Early photo from the Long Trail - courtesy of the Green Mountain Club.

Early photo from the Long Trail – courtesy of the Green Mountain Club.

Episode Summary:

Mike DeBonisToday’s guest on the show is the Executive Director of the Green Mountain Club (GMC), Mike DeBonis.  The Green Mountain Club is the non-profit organization responsible for managing and maintaining America’s oldest long distance hiking trail, the Long Trail.  The Long Trail follows the ridgeline of the Green Mountains for 273 miles across the state of Vermont, from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border.

Mike grew up very close to the Long Trail in Vermont, and has a background in forestry as well as long distance hiking.  Mike and I discuss the impact that the Long Trail has had on conservation efforts in the state of Vermont, as well as some of the history of the trail and how it influenced the creation of the Appalachian Trail.  Mike explains that his background in forestry has turned out to be a great benefit in his role with GMC because it has allowed him to connect the human communities along the trail to the forest ecosystems that surround them.

Mike and I also discuss our experiences hiking on both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail, and reflect on what makes these experiences so special.  Listen in the the interview and get inspired to start a long distance hike of your own!

 

Watch “On the Trail” – my short doc about a thru-hike of the Long Trail!

 

Links:

The Green Mountain Club

Volunteer opportunities at GMC

Volunteer with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club

Volunteer with the Pacific Crest Trail Association

Volunteer with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition

 

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