Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1224 – Feb 18, 2019

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Walking the AT [Appalachian Trail] is not recreation. It is an education and a job. And walking the entire AT is not ‘going on a hike,’ but a journey with deeper ramifications.

—WARREN DOYLE, since 1973 has hiked Appalachian Trail 16 times, 1950-


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1216 – Feb 10, 2019

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The engineer needs to be an artist in laying out and designing new trails. His task is to subtly blend his own accomplishments with the naturalness of the surroundings and avoid any indication of contrivance.

—STAN MURRAY, Appalachian Trail Conference Chairman, encouragement to AT maintainers, 1971


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1189 – Jan 14, 2019

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Sandra-Schmid-resting-in-GA-on-Appalachian-Trail-thru-hike-2001

The trail knows neither prejudice nor discrimination. Don’t expect any favors from the trail. The trail is inherently hard. Everything has to be earned. The trail is a trial.

—WARREN DOYLE, since 1973 has hiked Appalachian Trail 16 times, 1950-


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1153 – Dec 9, 2018

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Jim-Schmid-on-Appalachian-Trail-in-Shenandoah-NP-10-6-2016

The Appalachian Trail is my measure of growth. The reason I hike the Appalachian Trail again and again (16 times by 2010) is the same reason I waltz the same way over and over, because it is beautiful; because it is what I feel is right; and because it can’t get any better.

—WARREN DOYLE, since 1973 has hiked Appalachian Trail 16 times, 1950-


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1117 – Nov 3, 2018

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Sandra-Schmid-sitting-on-rocks-on-Appalachian-Trail-at-McAfee-Knob-VA-1999

The Appalachian Trail is a way, continuous from Maine to Georgia, for travel on foot through the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. It is a means of sojourning among these lands, such that visitors may experience them by their own unaided efforts.
In practice, the Trail is usually a simple footpath, purposeful in direction and concept, favoring the heights of land, and located for minimum reliance on construction for protecting the resource. The body of the Trail is provided by the lands it traverses, and its soul is in the living stewardship of the volunteers and partners of the Appalachian Trail Cooperative Management System.

—Definition of the Appalachian Trail, from the Appalachian Trail Management Principles, 1977


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1114 – Oct 31, 2018

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Sandra-Schmid-slackpacking-on-Appalachian-Trail-thru-hike-Roan-Mtn-VA-2001

The [Appalachian] Trail itself even seems to have a therapeutic value, as if, by toughing it, by walking along it, we absorb the magic of its freedom, the freshness of its air, the inspiration of the forest rebirth. Like Antaeus, we are renewed.

—ANN and MYRON SUTTON, The Appalachian Trail: Wilderness on the Doorstep, 1967


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #1080 – Sept 27, 2018

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Sandra-Schmid-signing-register-on-Appalachian-Trail-to-McAfee-Knob-VA-1999

Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery—one a dreamer, the other a doer—gave more of themselves to the Appalachian Trail than any other duo in history and the fact that they were frequently and bitterly at odds is testament to the trail’s history, one filled with controversy and conflicting personalities.

—JENNIFER PHARR DAVIS, The Pursuit of Endurance, 2018


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #976- June 15, 2018

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Just walking the trail for pleasure
For the love of out of doors
For the lovely works our Maker
Displays on forest floors.

—EMMA ‘GRANDMA’ GATEWOOD, at age 67 first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (1955), 1887–1973


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #966- June 5, 2018

Sandra-Schmid's-completion-certificate-for-her-Appalachian-Trail-thru-hike-2001. . . it was really [Myron] Avery’s [Appalachian] trail. He mapped it out, bullied and cajoled clubs into producing volunteer crews, and personally superintended the construction of hundreds of miles of path. He extended its planned length of 1,200 miles to well over 2,000, and before it was finished he had walked every inch of it. In under seven years, using volunteer labor, he built a 2,000 mile trail through mountain wilderness. Armies have done less.

—BILL BRYSON, Anglo-American Humor Writer, 1951-


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #937- May 7, 2018

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The Reward of Nature
If you’ll go with me to the mountains
And sleep on the leaf carpeted floors
And enjoy the bigness of nature
And the beauty of all out-of-doors,
You will find your troubles all fading
And feel the Creator was not man
That made lovely mountains and forests
Which only a Supreme Power can.
When we trust in the Power above
And with the realm of nature hold fast,
We will have a jewel of great price
To brighten our lives till the last.
For the love of nature is healing,
If we will only give it a try
And our reward will be forthcoming,
If we go deeper than what meets the eye.

—EMMA ‘GRANDMA’ GATEWOOD, at age 67 first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (1955), 1887–1973


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