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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Apr 6, 2023

Kenneth Pararo is our guest today. He reached out to me, sending me a link to his podcast, and I entirely misjudged him. When I eventually spoke with Kenneth, he was articulate, thoughtful, and a lot of fun. He’s an AT thru-hiker, though when he went for a second time, he took a rather different route. Why and how he did so is explained in our chat.

Once you get past his intro to the podcast, you’ll hear more of his somewhat quirky personality come through.

You can find the podcast here: Give it a listen.

Also today, with thru-hiking season kicking into gear, we hear from three of our Class of 23 members.

Bryan Robbins is on his way this very morning (April 6) and will be slackpacking for a few days before heading home to retire, then back to the trail for the duration.

Also today, Steve Kortekamp and his daughter, Brooke, are hitting the trail this week. Steve’s had a bit of a health scare, but he heads out having been cleared by his Doc.

Best of luck to these two.

Already on the way is Betty McEnaney. Betty and I spoke when she was at the top of Albert Mountain, which is the approximate 100 mile mark. Here she is at the foot of the tower.

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