Joseph is up to the Challenge. Are you?
Full name: Joe Iole
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
How long you've been hiking: As long as I can remember.
Earliest memory of hiking or most memorable hiking experience: I grew up in Erie. My parents would often take my brother and I for hikes on Presque Isle (yes, even in the snow).
Why you decided to take the 100-Mile Trail Challenge: I moved to the mid-state about two years ago from Philly and need to make up for some lost time on PA's trails.
Some trails you plan to hike to meet this goal: Right now I'm focused on the AT (Appalachian Trail), but I'm also trying to visit all of the state parks.
Your #1 favorite hiking trail in Pennsylvania, and why it's your favorite: The Susquehannock Trail System -- that was my first excursion longer than 2-3 days and it passed through some of the most beautiful wilderness in PA.
Your favorite thing about hiking: The sounds and smells of the woods.
Who's sponsoring you so far (friends, family, co-workers, hiking club, etc.): My family and friends.
How you heard about KTA or first got involved with KTA: My aunt and uncle talked me into signing up for the KTA Trail Challenge (then the Susquehanna Super Hike) around 2010.
Advice to new hikers: For day-hikes at more popular trail heads, make sure you're there early enough to get a parking spot!
The one thing you’ll never hit the trail without: More water than I plan on needing.
Favorite nature/hiking quote (your own or someone else’s): Less of a quote and more of a maxim, but -- "carry in, carry out." (As a former park ranger, I can't stress that enough.)
Anything else you’d like to share: My pup Beatrice is a better hiker than I am :)
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