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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.

Newly discovered research seems to show that Gene Espy may indeed be the FIRST person to walk the Appalachian Trail, as Ed Shaffer seems to have taken a few shortcuts & hitchhiked in a few places according to his journals.

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.

Please make a small contribution to the club to help pay for the expense of the meeting place. We'll have GAG decals and a CD of waterfall photos for sale at the event. Thanks !

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

Other organizations that are being represented:

Georgia Adventurers Group

Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area

Trail Dames

Allatoona Gold Panners

Adventurous Ya-Ya's of Georgia

Hike Georgia

Mingling in Atlanta

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    A former member

    I will be attending with the AOC

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to work early sat morning

    February 21, 2013

  • Bill

    Hard to believe there are so few in Mingling that are hikers on the Appalachian Trail, etc... who don't have an interest in hearing Gene Espy stories.
    Although not a social like Mingling normally puts on, there appears we'll have over 100 outdoorsy people attending this event.
    Come join us !

    January 11, 2013

  • Bill

    This is a multi group event with most all the hiking clubs in the Atlanta area. Be ready to mingle with lots of outdoorsy people ! :)

    December 6, 2012

  • Margaret Y

    I've heard him speak before and he is an interesting man with some pretty fantastic experiences! It is a must hear if you are a beginner hiker or an experienced hiker.

    December 4, 2012

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