In 2006, Kathryn Herndon-Powell followed through with a plan her best friend had schemed up in the eighth grade and hiked the A.T. from Georgia to Maine. They joked that they were just trying to put off using their brand-new college degrees as long as possible, but once Kathryn fell in love with the Trail there was no going back. She worked as a seasonal Backcountry Caretaker in Vermont and thru-hiked the PCT before landing her first job with ATC in 2011, as an Assistant Crew Leader for the legendary Konnarock Volunteer Trail Crew. Three seasons of trail building was a transformative journey of its own, and Kathryn is still just as happy to spend a Saturday digging sidehill as hiking on it. She now works as the Education & Outreach Coordinator in ATC's Virginia Regional Office, where teaching Leave No Trace and How To Hike the A.T. courses are one of her favorite duties. When she's not volunteering to maintain her A.T. section or off on a new adventure, you might find Kathryn working in the garden, tubing through town on the Roanoke River, or taking entirely too many pictures of her tabby cats.