Thomas Gathman

Long Distance Adventure Athlete

Professional Name: The Real Hiking Viking

Trail name: Jabba

From: Lewisburg, PA

40 years old (as of 2023)

Currently: Lakewood, CO

Former active duty Marine Scout Sniper. Two combat tours in Iraq from 2006-2010.

As of 2022, has backpacked over 30,000 miles (including the Triple Crown AT, PCT, CDT) domestic and abroad since 2013. In 2022, took on his first long bike ride and bikepacked 5,000 consecutive miles in a loop by connecting the Great Divide Mountain Biking Route (Mexico to Canada) to the Western Wildlands Route (Canada to Mexico) becoming the first on record to do so. Plans to significantly add to both totals in 2023.

Instagram: @therealhikingviking

Facebook: The Real Hiking Viking