Our Stories


Beau Swanson: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Beau Swanson Central patch + Michigan, Mackinac Bridge, and 1000 Miles Three years ago I found myself overweight, unhappy, and just starting my road of sobriety. (I’m three years clean now.) I wanted more out of life and was looking for purpose, something bigger than myself. I was already starting to walk daily and got […]

Matt Patterson: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Matt Patterson Central patch + Pennsylvania, Ohio, Mackinac Bridge, 1000 Miles, and 2000 Miles Early on, while I was working on my completion of the Buckeye Trail, I was thinking, “What’s next?” After attending the NCTA Celebration in Marquette, Michigan, I knew what was next. My wife and I had never been north of Flint, […]

2023 Volunteer Awards: Sweep

  Nicole Halgrimson Nicole is a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer with the NCTA Kekekabic Trail Chapter and the Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA) in Minnesota. On the surface, she’s been a section and campsite adopter for more than a decade, but regularly serves as a thoughtful partner and supporter. She is active on the Kekekabic […]