Cameron Pendleton

When I was 10, I spent my summers at camp in Bemidji, MN where I hiked, canoed, pretended to like archery, and learned to play the guitar. And while I’m not knocking the “outdoorsiness” of camp (I still think about my time there very often), it seems like city living compared to Cameron Pendleton’s adventures. The kid started the AT with his dad when he was 10, turned 11 three weeks into the ordeal, and six months later, made it to the top of Katahdin. Boys’ Life interviewed Cameron, now 12, about his experience on the trail, the challenges he faced, and of course, the origins of his trail name. (Hint: It’s “Chili.”)  You can listen to the audio right here.

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