Update: Missing AT Hiker is Safe!!

Last Friday I posted about a hiker who has been missing on the Appalachian Trail since Sunday, April 26th after complaining of not feeling well. The hiker in question, Ken Knight, happens to be a contributor to Backpacking Light, who happened to put out an alert for their friend when he hadn’t turned up for a few days.

Well, we can all breathe a little easier, and uncross our fingers. According to this update, Ken wandered off the AT under his own power on Saturday, and checked into a hospital.

Beyond that, we don’t have a lot of news about what happened or his present state. The update promises more information soon, but it sounds like Ken is going to be fine, with a heck of a story to tell. The fact that he happens to be a visually impaired hiker just adds to the story.

Anyway, all those positive thoughts must have done some good. I’m sure his experience in the backcountry was very helpful, and I can’t wait to get the full scoop.

Thanks to Jerry for sending me the update. It made my day to hear that Ken was safe.

Kraig Becker

5 thoughts on “Update: Missing AT Hiker is Safe!!”

  1. Great news about Ken!
    He sounds like a hardy soul and will surely have a tale to tell…
    My first reading of a visually impaired AT Hiker was about Bill Irwin who did the complete AT with his dog Orient. What an amazing adventure they had…

  2. Here’s an update I got on twitter – an interview with him. http://xr.com/y8d6. Love his last comment… “there are lots of backseat hiking going on” in response to questioning on hiking alone. I’ll have to remember that one

  3. Thanks for the link Mini Me. Great to get a bit more information. And no backseat hiking here. Ken is very experienced, and has done this plenty of times.

    I’m just glad the story has a happy ending. 🙂

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