About: Joshua “Bobcat” Stacy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and has lived for the past decade in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Although he spent his early years in an urban environment, his parents were dedicated to getting their children out into the wilderness. When Bobcat was 10 years old he went on his first multi-day backpacking trips as a camper at Camp Catoctin in the Appalachian Mountains of Maryland. Many years later, Bobcat completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and realized a two-decade old dream. He hasn’t stopped hiking since. The wilderness isn’t the only place where Bobcat has done extensive hiking. In recent years he has also become quite involved in the growing sport of Urban Hiking; finding connection in all environments he explores. When he isn’t hiking long trails, Bobcat is still hiking. He teaches 5-day environmental education programs for San Francisco Bay Area 5th and 6th graders at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School.
Kudos: Bobcat completed the Triple Crown of Long Distance Hiking in 2014 and has hiked over 12,000 miles. He has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Long Trail, Wonderland Trail, Lost Coast Trail, Lowest to Highest Route, C&O Canal, Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon among others. Bobcat also completed the first ever urban thru-hike of San Francisco.
On the Socks: After trying many different brands of socks, Bobcat realized that he always came back to using Darn Tough Vermont socks. He found that their durability and fit were key factors that were incredibly important to the success of his adventures. Additionally, the anti-microbial odor fighting quality of merino is an added bonus, especially for his hiking partners. Bobcat also really values the fact that Darn Tough Vermont Socks are still made in the USA.