Clint ” Lint” Bunting drops the “C” off of his name when out o the trail or hanging out in the trail communities.
We chat about his first thru hike in 2003 which was the Ice Age Trail, a long trail in Wisconsin. With a heavy pack, he fell in love with hiking along this trail.
He found the Appalachian Trail next and thru hiked that. This would be the start of his triple-triple crown, meaning he eventually hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail three times each!
In 2010, Lint was featured in an NPR video about his ultralight hiking style. It was taken down because the lack of closed captioning which is now required in videos. A random meeting of a fan led to the resurgence of this lost timepiece.
Lint talks about his sobriety from alcohol after his experience with some plant based medicines. He explains that the hiking community often celebrates with alcohol, its engrained in a lot of the culture. He felt that the next step in his drinking process might lead to death and has been sober since.
Living life beneath his means is the concept he uses to afford his thru hiking lifestyle. He lives in “a van down by the river.” When not on trail, he works odd jobs and doesn’t overspend, so he can splurge a bit while on the trail.
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