Ken and Marcia Powers will soon be the first people to complete a continuous through-hike of the 4900 mile American Discovery Trail. They started the ADT in Delaware in February 2005 and should reach Point Reyes, California later this month. Their route has taken them through 13 states as they backpacked from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
Marcia and Ken, known collectively as “Gottawalk,” started through-hiking after retirement. They completed the Triple Crown of long-distance trails (Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail) before attempting the American Discovery Trail. Their “big three” gear choices of Gossamer Gear Mariposa packs, Black Diamond Lighthouse tent, and Western Mountaineering Apache sleeping bags reflect their lightweight philosophy. See their website, http://www.gottawalk.com/ for more on their travels and gear.
Backpacking Light congratulates Ken and Marcia for their long-distance backpacking achievements completed in lightweight style!