There’s nothing quite like hearing from folks who love Headsweats. We had to share this note from Eb (perhaps better known as Nimblewill Nomad). A long distance hiker for years, Eb has dedicated much of his time to long distance journeys since 1998. Each year he’s embarked on lengthy treks that have taken him from coast to coast, across entire mountain ranges, and deep into the heart of the nation. Last year marked the completion of his Great American Loop Trek – 18,300 miles hiked over 15 years. We’re inspired by his travels, and proud that he walked the last 930 miles wearing a Headsweats Race Hat.
Best of luck to Eb in 2014, as he takes on the Oregon National Historic Trail!
Here’s what Eb has to say:
Thanks so much for your continued support for this weary old intrepid, truly a blessing!
Your Race Hat literally saved my butt this past summer–as I completed my Great American Loop Trek (GAL), 18,300 miles over a time span of 15 years. Odyssey 2013 involved a 930-mile trek across Texas, from El Paso to Galveston, most of it (trekking east) in the westbound emergency lane of I-10. That hike connected the southern end of the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico to the western end of the Florida Trail in the Florida Panhandle–and completed the GAL, all four corners, all four sided of the lower 48.
Across eastern New Mexico, then all of Texas, the desert heat was simply brutal. Without the protection provided me by your Race Hat, I probably would have just wandered off into the desert and disappeared.
And so, Alan, for Odyssey 2014: This trek will also be filled with many-a-challenge, a thru-hike (almost entirely a roadwalk–again) o’er the Oregon National Historic Trail (ONHT), 2,200 miles, from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon. For sure, I’ll again need protection from the pounding heat and the blazing sun. Your white Race Hat has certainly proven itself, so I think that’s what I’ll need again. Your ultra reflective would probably work best. But I do like the Grid and Flag ones, too. Anyway, you can see what I’ll be up against. I’ll go with your recommendation!
Alan, I truly appreciate your kindness and friendship; thanks, dear friend!
To check out Eb’s previous and upcoming treks, visit www.nimblewillnomad.com.