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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Apr 29, 2021

Lisa and Gordon Simmons are the proud owners of Hostel Around the Bend in Hiawassee, Georgia. The hostel is just half a mile from Dick's Creek Gap (AT Mile 69.2) and this is their first season fully open.

We discuss the experience of running a hostel, how the year has gone for them, and even share some advice for...

Apr 22, 2021

For my show this month, I've returned to the Class of 2019 and a woman I met quite early on. Sarah Jane Hatfield was an outwardly confident hiker, with a YouTube channel and blog for a local newspaper, chronicling her way north. However, that wasn't at all how she felt in those early days. Her fascinating story...

Apr 15, 2021

The show this week features interviews from four hikers who Ryan was able to meet with at Rock Gap in North Carolina, mile 105.8 on the Appalachian Trail. All four interviews offer different perspectives, and each has a unique story to share about their hike. This is Gandalf.

By complete luck, he crossed paths with...

Apr 8, 2021

Originally from Virginia, Zach Hoops has gone all-in with long-distance and ultralight backpacking. After discovering his love for hiking and honing his craft on sections of the AT, he went on to complete the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound in just over one hundred days.

In addition to this major accomplishment, he has...

Apr 1, 2021

Cass Bridges hails from North Georgia and spent a few seasons working at the historic Mountain Crossings before taking on a thru-hike attempt of her own in 2020.

Her journey included two months of isolation since she had a start date of February 1st (!) combined with a more brutal than usual winter. However, the second...