Who is Joey Shonka?

I’m an adventurer who hiked across the continent of South America.

Three years, six incredible countries, seven of the highest summits in the western hemisphere, and more than 8,000 trail miles hiked through the longest continuous mountain range on Earth!


The Caminante is the first book in a series about a three-year journey spent hiking across the length of South America. A complete immersion into the cultures, traditions, politics, cuisine, and wild natural spaces of six amazing countries!

Darkness in the Light is about a long-distance hike on the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. From the North Georgia Mountains to Maine and everything in between! PRO TIP from the trail: NEVER skip the chance to see a waterfall, they were all worth it...

An American Nomad is about a long-distance hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in the western United States. From border to border, the Mojave Desert to the High Sierras to King's Canyon to Yosemite to Crater Lake, to the wild Cascade Mountains, Mexico to Canada, this adventure will amaze and inspire!

A Strong West Wind is about a long-distance hike on the Continental Divide Trail in the center of the United States. From the high desert to the Colorado Rockies to Yellowstone & the Wind Rivers to the raw wilderness of Wyoming and Montana, Mexico to Canada... a supremely satisfying end for the Triple Crown of Hiking!

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