A.T. Movie "America's Wild Spaces"

The Appalachian Trail -- Photograph: Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will present the National Geographic film America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail in select cities as part of their 2012 membership drive. All proceeds from this limited engagement benefit the protection and management of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in honor of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the AT.

America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail explores the natural beauty and splendor of the trail. The film provides viewers the opportunity to discover the remote corners of the renowned five-million-step journey. The AT graces roughly 2,180 miles of trails from Maine to Georgia, making it one of the longest and continuously marked footpaths in the world.

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, America's Wild Spaces will be shown at the Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater in Hartford, CT (330 New Park Avenue) from 7-9 PM. This presentation is sponsored by Walkabout Outfitter and Salazon Chocolate Co.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear real-life stories from people who have hiked the AT, as well as those who volunteer to protect and maintain it.

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen," stated Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. "This event provides the public with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs."

Raffles and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. In addition, the winning submission from the ATC's "Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?" summer video contest will be revealed.

Guest Speakers

  • Bill O'Brien, 2,000-miler, former ATC board member and longtime Appalachian Long Distance Hiker's Association (ALDHA) member. O'Brien has hiked the A.T. twice, headed ALDHA for two years, organized the group's annual conference known as The Gathering six times and served for several years as editor of The A.T. Thru-Hiker's Companion. He is currently the editor of The Long Distance Hiker. O'Brien also serves as the secretary of the Appalachian Trail Museum Board of Directors and is a member of the board of the A.T. Hall of Fame. An avid backpacker, he has also hiked the John Muir Trail in California.
  • Dave Boone, trails committee chairman for the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, will also speak. Boone has been the chairman since 2003 and has also served as a weekend ridge-runner and volunteer coordinator for the committee. Boone is also a section maintainer on the Undermountain Trail near Bear Mountain.
  • Johan "Sailboat" van Niekerk, section hiker and motivational speaker is also scheduled to present. In 2012, Van Niekerk spent 70 days trekking 1,020 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Harpers Ferry, WV. Prior to his hike, Van Niekerk sailed around three-quarters of the world with his family. In 2013, Van Niekerk plans to hike the second portion of the A.T. with his father and 12-year-old brother.

The ATC hopes to gain 750 new members in honor of 75 years of the Trail's completion. The movie will be shown in 10 theaters across the country. Every dollar raised will help the ATC's efforts to preserve and manage the trail to ensure that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage will be appreciated for centuries to come.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.

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