Brian Cornell

AKA - "Knots"

  • From Front Royal, VA.
  • Job: Ski Technician
  • Experience: AT '14, CDT '18
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Age: 27
Previous Thru-hikes: AT ’14, CDT ’18.

What are some of your hobbies?
Talking to strangers.

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
I find it hard to say “no” to things involving hiking.

What do you think will get you to the end?
Early mornings and peanut butter. LOTS of peanut butter.

What do you want to be remembered for?
My inability to hold a job for more than a year before the wilderness calls me back.

How would your parents describe you?
As their favorite.

What’s your luxury item?

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
My mom, ’cause she’s hiked more miles than your mom.

Three words to describe yourself?
Curious, thoughtful, and determined.

Describe your perfect day on trail?
Every day on trail is a perfect day.

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
Leon Bridges concerts.