Date(s) - 12/09/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
South Portland Public Library
Few know the full story behind the creation of Appalachian Trail. The proposal to create the first multi-state long distance trail could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people — two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out.
Jeffrey Ryan’s book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail weaves history and biography to bring the story of the unlikely creation of the AT to life. Drawing upon never before published sources, Blazing Ahead delves deep into the historical realities MacKaye and Avery faced and how their personalities and views ultimately forced them apart.
Join us as Jeff shares the story of the creation of the AT and how many of the challenges faced in the 20s and 30s still resonate today. Published by AMC Books, Blazing Ahead (as well as Jeff’s first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail) will be available for purchase at the presentation.