I’m Karen. I don’t camp. I don’t hike. I don’t even watch the Nature Channel. And yet I know a lot about thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. A lot. Not that I intend to set foot on it, but I’m the home support for a husband and daughter who are about to embark on a six month adventure. Getting to the post office isn’t my strong point; I hope they’re not counting on a lot of mail drops…
I’m Bennett, a 22-year-oldgraduate of the University of Georgia. Despite receiving my degree in Mass Media & New Media, I’ve decided to leave technology (mostly) behind and thru-hike the A.T with my dad. When I’m not worrying I’ll freeze to death in the Smokies or hiding my Bravo TV addiction, I love coffee, fitness, and hearing people’s stories. You can catch my personal blog posts at betraverse.tumblr.com or see my Appalachian Trials guest posts here.
And I am Bennett’s father, Jerry. I work of Bank of America in technology, which is kindly allowing me a 6-month leave of absence to complete this incredible goal. I recently retired at the end of 2012 as Scoutmaster of Troop 434 in Dunwoody, GA after serving for 26 years. I have wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail since I first hiked from Hogpen Gap to Neels Gap with the Troop.
I hung up the Scout uniform to start concentrating on and preparing mentally for our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The preparation has included reading the Appalachian Trials and A.T. Guide books and dropping the weight of my backpack. We hit the trail on March 16 from Springer Mountain GA, headed north.