As many fans of the Appalachian Trail are already aware, the release of Bill Bryson’s popular book A Walk in the Woods is just around the corner. Labor Day marks the premiere of the movie adaptation of one of the most well known books written about the AT. Though Bryson did not successfully thru hike the Appalachian Trail, in his book he excellently captured the spirit of the trail and the lives of thru hikers in a most hilarious way. In the making of the movie, the cast and crew went to great lengths to pay the proper homage and to bring to light those who keep the spirit of the AT bright and shining. Many iconic stops along the Appalachian Trail were used as filming locations including Amicaloa Lodge and Springer Mountain. Last summer, well over a year ago, the crew came up to Neel Gap to film the main characters passing through the breezeway, the only building through which the AT passes. That tells you just how long the AT community has been waiting for this film!
Below is a clip recently posted by Backpacker Magazine that gives a little bit more information about the making of the movie. In this clip you can really see them highlight the local trail communities that bring life to the trail as well as larger groups like the ATC who help manage the Appalachian Trail in hopes of keeping it beautiful and open to the public even in a time of mass interest such as that created by the feature film.
Backpacker Magazine has also conducted and interview with the author and with so-star Nick Nolte. Read that intreguiging little tidbit by clicking here. For those of you who have not read the book yet, it is 100% worth the read! Get it here and gobble it up before the movie comes out and then join the rest of us in the theaters!
The numbers of hikers are expected to grow rapidly this next season as a result of the movie. We encourage 2016 thru hikers to familiarize themselves with Leave No Trace practices as to leave less of an impact. You may be go as far as to obtain a pack shakedown here at Mountain Crossings well before you leave for your hike in order to have the most manageable gear set while while also avoiding the crowds of March and April in Georgia. If you are not local, feel free to call in or email us for help at any time! We will be making an effort this winter to help 2016 thru hikers get the right gear, the first time, long before they hit the trail. stay tuned for more on that!