Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek's latest feat of running the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, all 2,189 miles of it, in just 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes has stirred quite a bit of controversy at this end of the trail. He touched the sign at the pinnacle on July 12th. The trail itself runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. His run through BSP set the scene for another clash between commercial sports and wilderness preservation. At the summit, you see, Jurek was issued 3 summonses for rules broken at Baxter Peak. The 3 rules broken were: no consumption of alcoholic beverages, no groups in your hiking party should be more than 12 in number (Scott had a large support group with him all the way) and no filming within 500 feet of the top. I've climbed Katahdin 6 times. Three of the times I assisted in our Boys' Pathfinder program, leading a group of about 15 of so eighth grade boys to the top. So, our school group sort of broke that group rule. The other three times Elenka and I have summited the mountain, once with brother Marchin. Each time we reached the top we celebrated with (as I remember) a refreshing chug from a bottle of Boones's Farm Strawberry Hill wine.
There, a second rule infraction.
Ah... but so thirst quenching!
Hey, ya gotta celebrate, right?