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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Nov 12, 2020

It's a slightly shorter show this week, with Laura Sheehan, or Rocket, as our principal guest. Julia was a member of my last AT class; the Class of 2019. We never met on the trail, but I was made aware of the popularity of her YouTube videos.

She is a very self-aware hiker, acknowledging the changes she saw in herself, having sold everything to uproot her life and hit the AT in 2019. Like many hikers, she learned to live with less and now uses her YouTube channel to record further adventures and inspire others.

You can follow Julia on Instagram at and her YouTube channel at

Laura Belleville from the ATC takes on the subject of managing and protecting the AT in times of crisis. As you'll hear, Covid is just one of many issues that qualifies as a crisis.

If you'd like to learn about the work that Laura refers to, check out the incident form at

Learn more about Landscape Conservation and Climate Resiliency at and

Bill Tickner's phone eventually gave up the ghost, so we were unable to record a final catch up, but I will speak with him in next week's show.

Finally today, Fozzie's hiking companions–and Fozzie–conclude Balancing on Blue by telling us all about their post-trail direction and the lessons they learned.

Remember, you can get a full audio version of Balancing on Blue from Amazon.

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