Twenty-seven year old Woodstock resident, Pete Michelinie, has joined an elite group of hikers by completing all of America’s three great trails: the Appalachian Trail (2008), the Pacific Crest Trail (2010), and the daunting Continental Divide Trail (2012)… 7,500 miles in all.
Taking a hiatus from his job as a furniture maker at Shackleton Thomas, Pete began his most recent challenge, the Continental Divide Trail on May 10th in Palomas, Mexico, ending at the Canadian border on Oct 5th. With only a compass and minimal equipment in his fifteen pound pack, he hiked 20-25 miles a day. Friends and family helped along the way by mailing “care packages” to small towns near the trail. While in town, he would visit the local library emailing all that he was alive and well and then off he’d go to have a beer or two. From the heat in New Mexico to snow in the northern Rockies, bear tracks on the trail, elk, wolf and mountain goat sightings, a bout of food poisoning, blisters galore, 4 pairs of shoes, and 7500 miles later… Pete has a lifetime of stories to tell.
In a multi-media presentation, Pete will discuss and take questions about what it’s like Hiking the “Triple Crown” on Wednesday, Feb 13 at 7:00 pm at Norman Williams Library, Woodstock