Who: Will Henderson- National Hiking association member
What: Is back home recovering after traumatic hiking injury in the Great Smokey mountains
When: Monday morning
Where: A local hospital
Why:Because he was rescued and is doing better.
Hiker Back Home
A member of the National Hiking association is recovering in a local hospital (hyper link to his hospital) after being found crawling to a popular Appalachian (hyperlink Appalachian Trail, link to info about that trail and hiking it) trail, with a broken leg by two hikers.
Monday morning Will Henderson, hiker and high school biology teacher, reflected on his decision to hike by himself and gave some advice based on his experience.
“I hiked alone,” said Henderson. “If you’re on the Appalachian Trail it doesn’t matter because you’re not really alone… But when you go off the beaten track- that’s when you need to be with somebody.”
The 39-year-old was alone and injured trying to make his way back to
After hiking for 10 days from Georgia to Tennessee, Henderson slipped while he was attempting to cross a stream. That fall caused his leg to break. He was in pain and searching for help for four days.
Ultimately this sad experience did not faze him poorly. ( hyperlink here to related stories to learn more) He drew inspiration from home to motivate to keep himself motivated and moving forward
“I had several pictures of my wife and two little girls I looked at them a lot, especially when I got discouraged,” said Henderson. “I would spend a little time looking at those pictures, then I would crawl a little bit more.”
The fellow hikers ultimately brought Henderson out of harm’s way and back to safety.
“One of the guys stayed with me while the other went for help,” said Henderson. “I’ll never forget the feeling I had when they found me, not if I live to be a hundred. Those guys are going to get mentioned in my will.”
Though Henderson is back home and recovering now he still wants to hike the entire trail when he is well enough.
“My goal is still to hike the entire trail, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I get my leg in shape,” said Henderson.
The story could be enhanced with Pictures from the actual trail where Henderson was found. Pictures of his injury would enhance this story. A video clip from the interview would be good to show people how the story has progressed.