KEEN Boots: Trekking Toward 1Million Steps…

You might remember active Air Force member Joe Witschy from a couple weeks back. He hiked Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, and backpacked for three days in our KEEN Durand boots.

Witschy was back at it again this week. As a part of our ‘1 Million Steps’ project with KEEN, Witschy set out to hike 50 miles in the Durand boots over a mid-week getaway.

He explored the Cahokia Mounds area in southern Illinois. This amazing preserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was long ago one of the greatest cities in the world, with thousands of native inhabitants in a thriving ancient metropolis.

Into deeper wilderness, Witschy hit trails in three parks in the hill country of Missouri to rack up mileage on the Durand boots — 49.35 miles in all, or a total of 104,227 steps.

Witschy exploring the trails (and tunnels!) of the region

With the addition of these steps we’re inching very close to our ‘1 Million Steps’ goal!

Stay tuned as we trek on through this month toward a final destination in a well-loved pair of Durand boots that will soon hold the title of “1 million steps,” bonafide and tested on trails all around the U.S.A.

Viewpoint on the trail, time to head back home…
Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.