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Brenda’s back on the AT

April 5, 2012

When Waterville Valley resident, Brenda Conklin,turned 60 years old a couple of years ago, she decided to celebrate her birthday by fulfilling a life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Having completed the northern half from Katahdin in Maine to Duncannon, PA, Brenda recently returned to the 2,181-mile AT to resume her trek, starting in Virginia and hiking northward.

Brenda’s husband, Preston, is providing support for the first 14 days of her hike; driving a loaded supply vehicle to designated pick-up spots and ferrying her to a motel each night.  This allows Brenda to hike faster with a lighter day pack.  After 14 days, Preston will return to Waterville Valley and Brenda will continue north with a 40-pound pack and sleeping in a tent.  She’ll resupply with packages mailed by Preston to pre-arranged Post Offices along the way.

Best wishes, Brenda!

Excerpted from the Waterville Valley WigWag

Brenda Conklin on the AT

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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