Many people look to the outdoors to find peace of mind. For Paul Stiffler, better known as Ponytail Paul, the Appalachian Trail and its thru-hikers have been the therapeutic force needed to turn his life around. Paul has taken on a role as “Trail Angel” to help thru-hikers on their 2,186-mile journey and help himself find a new sense of purpose in the process.
This is one of a series of three short films featuring the stories of people connected to three trails: The Appalachian Trail, Arizona Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail. Learn more about how Every Trail Connects at www.rei.com/trails
Watch The Pleasure and The Pain
Errol “The Rocket” Jones is a 65-year-old ultrarunner. This is his story of pain, perseverance and self-discovery on the Bay Area Ridge Trail. vimeo.com/148177148