My name is April Noriega, but on trail I am known as ‘Bearclaw’. Born and raised in Oklahoma I am an avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors. Prior to discovering long distance hiking I was living and breathing the corporate world in oil & gas. My prior life was never conducive to my mind or soul. I was constantly seeking more with a burning desire to explore knowing life held more for me than sitting behind a desk 12-hours a day. It was in 2014 that I made the leap of faith and left my 18-year career to begin my journey as a long-distance hiker.
My first long-distance trail that inspired me to pursue my love of adventure was the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). During my journey on the PCT I immediately knew I had to have more. After I completed hiking all 2,660 miles of the PCT, I flew halfway around the world to Corsica and hiked the GR20, Europe’s toughest trek. This trek was beautiful, rugged, tough.