Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rebeca "Boo-Boo" Sudduth Completes a SO-BO

Susan Gilmore wrote an article in the Seattle Times of 28 January 2008 titled "Adventure, friendship and online dispatches along the Appalachian Trail". It records the completed thru-hike this past year by Rebecca "Boo-Boo" Sudduth.

She hiked southbound. Starting on 24 June 24, days after graduating from the University of Washington in nursing, got to Springer on 29 November, making it in 5 months and 5 days. Not a bad trip.
"She had two hiking partners: Music Man, who carried a small backpacker guitar he played at night, and Hedgehog, whom they picked up three weeks along the trail."
Music Man left the Trail somewhere around the middle, and Hedgehog pushed on ahead on Sudduth to get home in time for Thanksgiving.

Stats include an estimated $4,000 plus plane ticket; "four pairs of boots"; raising $900 in pledges for "a nursing-school scholarship in Haiti, where she'd visited on a medical-volunteer trip last March"; and completing the 43 miles of the 'Maryland Challenge' with her buddies in 19 hours. Her dad matched the pledges for the scholarship, and also transcribed her journal entries for an online journal.

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