Alex Chmiel

AKA - "Crikey"

  • From Bonney Lake, WA
  • Job: Wildland Firefighter
  • Experience: PCT '17


Age: 26
Previous Thru-hikes: PCT ’17.

What are some of your hobbies?
Hiking? And skiing, and climbing . . . and mountains. Mostly mountains.

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
I like to hike, and when I hike, I think about The Great Western Loop . . . it’s a vicious circle.

What do you think will get you to the end?
Mental fortitude, quality socks, and some good trail magic in Washington.

What do you want to be remembered for? 
A life guided by love.

How would your parents describe you?
With a smile and a laugh.

What’s your luxury item?
Camera goodies.

Who is the person you look up to most and why?
Anyone swimming against the current to live extraordinarily.

Three words to describe yourself?
Shred. The. Gnar.

Describe your perfect day on trail.
With any song stuck in my head that is actually good.

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
Lava attack.