Phaneendra Kollipara

AKA - "Everest"

  • From Vijayawada, India
  • Job: Mechanical Engineer
  • Experience: AT '17, PCT '18, CDT '19


Age: 27
Previous Thru-hikes: AT ’17, PCT ’18, CDT ’19.

What are some of your hobbies?
Photography, Biking & Running 

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
Hiking is my way of going to places, meeting people & seeing things at 3-mile-an-hour pace.

What do you think will get you to the end?
People, views, and the challenge itself.

What do you want to be remembered for?
My stories.

How would your parents describe you?
Trouble maker.

What’s your luxury item?
Sit pad & camera.

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
My grand father. Hardworking self made man who always cares for others.

Three words to describe yourself?
Fun, positive, caring.

Describe your perfect day on trail?
20 before lunch.

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?