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Date(s) - 05/21/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Harvard Travellers Club


Hiker and historian Jeff Ryan logged over 8,000 miles hiking some of North America’s most notable trails including the Pacific Crest Trail and the New England Trail. In 1985 he started “inadvertently” hiking the Appalachian Trail with a friend, an adventure that spanned 2,100 miles and three decades. His approach of thoughtful segment hiking versus the frenetic pace of thru-hiking allowed for an intimate experience with the landscape. Jeff’s book about that journey, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America’s Trail, was published in 2016.

Intrigued by genesis of the Appalachian Trail and inspired by his personal exploits, Jeff also researched and wrote the story of the unlikely alliance between Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. His book Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that built the Appalachian Trail illustrates how the trail benefitted both because of, and in spite of, their profound differences in temperament and philosophy. His current research focuses on the true story of a colorful recluse who lived on the AT.

Speaker Bio

Jeff Ryan was born and raised in Maine. He maintains a popular blog covering all aspects of hiking the Appalachian Trail. When he isn’t writing, researching, hiking or speaking at various venues, Jeff is on the road exploring the country in his vintage 1985 VW camper.

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