Watch "Standing Tall," the Next myATstory Short Film

Date Published: Jan 17, 2017

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to present the next entry in the myATstory short film series: "Standing Tall." This film chronicles the battle to save Belview Mountain, part of the iconic landscape of the Roan Highlands in North Carolina.

When a mining company threatened to destroy the mountain and replace it with a towering gravel conveyor, forever changing the pristine mountain views from the Appalachian Trail, Jay Leutze — with the help of a 14-year-old named Ashley — rallied people around the country to fight for the preservation of this unique landscape and the heritage of the people who had lived on its slopes for generations.

Click here to watch "Standing Tall"

Be sure to check out behind the scenes content for "Standing Tall" — including additional interviews and photos — by clicking here.

The myATstory series features inspiring stories and individuals that have been influenced by the Appalachian Trail. Visit today to find out more about the series, view bonus material for every video, and see when the next video will be released.


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  1. Larry Mullins | Mar 21, 2017
    I was there 2 year ago, section hiker. Had no idea about the mine!!!  I am so happy it was stopped. In my younger days I was a strip mine inspector in Virginia, I know 1st hand the damage mines do. They are a necessary evil in our life. Congrats to all that worked so hard to get this stopped.
  2. mary Lanier | Jan 22, 2017
    Terrific story!  My husband and I hiked the Roan Mountain section and found it one of the loveliest scenes and experiences we had on our 27 years of hiking the AT.  How many others wish to have the opportunity to hike on the AT?  There are many with mental health issues - Veterans, illnesses, loneliness, alcoholics and more who are changed for life once they spend time in the wilderness of the AT.  Of course, the NC parts are our favorites and we return again and again to witness the nature, the views and the SILENCE of the Appalachian Trail.  There are eight of us who have hiked from GA to the PA line over the years and now - in our "Twilight years"  - we find joy in sitting on porches, walking other trails and praising our Creator for the beautiful land that is ours to enjoy.   Thank you for writing this story!

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