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.

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 Decmeber 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.

Bennett Lee holding his 2023 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker tag.

Dang! Sick at Halfway

I made it to Harpers Ferry, the unofficial halfway point of the Appalachian Trail. Got my 2023 AT thru-hiker tag, and unfortunately, also started getting sick the night before and had to double zero.

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Bennett Lee at the 1,000 mile mark on the Appalachian Trail.

Milestones on the Appalachian Trail

I crossed several milestones recently while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Here’s a quick summary. OK, actually it’s not quick. My posts are always longer than I intend, but they’re always so good! Enjoy my long summary of milestones.

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Quarter way mark of the Appalachian Trail north bound from Georgia to Maine.

Worst Conditions Yet

After a long period of beautiful conditions and wintery blue skies on the Appalachian Trail, weather report predicted 14 inches of snow two days from now. Yikes! I check my map. 44 miles to Marion. That’s a long way to hike in just two days.

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Q&A on the Appalachian Trail

Students from Lauderdale County High School have been following my progress while I hike the Appalachian Trail and asked me some great questions about my backpacking adventure. Here are my answers, recalling bear encounters, lost toenails, beautiful sunrises, and more.

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Pink rainbow unicorn hairbrush

I Need a Trail Name

On the Appalachian Trail, most thru-hikers have a “trail name”, a nickname usually with a memorable story. This nickname can be self-proclaimed, or it can be assigned by others because of some humorous event or action involving the hiker.

I am too far ahead of the other hikers to have them witness any boneheaded things that I do, so I need your help to pick a trail name for me. You get to decide!

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