Greetings everyone! My name is Ian 'Gas Monkey' Matta, and I'll be hiking NOBO come March of 2017. I'm currently finishing up my degree in Visual Effects at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with my graduation set for March 14th. (perfect timing.) I first caught the thru hiking bug back in 2010 during a 10 day section hike through the Saddlebacks and Bigelows. Since then I have had the opportunity to hike the 100 mile wilderness, portions of the White Mountains, the whole of Georgia, and countless other mountains on both the east and west coast. I return to the trail because of the serenity and non-aggression. I am a happy guy by nature and the AT provides an escape from all things stress, politics, and judgement. I'm ready to leave my worries at the doorstep, and live life out on the loose for a bit.
The Allure of Anger Over the past 6 months or so I’ve started to feel the true need to escape. During this time I’ve begun to recognize the
Reminiscing and Appreciating Friends, family, and hikers alike, I wanted to take a moment to create a short post on my excitement of the
Less than 100 days stand between me and the start of my thru-hike. One of the best ways I have prepared for this grand undertaking were the section
Origins Hello everyone, my name is Ian ‘Gas Monkey’ Matta and I’m hiker trash. As many of us already know, when we call ourselves hiker trash, we do