The Halyburton Park Events Center is hosting an adventure lecture series.
Don’t let the cold weather keep you from learning about and planning for adventure! Come to the free lecture series and hear presentations by three explorers who have braved three different long-distance trails: the Southern Appalachian Trail, the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail, and California’s John Muir Trail. Each presentation will include a slideshow and Q & A session. The event is free and open tot the public. Registration is not required.
Gary Shell—Hiking 600+ miles on the Southern Appalachian Trail
Wednesday, January 14 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Gary Shell is the former Director of the City of Wilmington's Parks and Recreation Department. Following his retirement from the City in 2008, he hiked over 600 miles on the Southern Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Southern Virginia. Experience the journey with him all over again as he recalls photos, friendships, and camp fires on the Appalachian Trail.
Jeff Brewer—Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Wednesday, February 11 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Upon its completion, North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail will stretch over 900 miles from the Tennessee State Line to Jockey’s Ridge State Park near the Atlantic Ocean. Today, more than 480 miles of footpath are built, and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) are working tirelessly to make the dream of a completed MST a reality. Jeff Brewer is the President of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and completed his own 900+ mile trek on the Trail in 2003. Learn about the route and how you can complete your own thru-hike, or just learn a little bit about our state from a hiker’s perspective. There is no charge to attend, but participants will have an opportunity to make a contribution to the efforts of the Friends of the MST.
George Andrews—Ultralight Backpacking on the John Muir Trail
Wednesday, March 11 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The John Muir Trail winds 200 miles through three national parks in California. George Andrews is the owner of Anti-Gravity Gear, an on-line ultralight backpacking gear supplier, and is an accomplished long-distance hiker. On March 11, he will engage us with a slide show about his trek on the John Muir Trail and bring along the packed backpack he used for a bit of show and tell. He will have references available for planning a John Muir Trail hike and for ultralight techniques and gear sources. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about backpacking the “easy” way, to fine-tune your backpacking skills, and to broaden your thoughts on hiking to the West coast!
Check out the Adventure Pathways page on the city's website.