One great pleasure I have writing this column is getting to know some really incredible people.

One such person has been Scott Rogers of Washburn, Tennessee, who I first interviewed in late 2003 before his historic hike of the 2,170-mile Appalachian Trail. His feat grabbed international headlines, including several Associated Press articles, and mentions on Paul Harvey and CNN.

It took him until September 2005, but finally he finished as the first above-the-knee amputee to navigate the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Over the last three years we’ve become good friends, and call each other at least once a month.

Rogers became an amputee after a 1998 hunting accident. To hike, he uses a high-tech Otto Bock

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