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Anne Richter Arnold Dartmouth Outing Club TAKEN BY Nichole Hastings ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY Lars Blackmore STORY BY

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Appalachian Trail CREATING THE EXPERIENCE

VOLUNTEERS Meandering along the East Coast of the United States for 2,184 miles from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is more than just a footpath for those seeking to get away from it all or connect with nature. The trail belongs to every American, and the extent of that ownership goes beyond nominal for many Upper Valley volunteers. Not just stewards of this strip of land that runs through Norwich and Hanover, they are a caring community dedicated to creating the AT experience for others, whether they are through hikers trekking the whole length, section hikers tackling a segment of the trail, or day hikers out for recreation. The AT was conceptualized by Benton MacKaye in October 1921 and became a reality in 1937, when about 2,000 miles of trail from Mount Oglethorpe, Georgia, to Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin in Maine were opened. Today it’s maintained by more than 6,000 volunteers throughout the country and countless more “trail angels,” who assist hikers in ways as simple as offering a ride to providing overnight lodging. For the thousands of people who hike the AT, the efforts of these volunteers are invaluable. >>

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Top left: Sign in Hanover. Above: Volunteers Nichole, Irena, and Harry blaze trees, and Dominica (taking the photo) monitors and leads the way with the maps. Photo by Dominica Plummer. Right: Sign marking the trail. Far right: When the AT boundary line goes through swampy marsh, volunteers walk through swampy marsh.

Here in Hanover - Fall 2014  
Here in Hanover - Fall 2014  

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