Since 1994 Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp (pronounced knee-camp) has hiked over 7,400 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT), a continuous footpath that runs through fourteen states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. He has been awarded three "2,000 miler" certificates by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy which is conferred on hikers who have completed the entire AT. Andy first became interested in backpacking in Boy Scouts, took his first solo hike on the AT in 1989, and since then has hiked the trail in sections end-to-end over three times.
Andy is the founder and leader of the Dayton Hikers group which is Dayton's largest and most active hiking group. The Dayton Hikers group has over 500 members and offers a variety of day hike and backpacking trips. You can learn more about the group at DaytonHikers.Org.
Andy is an avid hiker and backpacker. In 2010 he logged over 1,000 miles of backpacking on 16 different trips in 15 states. In all Andy hiked over 1,600 miles last year. Most of his hiking is solo hiking.
Andy has always dreamed of doing a long hike on Ohio's Buckeye Trail, the longest circular trail in the nation. Andy is a life member of the Buckeye Trail Association.
Andy Niekamp's Appalachian Trail Press Coverage:
Taking On The Appalachian Trail
Kettering’s "Captain Blue" Treks Appalachian Trail For a Third Time
Just not many like 'Captain Blue'
Andy Niekamp’s Fountain of Youth