Team 1 - Section 1 Photo Album
Team 2 Section 1 - Photo Album
Record Number of Participants Start the 2017 Hiker Challenge
A record 71 participants across three teams, backpacked the first 26 miles of the Trace during the section one hike of the 2017 Hiker Challenge.
The weather was rainy for team one and cloudy for team 2 but was of little factor in slowing down the participants. Team 3 got an early start on their weekend knocking out about 6 miles on the Friday before.
The Saturday night camp at Holly Fork trail head was a perfect place to spend the night. Team one was treated to some "trail magic" from Class of 2014 End to Ender Laura Stoehr's. The contribution of hot soup, bread and cookies from Class of 2015 End to Ender, Elizabeth Matera.
Team 2 was not to be left out of the magic. Members of the STA Cave Run Lake Chapter came out on their Saturday with more hot soup and sandwiches. Class of 2013 End to Enders, Donna Kirkwood and Troy Wright stopped by with some homemade sweets.
Team 3 was not left out as the "trail magic" express caught up with them at their camp on Forest Service Road 977.
Thanks to the efforts of the chapter, there were only minimal navigation errors over the course of the weekend.