Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor has partnered with digital storyteller Garrick Hoffman to syndicate his Intriguing Individuals Podcast.
The Intriguing Individuals Podcast seeks to illuminate fascinating stories of intriguing people that may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed, whether it’s a military veteran-turned-bodybuilding competitor; a “Triple Crown” hiker of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails; or a breast cancer survivor who aspires to become a mom and business owner.
These stories are not only intriguing, but they inspire. By extracting out the stories of the many diverse guests on the podcast, we as listeners can learn more about the myriad walks of life that surround us — and maybe find hope.
On this episode, Garrick introduces Sammy Potter, who made history with a friend and college classmate at the age of 21.
Potter is one of two of the youngest hikers of the Calendar-Year Triple Crown (CYTC), an 8,000-mile hike comprised of the three longest trails in America: the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail, all within one calendar year.
Potter , along with his friend and fellow Stanford University student Jackson Parell of Florida, began the hike in January 2021 in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail, and completed the last stretch of their journey in October 2021 in California on the Pacific Crest Trail.
At ages 21 and 22, this makes them the two youngest hikers of the CYTC.