Plan Your AT Hike at REI in Milford, CT

AT hiker Aaron "Gilligan" Becker from Indiana, close to finishing his 2015 SoBo thru-hike. ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Listen to me. Watch my lips. I am NOT trying to cause trouble for anyone -- especially me. For hard-core hikers, this news will be about as welcome as telling your mother-in-law that her dress does, indeed, make her butt look big. Sorry, but here goes.

A new REI store has opened in Milford, Connecticut, at 1587 Boston Post Road. No, Milford is not on the Appalachian Trail. Yes, we should support outfitters who are trying to earn our business ON the AT. I get it.

This particular store is offering a seminar on how to plan your hike on the Appalachian Trail. It's taught by "Steve." No, I have never heard of him either -- unless we've been introduced by his Trail name. No, he probably hasn't hiked the Trail uphill both ways with a 14-ounce pack. I get it.

If only I could capture the precise tone presented by Katherine Hepburn in "The African Queen" when she said, "Nevertheless!"

On Thursday, February 2nd, the REI in Milford will have a 90-minute presentation from 7 PM until 8:30 that they describe thusly:

This class is designed to give the prospective Appalachian Trail (AT) hiker and backpacker a solid foundation for planning a trip on the trail. We'll teach you the logistics behind a hiking or backpacking trip.

We'll focus on trip planning skills for: day hikes, section hikes, and thru hikers. Learn some basic resources and tips to get you started on your trip planning.

If you're afraid of being seen there, you can always say you got lost on your way to a Groundhog Day celebration. As of January 5, 2017, about half the 40 openings have been filled.

The price is right: Free!

Tell a friend, bring a friend or be a friend to Steve and enjoy learning how to plan your AT hike.

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RegularDave on Jan 5, 2017
What a cool post. Just got off the phone with the AMC in NH. Trying to figure my way to and THROUGH the White.

Happy Trails.