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Dann ‘The Night Crawler’ Hailey

Dann 'The night crawler' hailey

arizona

The Night Crawler (Hiker Trash Extraordinaire): Just another man who grew tired of the trappings of civilized life.

So with absolutely no hiking nor camping experience, I set off on a 2,200-mile journey up The Appalachian Trail. Where others found mostly toil and suffering, I discovered a love and respect for the natural world around me.

I enjoyed that journey so deeply, I’ve embarked on a several thousand-mile footpath every year since. With over 8,000 miles of hiking in just three years, I’ve come to realize that there’s no end in sight, and nowhere I can’t go.

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With over 8,000 miles of hiking in just three years, I’ve come to realize that there’s no end in sight and nowhere I can’t go.

Fast Five Q & A:

What’s your primary activity on public lands?
Mostly it has been doing thru-hikes that take me through some of our public lands. Lately I’ve been introduced to them in a whole different light through the eyes of Michelle. Now we’re traveling to different public lands and exploring the different treasures that each has to offer. This has opened my eyes to how much they need our support to continue to exist for future generations to enjoy.

What do you do when you’re not hiking?
Travel has become my life: either on foot or in our van, we’re enjoying and documenting public lands in hopes of inspiring others to go see what’s out there, or bringing it home for those who are unable to see it for themselves.

Why is the Appalachian Trail special to you?
Being my first trail ever, it holds a special place in my heart. I swear I can feel the Spirit of the Trail while I’m out there. I actually can’t wait to hike it again.

How did you first learn about the AT?
I didn’t know anything about long trails or anything like that. YouTube led me to a hiker’s vlog because I was interested in dehydrating food. I learned about thru-hiking and the Appalachian Trail that day, and a few months later I was out doing my first hike, which happened to be 2200 miles.

Any other favorite spots you recommend?
My favorite so far has been Anza Borrego. It was so vast, covering so much elevation, that you can see so many different aspects of the desert that you’d never expect. From intense flower blooms to intricate rock carvings created by wind and water, this place has so much to offer that you can visit it and never see the same thing twice.

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