Trail Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Impressions is now available on DVD and VHS. See
end of article for details!
March 31st, 2001 (my birthday) I set out to thru-hike the Appalachian
Trail from Georgia to Maine. I wanted to complete a video documentary
about my experiences. But due to extra weight (camera equipment)
and time restraints I couldn't capture onto video my AT experience.
Pack weight would have been a big problem but time is more crucial.
It takes a lot of time to shoot video. Thru-hikers spend 10 hours
a day hiking up and down mountains and that doesn't leave a lot
of time for videotaping. I knew that someday I would return to the
trail and accomplish my dream of capturing the AT experience, beauty,
and history onto video. So, during my journey I wrote extensive
notes to remind myself where I wanted to come back to and why. I
reached Mt. Katahdin on October 4th, 2001. The long arduous journey
changed my life forever.
March 25th, 2003 my dream of completing a documentary about the AT
became more of a reality. I saved up money for two years and returned
to the trail once again. This time, I spent seven months capturing
ALL aspects of the Appalachian Trail. I revisited the most memorable
parts of the AT with my 65 pound pack. I hiked 1,000 miles to truly
document the struggle of man vs. nature. I interviewed current
hikers and learned about their stories and experiences. I videotaped
shelters, towns, trail magic, weather, steep climbs, sore feet, eating,
and the changing seasons from Georgia to Maine. The documentary shows
the highs and lows of long distance hiking while educating people
on responsible outdoor recreation. The AT has NEVER been documented
this way, this professional, this thorough, in an exciting and informative
documentary is entitled Appalachian Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian
Trail. I'm currently working on getting the two one-hour long
programs onto television. National Geographic, Discovery, and BBC
Channel have all shown interest in the program. The documentary will
be completed by July, 2004. There will also be a longer version on
VHS that will be available to purchase from me directly and some backpacking
stores throughout the U.S. The tape will be between 2 to 3 hours showing
more of the trail, interviews, out takes, etc. If you want to receive
updated information regarding Appalachian Impressions email
me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm in the process of designing a web page.
AKA Carolina Cruiser AKA C.C.
GA to ME 2001
thanks to C.C., 2001 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, for submitting
this article about his experiences on the Trail.
News from Mark about the completion of Appalachian Impressions
- Hiking the Appalachian Trail
2004 Appalachian Trail documentary titled "Appalachian Impressions-Hiking
the Appalachian Trail" is now available for purchase. The DVD's
are $29.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. The VHS tapes will
be available in a month or so (update: VHS videos will be
available in February 2005) and will cost $24.99 plus $3.00
shipping and handling.
DVD program has two disks (double disk) packed full of 126 minutes
of amazing footage including hilarious "Out Takes." Disk
1 or Part 1 is the first half of the AT and Disk 2 or Part 2 is
the second half. The ATC
will be selling the program in December as well as Amazon.com. The
ATC has said "Appalachian Impressions is the most professional
and comprehensive program ever produced about the Appalachian Trail."
There are other distributers that will be selling the program at
the beginning of next year. I would prefer you order a copy directly
through me or my web page."
Update: DVD's can only be ordered through Mark's website, www.flaglerfilms.com,
at this time.
Update: Searching around, I found the Appalachian Impressions DVD is available on Amazon through multiple sellers. Click Here.