'Wildcat' chaplain hikes 2 states with 12 to go along Appalachian Trail

'Wildcat' chaplain hikes 2 states with 12 to go along Appalachian Trail

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2015) -- Saying goodbye to Maine and New Hampshire was a happy day for Bert Emmerson.

That’s because he conquered the rugged White Mountains on his way to completing the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Emmerson, 66, is the trail chaplain for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. He left his Maryville home in mid-June to take on the challenge and began the hike June 20. As of Tuesday, he had logged 398.7 miles.

The plan, he said before he left, was to average 12 miles a day. That hasn’t been the case so far, but Emmerson has now completed what many consider to be the roughest terrain. He has averaged about 10 miles per day, he said, as he rested on Tuesday in New Hampshire.

 

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