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long distance hiker eric poulin on mountain ridgelineHey there! My name is Eric Poulin, long distance hiker, backpacker and outdoor adventurer. When I’m not on   the trail, I’m probably dreaming up the next adventure. If you’ve found my page, chances are you feel the same way. I started this website almost a decade ago with the goal of archiving my hiking trips, as well as creating resources that might be useful to others. Hiking and exploring the outdoors has been an incredibly rewarding and inspiring part of my life, and above anything else, I hope to share that with you.

After many years of 7-10 day backpacking trips, I thru hiked the 3000 mile Continental Divide Trail in 2018, where I was given the trail name “Famous”. Like many thru hikers, your first is a life changing event. Nothing else is the same afterwards, nothing can really compare. And soon enough, we are consumed with the thought of our next thru hike! I think most long distance hikers have the goal of completing the triple crown, the AT, PCT and the CDT. But I’ve never been driven by what’s normal or popular. Instead, I created my own 1000 mile cross-country thru hike route across Nevada in 2020, called the Basin and Range Trail. This was a wild and crazy adventure that left a lasting impact on me, and my approach to long hikes. I’ve found that I really enjoyed mapping out my own routes, getting my feet on the ground and exploring things that looks, well, interesting and cool! And so I created my second long distance hiking route, the 600 mile Mojave-Sonoran Trail in 2021. And now, I am overwhelmed with ideas! I am just hoping to cram in as much adventure as I can in this life before I croak. We only have so many summers, make them count.

Seeking Lost's Chevy Astro adventure van camper

The Chevy Astro Adventure Van

As of 2021, I’ve built a camper van and pretty much live out west in that full-time now, in between long distance hikes. I am a full-time outdoor adventurer, living my dream!

In addition to hiking and backpacking, I love to fishing, kayaking, rockhounding, playing guitar and of course, photography and cinematography. I’m hoping to get more involved in canyoneering and caving in the future as well. 

Looking forward to the future, I have several brand new long distance hiking routes currently in the planning phase, and most of these are largely off-trail routes. For me, that is where true adventure begins… when you aren’t following a guidebook, but writing your own. I AM seeking like-minded partners for these hikes, but I never seem to meet the right person… someone with the time, money and motivation with a similar mindset. Drop me a line if that sounds like you!

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you on trail!

Eric “Famous” Poulin