An interview with Evan Lloyd Johnson

What outdoor activity is your passion?
Trail running /backpacking/traveling

How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
I count myself lucky to have been born and raised in a place where it is so easy to go play in the woods. Growing up in Southern Vermont, my brother and I ranged through the swamps and forests around the house all day, building forts and making up games. Today, I still love to spend time in the wild places near and far from home, be it a day hike, long training run on the trails near my house, or longer travel on planes, trains, and automobiles.

What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
I just completed the first phase of the Appalachian Trail. In late March I started hiking from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I finished at the top of Mount Katahdin on July 1. It was a distance of 1,167 miles and was by far the most epic trip I’ve attempted.

What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
My camera and an extra pair of socks. I usually pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich too.

Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
The Netherlands, the Fjords of Norway, and the southern half of the Appalachian Trail!

What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
Alterra GTX. These boots are rugged and not too heavy.