Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phil Phelan loves to hike, but it wasn’t until five years ago that he started doing it professionally.

His decision to go that route came at a time in his life things weren’t going so well. He was in the construction business and then went into sales, but the recession hurt business.

“Life was tough,” Phelan said. I actually became an alcoholic. “But then one day I said to myself that I deserve better and I changed my life. My family helped get my business started. It’s been a process but things are going well.”

Phelan’s business is Linville Gorge Adventures. Based in Western North Carolina, his company makes hiking guides, which provide trail data and expert knowledge.

“There is greatness within all of us and I have a chance to do what I love,” Phelan said. “It beats being in a cubicle all day.”

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