For the past three months, Jordan Price and Carlie Roberts have been hiking along the Appalachian Trail on a "Trek Against Trash" to raise $150,000 toward Keep America Beautiful's efforts. As if the hike wasn't enough, Jordan and Carlie have been picking up garbage along the trail the entire time and stopping to work on local cleanup efforts in cities along the route. They've been chronicling the journey on their blog, and last week, they hit the 1,000-mile halfway mark. IT Editor Janelle Nanos caught up with them on a recent stop.
Update: As of the team's most recent posting on July 2, Carlie left the trail. But she will continue to help Jordan plan his journey as he continues to the end. Next stop, New Jersey and New York state!
How did the idea for the Trek Against Trash come about?
Jordan: It's always been a dream of mine to hike the Appalachian trail, and we liked the idea of hiking the trail for environmental awareness. We stumbled onto the KAB website and fell in love with their organization.
Carlie: KAB knew we wanted to hike the entire trail, and they immediately embraced us. Their beliefs paralleled ours. You
don’t necessarily have to hike for six months or buy a hybrid car, but everyone should take
the responsibility to do their part on their planet.
Were you both active hikers before you embarked on the trip?
Jordan: I’ve done a lot of hiking before, but this is Carlie's first backpacking experience.
Carlie: It is an adventure every single day, and it's awesome to be able to undertake this big of a challenge right off the bat. I've run marathons and other long-distance races, but on my first day, I walked more miles than I've ever done before on a hiking trip.