Vancouver man conquers the Triple Crown of hiking

Thursday, October 20, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Wash., seized the Triple Crown of hiking on Sunday when he finished the 2,756-mile Continental Divide Trail.
     Earlier this calendar year, Garmire conquered the Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails, earning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. On Sunday when he reached the New Mexico-Mexico border, he had trekked an astounding 7,636 miles in 252 days.
     That's an average of 30.3 miles per day.
     The 25-year-old Garmire endured everything from -15 degree weather on the Appalachian Trail to blistering hot days on the PCT and in the Rockies, where the Continental Divide Trail ranges from 4,000 to 14,000 feet high.
     On the CDT alone, he wore through five pair of shoes and 14 pair of socks. His longest stretch in one day was 48 miles, the same distance as from Bellevue to Snoqualmie Pass.
     Check out Garmire's blog to learn what prompted him to tackle the Triple Crown, about his passion for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and to see his previous adventures. Among them: 

  • 2011, completed the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles) in a big snow year in less than four months
  • 2015, hiked all 58 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, and climbed Mt. Rainier
  • climbed to the highest point in Washington, Oregon, California, and Colorado.

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