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February 13 Chapter Meeting - Program 7:30

CHAPTER MEETING, February 13, 7:30 P.M.


Reinhard will share his epic journey in attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Since starting an On-line Journal (follow link or just google OPA Appalachian Trail) with his trademark trail name OPA, he has had over 205,000 separate views from family, friends, and mostly complete strangers that have followed his progress and become fans. As you follow his journal, you experience the power of positive attitude in overcoming significant obstacles from mother nature as well as the limits of the human body. You encounter the best in people: helpful, kind, grateful, generous, caring, and reverent. And you see extradentary friendships being made.

Reinhard describes himself as a weekend backpacker and day hiker who enjoys the occasional foray into the outdoors. He is an unabashed peak bagger, and as such has become an ADK 46er/Winter 46er and Northeast 115er (Maine/14; New Hampshire/48; Vermont/5; New York/48). Reinhard has also led several trips for the Rochester Winter Mountaineering Society (RWMS) and has climbed Mt. Rainier in Washington – which he says is “as high up as he wants to go”.

Although he had never before undertaken an extended long-distance trek, he for years had dreamed about embarking on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. With his retirement in January 2018 at the age of 66, and with the blessing of his wife and family, the opportunity presented itself. He read many books and journals written by people who had hiked the AT, which gave him the confidence to attempt his own thru-hike. Although his quest for a complete thru-hike was thwarted due to a series of health issues that he faced while on the trail, he managed to complete 1,691 miles – exactly 500 miles short of the entire 2,191-mile long AT, which he intends on completing in 2019.

Reinhard describes his 2018 AT thru-hike attempt as the
adventure of a lifetime, and he reminisces about the trail every
day: the variety of interesting people he met and the friends he made, the challenges he faced, and the sights that he saw. Join us as Reinhard
takes us through his AT adventure!

February 13 - Workshop 6:30

6:30 p.m. workshop

It's Your Food - Keep It That Way

Presented by Barb Brenner

It's your food, you carried it over the trails or portages, you deserve to eat it after doing all the work. But how can you protect it from those big, and little, visitors to your campsite? Maybe in a bear bag, maybe in a bear canister, maybe doing something foolish ... so many possibilities. Attend this workshop to brush up on how to protect your food when backpacking or wilderness paddling. This workshop will review how to hang a bear bag, how to pack a bear canister and various tips and tricks to using either one. Come and find out how one can get 15 days of food into one Garcia bear canister.


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