Tom Jamrog has completed the "Triple Crown" of long distance hiking, having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Scenic Trail. He will give an author talk Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

“In the Path of Young Bulls” Veteran hiker shares tales



BAR HARBOR — Tom Jamrog will give an author talk about his book “In the Path of Young Bulls: An Odyssey on America’s Continental Divide Trail” Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.

The book recounts Jamrog’s thru-hike on the Continental Divide Scenic Trail (CDT) at age 63 with an intergenerational group of friends.

The CDT goes from Canada to Mexico and crosses five states. The trail loops through 25 national forests, 21 wilderness areas, three national parks, one national monument and eight Bureau of Land Management resource areas.

Jamrog first thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail at the age of 57 in 2007. In 2010, at age 60, he completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Three years later, he embarked on the last hike in the “Triple Crown” of long distance hiking, the CDT. “In the Path of Young Bulls” details his five-month, 2,500-mile journey on the CDT.

The book also serves as a resource for hikers planning their own CDT adventures, by including daily mileages from starting and ending locations, as well as on-trail reports and conditions for each day’s hike.

“With palpable determination and commitment, Jamrog vividly and honestly captures the real highs and lows of thru-hiking the Rockies from Mexico to Canada, a rare human feat that earned him the coveted Triple Crown of Hiking,” hiker, columnist and author Carey Michael Kish said of the book.

Jamrog, a registered Maine Guide and past president of the Maine Association of School Psychology, has been backpacking and exploring the outdoors for 50 years. He penned a popular column in Motorcycle Tour & Travel, and twice completed 24-hour, 1,000-mile Iron Butt motorcycle rides. He earned the Triple Crown award from the American Long Distance Hiking Association in 2014.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of co-sponsor Sherman’s Books and the talk is co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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