HikeMore Online Newsletter - Appalachian Trail Edition, Spring 2004


Appalachian Trail Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian Trail

* Appalachian Impressions is now available on DVD and VHS. See end of article for details!

On March 31st, 2001 (my birthday) I set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I wanted to complete a video documentary about my experiences. But due to extra weight (camera equipment) and time restraints I couldn't capture onto video my AT experience. Pack weight would have been a big problem but time is more crucial. It takes a lot of time to shoot video. Thru-hikers spend 10 hours a day hiking up and down mountains and that doesn't leave a lot of time for videotaping. I knew that someday I would return to the trail and accomplish my dream of capturing the AT experience, beauty, and history onto video. So, during my journey I wrote extensive notes to remind myself where I wanted to come back to and why. I reached Mt. Katahdin on October 4th, 2001. The long arduous journey changed my life forever.

On March 25th, 2003 my dream of completing a documentary about the AT became more of a reality. I saved up money for two years and returned to the trail once again. This time, I spent seven months capturing ALL aspects of the Appalachian Trail. I revisited the most memorable parts of the AT with my 65 pound pack. I hiked 1,000 miles to truly document the struggle of man vs. nature. I interviewed current hikers and learned about their stories and experiences. I videotaped shelters, towns, trail magic, weather, steep climbs, sore feet, eating, and the changing seasons from Georgia to Maine. The documentary shows the highs and lows of long distance hiking while educating people on responsible outdoor recreation. The AT has NEVER been documented this way, this professional, this thorough, in an exciting and informative story.

Getting Appalachian Trail footage for the documentary

The documentary is entitled Appalachian Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'm currently working on getting the two one-hour long programs onto television. National Geographic, Discovery, and BBC Channel have all shown interest in the program. The documentary will be completed by July, 2004. There will also be a longer version on VHS that will be available to purchase from me directly and some backpacking stores throughout the U.S. The tape will be between 2 to 3 hours showing more of the trail, interviews, out takes, etc. If you want to receive updated information regarding Appalachian Impressions email me at: flagmw@aol.com. I'm in the process of designing a web page. C.C. climbs Mt. Katahdin, the end of the Appalachian Trail


Mark Flagler
AKA Carolina Cruiser AKA C.C.
GA to ME 2001

Our thanks to C.C., 2001 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, for submitting this article about his experiences on the Trail.

* News from Mark about the completion of Appalachian Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian Trail

"The 2004 Appalachian Trail documentary titled "Appalachian Impressions-Hiking the Appalachian Trail" is now available for purchase. The DVD's are $29.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. The VHS tapes will be available in a month or so (update: VHS videos will be available in February 2005) and will cost $24.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

"The DVD program has two disks (double disk) packed full of 126 minutes of amazing footage including hilarious "Out Takes." Disk 1 or Part 1 is the first half of the AT and Disk 2 or Part 2 is the second half. The ATC will be selling the program in December as well as Amazon.com. The ATC has said "Appalachian Impressions is the most professional and comprehensive program ever produced about the Appalachian Trail." There are other distributers that will be selling the program at the beginning of next year. I would prefer you order a copy directly
through me or my web page."


12-10-04 Update: DVD's can only be ordered through Mark's website, www.flaglerfilms.com, at this time.

01-23-07 Update: Searching around, I found the Appalachian Impressions DVD is available on Amazon through multiple sellers. Click Here.

Appalachian Impressions - Hiking the Appalachian Trail - Film by Mark Flagler now on DVD
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