Meet James, The Hiker

Meet James, The Hiker

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When we looked at shooting new tees we had some pretty simple qualifications- does this person spend their time doing what they love? Do they have passion for their craft? This is where James comes in. In the midst of preparing for the grueling PCT James spent an afternoon outside of Portland shooting with us and sharing his simple philosophy towards his love of hiking. James shares a few simple reflections on who he is and his love of hiking below…


Well, I am James Stalnaker- trail name soda and I’m from a small town in West Virginia. I started hiking seriously when I moved to the Pacific Northwest.  I used to struggle with depression, but hiking made it go away. It makes me happier than anything else in the world.



My favorite place to hike in the Columbia River Gorge. Last year I thru hiked “the long trail” in Vermont -yes its actually spelled “thru” when talking about hiking.  I start the Pacific Crest Trail mid april and I plan to do the whole thing in 5 months and climb some mountains off the trail along the way. I will start in Mexico and end up in Canada.