Trail and town celebrate 10-year mark with hike, picnic

By Evan Triantafilidis

MONTEREY—When 67-year-old Karl Bodtorf, of South Carolina, set off to hike the complete 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, from its most southern point in Georgia to its most northern point in Maine, he estimated that it would take 160 days to complete.

Instead, one day before his set goal, Bodtorf found himself at Beartown State Forest’s Benedict Pond here, as part of a celebration between a decade-long partnership between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the town of Great Barrington.

A posted flyer inviting thru-hikers, a form of extreme back-packing, caught the eye of Bodtorf and hikers in the area to help celebrate the 10-year official recognition between Great Barrington and the trail. Along with Dan Koch of Tennessee, whom Bodtorf befriended on the trail, the pair spent the afternoon relaxing with local hikers and trail officials at the annual celebration after a day of hiking.

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