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F2109 – Trails: A Real Hike but Also a Metaphor for Life

with Peter Duston

The first class is the story of a “thru-hike” of the Appalachian Trail in 2007 illustrated with stories and photos.  “Talkerman”, the trail name of the instructor, will be joined for the second class by Aislinn Sarnacki, experienced Maine hiker, BDN columnist and author, to share more stories and suggestions for Maine hiking trails and local hikes.  The final class will focus on hiking, real and vicarious, as a metaphor for living a life of travel and adventure that enriches and expands one’s life.  Lao Tze told us “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”  This may also reflect a journey of the mind.

Instructor:  Peter Duston has been hiking, backpacking and trekking for 65 years including a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2007.  He has hiked, climbed and skied in Europe, the Canadian Rockies and the pacific Northwest. He has climbed and skied from the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and from just below the summit of Mt. Hood in Oregon.  He managed to make it to 14,000 feet on the Mt. Everest circuit before a near heart attack forced a retreat.  As a Scout leader and ski coach he has introduced many young people to the adventure of climbing and backpacking (one of his former scouts in now an international mountain guide).  Peter and his brother may have set the world record for the number of times over the “lip” of the Tuckerman Ravine “headwall” – 7 in one day when they were 15 and 17 years of age.

Class Information:  This class is being held in UMM's Torrey Hall, Room 230.  Proof of Covid vaccination must be presented or masks will be required.

UMM Torrey Hall

Room: 230