Brian Robinson is the first to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail (or the Hiker Triple Crown) in one year, a feat that means he hiked a total of over 7,000 miles.
Robinson decided (in 2000) to take a six-month leave of absence from his job at Compaq and attempt the Pacific Crest Trail with his father Roy, who himself is a seasoned back-packer. Mid-way through the trip, Brian realized the Triple Crown might be achievable in a single year.
- His fellow through-hikers began calling him "Flyin' Brian", a trail name he continues to use as of this writing.
In the years following the Calendar Triple Crown, Robinson became an active ultra-marathoner. He has completed several 100-mile races, including the Western States 100 and the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run. In 2008 he set the course record at the Barkley Marathons, a grueling 100 mile course in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. A feature in the Washington Post chronicles his attempt to finish the race in 2007.
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