Celebrate Earth Day by visiting Sanbornton Public Library to hear outdoor enthusiast Charles Dona talk about his hike of the John Muir Trail. This is same trail described in the book and movie “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. His presentation will be Wednesday, April 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library. It is free and open to the public. Members of the Sanbornton Conservation Commission will be on hand to pass out bags for road-side litter pick-up and to talk about local trails.
Charles Dona lives in Tilton, NH, works in Holderness, but spends much of his spare time in the outdoors doing a varied selection of activities: fishing, canoeing, backpacking, cycling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. His most valued recreational accomplishments involve travel under his own power, including thru-hikes of the Appalachian, Long, Colorado, and John Muir trails. He has completed two 50-mile ultra marathons, a marathon on snowshoes, the world-championship Spartan race at Killington, placed second at a 24 hour solo mountain bike race, climbed the highest peak in each New England state and NY in the winter in record time, and climbed each of the 48 four thousand foot mountains in NH twice, including once in the winter months.
His presentation will be on his 2012 hike of America’s most famous trail, The John Muir trail. “Stretching 212 miles from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite Valley, California’s famed JMT passes through some of the most dramatic scenery in the country – massive granite peaks, dizzying waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes, and vibrant meadows filled with Sierra wildflowers” (Elizabeth Wenk). Charles’s presentation will include slides, music, a brief history of the trail, equipment/clothing used, how to prepare for the journey, and what one can expect in California’s high Sierra Nevada mountain range.