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myATstory Season 1

Watch the first season of inspiring tales ​from the Appalachian Trail, featuring unique individuals ​describing how the A.T. has changed their lives forever — and how they are giving back to the A.T.

Contagious Love

When Sonu Chawla, co-owner of the Holiday Lodge in Pearisburg, Virginia with her husband Mickey, began seeing people with backpacks wanting to rent rooms, she asked her staff, “Who are these people? What are they doing?” Quickly, she learned about the hikers who attempt to walk the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.) — the longest hiking-only footpath in the world — that runs right outside of town.

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Trail ​Brothers

Derick quit his New York City life to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2012. Now he wants to share the Trail with his brother, a first-time backpacker.

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Trail Angels

A group of Chicago friends and young conservationists venture​d into the Great Smoky Mountains to experience the Trail in ​one of the best ways possible: they rebuilt it.

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A Trail for Danny

After a tragic loss, Kathi and Steve Cramer visited the Appalachian Trail to experience the comfort it provided for their son, Danny, who thru-hiked the A.T. in 2011.

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Standing Tall

How can you stop the destruction of an iconic Appalachian mountain, ​along with the history, culture, and memories it created? Ask Jay Leutze, who found the answer with the help of a 14-year-old named Ashley.

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