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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Apr 27, 2023

Zach Cross is starting his NOBO thru-hike from Springer on May 1. That he is even attempting this hike is something of a miracle. Three years ago, as Covid hit us, Zach weighed about 400lbs. His journey since then, aided by hiking and nature, has brought him to contemplating an epic undertaking.

The simple act of committing to a daily hike up and down a mountain in Georgia speaks of his determination to not only feel better about himself, but also to inspire others, and that initially small actions can have such powerful repercussions.

You can follow Zach on his journey at, as well as on YouTube at You can hear his brief interview on CNN at


Our Mighty Blue Class of 2023 is thinning out a little this week.

We say goodbye to Erin Conrad (and her Mom), and Sonny Blackwell, while Dale Shotkoski is still out there, lovin' his life.

As we say goodbye to Erin, here’s a pic of the two of them at the top of Springer.

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