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The Appalachian Trail

By Mr. Armstrong

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Who

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## What Is The Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is a continuous marked footpath that goes from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, a distance of about 2160 miles.

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## Math Question

If you walked 10 miles a day, how many days would it take you to complete the Appalachian Trail?

Hint: The trail is 2160 miles long.

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If you walked 10 miles a day, it would take you 216 days or 7.2 months to complete the Appalachian Trail.

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## Who & When

The Appalachian Trail was the "brainchild" of Benton MacKaye, educated as a forester, who proposed connecting thread of already existing trails.

1921 he published his idea.

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Who & When

On August 14, 1937, the Appalachian Trail became a reality.

1938, however, the trail was no longer continuous. A hurricane destroyed much of it in New England.

The first person to walk the whole trail or do a “thru hike” was Earl Shaffer.

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Who and When

National Trails System Act, adopted late in 1968, made for a series of "national scenic trails" within the national park and forest systems.

The Appalachian Trail was the first trail to fall under this Act.

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## How Many????

Since 1936, 7,830 hike completions have been recorded by ATC.

1930-1939 8

1940-1949 3 1950-1959 13

1960-1969 37

1970-1979 740

1980-1989 1,402

1990-1999 3,241

2000-present 2,361+

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