Backpacker Radio #230
Bennett Lee near the top of Amicalola Falls.
Matt Taylor in front of one of the largest formations in Woot Cavern.
Oscar Berrones watches while Pam Campbell ascends Devil's Sinkhole.
Backpacker Radio #230

I'm on Backpacker Radio! Checkout my interview talking about my death-defying caving adventures and the Calendar Year "Half" Triple Crown.


I am attempting to hike the Calendar Year Triple Crown, which means I am hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail all within January to December of the same year.

I have real-time mapping tracking my progress, as well as (ir)regular blog posts about my adventures. Live vicariously through me or let my journey inspire you to act upon your dreams.

Woot Cavern

Huge cave found north of Hondo, Texas. Never before explored. Massive formations.

Cave discovery went viral with thousands of shares, countless views, front page headline news, and featured on Texas Public Radio.

Devil's Sinkhole

Join three intrepid cavers as we try to discover why two million bats mysteriously disappeared from Devil's Sinkhole.

Don't miss the descent video and the amazing photographs of this 130-foot pit through the ceiling of a football-field-sized cavern.

Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns

For the first time in over 50 years, new passages were discovered at Natural Bridge Caverns. Pristine passages with huge formations and amazing colors. A must see!

Ascending Multi-System

Follow my step-by-step guide to convert your existing vertical system into another. You can even to do it at the base of a climb just before you ascend.

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Follow my progress in real time as I hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT). I am attempting the Calendar Year Triple Crown where I hike all three trails from January to December in the same year.

You can even message me directly from the map, and I will receive it on the trail!

Lee White made a historic climb of Dome Pit in Natural Bridge Caverns and discovered the first new passage in Natural Bridge in over 50 years. We documented that climb with drones flying in the cave as he climbed, in-cave video interviews, and great photos of that expedition and of the amazing passage and colorful formations found beyond.

My customized vertical system that allows easy switching among Frog, Rope Walker, Mitchell, and Texas systems, complete with diagrams and detailed assembly and sizing instructions.

Geary Schindel wanted the Bexar Grotto‘s HydroGeo committee to secretly give him $5,000. When we refused, he falsely accused us of misappropriation of funds, fraud, and laundering money. He then used those false accusations to threaten us with attorneys.

I refused to be intimidated. Instead, I compiled the facts and exposed Geary Schindel’s treachery and lies.

Backpacker Radio episode #230

Backpacker Radio Interview

After my Calendar Year “Half” Triple Crown hike of the Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail, I got interviewed by Backpacker Radio episode #230!
We talked a lot about my death-defying caving adventures and even a little bit about backpacking—it is a backpacking podcast after all. 😉

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Bennett standing next to partial remains of a rock collapse in a cave.

Faces of Death

Little did I know that on this trip I would face death several times: rotting carcass, angry rattlesnake in my face, and a cave collapse. Buy worst of all was the mud balls caked in my belly hair. Do you have any idea how painful it is to rip out clumps of belly hair embedded in mud balls? Enough to make grown men cry…which I certainly did.

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Grand Geyser erupting.

Yellowstone: Old Faithful Sucks

Yellowstone has been on my bucket list since I was a child. I always wanted to see Old Faithful. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s better not to meet your childhood heroes that can’t live up to the hype you’ve created in your mind.

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Death Canyon Shelf sign.

The Teton High Route

The Tetons are an unofficial alternate route for the CDT. They’ve been on my bucket list for years, and I’m so close to them. I had to do them.

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Sunlight highlighting Squaretop Mountain.

Wind River Range

The beautiful mountains of the Wind River Range were a welcome sight after Wyoming’s Red Desert. The Winds have two highly-praised CDT alternates that you can take instead of the main route: Cirque of the Towers and Knapsack Col.

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Trekking poles with cork chewed off one by a porcupine.

Porcupine World War

I woke up at 2 A.M. and heard a gnawing noise. Still groggy, I listened a bit more. Yep. Gnawing noise coming from the rock next to me. I grab my headlamp, turn it on, and there’s a porcupine butt in my face.

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