The all-time youngest hiker to complete the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, Christian Thomas is known simply as “Buddy Backpacker” for all the qualities that he represents: friendship, mobility, curiosity, and exploration. Christian Thomas was born on April 1, 2008, in Kings Park, N.Y. After spending the early years of his life growing up on Long Island, more than 100 miles away from anything resembling wilderness, Christian moved with his family to Boulder, CO, where he began hiking 14,000 ft mountains at the age of 4. Now at age 8, Buddy's gained more experience than most lifelong hikers, having hiked over 5,000 miles after completing the Appalachian Trail in 2013 (age 5), Pacific Crest Trail in 2014 (age 6), and Colorado Trail in 2015 (age 7). This year he sets his sights on the Continental Divide Trail and the title of all-time youngest to complete the Triple Crown of hiking.
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