Tarik Gul

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Where do you call home?   

San Francisco, California

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

I currently work for a hauling company in SF, I have been with them since college 3 years ago, and they allow me to make good money while supporting my long trips and flexible schedule, so that I can adventure as I please. If it wasn’t for that I don’t think I would work there. 

What other trails have you hiked in the past 5 years? 

The Pacific Crest Trail, sections of the California Coastal trail

What Trail are you hiking for your upcoming Thru hike and why did you choose this trail? 

Just local trails, such as a section of the California Coastal Trail and parts of the northwest and Northern California in the redwoods. When it comes to thru hiking I have learned to just try to remind myself why I like hiking instead of training for it. In the end I just want to be outside as much as possible.

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

My starting base weight will be about 8 pounds. Depending on snow in the San Juan’s it might go up a little, but overall I will be on the edge of 8-8.5 pounds. I am not sure about what my weight will be with water and food, as I change the type of foods I eat quiet often. I would assume around 16-20 pound pack after food and water is added. 

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

My Down quilt, My Waymark backpack, a 3’x9’ foot sheet of Tyvek.

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

Two bandanas

Name 1 thing you will miss most about leaving civilization for your hike. 

California Burritos

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

Learning how to sleep with my legs up comfortably so that my foot won’t swell up as much.

What is 1 personal strength you feel will help you most on the trail? 

My ability to stay partially happy when things can get low has become very valuable to me. It helps put things in perspective when it’s important.

What is 1 personal weakness that will conflict with this strength? 

The heels of my feet are pretty sensitive, so it’s very important I take care of them constantly.

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

Alexander “Supertramp” has always been very important to me. He’s what really gave me the push I needed as a young adult.

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

I Would love to meet some goat packers again. 

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

I would love to see a grizzly bear from from far away at some distance. 

Are you looking more for solitude or for a social experience on your next hike? 

I’m not looking for anything really specific. I very much believe that both are very important, and make a thru hike what it is. 

What has hiking taught you about life? 

Simple is good. 

Tell us how we can connect with you on all of your social networks. 

The best place is instagram. @Tarikonwheels