Carrying 25 Pounds on Your Back
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
- Hiking on the Appalachian Trail
- Summer Reading 2016
- SWON's 20th Annual Picture Book Read-In is August 25
Have you ever thought
about hiking the Appalachian Trail? It's about 2,200 miles long and
passes through 14 states, so I don't blame you if it hasn't made it onto
your summer to-do list.
Since the Trail
passes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that's a popular
place for a day hike on it. When we were there, years ago, we picked
Bunion as our destination for the day. The map said it was 7.8
miles to get there and back; I don't remember it mentioning the 1,625'
elevation gain on the roundtrip.
It was a trek. And
all we had to carry were water bottles and a lunch. People hiking the
trail have to carry much more food, a camp stove, sleeping bag and mat.
They'll need clothes and probably
a tent loaded onto a tall backpack. Reading Bill Bryson's A
Walk in the Woods opening chapter on gear is pretty
eye-opening on its own.
As school kids know, a
backpack you can pick up isn't necessarily a backpack you can carry a
mile to school. Talking to kids about carrying a pack and choosing good
food that will keep you fueled for a long journey is a great way to talk
about deciding what to eat. And it might inspire them to take on the
challenge of some local
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
Next year's Summer Reading Program on fitness/wellness
sounds like a challenge
We'll help you plan
your route at our SRP Workshop. It's early on the calendar this year—September
1st—so pick out some reliable shoes and meet us at the Xenia branch
of Greene County Public Library.
With six speakers
demonstrating programs you can adapt for toddlers to teens, there will
be lots of ideas to take home with you. Don't forget to bring a program
description of your own for the Idea Share. Hearing about programs from a
couple dozen attendees is a great way to complete the day.