Ultralight Backpacker and Speed Hiker will Speak at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia

Date Published: Sep 25, 2014

Susan Powell featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy fundraiser in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (Sept. 25, 2014) – Susan Powell, a speed hiker and ultralight backpacking expert, is the featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) fourth annual membership drive, “Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail” at Atlanta Technical College, located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta. The event, held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, will also showcase the never-before-seen film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy,” which tells the history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) using rare film footage and photography. All proceeds will benefit the ATC and its efforts to preserve the A.T.

In 2007, Powell hiked the entire 2,180-mile long Trail in approximately four months, compared to the five to seven months it takes hikers on average. Following her thru-hike, she decided to give back to the A.T. and worked to facilitate a positive trail experience as a ridgerunner in the Great Smoky Mountains. Currently, Powell lives in Athens, Georgia and is the coordinator for Outdoor Recreation at the University of Georgia, where she trains and manages a sizable student staff. She often gives presentations on ultralight backpacking and also maintains a section of the A.T. with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.  

In addition to Powell, other speakers are Sam Henegar, director and producer of the event’s featured film, and Mark Hanf, creator of the new board game “Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail.” Key ATC leaders, including Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO; Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications; and Greg Winchester, board member, will also speak at the event.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers a unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon—the Appalachian Trail,” said Folgar. “It offers participants a chance to hear the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike and protect the Trail and interact with them in a new way.”

Limited-edition prizes like an ATC-branded ENO™ hammock and the new Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game will also be awarded throughout the evening.

Membership drive sponsors include Still Waters Imagery & Media, Inc.; ENO; Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game; Campmor; Hospitality Cover Plus+™ National Insurance Program; Moon Shine; and Holiday Inn.  

Event Overview:
“Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail”
Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA
Admission: Tickets begin at $30 at www.RelivetheAT.com. Children 13 and under are admitted for free.

For more information about the event, or to reserve a seat, visit www.RelivetheAT.com. Enter promo code PRAT14 to receive $5 off each ticket.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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