Justin Lichter


McNett is proud to support Justin "Trauma" Lichter 
"I grew up about an hour north of NewYork City and have since lived in Santa Barbara, CA, southern VT, Dillon, CO, and I am currently living in Truckee, CA. When not hiking, I am a ski patroller and enjoy backcountry skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and pretty much anything else relaxing. Since 2002, I have hiked over 20,000 miles. In 2002 doing a cross-country map and compass trip through the canyon country of southern utah, in 2003 hiking from Georgia to Cap Gaspe, Quebec following the Appalachian Trail and International AT, 2004 hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada and then the Pacific Northwest Trail to the Washington coast, 2005 the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada then continuing on the Great Divide Trail from the Canadian border up into northern Alberta, 11/1/05 to 10/23/06 completing the Eastern Continental Trail (cap gaspe, qc to key west, florida, incorporating the AT), Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail in under a year, a total of over 10,000 miles, and in 2007 a traverse of the Southern Alps and the south island of New Zealand."




"I got the trailname Trauma on the first hike in Utah. I was sort of resisting a trail name, but was dubbed Trauma because of a few traumatic experiences that I had near the beginning of the trip. The first one was only a few days into the trip. I was hiking up a side canyon and four or five ravens started dive bombing me and swooping down on me. I tried to run forward and they started almost attacking me, so I tried to runback and they wouldn’t let me go back either. Instead, I decided to hide behind a boulder until maybe they got tired of me and I could make a run for it. It sort of worked because about five minutes later my friends came up the canyon and said, “what the hell are you doing behind that rock?”. I said, “There were all of these ravens dive bombing me and almost attacking me so I hid back here”. Naturally, they didn’t even see one raven in the canyon. So, that was the first traumatic experience. A few days later towards the end of the first section (a 12 or 15 day section without resupply), I was running a bit short of food and we found these old MREs in can in the wash. I am pretty sure that MREs have not been packaged in cans for quite a while, at least since the 1970’s. They were a bit beat up, corroded, and pretty much rusted through. So I popped open the fortified crackers and fortified cheese spread and ate a can of that. It didn’t taste much worse than cheese whiz, sothen I popped open the fortified cheese spread with jalapenos. The cheese was a lime green color, so I stayed away from that one and ate the fortified chocolate instead. My friends thought that I wasgoing to get super sick and they would have to carry me out (that never happened though). So, two traumatic experiences in a few days and I was dubbed Trauma."


AT, PCT & CDT in One Year!


Starting November 1, 2005, Yoni and I hiked for almost a full year (through the winter). It took us 356 days (this is not a typo) to walk across the U.S., longitudinally, three times incorporating the three major hiking trails in the United States, but we also extended it by about 2800 miles. This trip was over 10,000 miles long. We started from Cap Gaspe, Quebec, Canada to Key West, Florida following the Eastern Continental Trail (which is the International Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, Georgia Pinhote Trail, Alabama Pinhote Trail, Alabama Trail, Florida Trail, and a bit of road walking). Then we drove over to the Pacific Crest Trail and thru-hiked that northbound from the California/Mexico border to the Washington/Canada border. After that we drove to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada and southbounded the Continental Divide Trail, back to the Mexican border. It was fun and challenging hiking through the winter and during different seasons than last time. I did the math if you are all interested:


* Total mileage: a bit over 10,000 miles 
* Days: 356
* Avg. mileage per day: 28.1 miles
* Zero days: 26
* Avg mileage per day on hiking days: 30.3 miles

It was very challenging maintaining this pace for the entire year, especially through the fresh snowfall and short daylight in the winter, the heavy snowpack of the Sierras and Cascades, and fresh snowfall in Colorado. Some days in the fresh snow, I hiked about 19 hours to get my mileage in, averaging about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. It was amazing though because so many people say, “there is no solitude on the AT”, so after this trip my reply to them is “that they are not hiking during the right time of year”. We hardly saw anybody on any of the trails, since I was slightly off-season in most areas.