Jennifer Hanson was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1959 while her father was stationed there with the US Army. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1981 and became an avid back-packer and outdoorswoman.
In addition to thru-hiking the 2,414 mile Continental Divide Trail, Jennifer has completed the northern third of the Appalachian Trail, most of Vermont’s Long Trail, back-packed in the Canadian Rockies and has climbed to the highest point in a dozen states across the country. She has been employed as an Appalachian Trail Ridge Runner and has served as a Local Hike Reporter for www.LocalHikes.com.
Apart from hiking, Jennifer enjoys snow-shoeing and alpine skiing, and delights in teaching these skills to others, especially kids. She is the owner of Hanson Financial Services, a computer consulting company and lives in upstate New York with her partner, Denise Watso, and their two children.