Keegan’s life-long love for trails began in his youth hiking Mt. Abraham here in his home state of Vermont. After getting hooked on trail work on the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee, his first project on the Long Trail was during his senior year at UVM leading an Orientation TREK trip to construct a privy. After getting his B.S. in Wildlife Biology he spent a few years roaming the west before returning to Vermont to work for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) in 2005. There, as Director of Operations, he worked with a broad partner network around the state (including the GMC) to identify, plan, and implement trail construction and maintenance projects with VYCC Crews. In addition to his VYCC career, he has spent time working as a lead carpenter for a building company, a cabinet maker, and a ski-bum.
In his role as Director of Field Programs Keegan works closely with all GMC staff and sections to ensure the maintenance, improvement, and construction of trail within the Long Trail system including the AT from Maine Junction to the New Hampshire border and the NEK trails.
Keegan, his partner, and their two children live on an 1840s farmstead in Starksboro, an equidistant commute to Camels Hump and Mt. Abraham trailheads. When not at work on the trail you will find him investigating the wonders of the natural world with his daughters, working on (or in) his 1840 timber frame barn, or in the garden.