Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail Board Game

Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail Board Game

Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail Board Game

Mark Hanf's company "Outdoor Edutainment" advertises Mark's latest adventure as "Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail Game is a fun new board game that teaches you how to prepare for your own hiking adventure."

They design games that inspire people to step outside and have their own adventure. Many of us who enjoy the friendly challenge of playing board games are thinking, "Hey! Why didn't I think of that?"

Mark's project began when a friend asked him if he ever thought about creating such a game. Mark is a teacher, an educational game designer and a hiker, so it seemed like a great idea.

When Mark was hiking the Appalachian Trail from Max Patch to Hot Springs a while later, he was inspired by a "shelter that had been completely trashed!"

After my initial reaction of frustration, I cleaned up the site and packed the trash out. As I was hiking I realized that I took for granted the low impact camping skills that I was taught in scouts.

I opened my trail map and the idea flooded in all at once! What if I created an educational game that taught best practices while hiking and fostered an appreciation of the Great Outdoors?

And what if it was so FUN that kids wanted to play with their families and friends!?! This is exactly what we have done.

Mark got a small grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to do the design of the game. In the next two years, he and a team from the ATC produced the prototype for Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail Game.

According to Mark, kids LOVE this game!

Their Kickstarter campaign will allow them to make enough of the games to share them with classrooms, scout troops, youth groups, hikers and families everywhere.

Manyof us will never hike all of the Appalachian Trail. Perhaps Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail Game, will provide enough tick-free, easy-on-the-feet enjoyment to make up for not thru-hiking ourselves.

Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, and Entertainment

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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