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Fun and work on the Appalachian Trail

MONSON, Maine – National Trails Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2, with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, for a day of trail work and a weekend of fun. Volunteers are asked to bring appropriate clothing, snacks and beverages. Free tent camping is available in Monson. A community potluck …

Family hikes Appalachian Trail

MILLINOCKET – The Witchers are finished walking. Homer and Therese Witcher and their children, 11-year-old Taylor and 8-year-old Bennett, reached the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, high atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. In reaching the 5,287-foot summit of Katahdin, the Daleville, Va., family accomplished their goal of hiking the entire …

Appalachian Trail in Maine focus of talk

CAMDEN — Dr. David Field of the Appalachian Trail Club will give a presentation, “Through Time and Nature Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail,” at noon Tuesday, March 15, at Merryspring Nature Center. This pictorial journey will start in the southern corridors of the Appalachian Trail in Maine and move northward. Field …

Hiker breaks nose on Appalachian Trail

MONSON – An unidentified hiker fell and suffered a broken nose while hiking the Appalachian Trail on Friday morning, a dispatcher at the Piscataquis County dispatch center said. The hiker was on the trail about three miles off Route 15 when the accident occurred about 10:25 a.m. He happened to …
Elias Hershbine of Exeter kisses Cindy Koscielny of Dexter on Webster Cliff in New Hampshire in September 24, 2011, the day Hershbine proposed to Koscielny.

Mainers find love on the Appalachian Trail

Phantom and Blush settled down for their daily picnic beside the white-blazed Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. Without a care, they kicked off their boots and spread out a meal in the middle of the forest. In the racket of chipmunk and squirrels, a loud rustle in the underbrush caused …

Appalachian Trail to be rerouted on Quimby land

Ever since natural cosmetics millionaire Roxanne Quimby started buying up land in rural Maine, local people have wondered about her intentions for the forestland’s future. Now, at least one answer has been provided: Quimby has agreed to reroute a portion of the International Appalachian Trail through her properties in T5 …

Appalachian Trail group names board

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – Fifteen people have been elected to the board of managers for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the group that helps maintain the 2,174 miles of trail from Maine to Georgia. The organization changed its name from the Appalachian Trail Conference on July 4 to better reflect its …
FILE--In this Nov. 2009, file photo, a three-sided lean-to is seen on the International Appalachian Trail at the Wassataquoik campsite just east of Baxter State Park in Township 4, Range 8, Maine. (AP Photo/Walter Anderson/file)

Maine to Morocco: Appalachian Trail to leap abroad?

First there was the Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,175 miles along the mountainous spine of the eastern United States. Then came the International Appalachian Trail, …

Appalachian Trail tests Orono hiker

AppalachianMore than a few of multitudes of you out there (29 or 30 now) have hinted to me in not-so-subtle tones that I’ve devoted way too much time to paddle sports. I think the gist of the comments can be boiled down to “Who gives a Rat’s Petootie about sea …

Appalachian Trail hiker travels barefoot

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. – More than 500 people hike the entire Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia, each year. Ron Zaleski has been trying to accomplish the feat barefoot. His goal is to bring attention to the need for combat veterans to receive counseling. “In the beginning I …

Appalachian Trail land preserved in Georgia

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A large tract of land near the Southern end of the Appalachian Trail has been saved from development, thanks to an Atlanta family that agreed to sell 356 acres to conservationists instead of developers. “This is one of the most important vistas on the trail,” said Jerry …

Appalachian Trail group changes name

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – The group devoted to maintaining the 2,174 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine has chosen a new name to better reflect its mission. On July 4, 2005, the Appalachian Trail Conference will become the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. In a letter posted on the …

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame established

GARDNERS, Pa. — A hall of fame is being established by the Appalachian Trail Museum Society to recognize those who have made a significant contribution toward establishing and maintaining the 2,181 mile footpath that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.
Hiker Steve Clendenning pauses on Mount Katahdin to enjoy the view during his 2,185-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Walking off their wars: Combat veterans through-hike the Appalachian Trail

MILLINOCKET | Kevin Reed once thought of himself as shy. His fear of rejection, he says, sat him back on his heels. He made you come to him, and when you did, he’d make sure you knew whenever he felt slighted. About anything. His relationships were messy — divorce, …

An Adventurous and Inspiring Evening Along the Appalachian Trail

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: The Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Fort Andross, Brunswick, Maine For more information: Alicia J. Nichols; matc.org BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s (MATC) newly created group, The Friends of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, will host an …

Backers moving toward 3-continent Appalachian Trail

AUGUSTA | Organizers of an extension of the Appalachian Trail that spans two and will eventually link three continents are making progress stitching together the pieces of long pathway. At least symbolically, they’ve united North America and Europe through the International Appalachian Trail. Representatives of the countries that are …

Officials still investigating death of firefighter on Appalachian Trail

CARRYING PLACE TOWNSHIP | Medical examiners are investigating what caused the Aug. 12 death of a New York firefighter on the Appalachian Trail, and the investigation could take months. The body of Michael Guerette, 51, of Cherry Grove, N.Y., was found by other hikers in an area between Long …
Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Alan "Lemur" Downs displays the commemorative wooden spoon he got for completing the Half-Gallon Challenge at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pa., on June 2, 2011. For decades, Appalachian Trail thru-hikers arriving at the midway point of the Georgia-to-Maine footpath have made it a tradition to stop at the park in south-central Pennsylvania and eat an entire brick of ice cream.

Halfway up the Appalachian Trail, the challenge is ice cream

GARDNERS, Pa. — All sinew and muscle, Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Alan Downs figured it would be a breeze to down a half-gallon of Hershey’s chocolate ice cream. He plunked his money at the Pine Grove Furnace Store, took his carton to a nearby lake and tucked in. “If I can make it …
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An unidentified thru-hiker, Martin "Giggle" Lieb (from left), "Mike D," Brian "Calculator" Snyder share a laugh over a warming fire at Hurd Brook lean-to on the Appalachian Trail, three miles south of Abol Bridge. After one more overnight, they'll fiinish their six-month thru-hike by hiking Katahdin.

Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hikers’ finish trek

As a former thru-hiker, it’s like this every year. Summer is just not complete until I spend an overnight with “my people” on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. So, this past week I hiked into Hurd Brook lean-to to reconnect with any thru-hiker I happened to meet on the trail …

Machias woman completes thru-hike of Appalachian Trail

When some of us feel overwhelmed or like we need a bit of a change, we might go for a walk, paddle a kayak in a calm lake or sit down and read a good book. But 23-year-old Christi Holmes of Machias took it a bit further. …