Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail

The 4900 mile ADT bisects the continental US from east to west.

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by Carol Crooker | 2005-10-11 03:00:00-06

Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail

Ken and Marcia Powers will soon be the first people to complete a continuous through-hike of the 4900 mile American Discovery Trail. They started the ADT in Delaware in February 2005 and should reach Point Reyes, California later this month. Their route has taken them through 13 states as they backpacked from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Marcia and Ken, known collectively as "Gottawalk," started through-hiking after retirement. They completed the Triple Crown of long-distance trails (Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail) before attempting the American Discovery Trail. Their "big three" gear choices of Gossamer Gear Mariposa packs, Black Diamond Lighthouse tent, and Western Mountaineering Apache sleeping bags reflect their lightweight philosophy. See their website, http://www.gottawalk.com/ for more on their travels and gear.

Backpacking Light congratulates Ken and Marcia for their long-distance backpacking achievements completed in lightweight style!


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"Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail on 10/12/2005 02:50:51 MDT Print View

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Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail

Ben Lyon
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Re: Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail on 10/12/2005 10:08:21 MDT Print View

That's how I hope to spend my latter years! Congratulations to the Powers.

Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Congratulations on 10/12/2005 11:25:49 MDT Print View

I'll also add my praise to the other people.

I wish I would think of doing things like this. Part of what makes someone sucessful at something is having the idea to do that thing in the first place. Hiking the ADT is not someting I would have ever thought of. Having the idea is perhaps the most important thing. I learn of things like this and find myself thinking, "gee I wish I had thought of doing something like this."