Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa grew up in rural NH where he forged his love of the outdoors and activities such as fishing, skiing, and his true love backpacking. His time spent in Boy Scouts helped him hone is outdoor skills as he worked his way to becoming and Eagle Scout and fueled his passion for long distance hiking.
Whitney has hiked over 6,000 miles with his K-9 companions over the years. After finding a dog on the Appalachian Trail in 1996 his life was forever changed. Whitney and his first dog Erwin (named for the trail town Erwin, TN) worked on the Appalchian Trail in the 1990’s as Ridge Runners after their thru-hike, where they provided education and support to a variety of trail users. Whitney has hiked many long trails in the US but is most proud of his recent pioneering first thru-hike of the Chinook Trail, a 293 mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in WA&OR.
After many years on the trail, Whitney is a sought after speaker, teaching people about responsible back-country use with their dog through his business Allgood’s K-9 Adventures. Whitney is also the President of The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West). He can be found walking the trails around the US in need of a shower, a cold beer, and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
Home: Portland, OR
Outdoor Organization Involvement: President, American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West) | Board of Advisers, TurboPUP | Board of Advisers, PCT Days | Trail Maintainer Volunteer at Pacific Crest Trail Association | Master, Leave No Trace
Favorite Training Grounds: The Columbia River Gorge and Forest Park in Portland for quick training hikes. Mt Hood, Mt Adams and Goat Rocks Wilderness for weekend trips
Favorite Pack: Kumo- I love this pack, it’s low profile and small size provide me with a tidy package to carry through the woods. I switched to it from my Mariposa after realizing all of my gear could fit without issue.
I Never Hit the Trail Without: My best hiking partner Karluk. he keeps me company, cleans my pot spotless and warms my sleeping quilt at night.