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.



Yvette is a hiker, backpacker, and part of the search and rescue team in New Mexico. She is the treasurer of the APT.

Our Partners

Rare Creates


Cecelia provides the custom screen printing shirts and car decals for the APT store.

Happy Cat Print Design

Graphic Designer

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

Backcountry Foodie


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

Our Sponsors

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