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*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

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by BackpackingLight.com Staff | 2009-04-30 10:04:00-06

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

UPDATE 5/2/09 4:07 PM:

KEN KNIGHT WAS FOUND TODAY AND WALKED OUT UNDER HIS OWN STEAM.  HE IS AT THE HOSPITAL AND MORE DETAILS WILL LIKELY FOLLOW ONCE WE HAVE THEM.  -Addie Bedford


Name
: Ken Knight
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 180-200 lb
Point Last Seen: Punchbowl Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in VA
Time Last Seen: Sunday, April 26, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Unique Characteristics: wearing a dry-bag style backpack with a bright orange packbag, hiker is vision-impaired.

If you have info, please contact us: publisher@backpackinglight.com.

Photo above taken Wednesday, April 22 on the Appalachian Trail.


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"*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!," by BackpackingLight.com Staff. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA
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Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Best News Ever! on 05/02/2009 20:10:57 MDT Print View

That's awesome... glad he is safe and sound!!!

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Amen on 05/02/2009 20:31:21 MDT Print View

One of us got lost today
on that trail that never ends
one of us has lost his way
between the blazes and the bends
the trees stood silently
and the laurels bloomed
the river rambled lazily
in the springs
sneezy baby blooms

a black bear sees him wander by
the deer look fast, and scatter
an owl knows he's passing by
and the squirrels all chatter

all of us, we hold our breath
for but the grace of Terra
it could be us,any of the clan
that wander in the past
out all alone in danger

one of us has found his way today
back to the loving arms of friends
one of us has found his way
and soon will hike again

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Ken is Found on 05/02/2009 21:00:11 MDT Print View

Thank goodness! What wonderful news! I must say it's been frustrating being so far away (Japan) and feeling like there was nothing I could do.

Great that Ken is safe, that he walked out on his own, and that he was resourceful and knowledgeable enough to set that fire.

Great seeing all the outpouring of goodwill and help from so many people (including MANY people outside the US! Believe it or not, people outside the US also care about others and do what they can to help!). It really shows what people around the world really are like, that there are far more people of goodwill than crazies and monsters.

Amazed by the power of the internet. Truly awesome. The news spread around the world like wildfire.

Edited by butuki on 05/02/2009 21:17:24 MDT.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Amen on 05/02/2009 21:23:14 MDT Print View

This is great news. Welcome home Ken!

Robert Hausam
(rhausam) - MLife

Locale: Salt Lake City, Utah area
Yes! on 05/02/2009 21:35:38 MDT Print View

I'm also praising God for Ken's safe return! It appears that he did the right things, and from the photo he appears to be in pretty good condition. Absolutely wonderful!

Rob

ERIC WELSH
(G7) - MLife

Locale: WYOMING OR INDIANA
FANTASTIC !!! on 05/02/2009 21:51:23 MDT Print View

Well done, Ken. I am eager to hear the story . . .

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 22:02:24 MDT Print View

I've been following the story since it first broke and I am so glad and relieved!
Welcome home, Ken! I look forward to reading your story. I have always preferred a happy ending. :-)

KYLE PARKER
(swiggydig@gmail.com) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
happy endings... on 05/02/2009 22:06:44 MDT Print View

Ken, I've never met you, but have listened to all of your podcasts and feel like I know you through them. I said my prayers for you and am very glad you made it out ok. Your adventure reminded me of Don Fendler's ordeal on Katahdin in the late 1930's, you would probably like his book, Lost On A Mountain In Maine.

Alan Lindsey
(cobaltspider) - F
happy endings... on 05/02/2009 22:27:54 MDT Print View

Ken, glad to hear you made it out. You are a trooper and I wish you a speedy recovery!

Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
So glad on 05/02/2009 22:42:23 MDT Print View

I've been checking the updates frantically. Right before I clicked the link to check it again, I was saying "if they still don't find him, I'm going to go on a cursing rampage". Thank goodness!

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Great News! on 05/02/2009 23:16:52 MDT Print View

I'm so happy to hear Ken has been found. Actually, from the sound of it, I guess I should say that I am happy to hear he found his way out.

I look forward to hearing the whole story once he's up to it.

Misfit Mystic
(cooldrip)

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
happy ending on 05/02/2009 23:41:13 MDT Print View

This is great news! Glad Ken is safe, and it is further testament to value of experience and staying calm. Here's wishing you a speedy return to the trails! A community's prayer is answered! HALLELUJAH!

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
happy on 05/03/2009 04:13:52 MDT Print View

I'm happy you're safe and warm again Ken. I hope our trails will one day cross again.

Cheers Eins

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Great ending on 05/03/2009 04:29:17 MDT Print View

Glad to hear you made it out alive, Ken. And looking forward to the Trip Report and items found most useful ;)

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Great News! on 05/03/2009 05:13:03 MDT Print View

I bet Ken's embarrassed as can be! Hee! Heeļ¼

(meaning: all the comments and concern pouring in is going to be hard to deal with!)

Edited by butuki on 05/03/2009 11:47:54 MDT.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA on 05/03/2009 05:24:26 MDT Print View

Ken, We are all so glad to hear of your safe return and eagerly wait your story.

You are inspirational!

Jamie

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Ken is Found on 05/03/2009 05:59:03 MDT Print View

Wonderful news!

Mark Myers
(n4kss) - F
Local news stories from our area on 05/03/2009 06:13:53 MDT Print View

http://www.wdbj7.com/global/story.asp?s=10284936

http://www.wset.com/news/stories/0509/619048.html

http://www.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/visually_impaired_hiker_missing_on_appalachian_trail/34377/

http://www.newsadvance.com/lna/news/local/article/missing_at_hiker_found/15648/

Looking forward to your story Ken!

Mark Myers
Angel SAR, SARTI, NBATC

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Local news stories from our area on 05/03/2009 08:30:39 MDT Print View

I think it's time to take the red emergency banner off the top...

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
AWESOME NEWS!!!! on 05/03/2009 08:50:43 MDT Print View

So glad to hear that Ken is safe and sound. This has made my day.

Welcome back Ken.