Misinformation has appeared across numerous media platforms concerning my position on the (flawed) initiative to move the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail to Alabama. My name has been mentioned, and my picture published, without my knowledge and against my will, in articles about AT2AL, which by association, implies that I support the initiative. This is obviously intentional. It is misleading and unconscionable. I oppose any attempt to relocate the Appalachian Trail southern terminus–to anywhere!

I very much enjoy hiking the southern Appalachians, which start at Flagg Mountain, Alabama.  My record-setting 2021 Bama2Baxter journey began at Flagg Mountain. That trek included the Pinhoti Trail (both Alabama and Georgia), the southern aspect of the Benton MacKaye Trail, and the entire Appalachian Trail–for a combined total of some 2600 miles. These Bama2Baxter pathways connect seamlessly using establishes trails, which work just fine as they are. Many hikers have been, and are, setting out on this interconnected pathway.

The Pinhoti is a trail that should (and does) stand on it’s own.  Alabama doesn’t need the issues that would come with such proposed AT2AL disruption.  The growth that the Pinhoti is experiencing today, both nationally and internationally, is a solid pattern, one that can be sustained, which will continue to bring hikers in from all over.  It is important to those of us that have poured countless hours of work, thousands of dollars (volunteers and clubs) into advancing the Pinhoti–that we maintain the true identity of Alabama’s crown jewel of hiking.

Additionally, I do not want to even consider or ever be associated with the possibility of introducing federal government private land condemnations into our state, which would come automatically with moving the AT southern terminus to Alabama.

Finally, in order to clear up any possible confusion as to my position on this issue, I am available for interview. So, if you agree with my position here, then please make your voice known by signing this petition:

Thank you!






13 Comments on “PT, BMT, AT, LET ‘EM BE

  1. I think the Pinhote Trail and the Benton MacKaye trails should remain as they are. Do not add them to the AT.


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  3. My friend and I will be stopping by your cabin briefly to meet you tomorrow! She is a first time backpacker and one of my best friends!! We can’t wait to meet you!! And oh, this is her birthday present!!! 🤗


  4. I saw that article on FB saying they wanted it at Cheaha. I thought it didn’t sound right. The trail is fine where it is at.


  5. We need to celebrate our Alabama wilderness trails. The vast majority of us hikers do not have the time to hike extremely long distances. The unique traits of each trail in Alabama can stand on their own. We should celebrate these Alabama jewels long and short. Calera Sunshine


  6. Nimblewill Nomad…. is there a way we could contact you for a possible interview?
    -Stephanie and Billy from Ritch Adventures


  7. Thank you stating your position on the AT and the Pinhoti Trail as both are beautifully! The Pinhoti I’ve hiked in Georgia only and found it equally challenging, but mush less traffic, which is a good thing. Hopefully it stays that way!


  8. Oh, oh gee. When will this hiker verbal garbage ever come to an end!

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. This is a very convincing and well reasoned article. I agree wholeheartedly and have signed the petition.

    What are your feelings about the ATC allowing the BMT from Springer to Fontana Dam to be considered an acceptable alternate route for the first few hundred miles to ease congestion and allow the bubble to thin out a bit? I’d love to know your thoughts.


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