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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Dec 31, 2020

We're back to our three-segment show this week, with Steve Yale, or Walmart 2021, as our principal guest. Steve got his name when he first hiked the AT in pretty much all-Walmart gear. He has since worked out better options, but his love of the trail shines through in both our conversation and his devotion to a life of thru-hiking the AT.

In contrast to the negative responses that some people experience on Facebook, Steve has been embraced by the Facebook community, gaining support and strength from them throughout his initial and further hikes.

You can follow Steve within that community at

Jordan Bowman, Director of Communications for the ATC is our second guest this week. Jordan is a fellow member, with me, from the AT Class of 2014, and his responsibility has been to fashion and develop the message coming out from the ATC on behalf of the trail. It hasn't been an easy year.

If you're planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail next year, check out their Hiker Preparation series of videos on YouTube.

I revealed the competition winner today for our map giveaway. Christopher Marshburn is the lucky recipient. Here's a link to the Facebook Live draw that I did on Wednesday.

Finally, Larry Luxenburg's Walking the Appalachian Trail digs into the motivations of people's hikes and we learn that virtually nobody does it like anybody else!

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