Long distance hiker Hayne Hipp is the featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) fourth annual membership drive, “Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail” at McGlohon Theatre, located at 345 North College St. in Charlotte.
The event, held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, will also showcase the never-before-seen film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy,” which tells the history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) using rare film footage and photography. All proceeds will benefit the ATC and its efforts to preserve the A.T.
Hipp, who, on the A.T., goes by the name “Reboot,” began section hiking the 2,180-mile long Trail in 2007. Throughout the next six years, he hiked portions until he completed the entire Trail in 2013 at age 73. “I talked about it so much that I had to,” Hipp said, when asked why he decided to hike the A.T.
In addition to Hipp, other speakers include Sam Henegar, director and producer of the event’s featured film; Mark Hanf, creator of the new board game “Thru Hike: The Appalachian Trail”; and Gary Barrigar, president of the Friends of Roan Mountain. Key ATC leaders, including Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO; Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications; and Rich Daileader, board member, will also speak at the event.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers a unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon—the Appalachian Trail,” said Folgar. “It offers participants a chance to hear the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike and protect the Trail and interact with them in a new way.”
Limited-edition prizes like an ATC-branded ENO™ hammock and the new Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game will also be awarded throughout the evening.