77 minutes | Aug 27th 2020

10. Rue McKenrick and the American Perimeter Trail

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Check out the American Perimeter Trail website and follow McKenrick’s journey with real time updates on his Instagram and Facebook pages.Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights 0:50: What is the American Perimeter Trail?3:50: How Rue got into backpacking. 4:50: Rue grew up near the AT in PA and enjoyed spending time alone.5:20: Rue got lost at summer camp.7:10: Rue talks about his first long-distance hike: the AT.8:00: Rue’s motivation to get into long-distance hiking.9:30: What Rue learned about himself while pursuing the Triple Crown.10:30: Hiking the AT redeemed Rue’s faith in humanity.11:15: Hiking deepened Rue’s empathy towards others.12:45: Aligning personal and professional values.13:20: Rue lives a leave no trace life, even in the front country. He hasn’t driven a car in 10 years!14:30: Rue hiked the PCT in 2005.14:50: Rue hiked the CDT in 2007.15:30: Rue felt like his life was taking a more domestic turn, but it never happened.16:30: Existential introspection led Rue to create the APT.17:40: Rue’s desire to explore the US before he goes back abroad. 18:30: The now-or-never reckoning moment that led Rue to start hiking the APT.20:00: Goal of the APT is conservation through recreation.22:30: Backpacking is like sandpaper. It’s smoothed out a lot of Rue’s edges. 24:00: The APT is not a finished product. 26:00: No long-distance trail is ever complete.28:30: How Rue started building the APT.30:00: A lot of Rue’s route decisions are day-to-day on the trail.31:00: Rue doesn’t like to plan, but he prepares.35:40: How Rue got through the waterless stretches of Death Valley.39:00: How Rue is navigating the route.40:20: Importance of staying found.40:50: How Rue sees a 3D world when he looks at a map.42:30 More of the APT is off-trail than on.43:30: How Rue got through Texas, a state where only 4.2% of the land is public.46:30: Challenge of thru-hiking through terrain without long-distance trail communities.46:50: Someone shot at Rue.47:00: How Rue navigated having guns pulled on him in a store.52:20: The most discouraging thing Rue has encountered multiple times on the trail.56:50: How Rue picks up essential items while on the trail.57:00: Social isolating: Rue’s COVID-19 coping strategy while out on the trail. 58:30: The challenges of thru-hiking during a pandemic that you may not have considered. 59:45: Thru-hiking requires both soft and hard skills. The APT takes both to the max.1:00:25: Funding the trip while on the trip.1:00:30: How many times Rue will re-up gear on this project.1:05:30: The one luxury item Rue can’t hike without: an open heart.1:06:40: The best trail magic Rue has ever received. 1:08:10: The people who inspire Rue.1:11:00 How people can support the APT.
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