Progressive Patterns

Notable Nature People

Need some personal inspiration to get outside and get going? Meet some inspiring people!

Hulda Crooks

Hulda Hoehn Crooks (May 19, 1896 – November 23, 1997) was an American mountaineer. Affectionately known as “Grandma Whitney” she successfully scaled 14,505-foot (4,421 m) Mount Whitney 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91. She had climbed 97 other peaks during this period.

Grandma Gatewood

Emma Rowena Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood (October 25, 1887–June 4, 1973), was an extreme hiker and ultra-light hiking pioneer who was the first woman to hike the 2,168-mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail from Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine solo, and in one season.

Andrew Skurka

Probably the hiker of all hikers alive today. His website, stories, and presentations are a wealth of inspiration and information. He has learned a few things after backpacking tens of thousands of miles.

Eric Ryback

First person to hike the PCT in a single season, even before it was officially finished! Fascinating story.

John Muir

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas