Thursday, July 12, 2007

Danish Woman Thru-hiking thie Year

The article "Appalachian Trail brings the world to area's doorstep" by Meg Hibbert on (which is a website focused on community news in the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley.... and based on news from seven community newspapers ... part of Main Street Newspapers, Inc. based in Salem, Virginia) is a profile of 35-year-old Danish hiker Mette Hansen who passed through Salem, VA in May and
"spent a couple of nights in Salem with AT hiker, Diana Christopulos, and Mark McClain. ... 'I knew of Diana because of her friend Barbara, who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004 and is working in China,' Hansen explained. 'I was hiking in China in 2005, and Barb wanted a reference on a guide I used there.'"
However it happened, she got a 6 month visa and came to hike. Starting at Harper's Ferry ("like many through hikers" [sic!]) and hiking south to avoid the crowds, she has now flip-flopped and is reported to be in Connecticut.

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