Who: Will Henderson
What: Is in the hospital recovering from hiking accident
Where: Appalachian Trail, hospital in Knoxville, started trail in georgia
When: Hiked for 10 days, was lost for 4, has been in the hospital for several
Why: Henderson wants to hike the entire trail, was supposed to meet some friends in Gatlinburg
How: Tried to cross a stream near Gregory Bald and broke his leg. He crawled for 4 days.
Most important details: he was found, he is alive, he is home now
A Jefferson High School teacher has been found alive on the Appalachian Trail Oct. 26 and was hospitalized in Knoxville for the last several days and is home as of Oct. 30.
Will Henderson, an avid hiker, started hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia Oct. 12. On Oct. 22, Henderson attempted crossing a stream and slipped, breaking his leg. The 39-year-old crawled towards the main trail to track down help for four days. Pushing his 40 pound pack in front of him, Henderson was finally found by two fellow hikers, who Henderson describes as men who will be mentioned in his will someday.
But even while barely moving through the jungle conditions, Henderson never gave up. “I never doubted that I would be found. I got discouraged sometimes,” Henderson said, “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.”
Henderson was hiking north from Georgia to meet up with his buddies in Gatlinburg. Henderson teaches biology at Jefferson High School and lives in Springfield.