LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Have you ever thought of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Would you like to do so vicariously, from the comfort of a chair? Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday, November 10, former Lock Haven University professor and coach Jim Dolan will present a slide show and question-and-answer session on his Appalachian Trail hike. Dolan’s presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the Health Sciences Building.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is 2175 miles long, running from Georgia to Maine. The trail passes through 14 states. Those who hike the entire trail are called “Thru-Hikers.”
Hiking the Appalachian Trail was one of the lifelong goals that Dolan looked forward to when he reached retirement. Upon completion of the hike in the summer of 2005, he gave several presentations on campus and was LHU’s December 2005 December commencement speaker.
According to Coach Aaron Russell, men’s and women’s cross-country coach, “Jim’s kind, gentle and introspective nature shine through in his narrative, which accompanies an hour-long slide show.” Russell added, “His stories will leave you laughing one minute, wiping a tear from your eye another, and leaving ready to lace up your own hiking boots!”
“It’s been about five years since Jim Dolan last did a presentation on campus about his hike of the Appalachian Trail,” said Russell, “and we thought it’d be a great opportunity for a new generation here on campus to share in his experiences. Anyone and everybody is welcome to attend!”