Nov. 18, 2021

Episode #297 - Tom Sherry (Stellar)

Episode #297 - Tom Sherry (Stellar)

Checking off America's Long-Distance Trails

Tom Sherry has been on a bit of a tear regarding long-distance hiking over the past few years. His hiking bio is growing quickly, and I took the opportunity to catch up with him after he breezed through the Appalachian Trail this year in 99 days.

He even had time to attempt a revival of a meme within his family. The "Phoon" is a pose he used in all the best places!!

Tom has some great advice to share with others, particularly with those planning their 2022 thru-hikes. He talks about gear, saving ounces, and what hiking does for him.

You can check out some of Tom's hikes over at his Instagram page at

Since Julie "Jester" Gayheart and I returned from our aborted attempt on the John Muir Trail, we've not really talked about it. This week, in our ad hoc "Middle section" of the show, we had that conversation. You may be surprised at what we say.

Finally today, Winton Porter and his buddy, Billy, help a young man chart a different course when they help him deal with a snake.

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Tom Sherry (Stellar)Profile Photo

Tom Sherry (Stellar)

Hiking Bio:
PCT: Sobo 2018
Colorado Trail: 2019
AZT: Sobo 2019
Long Trail: 2020
Grand Enchantment Trail: Spring 2021
AT: Sobo 2021


Julie "Jester" Gayheart

Section Hiker / Podcaster / Educator

Julie “Jester” Gayheart completed the Appalachian Trail in July 2017 after 12 summers of section hiking. Julie is an educator by day and hiker at heart. Jester loves to talk trail and on her podcast you will hear amazing stories and experiences from other section hikers with a love for the trail and passion for hiking.