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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

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 hiking partners, Thomas Steiner, or Scatter. This is all intended to celebrate Jillian’s life and the legacy and imprint on the lives of people she knew.

As you can see from the picture below, Thomas eventually carried Jillian’s “bucket” to Katahdin and proudly showed it off.

Jillian's mother, Dana, is the thread that runs through her daughter's story, and both Dana and her ex-husband were instrumental in instilling the love of the trail to their daughter.


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