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Appalachian Trail – 9,500 Miles On A 2,200 Mile Trail.

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Free

You are invited to attend a program on the Appalachian Trail. The program is free and open to the public. Duration: 60 minutes.

Title: 9,500 Miles On A 2,200 Mile Trail. Lessons Learned From An Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker

Since 1994 Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp has hiked 9,500 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT), a continuous footpath that runs through fourteen states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. He has been awarded four “2,000 miler” certificates by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy which is conferred on hikers who have completed the entire AT and he is a Life Member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He is one of a dozen people worldwide who has reported completing the entire Appalachian Trail four or more times.

During this presentation you will take a photo journey from Georgia to Maine on the AT. You will also get valuable “Captain Blue” tips and advice about the AT on things like mail drops, shuttles, hitchhiking and hiker hostels.At night he sleeps in the shelters along the AT if they are not crowded or in a one-person tent that he carries. About once a week he hitchhikes into town to resupply his food, take a shower and wash his clothes. Andy says “the physical and mental demands of long distance hiking are a great way to recharge one’s internal batteries and get a fresh look on life.” Long distance hiking is the closest thing Andy has found to a “fountain of youth.”

His average hike on the trail is 10-15 miles per day but he has walked up to 27 miles in one day. In the last few years he has averaged 500-600 miles per section. He labels himself as a chronic section hiker of the AT. He finds each successive end-to-end hike gets easier and more enjoyable and his favorite areas of the trail are the southern Appalachians, New Hampshire and Maine. Most of Andy’s AT hiking is solo, but occasionally he has friends join him for short sections and he has met many interesting people along the way. During this presentation, you will take a photo journey from Georgia to Maine on the AT. You will also get valuable “Captain Blue” tips and advice about the AT on things like mail drops, shuttles, hitchhiking and hiker hostels. Andy says “the physical and mental demands of long distance hiking are a great way to recharge one’s internal batteries and get a fresh look on life.” Long distance hiking is the closest thing Andy has found to a “fountain of youth.”

More information: https://www.fspl.org/calendar/2018-03?tid=6&tid_1=All

Even More Information: http://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/programs.php#0313

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Date:
March 13
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Springboro Libriary
125 Park Ln
Springboro, OH 45066 United States
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