Guthook Is Me!
“Guthook” is my trail name, but I also go by Ryan Linn. I’m a proud Mainer and long-distance backpacker. I haven’t always been a fan of the outdoors, but since being introduced to the rugged and beautiful Mahoosuc Range while in high school, I’ve been a devout convert.
For me, finding peace in the mountains and forests is as necessary a part of life as breathing and eating. I’ve worked for several outdoor-education organizations, including the Green Mountain Club and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, to share my love of wilderness with as many others as I can.
Long Distance Backpacking
Since finishing college, I’ve found a more specialized passion within my outdoor life– Long-distance backpacking. Starting with the Appalachian Trail in 2007, I developed a slightly masochistic hobby of hiking for hundreds of miles in a single journey. From there, I went on to hike the New England Trail in 2009, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, and the Long Trail in 2012, racking up a total mileage of over 6000 miles in hiking trips of 100 miles or more.
Over the past several years, I’ve spent countless nights in the backcountry, both alone and with groups, in personal and professional capacities. I’m certified as a traditional backpacking and lightweight backpacking instructor for NOLS, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. I’ve also led more than half a dozen wilderness adventure trips between five and nine days in length for various camps and schools. In 2009, I led a wilderness trail crew for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps on the Appalachian Trail, leading two crews for four and three weeks of trail maintenance. In the future, I’m looking forward to continuing my personal and professional relationship to the outdoors, especially as a trip leader for NOLS and other respected outdoor institutions.