Name: Matt Hoffman
Hometown: Ontario, CAD
Where I’ve Been: So many trails. Some of my favorites are La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park (80km, 5 days), and rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in August 2013. Every day we’d pull over to hike in jaw dropping side canyons known to few and only accessible from the river.
Why I Hike: It's an experience that perfectly encapsulates what it means to be human. You don't have to hike. It's not necessarily going to be all fun. Hiking is a choice you make to work hard, often in difficult conditions, with a goal in mind. And if you've got the grit to endure, there's nothing more amazing. I've always believed in waking up before the sun rises and living my life by the metaphor of taking the harding route for the better view. If there's something amazing to be seen, I'm driven by the need to see it no matter how far or steep (and nature has an endless supply). I enjoy the suffering involved in difficult hiking because it's that suffering the lifts me to the most beautiful views. And that feeling of knowing that I can take myself to the top of a mountain through my own physical and mental will, fills my soul with a feeling of deep accomplishment and power.
Where To Next? Big plans to visit the West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Coyote Gulch + Buckskin Gulch, Utah, Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Painted Canyon Loop, Honeycombs Wilderness, Oregon, Alice Toxaway Loop, Idaho