Podcast: Episode 156: Bethany Garretson: "FKTs have become the perfect niche!"


Bethany wrote to us:  "One year ago, Katie Rhodes and I came together and became the first women to complete the 46 unsupported thru-hike. That summer was my first with Strava and a GPS watch. She and I have learned a lot in one year and have combined for 23 FKTS, going after some big and small. From the thru-hike, I began ambassador work with SheJumps, a national non-profit that promotes more women and girls to get outside. I think we'd make a cool podcast."


Join Bethany as she speaks confidently on the importance of mental health, how until 2 years ago she lived "off-the grid" and didn't even have a cell phone, and her work as a wilderness therapy instructor:

"Katie found me on the FKT website. We did the Adirondack 46 Unsupported. We've learned a lot since then ... FKTs have become the perfect niche!"

"It's important to keep public lands open to the public.  This has saved people."

(Note: Katie was also scheduled as a guest, but experienced technical difficulties). This podcast releases on September 17, the one year anniversary of their A46 thru-hike. Success stories like this are wonderful to hear.  And what's next?

"I've done 19 FKTs; I'd like to get to 50 by 2023!"

"The A46 FKT can go lower ..."

Good organizations mentioned in the podcast:

Mission 22 - An average of 17 - 22 US veterans end their own lives every day

She Jumps - Outdoor play that transforms

Full CV

Bethany Garretson

  • Age: 35
  • City: Keene, NY
  • Occupation: College Professor
  • Family: Mom, Dad and two sisters. 
  • Sports Highlights - - -
    • Winning JV Basketball Championship with Mom as head coach (2001)
    • Racing the Saranac Lake 6er with my younger sister and coming in second (2013)
    • Completing the A46 thru-hike with the fabulous Katie Rhodes (2020)
  • Social Media - - -
    • Strava: Bethany Garretson
    • ‘Gram: bethany.climbs
    • Facebook: Bethany Garretson

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