An Appalachian Trail Experience

If you’ve ever wondered how to keep moving forward while ​integrating your past and inviting the unknown, External offers inspiration, humility, and a little trail magic to help you find your way. Keep scrolling to get your copy of the experience.

External - Dustin Waite
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After surviving a life-threatening heart condition, author Dustin Waite answers this question while detailing the hilarious, raw, and real-life decisions on (and off) the Appalachian Trail, that led him to finally summit Mount Katahdin (background photo) and complete the entire 2,189-mile journey through the woods.

Dustin Waite is currently residing in Denver, Colorado. He earned his BA in Geology and Marine Sciences at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

He began his professional career as a geological consultant in southern California where he remediated contaminated sites and was part of the team to help open Vista Hermosa Park, the first public park in downtown Los Angeles in over one hundred years.

Waite then pursued a career in education while working with The Greenway Foundation in Denver, earning the title of Colorado Certified Environmental Educator. He relocated to Maui where he put his passion for teaching and natural history to good use while helping design The Lahaina Heritage Museum.

After hiking almost 1,600 miles on the Appalachian Trail, a rare heart condition arose and forced him to spend time back home in Iowa.

Upon returning to the trail and completing the final six hundred miles, Waite continued to travel. He spent extended time in Mongolia, Central America, and riding his motorcycle across the United States. He did so while writing the manuscript for External, and ultimately relocated back to Denver where he currently resides.

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