On January 1, 2022, Briana DeSanctis began her longest and most difficult trip yet.
Two years later, when she walked into California, she would become the first woman to thru-hike solo the entire 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail.
During the 2 years it took to complete the hike, Briana braved extreme weather and challenging terrain as she forged on through all four seasons in the United States’ diverse landscape.
Briana DeSanctis is an avid outdoorswoman, journalist, and public speaker. Originally from Farmington, Maine, Briana shares her trek to inspire others, empower women, and knock down fear mongers and naysayers by proving that confidence, a little faith in humanity, and a lot of perseverance pay off in the end.