Unable To Hike, Woman Carried 79 Miles On Appalachian Trail

Carden Wyckoff is unable to hike. But thanks to her brother and friends, she completed a 79-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail this fall.

When Carden was nine-years-old, she learned she had a form of muscular dystrophy known as FSH (facioscapulohumeral). The disease causes weakening of the skeletal muscles. By 14, Carden was no longer able to run. Now 23, she has grudgingly accepted the aid of a scooter in her daily mobility.

Wyckoff’s brother Spencer and volunteers carried her 79 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Bly Gap along the North Carolina state line.

“This 79-mile Georgia Appalachian Trail piggyback hike is a tribute to those who are on that battlefield, fighting each day for their physical and mental well-being,” she said.

This isn’t the siblings’ first crazy outdoor pursuit in the name of FSH awareness. The duo completed a Reebok Spartan Race together. Remarkably, Spencer carried Carden on his back while climbing over and under notoriously tough physical obstacles.

What’s next for the sibling duo? Carden is leading a nationwide campaign for better sidewalks and #equalaccess to public places. You can bet that her brother Spencer will be right there with her every step of the way.



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