Episode #25 – Janet Hensley (Miss Janet)


You get very few opportunities in life to spend time in the company of a living legend, so it was gratifying to learn that Janet Hensley, or Miss Janet, was the real deal. I was lucky enough to have a wide-ranging conversation recently with Miss Janet about all things Appalachian Trail. She proved to be incisive, engaging, and generous with her time and opinions. She is truly the hiker’s best friend, putting herself out to help anybody who requests her assistance.




When we touched upon some of the occasional bad behavior on the trail, she even jumped to a possible defense of the perpetrators. It is an indication of the regard in which she is held on the trail that she was confident in insisting that I took her personal phone number to make sure that anybody on the trail who needs help can call her. So, with some trepidation, her number is 423-483-0620. She can also be emailed at TheMissJanet@gmail.com and will be happy if you look her up on Facebook, though apologized because Facebook will not allow her to exceed her current total of 5,000 friends!


Jessa is so ready to go that she has taken a week or so off to go on vacation to Europe! Her latest update shows the value of organization. We’ll soon be hearing from her as she gets those first miles under her belt.


John O’Shea and I just chatted in our Fear & Loathing segment, and I’m really looking forward to spending a week in July with John and his Fat Guys Back in the Woods. If you’d like to join us, email John at john.skeezix@gmail.com.


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2 Comments on “Episode #25 – Janet Hensley (Miss Janet)

  1. This broadcast by far is one of the most interesting I’ve heard. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Laughing Heart Hostel in 2016. Listening to the broadcast brought back the special memories and an essence of what the trail brings in meeting other hikers. It is about the people with some great backdrops.
    I plan to continue my Thru hike this year (2017) my third attempt to finish after two previous injuries in 2014 and again in 2016.
    Thank you for your inspiration

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