Section 11 (AT in a Day)

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Pa.501 in Pine Grove, PA to US 30 in Fayetteville, PA - 112 miles

Section Chiefs: Bob Victor '88 & Amy Salzman

Pa.443/Green Point, PA to Pa.325/Clarks Valley

Hiker: Randall Leisure

Hi all,

I hiked the section of the AT from Green Point (Route 72) to Clarks Valley (Route 325) about 16 miles. I've hiked this section quite a number of times usually in the company of many loud Boy Scouts, so it was a nice change to hike in solitude. I started off early in the morning in drizzle and fog, but with the promise of better weather by afternoon. I can't believe the forecasters got one right for a change. I stopped by Rausch Gap shelter and chatted with several hikers who had spent the night in the rain. Continued on past Coldspring trail and the "General", an antique steam shovel abandoned in the middle of nowhere when the coal mines gave out. Next was a short break at the ruins of Yellow Springs Village, the site of the mysterious stone tower (do the Druids really meet there on all summers eve?) and the incline plane. I left an entry in the log book in the mailbox. Finally I reached the top of Stony Mtn. and had lunch at the intersection of the Horseshoe Trail. Last was the long descent to 325, a nice ending to the hike as the sun began breaking through. My son Zach, Lafayette '13, joined me for the last 1/2 mile as he came to pick me up. I am fortunate to live close to the trail and get to enjoy it often. Although I have hiked in many places, hiking the AT in St. Anthonys Wilderness here in Pa. is always treat for me that never grows old. Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Oh, my wildlife sighting was a chipmonk.

Happy hiking,

Randy Leisure '74

Pa.225 Overpass to US 11/US 1/Pa.274

Hiker:William Gruver '66

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Mission accomplished in Pennsylvania from duncannon at the intersection of rts 11 and 15 to pa route #225....Bill Gruver '66 and Ed Long '66

US 11/US 1/Pa.274 to Pa.944/Donnellytown, PA

Hiker: Alan Barstow

What a day!Alan barstow.jpg

Jenny Clarke D'77 & Al Barstow D'75 hiked with Bob Victor D'88, from Duncannon, PA US 11/US 1/Pa. 274, on the Susquahana River to PA 944 Donnellytown, PA (12.9 miles) on a cool and crisp golden Saturday. We had a great hike and were very ready for the beers we shared with other Dartmouth hikers Rob & Sandy Kugler and their friend George, and Sam & Diana Mason in Boiling Springs, PA at the end of the day. We met a big porcupine on the ridge trail above Hawk Rock, saw a few hornets nests and avoided stepping on a bright orange salamander. Many hikers we met had heard about the Dartmouth ATinaDay hike through their networks or read about it in Backpacker magazine, so we felt like celebrities.

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This was a special day for us, Jenny and Al. On Columbus Day weekend in October 1974 we had planned to hike the AT up Mt Liberty and Mt Lafayette in the White Mountains, NH with a group of about 12 other Dartmouth students. It was raining that morning in Hanover so everybody except Jenny and I decided to bag it. Jenny and I did the hike together that day; our first date. Now its 35 years later, we've been married for 31 years and we feel very luck that we found each other. Thank you Dartmouth, thank you AT.

Al Barstow '75 & Jenny Clarke '77 Salamander.jpg

Hiker Bob Victor

All,

I hope all of you had a great hike. Al Barstow ‘75, Jenny Clarke ‘77 and I had a terrific hike on our section from US 11/US1/PA 274 in Duncannon going south to 944 in Donnellytown, PA. After hiking up to a great outlook over the Susquehanna River Valley (first picture), we met up with a great big slow moving Porcupine and a neat orange Salamander before coming upon Rob ’67 and Sandy Kugler (parents of Kelley '13) and their friend George who were hiking the same section South to North. We then went through a beautiful open meadow and then back into the woods and up and down a ridge before finishing and then heading to Boiling Spring for a beer where we met up with Sam and Diana Mason (parents of Jean ‘11) and again with Rob, Sandy, and George. As the youngster of the group, I hope I’ll be in as good as shape in 20 years as Rob and his wife Sandy were after hiking 13 miles up and down two ridges and then down a rocky path to the finish line!

It was a beautiful day and a real thrill to be a small part of this huge group endeavor to commemorate the DOC’s centennial! Please send around your pictures to this distribution list!

Best,

Bob Victor ‘88

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Bob Victor '88 Al Bartlow '77 Jenny Clarke '77

Pa.944/Donnellytown, PA to Pa.174/Boiling Springs

Hiker: Robert Thomas '68 and Barbara Thomas

Thanks for arranging such a wonderful experience. Barb and I hiked our section of the trail between Boiling Springs, Pa and Route 944 in Pennsylvania. We encountered several hikers, who were attempting the entire trail. They had all heard of the Dartmouth plan to hike the trail in a day and wished us well in our efforts. We also met current Dartmouth parents, Sam and Diana Mason, who were hiking on the same section of the trail, but in the opposite direction. We thanked them for helping out with the hike and for their enthusiasm for the entire Dartmouth experience. Overall it was a great day. The weather was perfect for hiking. We are attaching a picture from an early section of the trail.

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Bob (1968) and Barb Thomas

Boiling Springs to route 944 PA

Hikers Samuel and Diana Mason

As a life-long hiker in the NH White Mountains, VT Green Mountains and Ridges Consisting of Pointy Small Unstable Ankle-breaking Rocks [that's what we here in Pennsylvania call our section of the AT], I was thrilled to get the DOC's invitation to participate in ATinaDay, and very impressed with the audacity of the idea and immensity of the logistics.

