September 3, 2015 |
"A WALK in the Woods" is a so-so comedy, but it does restore a wholesome normalcy to the idea of traversing the Appalachian Trail. This was undone a few years back by South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who cheated on his wife and lamely covered for it by claiming to be "hiking the Appalachian Trail. " Sanford ruined things for guys like me, who actually make use of the Appalachian Trail and found ourselves operating under the taint of suspicion. Thanks to Sanford, if I actually wanted to hit the trail, I had to lie and say I was going to Delilah's.
March 23, 2015 |
THERE WAS nothing more Michael Sparks and Kelly Quain could do, so they grabbed their gear and hiked down a trail without their friend, the weight of what just happened too unreal to weigh them down yet. It was Sunday morning, and they were heading out from the Washington County, Md., shelter where Philadelphia folk singer Jason Parish, 36, had just been killed by a fallen tree, and the two men stumbled upon something strange, stuck in the mud....
November 16, 2014 |
At the University of Chicago, Ginny Too was "the Asian girl with glasses hanging out at the library. " She was neither athletic nor outdoorsy. "It was never part of my upbringing," she says. How things have changed. Too, now 34, a McKinsey consultant who lives in Center City, has climbed three challenging mountains: Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Cotopaxi in Ecuador, and Mount Whitney in California. More impressive, the "geek" who graduated Phi Beta Kappa has hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail and, for good measure, America's two other long-distance trails, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
October 27, 2014 |
In March, I flew to Georgia to embark on an epic adventure to hike the Appalachian Trail. It was an amazing experience on which I met interesting and inspirational people and gazed upon breathtaking vistas very few people will ever see. It was not all sunny days and effortless descents, however. After about two months and 500 miles, I decided to end my journey. It was a combination of nagging injuries and a realization that trail life wasn't for me, at least not four more months of it. Reading the "Personal Journey: Learning if a bear sniffs in the woods" article posted to philly.com on Sept.
November 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia and its suburbs are slowly making good on an ambitious plan to build a 750-mile network of biking and walking paths throughout the region. Mayor Nutter last week opened a 12-foot-wide, 1.6-mile-long asphalt sidewalk along North Delaware Avenue through the industrial heartland of Port Richmond, and this month, Chester County will open a seven-mile segment of the Chester Valley Trail along Route 202 near Chesterbrook. A $10 million, 2,000-foot-long concrete "boardwalk" being built out into the Schuylkill will extend the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge in 2014.
May 19, 2013
Dozens injured at Va. parade DAMASCUS, Va. - An elderly driver plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Saturday parade in a small Virginia mountain town, and investigators were looking into whether he suffered a medical emergency before the accident. About 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown by helicopter to area hospitals. Another 12 to 15 victims were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and the rest were treated at the scene.
May 8, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford revived a scandal-scarred political career by winning back his old congressional seat Tuesday in a district that had not elected a Democrat in three decades. The comeback was complete when he defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert. With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanford had 54 percent of the vote. Sanford, who turns 53 later this month, has never lost a race in three runs for Congress and two for governor.
January 2, 2013 |
Ian Sarmento thought he was ready to walk the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Canada. After all, hadn't he already hiked the 2,184 miles of the Appalachian Trail? The Chester County 21-year-old had made that trek as a teenager, without compass, GPS, or locator beacon, which beams a hiker's location to a satellite and down to authorities. Not even a cellphone. So in May, he set out to do it again, on the big daddy of Western trails. He wanted to confront nature with a natural tool kit - his wits.
July 1, 2012 |
WEYBRIDGE, Vt. - One of the longest hiking trails in the United States stops 40 miles short of its most famous cousin, but a group is trying to bridge that gap. The North Country National Scenic Trail runs 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York's eastern border. From there, it's about 40 miles across Vermont fields and mountains to the Appalachian Trail, the 2,170-mile hiking trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. Seeking to bring them together are a push from the organization that runs the North Country Trail; a changed attitude from officials in Vermont, where the connection was blocked decades ago; and a growing movement to connect the nation's longest hiking trails.
June 29, 2012 |
It took five months and 2,200 miles, but siblings Kate and Brandon Imp and their sidekick Emily Ginger - a.k.a. the Ringleader, Monkey, and Lightning - hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail in 2010. It's taking a similar sort of determination to make and promote Beauty Beneath the Dirt , Kate's feature film of their adventure. "I've probably put in thousands of hours on this," says Kate, 26, a lawyer in Chicago. "And that's not counting the hike. " The executive producer/director and her brother will be back home in Burlington County this weekend for two screenings, part of a two-month series of 50 buzz-building presentations in theaters and other venues on or near "the AT" between Georgia and Maine.