• 00:33

    The Journey of A Thousand Miles on the Appalachian Trail

    in Business

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step and Brian Caskey with Hiking4Wellness has been on the Appalacian Trail for almost a week now. You can find Brian by on his website at Where's Brian

    This is a bit more about his latest journey into the gap taken from his "Honest" post on the blog site he wrote...

    One of the most common reasons a person hikes the Appalachian Trail (AT) is to “Walk it Off”.

    In my case, one of the goals of the AT hike is to process and move froward from his colorful past after several years of intensive professional help. It is my hope that as I head north to Katahdin, ME, that I’ll drop of the old baggage that I carried and repeated throughout my life. I’m sharing my experiences, because I hope others can learn from my experiences.

    Many of the stories shared will be part of my personal experiences, others are the personal experiences of others I’ve meet along my journey. The intent of this blog by Brian “Pooh Bear” Caskey is meant to serve as a forum, we, my friends can come together a change our lives to healthier behaviors one step at a time.

    Listen in this week as we find out what the highlights have been, stories about the trail itself and where you can meet up with him this next week.

  • 00:17

    Counting Down to Hiking The Appalachian Trail

    in Business

    With just over a week to go we catch up with Brian Caskey in Tennessee as he prepares for his hike across the Appalachian Trail. 187 Miles to Springer Mountain he's hoping for warmer weather by the time he arrives for the March 2 departure date.

  • 00:28

    Preparing to Hike The Appalachian Trail with Hiking4Wellness

    in Business

    Join AV Business Radio as we talk with Brian Caskey, founder of Hiking4Wellness, about his preparations to hike the Appalachian Trail beginning next month. We will be interviewing him every week as he continues his trip across country and as he completes the Yoyo Hike on the trail.

    For the curious minded - a Yoyo Hike means to hike from one point to the end and back again. Brian will be one of less than a dozen people to ever accomplish this feat.

  • 00:31

    Hiking the Appalachian Trail for Alzheimer's

    in Health

    Your Host BadGirl PollyAnna welcomes Ethan Jenkins. He is about to start his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail to bring awareness to Alzheimer's.IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS GRANDMOTHER DOTTIE. One man's journey fueled by love & awareness for Alzheimers.
     Tonight 8pm Pdt/10Cdt/11Est
             CALL IN: (646) 716-6137                  LET'S TALK!

  • 00:41

    After 2 Months on the Appalachian Trail Check in with Hiking for Wellness

    in Health

    After hitting the trail on Marh 1st, it's been just over 2 months since Brian has been on the Appalachian Trail. Between spotty cell connection and weather it looks like we'll finally be talking to Brian Caskey and seeing what his journey has been like after covering @700 miles.

    Now approaching the northernmost area of Virginia, the journey of self-discovery has led Brian to meet many wonderful individuals and learn more about himself. Join us as we check in and see what's been happening.

    While you're listening be sure to check out the pictures and see the evidence of spring arriving along the trail.

  • 01:01

    Final Preparations for Hiking The Appalachian Trail

    in Business

    Brian will be hiking the AT for about 9 months. He is planning on leaving TOMORROW! Join us for one last look at the preparations including, health, some of the kids would love to go 9 months without having to bath, will he??? Then there are safety issues like protection from the wildlife, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! 

    Asking questions about survival on a day-to-day basis and a last look at the journey pre-Appalacian Trail will set us up to stay with him throughout the hike. 

  • 00:06

    Hiking4Wellness Finishes Week 2 on the Appalachian Trail

    in Health

    Brian Caskey, Hiking4Wellness, has completed the first 100+ miles along the Appalachain Trail and we catch up with him as he winds up week two. With his last check-in on the SpotGen around Franklin, GA (after Benjamin Franklin) we'll see how he is doing and what his plans are for next week! 

    Join us as we hike the trail up and back with him over the next several months (he's expected back in GA for Thanksgiving Dinner :) You can follow his blog at http://hiking4wellness.com/blog/.

  • 04:13

    Appalachian Trail - D&D Radio

    in Hobbies

    We're refreshed from our Memorial Day weekend, and are back today with another great episode of The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana!
    Up first is return guest Katherine Imp. She stopped by awhile back to talk about her Appalachian Trail hike, and told us about the movie she and her friends were making. Well, Beauty Beneath The Dirt is hitting the movie house circuit around the country, and she's back to tell us all about it.
    During our Craftsmanship segment, we'll be chatting with Zippo Manufacturing Company global marketing director David Warfel all about the iconic American brand... that's rolling out their 500 millionth lighter on June 5!
    We're also checking in with Peter Evans from the Up The Pucks hockey/punk rock podcast all about the Stanley Cup playoffs, and we'll hear a DIY Disaster story from It’s Our Pinteresting Life blogger Melody Logan.
    Now that's a show! Let's get Down and Dirty...

  • 00:30

    Adam Casseday: Running the Appalachian Trail

    in Sports

    Meet Adam Casseday, an ultra marathoner, who ran the Appalachian Trail this summer! After starting the trail on May 5, he finished on July 11th having run over 2,100 miles.
    Adam will recap his journey as he joins me on my radio show to talk about the physical and mental strength and endurance needed to be an ultra marathoner and to run the Appalachian Trail. He will also talk about his inspiration and motiviation. You won't want to miss this interview!

  • 00:48

    Never Judge A Book By It's Cover or Why Hike The Appalachian Trail

    in Business

    Hiking just over 1000 miles since the beginning of March, Brian has made many new friends and discoveries. The outward journey is obvious, the inward is not. The stigma of Neurofibromatosis (NF) has played a part in his life that few understand. Today we talk with Brian Caskey of Hiking for Wellness about both of the journey's. 

    Neurofibromatoses 2 is a rare disorder affects about 1 in 25,000 people. Approximately 50 percent of affected people inherit the disorder; in others the disorder is caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation of unknown cause. While it is not contagious people still see the small tumorous growths and are afraid that they can "catch" this disease. 

    Dealing with the stigma of looking different and having people shy away from you because you don't look like they do is nothing new. However, as a result of the limited exposure to individuals dealing with NF, understanding why they look different and the effects of NF is.

    Join us as we look deeper into the inner journay taken by Brain and many AT Hikers.


  • 00:22

    Transformed Traveler welcomes David Smith

    in Lifestyle

    David Smith hiked the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail as a chaplain for the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.


    Smith, who was 69 at the time, completed the hike through 14 states from Georgia to Maine over a six-month period. Each year, 2-3 million people hike the Appalachian Trail.


    For Smith, the woods can be a place for seeking God and finding spiritual rest. His trail nickname is “Shortstop.


    The AT Chaplaincy is set to enter its third year. Bert Emmerson, a member of First United Methodist Church of Maryville, Tenn., has been selected as the 2015 chaplain. He will begin in June, hiking the trail from Maine to Georgia. Josh Lindamood, from Lynchburg, Va., was the first AT Chaplain. He was 26 at the time.

    Find out...

    What type of training did you receive or what were the requirements for you to become the Appalachian Trail Chaplain?
    Why is there a need for a chaplain along the trail?
    What was the most difficult part of your experience as the Appalachian Trail Chaplain?
    What was the most rewarding part of your experience?
    As you travel around the U.S. talking about your experiences, what is your primary goal?
    Tell me how you acquired the nickname of “Shortstop.”
    The AT Chaplaincy program is in its 3rd year, with Bert Emmerson heading out in June. What advice to you have for him?
    Although you aren’t an official AT Chaplain any longer, do you still find yourself in that role from time to time?
    How did being the AT Chaplain change you?



    Updated 2.6.15


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