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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Jun 29, 2023

We’re back to our usual format this week, with our main guest, three catch up interviews with our Mighty Blue Class of 2023 and the next chapter of George Steffanos’s “Then the Hail Came.”

I met Samantha Sharkey at Trail Days this year and invited her to come on the show. She shares a deeply personal story and...

Jun 22, 2023

This is an unusual show for us. Our guest, Jillian Hitt, who attempted a thru-hike in 2018, isn’t on the show, though three important people in her life are on to share her story.

Centrally, we hear from Jillian’s mother throughout the show, with contributions from her best friend Jessica Berringer and one of her...

Jun 15, 2023

This week is all about the members of the Mighty Blue Class of 2023. We’ve never had the opportunity to track them down all at the same time, so I thought this week, in the middle of June, would be as good a time as any to take stock.

We hear the latest disappointments, as well as the wonderful moments that they have...

Jun 8, 2023

Our guest today, Spencer McKay, completed his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2007. The poignant reason he went on the trail at that time is told in his conversation with Steve this week.

As an Eagle Scout, he always believed he’d hike the trail at some time during his life, but events of the previous winter...

Jun 1, 2023

Mark and David Beno, a father and son hiking team, took on the Appalachian Trail in 2022. Mark shares their story in this week’s show. The two of them chose to flip flop, choosing an unusual plan by leaving from Damascus headed north in March, then flipping back to Damascus after summiting Katahdin and heading south.