Thru-hiking on both coasts: travels on the Pacific Crest, John Muir, and Long Trails

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Jeremy “Beowulf” Day and his program Thru-hiking on both coasts: travels on the Pacific Crest, John Muir, and Long Trails on Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 7:00 pm, here at the Library.

Join multi-trail thru-hiker and AMC hut croo Jeremy “Beowulf” Day on a virtual hike on the first 1,200 miles of desert and high Sierras on the Pacific Crest Trail, the high passes of the John Muir Trail, and the rugged, surprisingly wild Long Trail with photos, stories, and some videos of his 2014 Spring and Summer trips. See how the west coast trails compare to familiar paths here in New Hampshire and the rest of the Appalachian Trail. Learn about the oddities of trail culture. See what a whiteout at 13,000 feet feels like and why glissading makes everything better. See the desolate beauty of southern California deserts, wild flowering yucca, and 30-mile stretches of trail without a drop of water. And most importantly, get a different perspective on the trails from the books and films about hiking out west that have come out in the past couple years.

Jeremy “Beowulf” Day has logged about 3,700 miles of long-distance hiking experience on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Long, and John Muir trails, as well as countless miles of hiking in New England. He has worked as full service hut croo at the AMC’s Greenleaf, Lakes of the Clouds, and Mizpah Spring huts, as well as caretaking at Carter Notch, Zealand Falls, and Lonesome Lake during the winter. In addition, he has worked stints as a backcountry shelters caretaker, Storehouse crew, Construction Crew, and with the AMC Outdoors magazine as an intern. He is currently planning a proposed trek on the Camino De Santiago, followed by a thru-hike of the northern 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to write about the reasons for and impact on the trail and trail community of the dramatic increase in the number of thru-hikers. You can follow his travels at http://www.facebook.com/beowanders

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731

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