In 2007 I embarked on a 1,200 mile (1,931 km) thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail.  I count this trip as one of the most life-changing endeavors I’ve ever undertaken.  I spent sixty-one days in June, July, and August without once sleeping in a bed or even under a proper roof (unless you count outhouses and baseball diamond dugouts as proper rooves).  During the duration of the journey I encountered very few people, took only four rest days and about as many showers.  Below is a self-portrait of me at about my toughest.  

Sam Haraldson in the Paysaten Wilderness of Washington State