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

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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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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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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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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #927- April 27, 2018

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…the Appalachian Trail is a state of being—a merger of ancient mountains, flowing rivers, caring companions, human endeavor, and individual growth and change. Nothing is merely human, and nothing is merely natural. The essence of both intertwines in a long thread, woven north to south, and back again.

—SUSAN POWER BRATTON, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail, 2012


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #886- March 17, 2018

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…the Appalachian Trail, a ridiculous footpath 2,000 miles long, running the length of the Appalachian Mountains, up and down a thousand peaks, in and out of a thousand valleys, across a thousand meadows, through a thousand forest glades…the idea—the idea!—of some year actually getting into harness and walking the entire Trail has always haunted me at the back of my mind. It’s one of those outdoor dream adventures we all dream and very few have the nerve to realize.

—EDWARD ABBEY, US Environmental Advocate, 1927–89


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #876- March 7, 2018

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They should form a framework of parks and forests connected by a series of paths and trails for general outdoor living.

—BENTON MACKAYE, Founder of the Appalachian Trail, 1879–1975


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #846- Feb 5, 2018

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…the [Appalachian] trail is a human community, comprised not just of hikers but also of the people they encounter along the way. The trail is maintainers and trail clubs, hostel managers, outfitters, forest rangers, ridge runners, hut crews, and country store clerks. In the center is the hiker culture, sometimes entirely self-absorbed, sometimes strongly interactive with the business and organizations outside the official trail corridor.

—SUSAN POWER BRATTON, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail, 2012


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