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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Mar 23, 2023

Matthew Hengst, or Masochist, is today’s guest. He is one of those guys who has managed to parlay his passion for hiking into pretty much a full-time gig. He’s got an extensive outdoor resumé, but it is his 2021 thru-hike of the Eastern Continental Trail that we focus on today.

On the trail, Matthew edited videos before getting out of camp, and his whole attitude is one of calm enjoyment in solitude.

You can follow him on his YouTube channel at, or his Instagram at He also has a website that encompasses all of his varied outdoor adventures. You can find that at

Two of our Class of 23 members check in today. Ron Ward will be setting out on March 23 from Springer and is, as you’d expect, raring to go. He shares with us that he's hiking for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has a fund raising page here. Check it out if his cause speaks to you.;jsessionid=00000000.app30108b?px=3424783&fr_id=8890&pg=personal&NONCE_TOKEN=29FF65E0FAFBA5F2BA2DE60BADE3B502

Mark Carpenter started three weeks ago and is having an absolute blast, encountering cold wet weather but smiling through.

Doctor Lynne concludes her part in the show for the time being, when she talks to us about the way in which lightning impacts hikers and the medical points we all need to know. Lynne is such a blessing to the show and we’ve really loved having her input for the past few months. Remember, you can get all her notes through this link.

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