Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011, in just 80.5 days, beating the previous record by a week.
She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking: the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail. She has backpacked more than 15,000 miles across the United States on 12 long distance hikes, including the pioneering traverse of the Chinook Trail across the Columbia River Gorge.
Liz is among the most experienced female hikers in the country and is known for hiking light, fast, and solo.
In her time not walking, Liz attained a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on long distance hiking trails, conservation, and trail town communities—a project she ‘s applying in her work with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.
Liz gives presentations about long distance hiking around the country, especially to college outdoor clubs like the one where she first learned how to backpack.
Liz is a proud brand ambassador for Altra Zero Drop shoes, Gossamer Gear, PROBAR, Vermont Darn Tough socks, Mountain Laurel Designs, Sawyer filters, and is honored to serve as Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West. When not hiking, Liz splits her time between Denver, CO and her parents’ couch in Sacramento, CA.