In a recent press release, Vasque announced that Neva Warren had completed her challenge of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail solo.
The young girl, aged 15, finished the 2200 miles long journey on October 23rd and became the youngest person to thru-hike the trail solo. Her 7 months adventure, which started on April 1st saw her hike around 12-13 miles per day on average. Neva, dubbed ‘Chipmunk’, was tracked on a daily basis by a her parent through a SPOT Gps unit and was carrying a mobile phone for emergency use.
Her parents were also following Neva with the family ‘Chipmobile’ camper where she could often sleep for the night instead of being alone in the wilderness.
“The whole time I was hiking, I kept in mind a favorite quote by Babe Ruth: ‘Don’t let the fear of striking out, hold you back. […] I’m tired but I’m glad I didn’t strike out.”
‘Apparently’ her favorite piece of gear for the hike was her pair of Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX boots. Not bag boots of course and it’s always good to see young athletes helped by big brands like Vasque. The Appalachian trail was only the second task on Neva’s 12 tasks long list to complete in her life and we’ll likely see more about her in the future. Well done for now.