Mary Davison has always loved the outdoors, from Girl Scouts to gardening, car camping to mountaineering, but at the age of 60 and planning for retirement from her job as a minister, Mary began her trail-life as “Medicare Pastor.” Over the next sixteen years she would section hike the triple crown, 2,200 miles on the Appalachian Trail, 2,600 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 miles on the Continental Divide Trail. Taking two extended hikes, about 400-500 miles, per year she slowly chipped away at what would become an 8,000 mile trek.
Old Lady on the Trail: Triple Crown at 76 recounts those days spent on trail, the physical and mental challenges of Mary’s undertaking. Through aches, pains, and knee replacements, Mary shows true grit as she presses on. From the wooded east coast, to the Yosemite Valley, and through grizzly country, the “Medicare Pastor” as she’s known on trail, perseveres. If all that isn’t impressive enough, when those three trails started to run out of miles, Mary also hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek from the Pyrennes Mountains on the French/Spanish border to the city of Santiago, and if you think she’s slowing down now, don’t kid yourself. Mary is section hiking her way along the 5,000+ mile American Discovery Trail that runs from coast to coast.
Talking with Mary was a joy, her enthusiasm is contagious and it comes through in her book, for more information regarding Mary or any of the hikes discussed in this weeks episode check out www.maryedavison.com or any of the links below:
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