Appalachian Trail News Headlines (8-14-14)

Published Aug 16, 2014

The Portal to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Troutville, VA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Portal to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Troutville, VA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Before ... too many interesting stories about the AT weren't significant enough to be singled out and written up. Sorry. Now ... when we roll several little stories into our Appalachian Trail News Headlines ... everyone is better off. We hope you will enjoy them all, but read the ones you'd like and pass them along to others, please.

Appalachian Trail News Headlines

Our favorite blog post this week goes to Jen "IronJen" Magnuson. She's a photographer and triathlon (I can't even spell it) addict. Jen and her hubby Muskrat are planning a thru-hike of the AT in 2015. She offers tips on preparing relationships for the long-haul on the Trail. We hope she writes again to see how they worked for her and Muskrat.

Click Here for Preparing Your Relationship for a Thru-Hike

What? There's a "Nuclear Lake" in Pawling, New York? And the AT goes right past it? Really?

Click Here for the Nuclear Lake Story

Meet Simon Rucker, the new executive director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust. According to their website, "Simon Rucker grew up hiking in the mountains of Maine and after living in New York City for ten years, he decided he wanted to settle in a place with clean air, tall trees and over 281 miles of Appalachian Trail to hike on with his wife and two children." We wish our new ally well. His work will benefit us all.

Click Here to Meet Simon Rucker of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust

Our friends with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference have another significant accomplishment under their work belts: the relocation of the AT on West Mountain in Harriman, NY. "The Appalachian Trail on the southwest side of West Mountain is steep, heavily eroded, and has loose stones that make it dangerous for hikers with heavy packs and park rangers when on rescue missions on West Mountain. At the request of the rangers, the Long Distance Trail Crew worked with the park and Appalachian Trail Conservancy personnel to lay out and receive approval for a new half-mile route above Beechy Bottom Road. Construction on the new trail began last fall, and is hoped to be completed late this fall."

Click Here for News of the NY-NJ TC's Relocation Progress

What do you think it would be like to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine -- 2,185 miles of joy and pain -- and to have your final steps preserved on video? Wonder no more.

Click Here to Watch LoJack Summit Mt. Katahdin

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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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