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Journey of a Warrior

Avid hiker and Southern Wesleyan University Business Professor Jonathan Young is ready to “go the distance” to benefit business majors. Starting out in September, Prof. Young will hike for 40 days on the Appalachian Trail, spanning 500 miles of the trail in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Support Prof. Young's hike and the SWU School of Business

You can get involved by supporting Prof. Young's hike. All donations will support Southern Wesleyan’s School of Business to endow business scholarships and help provide state-of-the-art equipment and renovations for the school’s new location at Stuart-Bennett Hall.

Let's show our support to Prof. Young and the SWU School of Business! You could pledge support for $1 per mile of Young's hike, or any amount that you'd like to give to encourage Prof. Young on his journey and support these scholarships!

Donors can also designate their support to other areas of need if they would prefer.

Hear more about Jon's journey.

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Follow his journey

See Jon's GPS Locator Updates

9/24/2017 - 4:03 p.m.: Did laundry today at Big Meadows campground and had showers.

9/22/2017 - 3:54 p.m.: View of Shenandoah National Park on Friday. Completed 13 miles today. 

9/21/2017 - 8:30 a.m.: Daughter Laurie joining in on the hike with dad at Shenandoah National Park.

9/20/2017 - 1:18 p.m.: I'm at Manassas Gap and headed to the hostel and to store to resupply. Thankful for first week!

9/19/2017 - 2:05 p.m.: I'm at Dicks Dome shelter and headed to Front Royal tomorrow.

9/17/2017 -  5:20 p.m.: My hiking is complete for the day. Now for some nourishment and rest. I am thankful for you all keeping me in your prayers.

Journey of a Warrior9/16/2017 - 3:45 p.m.: Thankful to have made 13 mi. today. At Blackburn Ctr. bunkhouse.

9/15/2017 - 5:43 p.m.: Nice 1/2 Day exploring Harpers Ferry. Historic spot.

9/15/2017 - 2:30 p.m.: Made it to Harpers Ferry, W.V. and stopped off at the AT Headquarters.

9/14/17 - 7:40 p.m.: First day done - 15 mi. On to Harper's Ferry tomorrow for small mail drop.

9/14/17 - 5:20 p.m.: My hiking is complete for the day. Now for some nourishment and rest. I am thankful for you all keeping me in your prayers.

9/14/17 - 8:45 a.m.: Jon's headed to the AT trailhead at Turner's Gap in Boonsboro, Md. Bookmark this page for his posts and photos!

Jon Young's Journey (Blue Line)

Jon Young's path on the Appalachian Trail