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 set 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 Maxine “Short Stix” Presto, a solo thru-hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and is currently on her way to completing the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, spanning from Mexico to Canada.
Presto talks trail life, her experiences and what she anticipated for the Continental Divide Trail. She also discusses the realities of being a solo female vegan thru-hiker and what led her to go from an urbanite working in Manhattan and growing up in New Jersey to becoming an outdoors enthusiast.