Catching up with NCT thru-hiker "Nimblewill Nomad"

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with NCT thru-hiker M.J. Eberhart, a.k.a. Nimblewill Nomad, out on the NCT by Lake George, MN.  Joining us were Itasca Moraine Chapter volunteer Darrel Rodekuhr of Walker; NCTA member and Northwoods Press reporter Judy Merrit of Nevis; Lakeland Public TV reporter Jenny Day from Bemidji; and videographer/editor Randy Cadwell of Arvig Communications System of Perham.

Eb and Reporter

Eb and Reporter

We kept Eb from the Trail a little while longer than he hoped but I think he enjoyed describing why he’s out here doing what he’s doing.  Judy and I walked with Eb for about a mile and a half and he walks at a pretty good clip.  Of course, that comes in handy when you’re routinely attempting 25-mile days and tackling a 4,600-mile long trail.  He told Darrel today that he really enjoyed the ITM’s section of trail and is eager to take on “the Chip.”

I would definitely encourage folks across the NCT community to try to catch up with Eb on his hike. You will definitely be glad you did as he’s an inspiring person and a joy to be around.

Nimblewill back on the NCT

Nimblewill back on the NCT

To follow Nimblewill’s progress, visit his website at:

Here’s  the photo from Jerry Trout of Eb on the Chippewa National Forest trail segment near Hackensack.  Notice how happy he looks to be hiking in warmer temperatures?


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  1. Jerry Trout April 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    I had a very enjoyable hike with Eb on Thursday, April 16. He called from his cell phone as he approached the Chippewa National Forest picnic area on Highway 371 south of Walker. I walked west, met him and hiked back to the picnic area. He is great fun to hike with. Quote of the day: We were comparing outfits. He has super light gear and I am more old school with calf-high waterproof boots (there was still a lot of snow). He said, “Jerry, we’ve got to get you out of those boots.” A picture has been submitted.

  2. Brent Anslinger July 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    I met up with Nimblewill Nomad in Springfield, OH near Dayton and he was in good spirits and enjoying the unseasonably cool temps. The Dayton Daily News snapped some shots a couple days later, see link below.

  3. E. J. Ensor August 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    I was disappointed the Nimblewill did not follow the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail through Dayton and Fairborn. The Five Rivers Metro Parks has done a fine job of getting multipurpose trails along the Great Miami River and Mad River. He missed the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Wright Memorial and Center. This overlooks Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers’ flew in 1904 and 1905. It is possible to bike or walk out to the prairie. The North Country Trail has been certified through Fairborn along the Wright Brothers’ Huffman Prairie Bikeway. Come back and see these unique spots.

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