Whitney LaRuffa

Whitney grew up in rural NH where he forged his love of the outdoors.  He honed his outdoor skills and developed a passion for long distance hiking as he worked his way to become an Eagle Scout.

Whitney has hiked over 6,000 miles with his K-9 companions over the years.  After finding a dog on the Appalachian Trail in 1996 his life was forever changed.  Whitney and his first dog Erwin (named for the trail town Erwin, TN) worked on the Appalachian Trail in the 1990’s as Ridge Runners after their thru-hike, where they provided education and support to a variety of trail users.  Whitney has hiked many long trails in the US but is most proud of his 2014 pioneering first thru-hike of the Chinook Trail, a 293 mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in WA & OR. 

After many years on the trail, Whitney is a sought after speaker, teaching people about responsible backcountry use with their dog through his business Allgood's K-9 Adventures.  Whitney is also the President of The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West).  When not helping others learn about hiking, you'll find Whitney walking the trails around the US in need of a shower, a cold beer, a pint of Ben & Jerry's, and some Salazon Chocolate.

TRAIL NAME:

Allgood

COMPLETED HIKES:

Appalachian Trail (1996)
John Muir Trail (2011)
Wonderland Trail (2012)
Tahoe Rim Trail (2013)
Chinook Trail (2014)
Sierra High Route (2015)
Continental Divide Trail (2016)

FAVORITE SALAZON CHOCOLATE BAR:

57% Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Coffee

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