Currently alive, at 54 years of age.
Steve Goodrich is an American author, podcaster, and hiking enthusiast from Atlanta, GA that is known in hiking circles by the trail name “BirdShooter”. He blogs regularly from birdshootersbackcountryblog.com and hosts a popular hiking podcast at n2backpacking.com.
Goodrich was born in Zanesville, Ohio on December 26, 1967 the son of Richard and Mary Goodrich. In an interview on February 11, 2012, Goodrich credits his father, Richard, for introducing him to the wilderness at an early age. During the 1970’s, the two frequently explored the area parks – especially Dillon and Hocking Hills State Park – hiking and camping in the rolling hills of Southeast, Ohio.
Goodrich was an active Scout as an adolescent and earned both the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout and the Eagle Award as a Boy Scout. As a member of BSA Troop 126, Goodrich went on his first backpacking trip in 1983 – training for and eventually completing a 50 mile and two-week trek through the Philmont National Scout Ranch in Cimmarron, New Mexico. Only 15 at the time, Goodrich cites this backpacking experience as the one that changed his life. “It gave me a passion for the sport – one that has continued well in to adulthood”.
In 1994 as a northbound thru-hiker, Goodrich hiked over 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail – starting on April 10th and finishing on October 15th. During the hike, he took the trail name “BirdShooter” after reading that the first thru-hiker, Earl Shaffer, completed the Appalachian Trail in a pair of Sears & Roebuck “BirdShooter” hiking boots.
His latest publication, True Tales From The Appalachian Trail, details some of his best and worst experiences during his thru-hike. The book is a collection of short and often comedic stories from the hike and it is due for release as an electronic book in late 2016.
In 2006, Goodrich published his first book, Best Hikes With Dogs – Georgia & South Carolina, with wife Ashley. Distributed by Mountaineer Books, the guide provides hiking and backpacking tips to those who enjoying hiking with their dog. The book also offers 50 destinations with related topographical maps for exploring the land of Dixie.
His hiking and backpacking ventures are tracked at N2Backpacking, and Goodrich launched a podcast series of the same name in 2011. The podcast features a mix of novice and experienced hikers that discuss major mishaps and learning experiences from the trail. The show frequently hosts backpackers, book authors, and film producers that focus on adventure travel. It is a popular podcast on the iTunes Outdoor channel.
In 2015, Goodrich appeared in the movie adaptation of Bill Bryson’s Walk In The Woods – which chronicles Bryson’s misadventures on the Appalachian Trail. Filmed in Georgia (and mostly in metro-Atlanta), the production includes a number of ATC registered 2000 milers that are cast as A.T. thru-hikers in the movie.
Over the last few years, Goodrich has been focused on #50x50x50, where a hiker completes 50 hikes in 50 States before they turn 50 years old. He also remains active in Scouting, and currently leads Cub Pack 623 in Atlanta, GA