Don (Maxie) Johnson - Lead Guide

Don grew up in LaGrange, Georgia just a few miles from Pine Mountain - famous as the beloved vacation destination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although he embraced the outdoors as a child, it was not until after college when he spent four months on the Appalachian Trail that his true love for the outdoors blossomed. Since that time, Don has trekked to Everest Base Camp, summited over half of the 50 state highpoints and hiked from Mexico to the Sierra Nevadas.

"Maxie" is a certified Wilderness First Responder, certified Food Handler and is EPI-Pen certified as well as Leave No Trace Awareness

He loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others and even invites you to join him for an early morning run before breakfast! In his free time, Don enjoys hanging out with his nieces and nephews, anything with two wheels and relaxing with a good book.

He has guided Fitpacking trips to:
  • Mt. Whitney, CA
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA
  • Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Trans Catalina Trail, CA
  • Great Smoky Mountains, NC/TN
  • Florida National Scenic Trail, FL
  • Arizona Trail, AZ