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Presenter David Rough

David Rough


Presenter Name: David Rough

Presentation Title: Hike It Forward on the Appalachian Trail

Presentation Description: From the solitude to the adventure in adversity to the thrill of the vista, this workshop relates one man’s experience of five million steps -Georgia to Maine. The presentation will include a quick virtual tour of the 14 states, some AT facts and hiker insights, and some lessons that Dave (Rowdy) learned along the way.

Presenter Biography: Dave Rough was raised in West Virginia and grew up hiking mountain trails. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2014. Dave was born in Franklin, PA in 1950, moved to Morgantown , WV when he was 4 years old. He developed a love for hiking and the woods as he traversed the paths of the state parks. Over the years he has logged in hundreds of miles in the West Virginia hills of Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls, and Pipestem State Parks.

Dr. Rough graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College; had the opportunity to earn masters’ degrees from both Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (1972 – Hermeneutics) and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana (1998 – School Administration). In 2008, he earned his doctorate  from Indiana Wesleyan  University in Organizational Leadership.

Rowdy has a wonderful family. He has been married to Cathy for 43 years (they celebrated #42 while he is on the trail). Together they have four incredible children: Ben and his wife Vanessa; Matthew; Bethany and her husband Justin and Dan and his wife Sara Cathy and Dave have 11 fantastic grandchildren.

The Book: Hike It Forward: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is an ebook about David Rough’s journey through 14 states and over 2,185 miles on the AT It is on sale through It is a free read if you belong to Amazon Prime.

The pages of Hike It Forward: Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Strong, Safe, and in the Spirit retell the experiences and adventures during a thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. The 2,186 mile hike encompassed fourteen states and involved over a hundred and fifty days of foot travel over the hills and mountains of the eastern part of the United States. From Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine, this book records the author’s daily adventures and insights. The views from the top of fire towers in Tennessee, the peaceful ponds of the Maine wilderness, the extraordinary personalities of fellow hikers, and the wildlife of the trail combine to weave a story of victory and faith.

The Blog: David maintains a blog of reflections regarding the Appalachian Trail. Current news, highlights of historical events, and personal insights into his 2014 thru-hike, Dave Rough’s blog is a good source of information and encouragement for a potential thru-hiker. Check it out at