Appalachian Trail Movie in Washington, DC

Published Nov 13, 2012

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 and continuously marked footpaths in the world.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy will show America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail at the Avalon Theatre, located at 5612 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:00 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. Guest speakers include:

  • Captain Sean Gobin and Captain Mark Silvers, co-founders of Warrior Hike, 2012 thru-hikers and US Veterans. During the summer of 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, the two men attended numerous memorial services and made several hospital visits to see wounded soldiers. Struck by the number of service members going home with debilitating injuries, they wondered what they could do to help. In 2012, Gobin and Silvers decided to hike the entire AT, hosting 38 separate fundraisers along the way, in order to increase awareness and raise donations for wounded veterans.
  • Sandi Marra, ATC Board Member, who was thanked by President Bill Clinton for her service as an ATC volunteer. Marra has dedicated countless hours volunteering along the Trail for the past 25 years. She has served in a variety of positions, including three terms with the former Appalachian Trail Conference Board of Managers, where she played an active role in ATC's reorganization process, and two terms as president of Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). She is a member of the Benton MacKaye Society and the Appalachian Trail Legacy Society, a life-member of the ATC and an honorary-life-member of PATC.
  • Laurie Potteiger, information services manager for the ATC and thru-hiker featured in the National Geographic film, will also speak. Potteiger thru-hiked the AT in 1987, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Eager to broaden her understanding of the AT and contribute to its protection, she joined the ATC staff the following year. Since 1996, she has overseen the ATC visitor and information center. Continually seeking to experience the Trail from different perspectives, she has used her vacation time at the ATC to volunteer on the Konnarock, Rocky Top, and Mid-Atlantic trail crews and has re-hiked more than 1600 miles of the AT. In addition, with the help of her husband, a 1983 thru-hiker, she maintains a section of the AT and a section of the AT boundary.

"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."

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.

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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