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Illig conquers three of America's longest trails

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Posted on March 25, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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JOHN ILLIG PAUSES at a vista on the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico. Illig spoke at a Green Mountain Club event in Middlebury last Thursday night about his trilogy of books, which traces his journeys on that trail, as well as the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails.

MIDDLEBURY — “The hardest thing about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail is getting to the start.”

So begins “Trail Ways, Path Wise,” the first book in John Illig’s Triple Crown Trilogy, and so began his talk last Thursday to around 70 people gathered in the auditorium of Middlebury Union High School.

The talk was part of the Green Mountain Club’s James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure series, and it was the Bread Loaf section’s annual contribution to the 18-year-old lecture series — last year the speaker was Dan Brown, owner of the Swift House Inn.

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