Hiking the John Muir Trail

The Amherst Town Li­brary presents "Hiking the John Muir Trail" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, in the Main Reading Room. This is the fifth program in the library’s summer series for adults with a theme of Minds Wide Awake.

Presenter Alison Nadler set out in July 2014 to com­plete a thru hike of the John Muir Trail, a 220-mile footpath that leads from Yosemite National Park to the tallest summit in the lower 48: Mount Whitney. See photographs from her journey, learn what she did to prepare for a solo 15 day high-altitude hike of the Sierra Nevada and hear what it was like to walk all day, every day.

Nadler is an avid peak bagger who has hiked all of the 4000-footers in New England three times. She is the founding organizer of Northeast Peak Bag­gers, a MeetUp group de­signed to help other hik­ers reach their goals. For Nadler, hiking is not just a form of exercise, it is a passion. Most often you will find her on the trail day and night, though she also is program manager and content developer for Gossamer Gear, a compa­ny that offers functional ultralight backpacking and camping gear for the hiker, and editor in chief of Trail to Summit http:// trailtosummit.com. She holds a B.A. in elementa­ry education and teaching from Wheelock College.

This event and all pro­grams in the summer long series Minds Wide Awake are free and open to the public. However, registra­tion is required for each program due to space limitations. You can reg­ister for these events by calling 673-2288, emailing library@amherstlibrary. org or by visiting our website at www.amherst library.org and selecting the "Community Servic­es" tab, then click on drop down "Sign-Up for Pro­grams."