Hey! I'm LarryBoy, known in non-outdoor circles as Kevin DeVries. On any given weekend, you can probably find me curled up in a sleeping bag under the stars, bushwhacking down a canyon in Utah's Escalante country, or sharing a summit with a friend. In short, I love being outdoors in just about any context.

This blog, a homespun operation, exists mostly for the benefit of my grandparents and other loved ones who enjoy following along on my backpacking adventures. Since 2012, some of those adventures have included:

  • Appalachian Trail (2013)
  • Hayduke Trail (2015-2018)
  • Continental Divide Trail (2018)
  • Route In Between (Arizona Trail + Deseret Hiking Route + Idaho Centennial Trail, 2019)
  • Florida Trail (2020)
  • Greater Yellowstone Loop (2020)
  • Pacific Crest Trail (2023)

There's also plenty of shorter stuff, and I won't bore you with it all here. Suffice it to say that shorter journeys - a weekend, a week's vacation, or a few hundred miles - mean just as much to me as those long thru-hikes.

I've lived in Utah on-and-off for the past decade, and am proud to call the Beehive State home. Utah is home to some otherworldly-and-remote landscapes, as well as easy-to-access destinations that are perfect for after-work adventures. And of course, we do have the "Greatest Snow on Earth"!

Within the world of backpacking, I have a specific interest in route creation and planning. I'm the creator of the Deseret Hiking Route, which links the Arizona and Idaho Centennial Trails, allowing hikers to hike from Mexico to Canada through Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. I'm at home exploring barely-used trails, historic travel routes, and ridges connecting unnamed mountains deep in the wilderness.

I love hearing from folks, so if you have a question, comment, or just want to talk trail, drop me a line!


  1. Hey LarryBoy! This is Derrick from the OT. Glad to have met you. I'm interested in what you thought of the Western portion of the OT. Happy trails!

    1. Derrick - congrats on your OT hike and best wishes on the AT. I cut it a bit short because I didn't care to walk in the rain for another three days, but I really liked the trail overall. Blog update coming whenever I can find a computer to write it.