Hiker Story HW

A local high school teacher is currently recovering after getting lost for four days and breaking his leg while hiking along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee.

Will Henderson, 39, a biology teacher at Jefferson High School, had been hiking the trail by himself when he left the trail near a place known as Gregory Bald. He broke his leg when slipped while trying to cross a stream.

Henderson, an experienced hiker, made a splint for his leg using sticks and string. Though he could not walk, he struggled to crawl for four days while pushing his 40 pound backpack until he was finally found by two hikers back on the trail.

“I never doubted that I would be found,” Henderson said.

When the hikers found Henderson, one stayed by his side while the other ran to get help. Henderson said that he was very thankful for the two hikers who helped him.

“I’ll never forget the feeling I had when they found me, not if I live to be a hundred,” Henderson said. “Those guys are going to get mentioned in my will.”

Henderson is currently continuing his recovery at a local hospital. He spent his first week off of the trail at a Knoxville area hospital where his story made national news. However, Henderson cannot wait to get back to hiking.

“My goal is still to hike the entire trail, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I get my leg in shape,” Henderson said.

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