Intriguing Individuals: Maxine Presto talks life as a solo trail hiker

In this episode, Garrick Hoffman interviews a former urbanite who is conquering America's trails as a hiker.

by | August 7, 2022

Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor has partnered with digital storyteller Garrick Hoffman to syndicate his Intriguing Individuals Podcast.

The Intriguing Individuals Podcast seeks to illuminate fascinating stories of intriguing people that may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed, whether it’s a military veteran-turned-bodybuilding competitor; a “Triple Crown” hiker of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails; or a breast cancer survivor set to become a mom and business owner.

These stories are not only intriguing, but they inspire. By extracting out the stories of the many diverse guests on the podcast, we as listeners can learn more about the myriad walks of life that surround us — and maybe find hope.

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Maxine Presto

On this episode, Garrick introduces Maxine “Short Stix” Presto, a solo thru-hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and is currently on her way to completing the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, spanning from Mexico to Canada.

Presto talks trail life, her experiences and what she anticipated for the Continental Divide Trail. She also discusses the realities of being a solo female vegan thru-hiker and what led her to go from an urbanite working in Manhattan and growing up in New Jersey to becoming an outdoors enthusiast.

In addition to listening to the episode below, the episode can viewed on YouTube and be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and iHeart Radio.

Garrick Hoffman

Garrick Hoffman

A Maine native, Garrick Hoffman has been doing photography professionally since 2017, beginning his career in photojournalism for a variety of southern Maine weeklies. He has since branched out in landscapes, portraits, professional headshots, products, events, and behind-the-scenes photography. In 2021 he won his first award for photography: Third Place in the 2021 Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest for his photo, “Ice Fisherman by Shawnee Peak.” A year later, he won First Place in the Outdoors Close to Home category of the same photo contest for his photo, "Coastal Mood." In addition to photography, Garrick is also a writer, graphic artist, and podcast host who enjoys playing drums for his church, long bike rides and hikes, and experiencing the wealth of natural beauty of Maine and beyond.