An accomplished long distance hiker, Trevor Thomas became the first blind person in history to complete an unassisted, solo end-to-end thru-hike of the entire 2175 mile Appalachian Trail (AT) from Springer Mountain, GA to Katahdin, ME (2008). During that trek he received his trail name, Zero/Zero-- given to him by some of his hiking companions. In keeping with tradition, he has kept his trail name, which refers to his blindness.
Since then, he has gone on to hike more than 18,000 miles on many of the most rugged, remote trails in North America. In 2010, he completed a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), a 2,654 mile trek from Mexico to Canada and a thru hike of the John Muir Trail (JMT), along with members of his hiking team, Team FarSight. He has climbed to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous US and in doing so, became the first blind person to stand on top.
In 2011 Trevor and Team FarSight completed a thru hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). He is the first blind person to complete the trek. After having to abort an attempt of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) that year due to extreme flooding and avalanche danger in Montana, Thomas completed 5 sections of the Colorado Trail (CT) using echolocation and his trekking poles to navigate the trail totally alone. That same year, he returned the Smokey Mountains with a film crew from PBS to film his first documentary.
Thomas has thru hiked the Smokey Mountains 5 times, completed two thru hikes of the Shennandoah Mountains, climbed Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mountain in the East, twice, and has thru hiked Grayson Highlands six times.
In 2013, he completed a solo thru hike of the Mountains to Sea Trail (NC), a 950 mile trek from Clingman's Dome in the Smokies to the Outer Banks with his guide dog, Tennille-- they were the only hikers to complete the trail that year. In 2014, the pair completed their thru hike of the Long Trail. Later that year, they completed his second thru hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. This was the first solo thru hike of the trail by a blind person and the first by a guide dog. Additionally, they climbed to the summits of Mt. Rose and Mt. Friel, the tallest peaks in the Carson and Tahoe ranges.
In 2014 he founded the Team FarSight Foundation, and organization devoted to empowering blind and visually impaired young adults through the development of hiking programs, www.farsightfoundation.org.
He is a motivational speaker and sponsored athlete who is currently writing a book about his life experiences. He resides in Charlotte, NC.