MINSTER — Since 1994, Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp has hiked 9,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT), a continuous footpath that runs through fourteen states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.
On Nov. 13, at Minster Middle School, Niekamp will give a presentation about The AT. This event is sponsored by Minster Journeymen’s Sportsman Club and is free and open to the public. It will begin at 4 p.m. in the commons area.
During this presentation you will take a photo journey from Georgia to Maine on the AT. You will also get valuable “Captain Blue” tips and advice about the AT on things like mail drops, shuttles, hitchhiking and hiker hostels.
He is one of a dozen people worldwide who has reported completing the entire Appalachian Trail four or more times.
Niekamp says, “the physical and mental demands of long distance hiking are a great way to recharge one’s internal batteries and get a fresh look on life.” Long distance hiking is the closest thing he has found to a “fountain of youth.”