Hikerfest Guest Speaker
Liz Thomas ’07 is a professional hiker, adventure
conservationist, and outdoor writer who broke the women’s
self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail.
Her book, Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike,
received the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional
book. Liz holds a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she held a Doris
Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on trails, conservation,
and trail-side communities.
Liz has been seen on Good Morning America and in the Wall Street
Journal, Yahoo! News, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, and Outside. She
was guest editor and is a regular contributor to Backpacker
magazine and instructs their online class, “Thru-hiking 101.” She
serves as the Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking
Association and ambassador for the American Hiking Society. A former
outdoor staff writer at Wirecutter/New York Times, Liz is a
currently editor in chief at Treeline Review, an outdoor web
magazine, and is writing a guidebook to Southern California waterfall hikes.