AT Hikers Fording Kennebec River on Foot Ignore Danger

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Dire warnings by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) are ignored by hikers fording the Appalachian Trail (AT) at the Kennebec River on foot. They're risking their lives, instead of using the free ferry service supplied by the ATC.

The Kennebec River crossing is near Maine's Concord Township, home of Registered Master Guide David Corrigan of Fletcher Mountain Outfitters.

Until September 30, 2015, David floats AT hikers across "the most formidable unbridged crossing along the entire AT" from 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM daily, by calling 207-672-4879.

The MATC says, "The Kennebec is approximately 70 yards wide with a swift, powerful current under the best of circumstances. However, as a result of releases of water from hydro facilities upstream, the depth and current of the river surge quickly and unpredictably. You cannot cross faster than the water level rises."

Ferrying is officially sanctioned by the ATC for crossing the Kennebec. Between October 13-31, service might be available but isn't guaranteed. The Kennebec River ferry is only for AT hikers, not the general public.

HYOH, but DBS (don't be stupid).

Thanks to David Corrigan, and the volunteers from MATC & ALDHA for their faithful service.

Click Here for Kennebec Ferry Info from the MATC

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