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Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail

Event organizer: Nancy Jacobson
Event Date & Time: December 7, 2017 6:00 pm until December 7, 2017 7:30 pm
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Few know the full story behind the creation of Appalachian Trail. The proposal to create it could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people―and two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries, had a falling out.

Jeffrey Ryan’s book and presentation, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail weaves history and biography to bring the story of the unlikely creation of the AT to life.

Join us as Jeff shares the story of the creation of the AT and how many of the challenges faced in the 20s and 30s still resonate today. Published by AMC Books, Blazing Ahead (and Jeff’s first book, Appalachian Odyssey), is available on Jeff’s website: and will also be available at the presentation.