Forrest Radarian

I'm Forrest and I'll be traveling SOBO on the AT in 2017. I'm currently an AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology high school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. My wife and I are into long distance cycling and trail running. I've done a self-supported bike tour from Canada to Mexico, I've thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helen's, and Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon in Northern AZ/Southern UT. Wilderness conservation and environmental justice are my passion. Building an environmental ethos in my students, as well as getting them out into the wild, gives me meaning. Hiking the AT has literally been a goal of mine since I was in elementary school. This thru-hike will be an opportunity to share the wild with my students back in AZ, push myself physically, do an adventure with my wife, and be in the wilderness in the way it always transforms me.

Posts

A Love Letter for My Students for the Wilderness

A Love Letter for My Students for the Wilderness

I am taking a momentary step-away from my classroom for several weeks this fall as I do a southbound traverse of the Appalachian Trail.  Although

May 8, 2017 : Forrest Radarian
The Long View of How to Train for a Thru-Hike

The Long View of How to Train for a Thru-Hike

I was a big guy.  Although I had planned and dreamed of doing the Appalachian Trail, I spent that New Year's night in the shadow of the Eastern

Jan 3, 2017 : Forrest Radarian
Notice of Intent to Hike (or An Affirmation of Job-Leaving and Dream-Weaving)

Notice of Intent to Hike (or An Affirmation of Job-Leaving and Dream-Weaving)

I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound beginning in June 2017.  This will necessitate leaving the education world (but I will return)

Nov 27, 2016 : Forrest Radarian
Wilderness as Sense Experience

Wilderness as Sense Experience

In an age of vehicles and photo-sharing, the experience of wilderness has been dulled and framed.  Thru-adventuring is a chance to engage the senses

Oct 22, 2016 : Forrest Radarian