Though my wife Diana and I are proud graduates of Bowdoin and Haverford, we were told by the Dartmouth grads who proposed to hike in central PA that they would graciously accept us into the DOC effort, provided that we continue to pay tuition bills for our daughter Jean '11 not more than 10 days past due date, with interest on overdue payments.

We signed up for the 11 mile stretch between Boiling Springs and route 944, because (1) it is the easiest, flattest and smoothest trail on the entire AT, (2) it is the only stretch in PA I haven't hiked before, and (3) the Boiling Springs Tavern is a good place for post-hike refreshment

We then embarked upon 2 weeks of intensive emails setting, re-setting, negotiating, and changing the logistics of getting the central PA hikers to and back from the trail with the same cars, hiking equipment and spouses with which they came.

And it all worked out perfectly - Jenny Clarke D'77, Al Barstow D'75, Bob Victor D'88, Rob Kugler D'67, Sandy Kugler and their friend George were kind enough to meet us in Boiling Springs at the bar at the Boiling Springs Tavern, and we met Bob Thomas D'? and his wife en route. We also met a guy with no Dartmouth connection who was so impressed with this DOC effort that he insisted on taking our picture.

Attached are pictures of (1) Yertle T. Turtle, heading north on the AT and set to arrive in Hanover in time for him to matriculate in the class of 2024, (2) Diana and me, standing next to the cornfield - our ATinaDay sign carefully placed on the front seat of our car, thus proving that we actually did hike our assigned stretch, and (3) Bob Thomas and his wife [whose name I was told and promptly forgot; sorry Bob].

Congratulations to all!

Sam and Diana

Sam and Diana Mason (parents of Jean Mason '11) Sam and diana.jpg Turtle.jpg

Pa.94 to Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Hikers:Brooke Lierman and Eben Hansel

Hi - My husband Eben Hansel and I (Brooke Lierman) hiked the 11 miles from Pine Grove Furnace State Park to the intersection with Route 94. It was a great hike on a crisp fall day!

We live in Baltimore, Maryland and so began our trip by driving two hours north to the State Park that morning and hit the trail at about 9:30 am. The AT goes through most of the Park so we got a great idea of what the Park is like - it's quite big and has two swimming lakes. We also learned the origins of its name, as we passed by a huge stone structure. That structure was a huge iron furnace (the first one was built in 1764) that was used to make wrought iron for many years.

After passing through the Park, the trail goes upwards for awhile and we passed another group of hikers who had been camping the night before. We have both hiked quite a bit in Vermont and New Hampshire, and this hike was quite different - it was mostly flat, with small ups and downs - and it was almost all in the forest. We loved being in the trees though, because the colors were fantastic! The leaves had all begun to change and it made the hike much more beautiful.

The sun began to peek out from behind the clouds around lunch time, when we found a big outcropping of rocks to sit on. From the rocks there was a good view of the surrounding hills, that were also all incredibly colorful. At one point we appeared to be walking along what was probably an old RR line, and the new RR line was to our right. We felt a little like the boys in the movie Stand By Me as we followed the RR tracks along until the track veered away towards 94.

At the end of our trail, we met up with another alum - Randy Aires. He picked us up and gave us a ride back to the State Park and our car. It was wonderful to meet him and talk about our respective hikes.

We were so proud to be part of this great event! The DOC is an incredible institution, and we hope it continues growing and inspiring alumni and students for another 100 years.

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Pine Grove Furnace State Park to US 30

Hiker:Glenn Reed

I must confess that when I was at Dartmouth in the early ‘70s my idea of an outdoor activity was making my way across campus to Thayer Hall. Nonetheless, I certainly was not unaware of the DOC and its myriad of activities, having observed friends in Cabins and Trails heading off to spend weekends on the trails and cabins, hunting in the Fall, or trout fishing on New Hampshire's and Vermont's pristine streams. Fortunately, in the intervening years my outdoor horizons were expanded - - a Dartmouth classmate introduced me to the challenges and joys of flyfishing, and my wife, Barb, and I have enjoyed hiking selected Appalachian Trail segments over the years, including a few around Hanover and Mt. Moosilauke. So when news of the upcoming ATinaDay challenge crossed my desk, I anxiously signed up, targeting an AT segment just west of Gettysburg, PA (the south 12 miles of Section 13 - - Pine Grove Furnace to Caledonia), a comfortable two hour drive from Philadelphia, where I now work. Thanks to the coordination efforts of Bob Victor ’88 (and Bob’s assistant, Amy Salzman!) and Jim Pedrick, Barb and I met Steve Small ’68 and Judy Herman at our appointed hour in the parking lot of Caledonia State Park, drove to the jump off point on Shippensburg Road, and spent the next 5-1/2 hours on a glorious hike in perfect hiking weather (60 degrees, cloudy but no rain) on South Mountain through Micheux State Forest and an incredible autumn landscape. As Barb and I remarked repeatedly throughout the hike, it would be hard for us to imagine a nicer way to spend a day - - fun, too, to think of the two hundred-plus Dartmouth students and alums spending Saturday similarly engaged throughout the length of the 2,150 mile trail.

My hat is off to the Dartmouth Outing Club for hatching and executing a brilliant idea, and my thanks for including us in the endeavor - - and, by the way, lest I forget, hearty congratulations to the DOC upon the occasion of its 100th Anniversary! Glenn reed.gif Glenn Reed ‘75

Hiker:Steven Small

My girlfriend and I had a great time hiking the 8.3 miles of the AT between Pine Grove Furnace and the Route 233 cutoff. Many thanks to Amy, Bob and especially Glenn for allowing us to participate in this glorious event. We had been rejected from participating by another group, so I can feel really feel proud in representing DOC in the achievement.