Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Long hiker and author Liz Thomas to hit North Idaho with new book

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Liz Thomas is an an author who likes long walks. Really long walks. In fact, she’s written an entire how-to book on them.

Thomas’ book Long Trails is an instruction manual for those interested in “thru-hiking,” a long-distance hiking style that often connects end-to-end trails over various terrain that can sometimes take several months to complete. She will be signing copies of her book on March 4, 2-4 pm, at the Outskirts Gallery in Hope; on March 5, from 1-3 pm, at Vanderford’s in Sandpoint and at 6 pm at Bonners Books in Bonner’s Ferry; and on March 6, from 6-7:30 pm at the Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene.

Long Trails is described as a how-to for hikers interested in trying a long-distance trail on one of the growing number of national scenic trails. Her book includes advice on selecting gear, stocking resupply stashes, scheduling, budgeting, trail photography and sneak peeks into some of the lesser-known long trails throughout North America.

Thomas herself has completed 20 long hikes and “broke the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011,” according to her website. She is also is a “triple-crowner,” one of a small number of people who have completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails; an accumulative mileage of more than 7,900 miles. Liz is also known as the “Queen of Urban Hiking,” having pioneered and completed routes in five cities across the U.S., her website says.

While in North Idaho, in addition to book signings, Thomas, a.k.a. "Snorkel," will attend the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West “ruck” in Hayden, Idaho, on March 3 and is leading a hike for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on March 4 on Star Peak (the hike is full).

Thomas’ trail name is "Snorkel," a name she was gifted after she confessed to have slept with her head inside of a down sleeping bag, the resulting humidity causing it to deflate and lose insulation value. Folks at the gear shop where she consulted about this problem told her she needed a snorkel. This could be one of tips in her book.

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