Scott Williamson
Renown wilderness hiker and one of the America’s most inspirational outdoorsman – 2012

After being shot in the head 15 years ago, Scott Williamson has become a world-renown wilderness hiker and one of the America’s most inspirational outdoorsman. He is most noted for being the first person to complete a continuous one-season round trip of the Pacific Crest Trail. Yet in 1996, while working at a convenience store in Richmond, California, Williamson was shot in the face during an attempted robbery. The bullet is still lodged in his head. Williamson is also noted for his numerous speed records for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Williamson completed the hiking “Triple Crown,” which consists of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. In 2011, despite record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada, Williamson set a new PCT speed record, unsupported, by completing the trek in 64 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. This new record broke both the supported and unsupported speed records and equates to an average distance of 41.1 miles per day. Scott willingly shares his lightweight camping strategies, speed and training techniques at seminars where he has nothing to sell but inspiration. Quote: “I don’t own a home. I’m self-employed. I drive derelict vehicles. I have to work on every weekend. But it’s been well worth it. The sacrifices I’ve had to make to get out on the trail every summer has been well worth it.”