By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Local man has victory over the Appalachian Trail


November 2, 2023

Kyle Peltier, Contributed

Kyle Peltier finished the Appalachian Trail on Sept. 21 after summiting Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine.

Kyle Peltier from Seeley Lake prepared for the Appalachian Trail (AT) as his second leg of hiking the triple crown last winter, but he didn't know how different it would be from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) he hiked in 2021.

Nearing his 23rd birthday, Peltier has hiked 4,853 miles in the past few years.

"The AT is basically some hiking with glorified rock climbing while carrying a 30 pound backpack," Peltier said. "The AT is basically an obstacle course."

According to Peltier, the terrain varies from long green tunnels under heavy forest canopy to rocky cliffs and steep elevation climbs o...

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