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
- Age: 35
- City: Keene, NY
- Occupation: College Professor
- Family: Mom, Dad and two sisters.
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- Strava: Bethany Garretson
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