About Gail

Gail Lowe, aka “Chosen” (trail name), on the final mountain of her first thru hike of the Appalachian Trail- 1991.

18,000 miler, Gail Lowe, is an avid long distance hiker and backpacker. Gail has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine) TWICE (the first time in 1991; and again, in 2011, as a 20 year anniversary hike).  In 2008, she hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. In 2014, she became the only woman to thru hike the 4,600 mile North Country Trail, from North Dakota to New York/ Vermont border. That record setting hike was done in memory of her daughter, Rebecca Lyons, who passed away in 2013.  Rebecca had breast, bone and brain cancer. Then in 2015, Gail went on to thru hike the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail, from Mexico to Canada, and became the first woman Quadruple Crowner- the only woman to hike all FOUR of the longest national scenic trails- all as thru hikes!  She then formed  the Quadruple Crown Society.  (Find us on fb as “QCS”)  She has also walked across Michigan on the Shore to Shore Trail, thru hiked the Superior Hiking Trail, hiked Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks in the UP of Michigan, hiked MANY miles on the Florida Trail, climbed Mt. Whitney (highest mountain in the lower 48), climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan, and hiked solo in the Brooks Range in Alaska.  Her shorter hikes are too numerous to mention.

She now offers presentations on the four longest trails, as a professional and motivational speaker.  Currently, she is writing a book about her 25 years of adventure on trail and is submitting articles to various outdoors magazines.  Contact her if you’d like to have her present to your group!

Want to know more?  Here is a link to an article about Gail, written by Howard Meryeson, outdoor journalist for the Grand Rapids Press.

6 thoughts on “About Gail

  1. Really enjoy the DVD’s – bought them at an AT conference this year – lots and lots of great info and I still review them often. Day hiker but hope to backpack as well!

    • Mark, Thank you very much for your kind words! I can’t think of a higher compliment than to hear that the info is helpful to a budding backpacker! Remembering what it was like when I was a novice, I tried to organize the content of the DVDs in a way that I would have learned it best. I hope you have many happy years in the backcountry and it’s a privilege to have helped in some small way. Best, Gail

  2. I can’t wait to greet you in North Dakota! Let’s hope our snow is gone by mid-summer! Loved your you tube, looking forward to more!
    Happy trails and safe travels!

  3. Hi Gail, I am looking forward to following your trek for Becka. If you get to northern LP of Mi let me know. You can sleep in a bed-ha! I have done much of the trail west from MI and reached ND last year but not finished yet. I too have lost children-my sons, Eric and Jeff.

    • Wow! Wish I would have gotten this message two years ago, Joan! Sorry I missed you, but thank you for your generous offer!

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