The Team

Our Team

Rue McKenrick

Executive Director, ​Backpacker, Designer, Creator

Rue McKenrick is a professional backpacker, triple crowner, and originator of the APT. He is currently out on the first scout and official hike of the APT.

Leilah Grace

Vice President &
Hike Coordinator

Leilah Grace is a backpacker and vice president of the APT. She manages all social media, emails, fundraising, public relations, scheduling, and supplies for Rue.


Secretary & Connecticut Lead

Suzanne is a hiker and explorer, as well as the secretary of the APT. She has also taken on the role of lead for the state of Connecticut for the APT.

Our Partners

Happy Cat Print Design

Graphic Designer & Merchandise

Sean provides much of the merchandise featured in our store. He handcrafts items for the APT.

Backcountry Foodie


Aaron Owens Mayhew is thrilled to be a part of the APTC team by providing nutrition guidance as Rue completes the APT.

Rue’s Gear Sponsors

Rue has proudly used products provided by the following companies. Thank you for the support!

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