Josh Johnson

A Florida resident, Josh has backpacked in Florida and Alabama prior to committing to the Appalachian Trail. As a graphic designer and former competitive gamer (Major League Gaming), the outdoor trails are a reprieve from all things digital and a sanctuary to recharge creative energy. Rather than make this just a personal experience, his desire is to make each step across the countryside benefit a worthy cause touching the lives of other people in a positive way. To that end, Josh founded the #HikeWithHeart movement while preparing to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian trail in 2017, backpacking the first 80+ charity miles for Hike With Heart. Instagram: @HikeWithHeart

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Gear Review: NEMO Switchback Ultralight Sleeping Pad

Gear Review: NEMO Switchback Ultralight Sleeping Pad

I strapped on the The Nemo Switchback™ sleeping pad for testing because it was designed to deliver better thickness, comfort while still achieving an industry-leading pack size. The lightweight pad was fast and easy to use. Read the full gear review for details!

Mar 13, 2019 : Josh Johnson
Why Do We Hike?

Why Do We Hike?

I’ve always wondered why the trail calls to me so much. I know I enjoy hiking, but why do I like it so much? Why do I enjoy spending days, weeks, or

Nov 29, 2018 : Josh Johnson
My First Encounter with a Charging Cord Monster

My First Encounter with a Charging Cord Monster

The approach to the Great Smoky Mountains was full of good food, social time with my fellow hikers and the place I met my first charging cord monster. Plus, Fontana Dam is epic!

Sep 28, 2018 : Josh Johnson
False Alarm: When My Emergency Electronics Fail

False Alarm: When My Emergency Electronics Fail

When I tell people I hike long distance, I am often asked safety-related questions, like “Do you carry a gun?” or “Do you have a satellite device for

Sep 17, 2018 : Josh Johnson
When You Fall for the Trail, Literally

When You Fall for the Trail, Literally

There's something magnificent about spending time outdoors. As a hiker, there are moments when you fall for the trail. You might witness a stunning

Sep 7, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Tropic Thunder on the AT

Tropic Thunder on the AT

When I say "tropic thunder," I'm not talking about the comedy; I'm talking about the real thing. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. For now,

Aug 2, 2018 : Josh Johnson
A Family and Their Dog Named Not a Llama

A Family and Their Dog Named Not a Llama

Maggie shuttled me to Burningtown Gap and, like her husband, she gave me a pre-hike hug to start my day off right. Those two are the nicest people. 

Jul 6, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Morale on the Trail and Dead Electronics

Morale on the Trail and Dead Electronics

Waking to the sound of silence is nice when it means the sound of rain is absent. It’s a stark contrast to last night’s rainstorm, and I was glad to

Jun 29, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Trail Name Stories and a Sharp Turn in Our Hike

Trail Name Stories and a Sharp Turn in Our Hike

I awoke to the sounds of a light drizzle and the rustle of my Dad packing away his gear already. A couple we met last night, Steve and Angie, came

Jun 25, 2018 : Josh Johnson
Day Nine: The Glittered Road to Albert Mountain

Day Nine: The Glittered Road to Albert Mountain

No one told me the path to Albert Mountain was so shiny! They didn't mention the climb was so rocky, either. Will the view at the top be clouds and rain or the beautiful panorama I want so badly. Today is the day I hit the 100 mile mark and find out.

Jun 19, 2018 : Josh Johnson