Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Sam Ducharme
Wednesday September 13, 2017
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern day adventure. Sam Ducharme set out on a 2180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. During his six month journey he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture, and humanity at its finest. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people.
See his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons.
You will also hear how Sam returned to the trail the following year, connecting with aspiring “Thru Hikers”, (Thru-hiking is hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end within one hiking season.) paying it forward, and his return to the summit of Katahdin one year later.
Sam Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. He has two adult sons, both serving in the United States Air Force. As an avid outdoorsman, and finding himself with an empty-nest, Sam decided to buy a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. From there, he started walking north. With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail. Gear, trail nutrition, enduring the elements, and the logistics involved in a long distance backpacking trip were hard lessons. After 20 years working within Connecticut’s prisons, the search for a positive recharge resulted in a life changing journey.
“Not all those who wander are lost” J.R.R.Tolkien
Registration is required, please click on the Register button below or contact the Reference/Information desk at 860-628-0947 x 5.
Location: Library Meeting Room
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