am thoroughly enjoying reading your blog as Jack is out there on the CDT too. What technology are you using to send up-dates and photos so often? His GPS allows us to see his whereabouts and with your wonderful writing we are getting vicarious pleasure.

    • Thanks Anne,

      We really enjoyed our spell with Jack, and hopefully we will hike with him again. We actually don’t have as much technology as him. We have a cunning trick up our sleve to update our blog eery few days. Every time we get in to town we write a few entries and then schedule them for the coming week… so it appears as though we are blogging every 2 days… even though its every week or so. Thank you for your comment. Tell Jack we are looking forward to puttin in some more miles with him soon!


  6. Your first backpacking trip was when you were about three months old. Or doesn’t it count if you were carried in a front pack?
    Love you,

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