October 1, 2022

Essex Library Presents ‘Hiking the Appalachian Trail’ with Sam Ducharme, June 13

A free, illustrated talk on thru hiking the Appalachian Trail will be presented by Sam Ducharme at 6:30 p.m. June 13, at the Essex Library

ESSEX — Treat yourself to a modern-day adventure and learn what it’s like to set out on a 2180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine. During his six-month journey, Sam Ducharme documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest.

Join him at the Essex Library on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people.

Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. As an avid outdoorsman, and finding the empty-nest, he decided to buy a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. From there, he started walking north. With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail.

Gear, trail nutrition, enduring the elements, and the logistics involved in a long-distance backpacking trip were hard lessons. After 20 years working within Connecticut’s prisons, the search for a positive recharge resulted in a life-changing journey.

See Ducharme’s gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons. You will also hear how he returned to the trail the following year, connecting with aspiring Thru Hikers, paying it forward, and his return to the summit of Katahdin one year later.

This program is free and open to the public. Call the Essex Library to register or for more information at (860) 767-1560. The Essex library is located at 3 West Ave. in Essex.