Simon "Boo" Zivny


Simon "Boo" on the PCT in 2017. He would go on to walk continuous footsteps the entire length of the trail from Mexico to Canada.


Where do you call home?

     Home is Portland and Utah, and Rome, Ibarra, Ecuador and Patagonia, and anywhere outside.

What do you currently do for a living and how did you get into this field?

     For a living I run a small coffee-centric cafe called “Coffee Lab”.  I got into coffee                     

     because food has always been important to me and my family, and coffee is like                           

     food but a less explored frontier, which is exciting to me.

So you hiked the PCT in 2017 as our first official Waymark Ambassador, what a challenge that was! What was your biggest take-away from hiking the PCT last year?

    The biggest take-aways from this trip are probably a sense of accomplishment  and      

    empowerment.  Having the privilege to take on and complete this big a challenge

    and adventure led to that sense of empowerment.  I now feel more ready to take

    on any challenge life might throw my way.

What is your next big adventure and why did you choose it?

    To summit Pico de Orizaba (the tallest volcano in North America).  My love of      

    mountaineering is one of the things that led me to thru hiking in the first place, and

    now as I push myself in thru hiking, I find myself wanting to test my limits in

    mountaineering too.  Pico de Orizaba is much higher than anything I’ve ever     

    climbed before.  At 18,400 feet, it will be a great way to test myself at altitude.

What will your base weight be for your trip (all carried weight in your pack, minus consumables like water, food and fuel)? What will your Max weight be with everything?

    A lot of my equipment for Pico de Orizaba will be much heavier than on a thru hike.     

    I’ll probably carry around 20 lbs of gear and clothing, with a max weight around

    30 lbs.

What are the Top 3 pieces of gear you can’t live without?

    My Darn Tough Socks, Sawyer Squeeze water filter, and Waymark backpack.

What Luxury items will you be carrying that aren’t critical to your survival or safety?

    A camera, and a zoom lens.

What skill would you like to learn that would help you on the trail?

    I got lots of experience with a map, compass, and altimeter on the PCT, as I hiked

    without a smartphone or GPS navigator, but I’d love to get more practise.

What is one personal strength you feel will help you most on the trail?

    The ability to sleep well on almost any surface :)

What is one personal weakness that will conflict with this strength?

    My fear of the dark :)

Name 1 person, a trail celebrity or other, who has inspired you most to get on the trail.

    Cheryl Strayed.  Her persistence and success against great odds, and a difficult

    personal history, and the honesty with which she writes about that journey… Cheryl


Name 1 person you’d like to meet on the trail.

    Cheryl Strayed :)

Name 1 animal you have seen or would most like to see on the trail.

    Black bears have been amazing to see.  Assuming the circumstances are safe, it    

    would be amazing to see a puma, lynx, wolf, or grizzly bear.

What are some upcoming hikes you’d like to do in the next 3 years?

    The CDT, AT, and Hayduke are certainly on the list, although one dream of particular   

    interest to me is to help establish a long trail in Chile, from Patagonia to the   

    Atacamas... That’s the big long term goal.

What lessons can we take from the wilderness, and how can we apply them to Urban life?

I think the biggest lesson we learn from being outside, and especially from living outside, is quite simply that it is important to get outside.  The living-in-the-momentness and general calmness and stress relief it brings is priceless.

Tell us how we can connect with you and your organizations on all of your social networks:

          You can contact me, and follow my outdoor and food adventures on Instagram, under the name @foodmountains . You can follow my cafe @coffeelabslc