Hey everyone,

My name is Jacob Gilliland and I’m from York, Pennsylvania where I’ve spent most of my life. I currently reside in State College, PA where I work as an Outdoor Adventure Specialist for Appalachian Outdoors. I am also a fishing guide in Soldotna, Alaska in the summers when I am not hiking long distance trails. I’m a 2014 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science.

In October of 2014, I completed a thru hike of the 2,186 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia southbound and solo. It took me 143 days to complete the trail. In October of 2016, I completed the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico southbound and solo. It took me 132 days to complete the trail. This past fall, I completed my 2,700 mile route of the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico, thus completing the coveted Triple Crown of Long Distance hiking challenge. It took me 122 days to complete the trail, once again southbound and solo. Only around 400 individuals in the world have completed the Triple Crown.

Taking on these trails has given me  the confidence to tackle other adventures in my life. After I completed the Appalachian Trail, I drove nearly 5,000 miles from York, PA to Anchorage, Alaska in the middle of winter to pursue a career in guiding. Since then, I have guided two seasons in Alaska taking people salmon fishing, doing guided bear tours, and flying over Cook Inlet (as co-pilot) to and from work. This will be my third season this summer and I couldn’t be more stoked.

Also, I guided a summer in Estes Park, CO as a fly fishing guide in 2013. Guiding is one of my passions, and I plan on pursuing it full time. While living in Alaska and Colorado, I have summited many peaks during all seasons, many in winter. I am passionate about the outdoors.

In my free time, I enjoy flyfishing, backpacking (obviously), mountaineering, guiding, tying flies, and playing/listening to music.

I hope you find joy in following my many adventures!!

Jacob a.k.a. Fish



19 thoughts on “About

  1. We are so proud of you Jacob! You are so passionate about all that you do. Your determination, courage, wisdom, and preparedness will help you reach your goal of completing your journey on the Appalachian Trail. God will be with you every step of the way and we know this experience will enhance your life in so many ways. Stay strong and know that we will be encouraging you and supporting you each and every mile from Maine to Georgia! We love you Jacob!

    1. Hapy Birthday! Take Care and watch out for ticks,poison ivy,amd don’t go chasing rattle snakes! I met Louis Taber, he has hiked all the trail but the part you hiked. He had to leave the trail because of his knees. Be healthy and wise! Luv ya

  2. Jacob,
    I pray that during this journey you find God’s calling for your life. Always remember that He is your strength and shield and He will guide you through the wilderness! Trust in Him and He will make all things possible. Love you!

  3. Jacob, we are so proud of you. You are an amazing young man for following your passion and dreams. We love you very much!
    Love, Uncle Michael, Aunt Sherry & Sofia

  4. Jacob that is just awesome. I admire you are already working on your bucket list. I hope to some day be on the same trail following in your footsteps.
    My family has cabin in Lynn Run state park which I think the Appliachin trail passes right by it. ( rector Pa. )
    Take care and God be with you.
    Robert High

  5. Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacoooooooooooooooooob!!!!!!!!!! We are so very proud of you! I can barely walk 10 feet in the woods without complaining about something! I’ve been telling everyone about your adventure and they are amazed! Looking forward to hearing all of your stories. Stay safe Jumpy, Skippy, Jock and Sam!! Love, Aunt Mouse

  6. Jacob,

    I am so proud of you for having the courage to seize the moment and do something that means so much to you! I can’t wait to hear about your journey, and wish you safe travels.


  7. Jacob:
    A thru-hiker and you’re doing if North to South. Great! It’s 5 million steps according to Bob Grau’s book. Has anyone given you a Trail Name yet? Hope you find lots of Trail Magic along the way.
    Your grandmother and I are classmates so keep us all informed of your progress and when you are near the Susquehanna, I’d like to come say “Hi”.

    “Silver Fox” on the CT and CDT

  8. Hey Jacob, glad to see you’re doing so well out there on the trail and really enjoying completing your dream of hiking the entire trail! I wanted to wish you a happy birthday and I’m sure you did something special to celebrate out there in the wilderness. I’ll be sure to have a beer ready for you once we meet up when you’re done.

    Best wishes,

    Matt Geiser

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    1. Glen, I would love to test out your Mohair socks. I plan on doing several more long distance trails in the near future in pursuit of earning 10,000 miles by 2023. My number is 717-873-2617. Thanks! Hope to see you at my presentation tonight. 7 p.m. at the store.

  10. Hey Jacob,

    It’s Morgan & Lindsay. We met you on September 24, 2018 about 7 mi north of Taylor Reservoir on Texas Creek Trail and observered a bull moose passing through. It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with you. Good luck on completing the triple Crown! What you’ve accomplished at such a young age is amazing! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!

  11. Keep on truckin’ Jacob. The Brown family was delighted and fascinated to meet you on the trail just north of Ghost Ranch, NM. We look forward to hearing about your arrival at the border. Happy hiking. -Robin, Kent & Jim Brown

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