Brandon Chase

My name is Brandon, and I'm from Maine. I currently live overseas where I represent the United States as a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) at our embassies abroad. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 as a way to escape the hamster wheel and spend some good quality time in the US of A after being away for several years. I've also had the privilege of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, and fast-packing in the Himalayas. When not planning a hike, I'm training for ultramarathons or traveling to new places. Follow my experiences here on TheTrek and on my personal blog, FitForMiles.com

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How I Saved Over $2,000 On My Appalachian Trail Gear

How I Saved Over $2,000 On My Appalachian Trail Gear

When considering the total cost of a thru-hike, one must factor not only the amount spent while hiking but also the expenditure on gear beforehand.

Sep 7, 2018 : Brandon Chase
How to Hike the West Highland Way: 96 Miles Through the Scottish Highlands

How to Hike the West Highland Way: 96 Miles Through the Scottish Highlands

Completed in 1980, the West Highland Way is a 96-mile linear long-distance footpath in Scotland running from the town of Milngavie, just north of

Sep 5, 2018 : Brandon Chase
My Appalachian Trail Nutrition Plan

My Appalachian Trail Nutrition Plan

One of the common questions I receive about my 97-day AT thru-hike is, "What did you eat?". The short answer is: everything. The long answer is that

Aug 28, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Five Items I Returned after the AT

Five Items I Returned after the AT

The advice commonly given to prospective thru-hikers is that you must rigorously test your gear prior to an extended undertaking such as the

Aug 21, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Feet are the workhorses of any long-distance undertaking. They do the lion's share of the work and take the most damage of any body part. They get

Aug 14, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Breaking Down My $2,500 Thru-Hike Budget

Breaking Down My $2,500 Thru-Hike Budget

One of the major considerations when contemplating a thru-hike is, "Can I afford it?" Many hikers think they have arranged their finances properly,

Aug 7, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List Review

Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List Review

Before starting my thru-hike, I posted my Appalachian Trail gear list, which I had spent a long time dialing in and shaking down. Now that I've

Jul 31, 2018 : Brandon Chase
The Injury That Nearly Ended My Thru-Hike

The Injury That Nearly Ended My Thru-Hike

Everyone's worst nightmare when planning a thru-hike is an injury that will end their journey prematurely. This is not only because of all the time,

Jul 22, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike

Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike

Hello again! It's been just over two weeks since I summited Mount Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Now that I've taken some time

Jul 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
My Hike Ends with a Memorable Day on Katahdin

My Hike Ends with a Memorable Day on Katahdin

Welcome back for another trail update. Day 93, 12.2 Miles: Campsite at Mile 2,064.2 to Monson As expected, it rained throughout most of the

Jul 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase