‘7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic: A Transformation After One Year on the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa and the Appalachian Trail,’ presented by Tyler Socash, 7-8:30 p.m., Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. Bob Marshall once wrote, “It’s a great thing these days to leave civilization for a while and return to nature.” A native Adirondacker and current Outdoor Skills Coordinator for the Adirondack Mountain Club, Tyler Socash fully embodied Bob’s sentiments. After 28 years of outdoor recreation inside the Adirondack Park, Socash went beyond the Blue Line to complete a yearlong trek across the Pacific Crest Trail, New Zealand’s Te Araroa and the heralded Appalachian Trail. It’s a lively tale, 7,000 miles in the making, of mountaintop euphoria, unexpected trail magic, encounters with long-distance legends, heartbreak and renewal. This grand adventure into the wilderness inspired Socash to help defend the wildest remaining places in New York’s Forest Preserve, namely the newly purchased Boreas Ponds Tract. If you’ve ever imagined completing a thru-hike someday, this is the presentation to attend. The intricacies of thru-hiking will be discussed, but be forewarned that the photographs and the entertaining retelling of the quest may spark your own wanderlust sooner than expected. Socash grew up in Old Forge. Annual family camping trips on Alger Island and numerous hikes up Bald Mountain helped him develop an everlasting connection with the Adirondack Park. After high school, he completed both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Rochester. He currently resides in Keene, returning to work in outdoor education with the Adirondack Mountain Club. This is part of the monthly program series of The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
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