If a trail never leaves the pavement, is it still a trail? I spent a few days with record setting thru-hiker Liz Thomas in Los Angeles in early April – she was making a speedy hike of a 200 mile route that traverses many of the city’s highlights.  Liz hikes FAST. And light.  She holds the women’s speed record on the Appalachian Trail: hiking 2181 miles, unsupported, in 80 days.  

This 200 mile route was the idea of Robert Inman and resulted from his goal of connecting every one of the city’s 300+ public staircases.  Liz figured she could blaze through the route in five days, at 40 miles per day, and I was along for part of the fun. Andrew Lichtman helped navigate while also assisting with my light setups (holding my beauty dish on a stick) while passionate hikers joined for parts of the route and pizza meet-ups.  It was a challenge to not only keep up with Liz  but to scout and plan locations along the route that I would arrive at just ahead of her.  That was a workout!

Backpacker Magazine feature- urban hike through LAYou can see the story in the current (Sep 2013) issue of Backpacker magazine.

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