The Divergent Path with Rollie Peterkin

The Divergent Path with Rollie Peterkin


My name is Rollie Peterkin and this is The Divergent Path. I am here to share the stories of people who have chosen an alternative path in life and taken risks. I hope you’re as inspired by their stories as I am.

While the rest of us couch potatoes binged Netflix and drank beer during the quarantine, Mark Larson thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail during the corona pandemic. Being an experienced endurance athlete, Mark finished in 3.5 months (107 days), when most people take around 6 months to finish the grueling trail.

The Appalachian Trail has been a lifelong dream of mine and I was extremely curious about all of the preparation, logistics, equipment, lodging, wildlife encounters, and physical strain. So I grilled Mark like an FBI interrogator until he answered every one of my questions.

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My book – The Cage: Escaping the American Dream

Recent Episodes

  • Ep. 52 - Mark Larson on Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    5 days ago
  • Ep. 51 - Ellis Rosen: New Yorker Cartoonist

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  • Ep. 50 - Polyglot and Author Olly Richards on Language Learning

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  • Ep. 49 - Kim Macquarrie: The Incan Empire, Peruvian History, and the Amazon

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  • Ep. 48 - Haley Tepavac: Working on Cruise Ships

    3 weeks ago
  • Ep. 47 - Ted Alexander: Founding Sierra Andina Brewery, Mountain Climbing, and Living in Peru

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  • Ep. 46 - Sam Sheridan: On Fear, Writing, and the End of the World

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  • Ep. 45 - Lorenzo Valterza, PhD: Dante's Inferno, Mean Girls, and the Italian Language

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  • Ep. 44 - Dave Hinkle: Playing Pro Basketball Overseas

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  • Ep. 43 - Jennifer Tye: From Corporate America to Chef

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