"America's Wild Spaces" Comes to Cambridge, MA

The Appalachian Trail -- Photograph by 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 continuously marked footpaths in the world.

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail will be shown at The Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St.) in Cambridge, MA, from from 10:30 AM - 12:30 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

  • Mary Higley, ATC Board Member and field editor for the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion. Higley began hiking the A.T. in 2008 and hopes to complete a section hike within the next few years. She is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Appalachian Long Distance Hiker's Association and a life member of the ATC.
  • Russell "Branch" Gutterson, 2010 thru-hiker featured in A.T. Journeys Magazine, will also be speaking. Gutterson decided to hike the A.T. after his first semester of college, in hopes of sorting out his academic and life plans before continuing on in his education. He is now a political science major at Cornell University, where he leads trips with Cornell Outdoor Education.
  • Kathryn "Appleseed" Martin, 2010 thru-hiker
  • Javier Folgar, marketing and communications manager for the ATC. Folgar developed a strong passion for hiking after completing a missionary trip to Tohatchie, New Mexico. Since then, he has been hiking trails almost every weekend.

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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