New Haven, CT - On October 2nd at 7:00pm, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showcasing the film Appalachian Impressions at the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, as part of their 2013 membership drive, called A Journey of 2,000 Miles: the Appalachian Trail. The organization has set a goal to gain the support of 2,180 new members, one new member for each mile of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). All children thirteen and under are admitted for free.
The film Appalachian Impressions is an epic story about hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The program takes viewers on a six-month, 2,180-mile journey along the famous long-distance hiking Trail in the world. Participants will hear the stories from hikers who have embarked on this trek and experience the thrills and challenges of daily life on the Trail. The film covers all fourteen states, the changing of the seasons, footwear, food, shelters, volunteer trail crews, and Leave No Trace Ethics. It captures the true essence of this historic pathway, its interesting characters, beautiful scenery and the generous spirit found in small town America.
James Haskell, A.T. section-hiker will be the keynote speaker. Haskell climbed Mount Katahdin when he was twelve and it opened up the world of hiking to him. He started section-hiking the A.T. in 1990 and has hiked approximately one hundred miles each year thereafter. He completed the A.T. on October 10, 2010. Haskell has also climbed fifty one of the sixty seven 4000 foot peaks in New England and has been an ATC member since 1992. Leaving his native Maine in 1978, Haskell studied history at Boston University and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University. Haskell has been a community development executive and consultant for thirty years.
Other guest speakers include Lana Bluege, member of the Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter Trails Committee and Javier Folgar, director of marketing and communications at the ATC.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers an unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon - the Appalachian Trail”, said Javier Folgar, director of marketing and communications at the ATC. “It offers participants a chance to hear first-hand the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike, and protect the Trail.”
Show participants will receive a one-year membership to the ATC. They will also have the chance to win cool prizes such as an ATC ENOTM Hammock and a Gregory Backpack.