April 2, 2020

Episode #212 - Paul Collins (Skunkape)

Episode #212 - Paul Collins (Skunkape)

Sharing the Appalachian Trail with his Mom.

Plenty to get your teeth into today. Our main guest is Paul "Skunkape" Collins, a man who took on the Appalachian Trail in 2012 and has missed it every day since.

He also plans to get back on the trail in 2022, his 10-year trailiversary.

He took over 2,000 photos (carrying a DSLR camera) and shared them with friends and, most particularly with his mother. Prior to her death, he celebrated the trail with her in a really touching way.

You can see some of Paul's pics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hikingwithskunkape/

and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hiking_with_skunkape/

I join my fellow Hiking Radio Network podcasts–Julie Gayheart and Anna Huthmaker–in a panel discussion on the ramifications of the virus on hiking long-distance trails.

Additionally, Dr. Lynne returns to the show, with real-world experience of what the virus is doing to us and some helpful tips.

Finally, Grandma Gatewood reveals more of her brutal life and reaches Harpers Ferry.

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Julie "Jester" Gayheart

Section Hiker / Podcaster / Educator

Julie “Jester” Gayheart completed the Appalachian Trail in July 2017 after 12 summers of section hiking. Julie is an educator by day and hiker at heart. Jester loves to talk trail and on her podcast you will hear amazing stories and experiences from other section hikers with a love for the trail and passion for hiking.