Appalachian Trail

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He Lived the Hiking Dream. The Real Story Was Sadder

'Outside' explores the fascinating life of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker 'Baltimore Jack'

(Newser) - Some people hope to hike the Appalachian Trail once in their lifetime. Adam Tarlin—better known by his trail name of "Baltimore Jack"—did it seven times. His hiking secret? Tarlin essentially lived on the trail year-round, from 1995 until his death in 2016 at age 57, explains... More »

Appalachian Trail Murder Suspect 'Unfit for Trial'

James Jordan will be sent to federal facility

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a hiker with a machete in a terrifying attack on the Appalachian Trail in May is not mentally competent to stand trial, a federal judge in Virginia decided Wednesday. Federal magistrate judge Pamela Sargent said James Jordan, 30, will be sent to a federal medical... More »

No One Would Testify Against Appalachian Trail Suspect

Sheriff said hikers didn't want to leave the trail to go to court

(Newser) - Ronald Sanchez suffered from PTSD and major depression after years of military service, including three deployments in Iraq, but the 43-year-old Army veteran took to the outdoors to deal with the stress. It was during one of those outdoor activities when the Oklahoma man's life came to a tragic... More »

To Survive Appalachian Trail Attack, She Played Dead

Female hiker survives assault as trail community is jolted by rare violence

(Newser) - This is peak season for spring hikers venturing out on the Appalachian Trail, but a rare slaying has cast a pall over things. James Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass., is accused of stabbing to death a male hiker in southwest Virginia and attacking a woman who then played dead... More »

Woman Walks 6 Miles for Help After Appalachian Trail Attack

Suspect accused of killing hiker with machete

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Massachusetts man is in custody after the first murder on the Appalachian Trail since 2011. Police say the suspect attacked a man and a woman with a machete on a section of trail in Virginia early Saturday, killing the man and severely injuring the woman, WSLS reports. Wythe... More »

He Was the First to Be Murdered on the Appalachian Trail

'Outside Online' has the story of Joel Polson and Margaret McFaddin Harritt

(Newser) - Only eight people have ever "died in acts of violence," as Earl Swift puts it, on the Appalachian Trail. In a lengthy piece for Outside Online , Swift tells the story of the first person to meet that grim fate, a story that he describes as otherwise being lost... More »

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 »

Appalachian Trail Hiker Dies After Fall From Rock

UK physics professor was taking photos, lost balance

(Newser) - Authorities say an Appalachian Trail hiker in Maryland has died after falling from Annapolis Rock. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the 44-year-old man was taking photographs, jumping from rock to rock, about 10:45am Sunday when he lost his balance and fell. Officials say other hikers began administering first aid,... More »

Embezzling Suspect Hid for Years on Appalachian Trail

He was on the lam for 6 years after $8.7M vanished

(Newser) - He was known as "Bismarck," a genial, thick-bearded hiker who had become a familiar character along the Appalachian Trail over the past six years and a regular at Susie Montgomery's bed-and-breakfast in a small Virginia town—until the day the FBI showed up. He was in his... More »

Appalachian Trail Record-Breaker Fined for Celebrating

Park rangers weren't happy about the champagne

(Newser) - An ultra-marathoner who set the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail paid a $500 fine yesterday to settle citations over his celebration atop Maine's Mount Katahdin that struck a nerve with park officials worried about crowding and commercialization of the historic footpath. Scott Jurek got into trouble with... More »

Partying on the Appalachian Trail Raises Ire

Trash, graffiti, and all-night parties become a concern

(Newser) - When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring—not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti,... 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 »

99% of Appalachian Trail Has Been Moved, Rebuilt

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion

(Newser) - Like the people who hike it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving. Technically, tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion. But the 2,180-mile path stretching across 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Maine, is never really finished. It took 15 years for hundreds of volunteers, state... More »

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