Searching for a Missing Hiker /

Geraldine Largay was reported missing on July 24th. She was thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and within days of the end of her incredible journey. Dozens of people, including the Maine Warden Service and search dogs, have combed the woods for miles only to come back empty handed. Geraldine is 66 years of age, from Tennessee, and seemingly vanished without any clues. With winter approaching, and traces of her nowhere to be found, the search for Geraldine has been scaled back. Outdoor expert, and Outersports colleague, Bill Brock joined up with a Master Maine Guide Bill and decided to do something about it. Mr. Brock had met with Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian trail just two days before her disappearance, near Caribou Pond, as they headed in opposite directions. During that time the rain was falling heavy and the creek crossing was moving fast.

A theory emerged that might take the search in a different direction than previously thought. Due to the heavy rain, it was possible that the missing hiker had attempted to cross a rushing creek and may have been swept downstream. This previously had seemed unlikely as the creek is normally very easy to cross. The above photo shows the creek crossing where Mr. Brock believes she may have fallen in.

Working with the Maine Warden Service; Master Maine Guide, who goes by the name “Wild Bill”, and Bill Brock organized a quick search party with Jinger Olinselot. The party was provided with Merino Wool base layers and socks, a Hennessy Hammock, and other outdoor gear from Outersports to aid in their search. In less than 24 hours the team uncovered possible evidence of the missing hiker. The find was immediately reported to the Maine Warden Service for further investigation.

With the search for Geraldine Largay still underway, let it serve as a stark reminder to keep safety first while in the outdoors. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her friends and family still waiting for closure, as well as the hard working individuals still looking for her.

Searching for a Missing Hiker /


Spirit Eagle – The Thruhiking Papers

Whether thruhiker, section hiker or day hiker, most of those who hike the Appalachian Trail try to practice the philosophy that we call “Hike your own hike”. And most of us think we know what it means. But do we really?

I think we all understand that the basis of “Hike your own hike” is freedom – the freedom to walk your own walk and to do your own thing. But like a lot of things in life (politics, religion, philosophy, human relations, etc.) the complications come in the application to real life. “Hike your own hike” applies to people and their divergent perceptions, opinions and ideas – and people are never simple.

So — what is “Hike your own hike”?

Spirit Eagle – The Thruhiking Papers.