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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 …

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 …
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An Evening with Paul and Asher Molyneaux

The Friends of the A.T. in Maine host Paul Molyneaux, author of “A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness” and his son Asher who turned 8 on the trail and became the youngest Mainer to thru-hike the A.T. Join us at the Camden Opera House, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30 pm …
Asher Molyneaux, 8, and his father, Paul Molyneaux, pose for a photo after completing their hike on the Appalachian Trail in October 2010.

True story of Maine boy hiking Appalachian Trail told in new book

A CHILD’S WALK IN THE WILDERNESS by Paul Molyneaux, February 2013, Stackpole Books, 224 pages, paperback, $19.95. A few hundred headstrong hikers complete the Appalachian Trail each year, and most end their journey at Millinocket to sign to a ceiling tile at the Appalachian Trail Cafe, as is tradition. It …

Students explore Appalachian Trail ‘online and on foot’

CATAWBA, Va. – April Lucas slings a nylon bag holding a sleeping bag over her shoulder, hoping it will balance satchels carrying leftover pizza, clothes and gear for a night in the woods. A dozen or so companions look more ready for the trek to a primitive campsite, with tents …

Appalachian Trail hikers have own language Yo-Yos, Flip-Flops aren’t toys and footwear

If you’ve hiked along Maine’s Appalachian Trail this summer, you probably have seen a “thru hiker” or two. These northward traveling hikers left Georgia in March and started arriving as soon as July. But, some leave later and arrive as late as October. They are easily recognizable at lean-tos and …

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, Maine — 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, …

Backers moving toward 3-continent Appalachian Trail

AUGUSTA, Maine — 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 …