In REI's Tearjerker, People Carry Out a Fellow Hiker's Lifelong Dream in Tribute to His Life

Community comes together after an untimely death

Many hikers set epic, long-term goals for themselves, like summiting a treacherous mountain or hiking a grueling trail. Paul Evans was no different. His lifelong dream was to hike the Appalachian Trail, but two heart attacks and his untimely death at age 53 left that dream unfulfilled. When his wife emailed producers of The Dirtbag Diaries podcast last year to help rally the outdoor community, they answered the call. And REI tells the story in a new film called Paul's Boots.