I moved to St. Louis a few years ago after completing my 2009 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It took me 5.5 months to hike the 2,178 miles from Georgia to Maine. Before that, I spent nearly two years in Oregon, serving as a Field Instructor for a wilderness therapy program, backpacking with troubled teens. I have been fortunate enough to have backpacked in 8 of our country's national parks (and two in Canada!) on personal trips and have approximately 3,000 miles and 500+ nights of backcountry experience under my belt.