Back in September, I told you about a contest Air New Zealand was running to select a few Great Walkers to spend nine weeks tackling all of the island nation’s Great Walks. Late last week I found out that former SoCal hiker, trail documentarian, and all-around amazing guy Kolby Kirk was selected as a finalist!

For those that don’t know him, I met Kolby a few years ago on a backpacking trip to Mount San Gorgonio and instantly liked him. From what I gather, that’s a very common occurrence for him. After losing his job, Kolby packed up his things and tackled the Pacific Crest Trail, came back to California to trek the High Sierra Route, and helped with title illustrations for the upcoming (and excellent) John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half.

I think Kolby’s unbelievably suited for this trip – his photography is excellent, his illustrated trail journals are true works of art, and once in a while he’ll put out a video that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Condor’s PCT Adventure in 3 Minutes from Kolby Kirk on Vimeo.

Head to Kolby’s entry page on the contest web site to show your support!

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Adventure Journal, the REI Blog, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub.

He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.

Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on November 13, 2012

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  • The Camping Trail says:

    I think the PCT 3 min video has to be one of the more enjoyable videos of this sort I have seen so I hope that Kolby gets to New Zealand and I certainly am heading to his entry page to help out. Good luck and if you make it I hope you enjoy New Zealand as much as I do when I spend time there.

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