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Kathy Makes Hiking History

October 25, 2016

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).

Kathy Finch Great Eastern Trail

Kathy on Flagg Mountain, Alabama

Kathy Finch Great Eastern Trail

High Knob Tower, Virginia

Kathy Finch Great Eastern Trail

Kathy poses trailside in Kentucky

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Map of the Great Eastern Trail. Image from

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.

One thought on “Kathy Makes Hiking History

  • Mitchal Green says:

    I had met her while I was fishing at Martin’s Fork Lake in Harlan county Kentucky. My name is Michael Green. We had talked maybe two hours, she was great to talk to. Im so glad she made the trip. All the best. And congratulations.

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