Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa grew up in rural New Hampshire where he forged his love of the outdoors and activities such as fishing, skiing, and his true love- backpacking. His time spent in Boy Scouts helped him hone his outdoor skills as he worked his way to becoming and Eagle Scout and fueled his passion for long distance hiking.
Allgood has hiked over 9,000 miles on long distance trails in the US. In 2014 he and two friends pioneered the first thru-hike of the Chinook Trail, a 330-mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in Washington & Oregon.
In 2016 Whitney left his career in the world of forest products and reconnected with rural America by successfully completing his thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada.
After many years on the trail, Allgood is a sought-after speaker, teaching people about responsible backcountry use with their dog, ultra-light hiking, thru-hikes for working stiffs and a vast variety of hiking related topics. With all this going on Allgood is also the President of The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West) where he volunteers countless hours helping be the voice of America’s long distance hiker. When not helping others learn about hiking, you can find Allgood walking the trails around the US in need of a shower, a cold beer, and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
Home: Portland, OR
Outdoor Organization Involvement
ALDHA-West, Friends of the Gorge, Thru-Hiker Ambassador at Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Trail Maintainer Volunteer at Pacific Crest Trail Association Master, Leave No Trace
Favorite Training Grounds
The Columbia River Gorge and Forest Park in Portland for quick training hikes. Mt Hood, Mt Adams and Goat Rocks Wilderness for weekend trips
Kumo Superlight Backpack– I love this pack, it’s low profile and small size provide me with a tidy package to carry through the woods. I switched to it from my Mariposa after realizing all of my gear could fit without issue.
I Never Hit the Trail Without
My best hiking partner Karluk. he keeps me company, cleans my pot spotless and warms my sleeping quilt at night.