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Steve Adams -Episode #224 – JC Van Etten (Catmando)


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This week, we have JC Van Etten, or Catmando. Not only did JC recently win our six-book giveaway, but he was also part of the very tight “tramily” that Togs and Lucky referred to a few weeks ago. I wanted to hear JC’s side of the story and, as I’d anticipated, he brought his own slant to the journey that they all shared.

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JC retired early from work and hopes to fill his retirement with further adventures, though the Appalachian Trail was the fulfillment of a dream many years in the making.

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As part of this dream, JC raised money for a charity close to his heart, Paws of War. You can learn more about them at their website,

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Kate, or “Phoenix,” has had a tough few days and is pushing on in the heat of Connecticut after a zero in Kent, CT. She’s having to pull on all her reserves of grit and determination as she continues to recover from her ankle injury and the tough terrain.

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Grandma Gatewood, after summiting Katahdin, had to deal with an inordinate amount of celebrity in the immediate aftermath. As she is going through this, a new plan is forming in her mind…..

In this week’s show I also referred to the excellent discussion that Anna Huthmaker had on her latest podcast with El Miller and the issue of hiking while black. It is a thoughtful, insightful look at something I’d never truly considered. You can find it on

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I also mentioned my own fundraiser for hikeforH2o, a charity that helps fund the construction and maintenance of wells in Africa, giving villages access to clean water for the first time. I’m currently 30 miles into my 45 miles-in-a-week challenge. You can still sponsor my effort at

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If you like what we’re doing on the Hiking Radio Network, please consider supporting us with either a one-off or monthly donation. The donate button is on the Mighty Blue podcast page at

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Any support is gratefully received.

Music for the “A Woman of a Certain Age” segment is by permission of Kate’s friend, John Jensen. You can see and hear it in full on YouTube at

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Thanks, John.

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