Dan Rogers, an Eagle Scout and Navy veteran whose 11,000 miles of backpacking experience have included a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and a 3,400 walk across America, will share lessons learned with the community during a lecture at Virginia Highlands Community College on Sept. 15.
“Lessons & Tales from 11,000 Miles of Backpacking” will be presented for the campus community at 2 p.m. and for the entire community at 6 p.m. in the Keyser-Aday Theatre on the VHCC Campus. Rogers will be available after both talks to sign copies of his 2003 book “America One Step at a Time.” Copies of the book will be available for $15.
Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio’s Malone University and worked 13 years in manufacturing management for Colgate Palmolive. He took a sabbatical from his job in 1999 to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, then resigned two years later to complete an ambitious cross-country hike. He began the 3,400-mile journey in August 2001 and walked through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before reaching California in November 2002.
Since then, Rogers has completed additional hikes along numerous smaller trails and completed 800 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. He currently works as Assistant Scout Executive for the Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Asheville, N.C.
For additional information, please contact the VHCC Public Relations Department at (276) 739-2456.