10. Rue McKenrick and the American Perimeter Trail
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.