Friday, February 22, 2008

Jeff Alt Speaks in Pittsburgh

The 21 February 2008 issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an article by Karen Price titled "Rocks, snakes and beer on the Appalachian Trail" and showcasing an upcoming talk by thru-hiker and author Jeff Alt. Alt hiked in 1998, and
"almost 10 years later, Alt is making his first trip to Pittsburgh. The author, speech pathologist and avid hiker will be at REI at the SouthSide works on Saturday to share stories from his book, 'A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail.'"
Alt's hike was 147 days long, and
"six months in the planning, which included mailing 22 boxes of food to himself at intervals of about 100 miles along the trail and walking two hours per day on a raised treadmill while carrying a 50-pound backpack."
The article refers several times to the famed rocks in Pennsylvania, and Alt says at the end that he especially remembers both Duncannon and Port Clinton.

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