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Friday, May 1, 2009

In The News: Backpacking Light Editor Missing After A.T. Hike

This information was posted on BackpackingLight.com by CEO Ryan Jordan:.

Backpacking Light editor Ken Knight is missing after a hike on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

If you saw Ken or otherwise know of his whereabouts after Sunday morning, please contact us at the following email address:

Publisher@BackpackingLight.com

About Ken:

Ken is 5'4" tall and approx. 180-200 lb. He is vision impaired, has dark hair, and is probably using a dry bag-style pack with an orange pack bag.

Ken is an experienced AT hiker, but his vision impairment may have caused him to lose the trail.

Point Last Seen:

He was last seen on the Appalachian Trail on Sunday morning, around 9-10am, at Punchbowl Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 51.7, in the aea of Buchanan and Bedford, Virginia.

He'd been trailing behind a group and meeting up with them at their campsites. On Sunday, he reported not feeling well and suggested he might go off the trail. The group did not see him since leaving Punchbowl Mountain on Sunday.

He was anticipated to reach mile 76.3 on Tuesday, which the rest of the group did. To date, he has not arrived, and he has missed his flight back home to Michigan Wednesday night.

Ken regularly blogs via iPhone when he has cellular coverage. His last known blog entry was Sunday morning, April 26, at 6:36 AM Eastern:

http://twitter.com/kenknight

Search in Progress:

Ken's family has been notified, and a search is currently in progress by NPS and VA State SAR.

Non-agency SAR and other volunteers interested in assisting with this search should contact us at publisher@backpackinglight.com, who is coordinating the efforts of outside volunteers with the SAR Coordinator on location. Please send your name, cellular phone number, and distance from SNP in your message, and then wait for further instructions.


The photo above shows the actual clothes he was wearing.

Ken's last update from the trail, sent from his iPhone, can be seen at FriendFeed at friendfeed.com/kenknight/8b801dd9/iphone-at-hike-day-5 on April 26th, day 5 of his hike. I was having trouble getting the video to load this morning, but give it a try.

You can watch for updates on this story on the the forums at BackpackingLight.com.

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