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Hiking the Appalachian Trail - Part 2

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Millions of people hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) each year, but only about 1% aspire to hike the entire length of 2,180 miles.

Whether you strive to become a "one-percenter" or not, this seminar will increase your hiking IQ. AT Thru-hikers Brian Burlingame and Michael Valle will show the tips and tricks they've learned after hiking thousands of miles. This is Part Two of two FREE seminars covering the AT. A question and answer period will follow each seminar.

Brian "Greyhound" Burlingame has earned the title, Triple Crowner, by thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail. In Wekiwa Springs State Park alone, Brian has hiked and run well over 7500+ miles. He's hiked in most of the national parks, along with being well read and well researched in practically every subject pertaining to hiking the Outdoors.

Michael "Peter Pan" Valle, a passionate outdoor enthusiast in his mid-twenties. He started backpacking at a young age with the Boy Scouts of America. In 2010 he earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. After High school, he took a semester course via the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There, he expanded his experience with backpacking, rock climbing, canyoneering, wilderness first aid and telemark skiing. Michael completed a Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016.

8:00 to 8:30
Meet and Greet sponsored by Osprey Packs. Enjoy free Starbuck’s coffee and donuts/pastries while you visit with old friends and make new ones. Help us reduce waste by bringing your own coffee mug or cup.

8:30 to 9:30
The seminar will begin promptly at 8:30 AM.

Topics for Part 2:

The Big Four
- Backpack
- Shoes
- Tent
- Sleep System
4-layer System
Cook System
Water Purification
Luxury Items