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The Appalachian Trail: A Great American Pilgrimage



  • Skyline Room / Central Library / Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


  • October 16, 2018 - October 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, 7:00pm - Tuesday, 8:30pm

Event Description

  • Long distance walks have gained popular attention in recent years, intriguing many armchair travelers to commence their own pilgrimage journeys to sites around the world, including the Appalachian Trail. Beyond popular representation, what does it actually mean to travel on foot for months at a time? What about the logistics—food, water, shelter, safety? What physical and mental challenges can you expect to encounter along the way? How will these experiences affect your perspective of the region and your self-identity? Journey step-by-step and learn the how-to basics of hiking the Appalachian Trail, through word and image to get a taste of an America only experienced at 3 miles per hour. Presenter Kevin S. Fox is a cultural geographer from Connecticut and the founding director of The Geographical Imaginations Expedition & Institute, where he hosts and produces a monthly radio essay program. He has taught geography, cartography, psychology, history, Spanish, English, and beekeeping in the United States, Bolivia, Paraguay, Austria and Tanzania. He currently teaches geography at the George School in Newtown, PA.

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