Think you could never pull off a long-distance hike? You might want to talk to Derick Lugo.
A young black man raised in the city, Derick figured he was about the last person to get involved in thru-hiking. So he surprised himself as much as anyone when he started his hike from Georgia to Maine. Turns out there was plenty to learn — and not just about thru-hiking. His encounters along the way taught lessons in preparation, humility, race relations and nature’s wild unpredictability.
It’s all covered in Derick’s book, “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker.” And you can hear about it straight from Derick “Mr. Fabulous” Lugo himself in a virtual conversation set for 5:30 PT/ 6:30 MT Tuesday, Nov. 10.
You can expect Derick’s great sense of humor to shine through during the event. After all, it’s part of what makes his book so special. Even at their toughest, his thru-hike’s challenges can’t quash his inner Pollyanna. It’s a great example of persevering with “humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming,” as Derick puts it.
If you can’t get enough of Derick — and we don’t blame you — you can catch him again at a Gonzaga University presentation on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. PST via Zoom.
The virtual conversation is presented by Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Idaho Trails Association, Idaho Conservation League, The Lands Council, and Washington Trails Association.
Make sure you tune in for the live event by registering here.