For this episode of The All-Around Adventure Podcast, I’m joined by Rue McKenrick; originator and Executive Director of the American Perimeter Trail.
Rue has walked many miles through America’s trail systems! He grew up in western Pennsylvania, with the Appalachian Trail running through his backyard. Back in 2003, he walked the entire length Appalachian Trail to complete his first thru-hike. Afterward, he sought out conservation and educational work through several non-profit organizations. Such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Outward Bound, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Ameri-Corp. Over the next several years he would go on to backpack the Triple Crown. Having already completed the Appalachian Trail, the two remaining trails were the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Not long after completing the Triple Crown, Rue came up with the idea of the American Perimeter Trail and its respective conference.
Rue started his scouting trek for the trail in Bend, Oregon back in 2019. And has now completed the 12,000 mile loop around the country! In this episode, Rue shares his experiences from his time doing the Triple Crown and while scouting the American Perimeter Trail. He talks about some of the highlights and challenges that he faced while doing long-distance hikes like these. As well as what’s in store for the American Perimeter Trail moving forward!
To watch the video of our conversation, head over to the All-Around Adventure YouTube channel!
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