Claire Henley Miller is the author of the highly anticipated memoir Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots. Born in Chattanooga, the Tennessean has since lived in the Loire Valley of France and the Colorado Rockies. In the spring of 2015 she quit her good corporate job to backpack 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Within 30 days of this five-month trip, she met and married her husband known as Big Spoon in the trail community. Mile 445 chronicles this epic adventure from the day Claire set out alone, to the day she said I do, and beyond.


Currently, Claire lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband and their son. She worked as a journalist for the after returning home from the trail. She loves outdoor exploration with her husband and waking hours before the sunrise to dive into the day. She believes the world is not a home, but a path. And she hopes to bring others on this great and rugged path through her stories to a higher destination.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable and amazing stories from the PCT. Although new romance is not unique to the PCT experience, marriage is … especially before the first month on the trail is over.

 The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader 


Mile 445

Hitched in Her Hiking Boots

Not many people can say they met and married their spouse within thirty days of beginning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. 


But that's exactly what happened to twenty-five-year-old Claire Henley Miller. 


Mile 445 is the inspiring - and romantic - true story of how Miller left corporate life behind to embark on a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. She is doing it alone, and the only gear she takes to survive the trek in the mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington fits inside her backpack. 


At the start of her five-month journey, she meets a handsome young man known on the trail as Big Spoon. Their paths keep crossing. The two quickly see a greater reason for their expedition than to explore the rigorous wilderness. They fall madly in love and get married. But their adventure is just beginning. 


Told with rich vitality, Miller's quest unfolds in mystical ways through deadly desert storms, 14,000-foot ascents, and decisions that will affect the rest of her life. This bold tale of courage and determination brims with humor and suspense as it reveals life, love, and loss in the rawness of the wild. 


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© 2017 by Claire Henley Miller