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The Trail of My Life: The Gene Espy Story

The Trail of My Life: The Gene Espy Story

The Second Man to Walk the AT Trail

The exciting book, The Trail of My Life: The Gene Espy Story, showcases Gene Espy’s life full of adventures including hiking, bicycling, spelunking, boating and motorcycling.

From an early age, this Eagle Scout, Georgia Tech graduate, and U.S. Air Force aerospace engineer explored the world around him just for fun.

The highlight of all his adventures was his 1951 Georgia to Maine solo hike of the entire Appalachian Trail which made him the second thru-hiker. Gene is a pioneer among the currently 10,000 hikers of the entire trail, encountering much more solitude, wilderness, and difficulties in his hike than today’s hikers.

Join Gene as he shares his stories of adventure in The Trail of My Life: The Gene Espy Story.

My mother was the worrying kind,’’ said Espy. “So I did not tell my parents I planned to hike the entire trail.’’

He started a month after his 24th birthday. He carried a 45-pound backpack and a walking stick he had carved as a 12-year-old Boy Scout.

By the second day, his load was considerably lighter. The young scout who began the hike with him literally took a hike. He quit and returned home.

Espy opened his journey at Mount Oglethorpe in north Georgia and didn’t stop until he had reached the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin, Maine. He averaged 16.5 miles each day, traveling as many as 34 miles in one stretch.

At the finish line, he sported a 123-day-old beard, had lost 28 pounds, worn out three pairs of hiking boots and killed 15 rattlesnakes. There were times when he went an entire week without seeing another person on the trail. (Now, as many as 3 million people hike on parts of the trail each year.)

Gene will be available both prior to his talk and afterwards to sign his book, " The Trail of My Life ".   Copies of the book will also be for sale at his table.

His book is not all about his adventure on the AT, and certainly not an AT Trail Journal, but its full of stories about his life.  You'll enjoy listening to his stories... and the book is full of them.

Be sure to take a moment to speak to Gene's wife,  Ms Eugenia and his daughter Jane Gilsinger, if she comes.

We'll have a drawing for door prizes.  Checking to see if we can do hotdogs, etc....  

We'll have GAG decals,GAG  patches,GAG t-shirts,GAG hoodies, etc..etc..    Thanks !

We're in the process of asking other groups, clubs, vendors, if they wish to have someone there to represent their organization.


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  • Bill

    Always a fun night when Gene starts telling stories ! Those who missed it.... shame on you.... :)

    February 23, 2014

  • Chris

    Had a great time :-) thanks to everyone who brought the food that was really nice!

    February 22, 2014

  • Clyde F.

    A very fun evening, listening to stories about the trail. Looking forward to getting out and camping/hiking. I've got the tent for it now. ;-) Thanks, MoBill!

    February 21, 2014

  • Vicki W.

    so good!

    February 21, 2014

  • Bill

    Door prizes to include a weekend stay for (2) in a private room at the Hiker Hostel cabin in Dahlonega, GA

    February 21, 2014

    • Kathy

      Is that 1+Papa Smurf? :-)

      February 21, 2014

    • Bill


      February 21, 2014

  • Bill

    Door Prize An REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent - Retail $220.00

    Used one time, will be on display on stage to view.

    February 21, 2014

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