Presenter Name: Andy Niekamp
Presentation Title: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio
Presentation Description: On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue‘s stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.
Presenter Biography: Andy Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 25 years. This IT professional, turned long-distance hiker has logged over 14,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast-to-coast including four end-to-end hikes of the Appalachian Trail. Andy is the founder and organizer of Dayton Hikers, the largest outdoor and most active recreation club in Dayton, Ohio and the Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service. He currently hikes more than a thousand miles a year and is an active volunteer for Five Rivers MetroParks, Buckeye Trail Association and Kentucky State Parks.