Briana DeSanctis: The Woman Who Conquered the American Discovery Trail's 6,800 Miles Solo

Briana "Rocky Mountain High" DeSanctis made history as the first woman to solo conquer the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail.

Briana DeSanctis: The Woman Who Conquered the American Discovery Trail's 6,800 Miles Solo
Briana "Rocky Mountain High" DeSanctis at Limantour Beach - Western ADT Terminus - NBC Bay Area Photo

Last Saturday morning, just shy of 10 AM, Briana "Rocky Mountain High" DeSanctis stood at the edge of the Pacific, her feet kissed by the chilly waters of Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. In that moment, she didn't just touch the ocean; she touched history - becoming the first trailblazing woman who single-handedly conquered the American Discovery Trail.

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Briana's quest began with a spark ignited on the Appalachian Trail, where the vast wilderness whispered a daring challenge: "If you can traverse from Georgia to Maine, where can't you go?" Fuelled by this inspiration, she embarked from a Delaware beach on the first day of 2022, setting her sights west.

Two years, forty-one days, and 6,800 miles later - “I've learned that I have a lot more perseverance than I think I do, and I think that's really true for everybody. I just wish that more people would tap into that.”

Who's next?

Brianna, You Hiked Your Hike - John.

Rocky in the News –

NBC Bay Area

After more than two years walking, hiker reaches Point Reyes, becoming first solo woman to hike 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail
Briana DeSanctis set off from Cape Henlopen, Deleware at January 1, 2022. More than two years later, she completed the American Discovery Trail at Limantour Beach in Marin County. Garvin Thomas reports.

USA Today

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Gear Junkie

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The Mercury News

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Explorers Web

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Essentially Sports

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