Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa grew up in rural NH 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 is outdoor skills as he worked his way to becoming and Eagle Scout and fueled his passion for long distance hiking.
Allgood has hiked over 10,000 miles on long distance trail 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 WA&OR.
In 2016 Allgood 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. Since this hike Allgood has taken on a new career path as the VP of Sales and Marketing at Six Moon Designs, where he has combined his love of sales with his love of backpacking and long-distance hiking.
In 2018 he thru-hiked the Oregon Desert Trail as a way to reconnect with the state he calls home. Together with two friends they walked across 750 miles of desert terrain in just 30 days.
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 Salt & Straw Ice Cream.