I met Boots through the magic of social media, where we had previously been connected only virtually, due to mutual love for all things outdoors. In yet another instance of how the long-distance hiking community supports each other, when I put out a call for help to get from Birmingham to the southern terminus of the Pinhoti Trail which is in the middle of nowhere, Boots was on it with an offer to help! 

Name / Trail Name: Roy Scholl, aka ‘Boots’

What’s your primary activity on public lands? Hiking on and off trail (where allowed). 

What do you do when you’re not hiking? I work in the Legal Department of a bank & I volunteer as a Certified Search and Rescue K9 Flanker for Red Mountain Search Dog Association.

Why is the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail special to you? It’s my home trail. I grew up in Alabama, about an hour drive to most of the trailheads on the Pinhoti.

How did you first learn about the Pinhoti? Scouts I think… I was a kid.

Any other favorite spots you recommend? Horn mountain. There is an old CCC picnic area around the fire tower that is cool and everyone loves McDill Point, but there are several areas just north of there with the best sunset views in Alabama.