The Cleanest Line
Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston

Laura “Hey Girl” Johnston is an environmental conservation and outdoor creative professional from Springfield, Virginia. She is passionate about encouraging others to get into nature for fun and wellness, and to get involved in protecting, promoting and preserving wild places. Her trail name, Hey Girl, was given to her by fellow hikers on the AT because of how she greeted other women on the trail.


“After the AT and PCT, I discovered one tiny hole from a campfire in my shorts. Patagonia repaired them for free, no questions asked, with a new pink patch.” Photo: Laura Johnston

My Pink Baggies

May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018

Dear Patagonia, My pink Patagonia Baggies Shorts are the best shorts I’ve ever owned. In 2016, I wore them for 180 straight days when thru-hiking the 2,189.1-mile Appalachian Trail (AT); and in 2017, I wore them for 135 days while thru-hiking the 2,650.1-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I wore them… Read More