Re: Appalachian trail
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Mon, 17 Apr 1995 14:11:42 -0400
To add to what the other Scouters on the net have already given you, the
Appalachian Trail is world famous among people who truly enjoy
backcountry travel. The last time I hiked on the Appalachian Trail I met
a man from Germany who had come to America specificly to hike the
Appalachian Trail. Germany evidently has great hiking but nothing that
can offer the experience of being able to hike for several months without
coming to the end of the trail. I have also met hikers from South Africa
and other exotic places who have come to hike The Trail.
The Appalachian Trail stays mostly to the ridge tops, but because of more
recent attempts by the Appalachian Trail Conference to permanently
acquire the land on either side of the trail there are areas where in
order to be able to secure the land, the trail has been routed off it's
original high ground. It used to be easy to find the AT even without a
map, you simple looked for the longest continuous mountain ridge in the
area and there it would be.
There are several Scout troops that have hiked the entire length of the
AT and now one troop is being given credit as having been the first
individuals to have hiked the entire length of the trail, tho there is
some controversy as to the exact date that the trail was established, so
there are still some who credit that feat to another individual.
If you contact the Appalachian Trail Conference, be sure to tell them you
want the information you are requesting for a Scout group. They have
special educational materials and certificates available to Scouts.
There are also many Scout troops who have taken on the responsibility for
maintaining sections of the AT and many a service project has been
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City