For Immediate Release
Craig Fowler becomes First person in the world to complete both the thru-hiking and bikepacking triple crowns. 11,602 miles of human powered adventure!
On October 22, 2017 at 11:49 am (MST), Craig Fowler, of the One of Seven Project became the first person to complete both the thru-hiking and bikepacking triple crowns. Over 11,600 miles of humnan powered adventure.
Fowler already stood in elite company being one of only about 300 thru-hiking triple crowners. By completing the bikepacking triple crown he become only the 20th person to do so. Combine those two lists and Fowler becomes, One of Seven Billion to have completed both.
Fowler completed the Hiking Triple Crown consisting of the Appalachian Trail in 2001, Pacific Crest Trail in 2007, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2015—a total distance of 7574 miles. In 2017 he started the Bikepacking Triple Crown with the Tour Divide in June, a distance of 2732 miles. Up next was the Colorado Trail in July, a distance of 539 miles. The final trail, the Arizona Trail was 757 miles, for a total of 4028 miles of bikepacking and 11,602 miles for both.
When asked which was hardest, Fowler had this to say, “If we’re talking hiking, the CDT was the hardest and on the biking side I would say the AZT.”
Fowler went on to say why these two were the hardest, “On the CDT, the elements, weather, elevation and shear ruggedness made it hard. Heat, lack of water and a very rocky tread made the AZT hard.”
Fowler is a Professional Adventurer, who specializes in hiking and cycling pursuits. A competitive cyclists since 1990, Fowler has raced a wide variety of cycling disciplines. Cyclocross and most recently endurance mountain biking being his favorite disciplines. As the 2007 Washington State B Cyclocross Champion and 4 time champion of the MAD Racing Master A Cyclocross category, Fowler is no stranger to pain and suffering. When Fowler isn’t on the bike or hiking in the mountains other activities like fly fishing, disc golf, reading, and writing fill his days.
Through this project Fowler realized that despite the immense effort and suffering, there was more to be gain. There was also the sense of accomplishment but most valuable part of his travels has been the people he has met and shared experiences with. Folwer realized we’re all one of seven billion and unique in our own way. He wants to encourage everyone to find their passion that makes them unique and to celebrate that uniqueness.
He will now push the One of Seven Project forward by encourage people to follow their passions regardless of what others think. Doing this through motivational speaking, writing, social media, and personal interaction with the people he meets during his adventures and daily life.
Follow the One of Seven Project and Fowler on Instagram at @oneofsevenproject, and at OneofSevenProject.com.