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Workshop at 6:30 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM

Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center 
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

February 13 Chapter Meeting - Program 7:30


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


Reinhard Gsellmeier will share his epic journey in attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Since starting a journal (http://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entries/21469) with his trademark trail name OPA, he has had over 200,000 separate views from family, friends, and mostly complete strangers that have followed his progress and become fans.

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 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.

Steven Tryon,
Feb 15, 2018, 5:04 PM
Steven Tryon,
Feb 15, 2018, 5:05 PM