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