Benny Braden Sunset

My name is Benny Braden and my trail name is Plug-it In. First and foremost I'm a follower of Christ. I'm a husband to my beautiful bride Ashley, a father to 5 (4 still at home) and I absolutely love to hike.

I've hiked and backpacked off and on most of my life. But in 2015 into 2016 I stepped it up by section hiking parts of the Cumberland Trail and section hiking the AT from Springer Mt, GA to Damascus, VA. Earlier this year I set the (FKT) fastest known time for hiking the GSMNP 900 Miler at 2 months and 19 day. That's 78 days total, but I was only on trail 51 days with a total mileage of 944 miles. Also this year I've thru hiked the 30.1 mile Art Loeb Trail, 13.3 mile Fiery Gizzard Trail and the 76.2 mile Foothills Trail. 

I'm currently preparing to attempt to beat my own FKT on the GSMNP 900 Miler later this fall. My goal is to do it in 1.5 months ( 45 days total).

Get out and enjoy what God has created. East Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places I know. It's not always about how fast you can go, but more about the experiences you can share with others and cherish for the rest of your days.


Plug-it In


Cumberland Trail (2015)
Frozen Head State Park (2015)
Section hiked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mt, GA to Damascus, VA (2016)
Set FKT of 78 days for Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2017)
Art Loeb Trail (2017)
Fiery Gizzard Trail (2017)
Foothills Trail (2017)

Attempting to break his own FKT in 45 days on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Fall 2017)


72% Organic Dark Chocolate w/ Sea Salt & Almonds


Facebook: Plug-it In on the Appalachian Trail 
Instagram: @plugitinontheat


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