John Beaudet has completed the Appalachian Trail four times and has done many other long distance hikes. He is best known for creating the hand-carved walking sticks that are presented each year to each of the inductees to the Appalachian Trail Museum’s Hall of Fame.
Bodacious was a nickname given to John by his older siblings when he was growing up in East Texas. It later became the perfect “trail name” (it is a tradition that each thru hiker chooses an alias to be known by among the AT community).
John is a member of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club’s AT Trail Maintenance Team. The club manages maintenance of 130 miles of the AT from Spivey Gap to Damascus.