Hiker story

After getting lost on the Appalachian trail and breaking his leg, a 39-year old Biology teacher, from Jefferson High School, spent the last four days crawling across the thick woods of Tennessee, looking for help.

Will Henderson, a member of the National Hiker association, broke his leg while he was crossing a river. He quickly made a splint. Then he had to push his 40-pound pack up hill and through underbrush as he crawled to safety.

He was found on the main part of the Appalachian trail by two hikers, who immediately called for help. At first, he was hospitalized in Knoxville, but now he is recuperating in a local hospital.

When asked what got him through this arduous journey, Henderson had this to say “Besides food, I did manage to keep a few small things with me. I had several pictures of my wife and two little girls. I looked at them a lot especially when I got discouraged. I would spend a little time looking at those pictures, and then I would crawl a little bit more.”

The Appalachian trail is 3,000 miles long, stretching from Georgia to Maine. Henderson started in Georgia and was in Tennessee when he broke his leg. He had been walking off the trail for some time before the accident happened.

He had to discard his wet clothes and a bunch of other things in his pack when the accident happened. The only things he kept in his pack were dry foods, such as crackers, fruit and peanut butter.