Waterville Valley has produced some stellar athletes over the years, and not just of the skiing variety.
Waterville Valley resident Kathy Finch is a skier; but, her real passion is backpacking.
Kathy has hiked extensively in the Waterville Valley region. She’s also hit the big-name, long-distance hiking routes like the Appalachian Trail and the Ice Age Trail. But, she was still searching for the perfect backpacking adventure along the Appalachian Mountains.
She found it in the Great Eastern Trail (GET), the newest long distance hiking trail in the U.S. The roughly 1,800-mile-long trail passes through nine states from New York to Alabama. Although much of the GET trail network was already in place, a huge amount of volunteer effort helped augment and support the creation of additional and connecting trails.
Kathy started her journey on the GET in Corning, NY, last April. She just recently finished her journey in early October when she reached Flagg Mountain in Alabama.
Kathy didn’t set out on this journey to get her name in any record books. But, along the way she did just that. She is only the third person to hike the GET in its entirety AND she’s the first person to make the journey from north to south.
Check out these great stories about Kathy and her journey on the Great Eastern Trail (see map, below).