Blind AT Hiker Made CEO For His Efforts


The Appalachian Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Blind Appalachian Trail hiker Mike Hanson was offered a CEO position at a start-up that provides real-time navigation to the visually impaired, according to the Star Tribune.

Hanson spent two years developing a custom, hand-held GPS unit that spoke real-time voice instructions through his cell phone to guide him along the trail. Carrying a walking stick in each hand, the 45-year old St. Louis native walked along the AT for seven months last year, covering 1,700 miles of the 2,174-mile trail.

Hanson ended his trip when he got the phone call from Harlan Jacobs offering him the CEO position. “He obviously understands the market for assisted devices for the blind,” Jacobs told the Star Tribune.

Read our blog post about Hanson and his AT hike from March 2010.

–Nick Davidson