With friends, Seth Orme and Joe Dehnert, Paul founded the Packing It Out initiative with a mission to inspire a heightened stewardship ethic among recreationists. He accomplished this mission by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, cleaning up the litter found on the path. He weighed and documented our journey so others could see the difference made and the challenge our public lands are facing. That year he cleaned up 1,100 pounds of litter. The following year he set off on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, again Packing It Out with an intention to leave the places he travel better than we found them. Over 2,659 miles of rugged mountains and desert later and having packed out over 720 pounds of litter, he arrived at the northern terminus of the PCT and thus completed our thru-hike.