Fell in love with the outdoors as a kid playing in the backyard and exploring the woods behind my house in Maryland. Moved to North Carolina and I still love playing and exploring in the outdoors, but now my backyard has no boundaries and is only limited by how far I can travel in a day. After going to college for a year I realized I didn't know which path I was suppose to take. So I decided to follow one many had taken before for guidance and after 2,181 miles and completing the Appalachian Trail I knew which path in life I was suppose to take. I knew I wanted to lead a life outdoors so I went back to school and studied Outdoor Experiential Education and Commercial Photography at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After years of school and summer spent guiding backcountry trips the trail was calling to me once again. And in the summer of 2016 I headed west to hike the Pacific Crest Trail stretching 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington. Even back when I was on the AT I knew I wanted to Triple Crown and with the completion of the PCT, I was 2/3 of the way there. Even though it wasn't planned, I ended up taking on the Continental Divide Trail the year after the PCT. Now 3,000 miles later, I have completed a dream that was all consuming since I first stepped foot on the AT back in 2011. Currently, I reside back in North Carolina always looking for my next trip while still exploring the place I call home. I do my best to create moments that are worth capturing in my life.  The best way to stay up to date with what I am doing is to follow me on Instagram @douglashurdle

If you’re interested in hearing me talk about some of my journeys, you can check out this podcast I was a guest on: Hiking Thru