Philip Werner Bio

Philip Werner backpacking down the Moriah Brook trail in the Wild River Wilderness

Philip Werner is a full time outdoor author and backpacker who resides in New England. His website is ranked as the #1 Hiking and Backpacking Blog on the internet by in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

The name of this site, Section Hiker, refers to the Appalachian Trail which I began section hiking in 2007. To date, I’ve completed 1400 miles of the trail and hope to complete all of the sections between Georgia and Maine someday. I’ve also hiked:

  • The 272 mile Long Trail in Vermont, a National Scenic Trail.
  • 36th person to finish hiking all 1440 miles of the White Mountain National Forest trail system, plus I’m 98% through a second round.
  • Climbed all 48 of the 4000 footers New Hampshire’s White Mountains several times over (270 summits and counting), including a round during calendar winter.
  • Finished climbing the Trailwrights 72, an even longer and harder list of White Mountain 4000 footers.
  • Completed two coast-to-coast backpacking trips across the Scottish highlands, in the 2010 and 2013 TGO Challenges.

While I love backpacking, I am also a compulsive day hiker, peak bagger, and bushwhacker. I’m up for any kind of hiking and think it’s a great way to get outside, give yourself a break from your worldly troubles, and get some natural exercise.

Backpacking across Scotland in the TGO Challenge
Backpacking across Scotland in the TGO Challenge

Stewardship and Volunteer Activities

I’m a 4 season hiking and backpacking leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club and on the executive board of the Random Hikers Meetup, a 5000+ member hiking group active in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. I teach hiking navigation classes and lead about a dozen backpacking, day hiking, winter mountaineering and bushwhacking trips each year as a volunteer for both these organizations.  In addition, I’m a Long Trail Mentor for the Green Mountain Club in Vermont.

Winter Ascent of Mount Moriah, White Mountain National Forest
Winter Ascent of Mount Moriah, White Mountain National Forest

Outdoor Certifications and Training

I am a Leave No Trace Master Educator qualified to train individuals to become Leave No Trace Trainers. In addition, I am a former guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures and have WFA, CPR/AED, and Level 1 AIARE Certifications.

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Contact Information

If you’d like to ask Philip a backpacking, hiking, camping, or business-related related question, please submit it using this form.

Note: Philip gets so many requests for help planning AT section hikes and hikes in the White Mountains, that he can’t respond to them all. 

  • If you need help planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail, most answers (parking, shuttles, campsites, etc) can be found in The Appalachian Trail Guide. 
  • If you need help planning a hike in the White Mountains, most answers (parking, shuttles, campsites, trails, etc) can be found in the The White Mountain Guide. 

If you are writing to me about one of the following topics, I’m likely to delete your email so don’t bother sending me a message.

  • I don’t publicize Kickstarter fundraising campaigns.
  • I don’t accept guest posts from people I don’t know.
  • I don’t sell backlinks or post content with paid backlinks.

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