Miles Griffin is my old roomie from JVC Northwest. He and I shared a tiny little bedroom in Hillsboro, OR, where we listened to podcasts every night when we fell asleep and celebrated the sun (on those rare occasions that we saw it) with happy dances when we’d wake up. He has been teaching at an outdoor school near Big Bear, California, and has been dreaming of a long, thru-hike as long as I’ve known him. I’m super excited for his positive spirit on the trail. Although we wish he could join us for the whole trail, it looks like we will be missing him for the first week or so.
Kristyn Reith, a dear friend from college, and I go back to sophomore year, when we decided to travel to Malawi together. We have several great adventures planned for our lifetime, and this just squeezed its way into it. She has done an awesome job preparing for the trip. Although from Long Island, NY, she is drawn to the mountains. I’m looking forward to watching her take on this challenge.