I met The Shepherd on the PCT in 2015. An illustrious member of the Chill Hard Tribe, Shepherd values “smiles over miles,” so you know hanging out with him is gonna be awesome. In 2016, we explored the east side of Pinnacles National Park, and this year got to have a mini-reunion with a car camp in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and a day hike out to Eagle Rock on the Pacific Crest Trail. Can’t wait for the next adventure!

Name / Trail Name: Shepherd

What’s your primary activity on public lands? Hiking / Backpacking

What do you do when you’re not adventuring? I am a commercial helicopter pilot.

Why is the PCT special to you? The PCT is special to me because the trail provides a raw connection with nature and people that is free of technological distractions.

When did you first learn about the PCT? I grew up in California and have known of the PCT for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until about 2012 that I learned the trail spans across the country and there are people who attempt to hike all of the trail in one continuous effort.

Any other favorite spots you recommend? I love to hike around Mineral King, which is an annex to Sequoia National Park.