Appalachian Trail

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Ultrarunner Smashes Appalachian Trail Record

He completed the 2,190-mile trek in 45 days, beating the prior record by 9 days

(Newser) - After making the final sprint up Maine’s Mount Katahdin in 37 sleepless, rain-soaked hours, Joe McConaughy now boasts the record for fastest time to complete the Appalachian Trail. McConaughy averaged about 48 miles per day to complete the 2,190-miles trek from Springer Mountain, Ga., to the top of... More »

Hiker Trying to Start Campfire Blows Off His Hand

He was less than a mile into 600-mile trek

(Newser) - A hiker wasn't even one mile into what was supposed to be a 600-mile trek on the Appalachian Trail taking him from Pennsylvania to Tennessee when an accident cut his journey short—and cost him his hand. The unidentified 34-year-old man was apparently using black powder in an attempt... More »

Guy Sets Fast, Furious Appalachian Trail Record

Karl Meltzer, 48, did it in 46 days

(Newser) - Running through 14 states in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes may be a long and arduous journey, but as of this week it's also the fastest any person has ever completed a supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Karl Meltzer, a 48-year-old ultrarunner who also holds a... More »

Inside the Futile Search for 'Inchworm' on the Trail

'Boston Globe' recounts death of hiker Gerry Largay in Maine

(Newser) - The discovery of a 66-year-old hiker's body off the Appalachian Trail last year made headlines in part for the poignancy of the journal and letters she left behind. “When you find my body,” wrote Jerry Largay, “please call my husband George ... and my daughter Kerry. It... More »

Journal Reveals Lost Hiker Survived for Weeks

'When you find my body, please call my husband George'

(Newser) - A lost hiker in Maine starved to death after waiting for rescue and then accepting her fate, heartbreaking journal entries have revealed. Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old from Tennessee, disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine on July 22, 2013, and the newly disclosed journal shows that she survived for... More »

'Biggest Badass You've Never Heard Of' Is This Hiker

Heather Anderson, 34, just covered 2,168 miles in 54 days

(Newser) - When Heather Anderson beat the world record for a self-supported thru-hike of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in a mere 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes in September, she scrambled to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia and called her boyfriend Adam to verify her math. "I... More »

Remains of Hiker Missing Since 2013 Found in Maine

Geraldine 'Inchworm' Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail when she disappeared

(Newser) - Maine officials believe they've found the remains of a 66-year-old hiker who went missing while hiking the Appalachian Trail in July 2013, WCSH reports. According to WGME , the Maine Warden Service announced Friday the skeletal remains believed to be those of Geraldine Largay were found 3,000 feet from... More »

Mark Sanford Splits With Former 'Soul Mate'

Ex-mistress Maria Belen Chapur is now ex-fiancee, too

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's latest Facebook post comes in at 2,346 words, which, for the record, is slightly longer than the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail. In it, the South Carolina congressman explains that he and fiancee Maria Belen Chapur of Argentina are splitting up, reports the Washington ... More »

Already Battered by GOP, Now Dems Hit at Sanford

New ad goes live today

(Newser) - The GOP has pulled the plug on support for Mark Sanford's campaign, but Democrats aren't holding back. They're spending $188,000 to air a new ad hitting Sanford for his "walk down the Appalachian Trail." It'll run in the Charleston and Savannah, Ga., markets... More »

Mark Sanford, Lover Cozy Up at Uruguay Resort

It's the place they first met—how romantic!

(Newser) - Mark Sanford "hiked the Appalachian Trail" again last week, but this time he did so a bit more publicly: An Argentine celebrity magazine has published an eight-page spread on the former South Carolina governor that catches him frolicking with “soul mate” Maria Belen Chapur at a Uruguay resort... More »

Sanford Leaves Office Saying, 'Never Say Never'

Fallen conservative rock star considers the next chapter

(Newser) - Mark Sanford leaves the South Carolina governor's mansion next week a 50-year-old divorcee whose adultery ground his race toward political rock stardom to a screeching, sobbing halt. But though he's free to head out on the Appalachian trail for real this time, the AP notes in an exit interview that... More »

Mark Sanford Back With Mistress

He admits Florida rendezvous after it goes public

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's life may have officially become a reality show today. The South Carolina governor announced during an unrelated news conference that he spent the weekend with the Argentine lover who cost him his marriage and nearly his job, reports the State . "The purpose was obviously to see if... More »

Mark Sanford Won't Face Criminal Charges

AG calls on SC to 'move on' from governor's ethics woes

(Newser) - Mark Sanford, already bombarded with ethics charges and legislative censure, will not face criminal charges related to his international extramarital shenanigans, the State reports. A criminal case against the governor can't be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt," South Carolina AG Henry McMaster said today, adding, "The time... More »

Sanfords Reunite—for Holiday Function

SC first lady returns for governor's open house

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford returned to the South Carolina Governor's Mansion yesterday, just for the day. Gov. Mark Sanford's estranged wife joined him for the traditional holiday open house, at which they stood far apart and greeted visitors to the mansion, newly decorated for Christmas. Jenny Sanford, who has been living in... More »

Jenny Sanford Endorses Candidate for SC Governor

Influential first lady could give crucial boost to Nikki Haley

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford is getting back into politics—by endorsing a relative underdog in the South Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary. Mark Sanford's estranged wife announced her support for Nikki Haley, a "principled, conservative, tough and smart” candidate, in the five-way race for the nomination to replace her husband. Haley was... More »

Business Is Booming on Appalachian Trail

In echoes of Depression-era hobos, hikers subsist on bartered farm labor

(Newser) - The Appalachian Trail has been packed this year, as the unemployed wait out the bad economy by hiking almost 2,200 miles between Maine and Georgia—and often pay for the journey by working as they go, the Wall Street Journal reports. The trail offers a subsistence lifestyle—hikers budget... More »

Sanford Staff Had No Clue How to Reach Him

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's embattled staffers really didn't know where he was when he bolted to Argentina to visit his lover last month, the State reports. Emails and phone records show that Sanford's chief of staff called the governor's cell phones 15 times during the trip without getting an answer. His communications... More »

Appalachian Hikers Trudge Through Recession

Trail provides temporary respite from worldly woes

(Newser) - They won’t find Mark Sanford, but those hiking the Appalachian Trail are finding an escape, however temporary, from the recession, writes Thomas Pierce for NPR. On the trail, hikers get new identities: nicknames like “Pusher,” an ibuprofen-hawking walker who was an office manager in a previous life.... More »

Sanford Cops to Affair With Argentine Woman

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted today that he has been having an affair with an Argentine woman, Politico reports. “I’ve been unfaithful to be my wife,” the Republican said at a teary and rambling news conference in which he explained his mysterious absence. “It began... More »

'Hiking' SC Gov Returns From Buenos Aires

(Newser) - Mark Sanford is missing no more. The AWOL South Carolina governor surfaced early today at an Atlanta airport, saying he had just returned not from hiking the Appalachian Trail, but from cruising the Buenos Aires coastline, The State reports. As to why his staff said he was hiking, Sanford said... More »

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