Ryan ‘Guthook’ Linn has been a lightweight backpacker since hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2007. Since then, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Long Trail, the extended New England Trail (who, as far as we know, is the first to hike as a single trip), and many other shorter trails across the country. Hiking as light as he can allows him to hike big miles and achieve higher levels of comfort.
In the past few years, he’s also created Guthook’s Hiking Guides, a smartphone-based set of trail guides for the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails.
Home: Portland, ME
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Instructor at NOLS | Master Trainer at Leave No Trace
Favorite Training Grounds: I spend a lot of time hiking in New Hampshire, but I’m more connected to the trails in Maine and Vermont. I’m happy to see new places all over the world, but I’ll hike any mountain in Maine or Vermont over and over again.
Current Plans: For the summer of 2013, I plan to spend a lot of time on the Appalachian Trail in New England to improve my iPhone apps’ trail info. I’ll also try to explore more of Baxter Park, the White Mountains, and other major mountain areas of New England. In the future, I’m planning to teach some high school courses for NOLS in the Adirondacks, as well.