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Scouts blaze Appalachian Trail

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Darien Scouts on the mountain trail.

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Local Boy Scouts’ Troop 53 came through with flying colors on a challenging roughly seven mile hike.

As well, a few hardy souls — scouts Holm Roeser, Peter Doering, Nathaniel Pucci and Jack Ogilvie for the record — pounded out an impressive 13 miles.

“Everyone should be very proud of their accomplishment,” said the Scoutmaster. “This was a challenging hike and a real learning experience for everyone about packing exactly what you will need, managing energy levels, and hiking as a group.”

The first-timers figured out very quickly that the goal is simply putting one foot in front of the other, it was noted.

The Mt. Algo (Kent) lean-to was empty when scouts got there and they ended up having the entire site to themselves. Everyone was in bed early after a full day of hiking and a plate full of backpacking pasta. It was a cold, but not frigid night, with the only sound a babbling brook and the occasional snore, it was reported.

“Iron Men” Harry Molwitz and Frank Roeser lent the long hike, as well as Rob Hathaway, whose Army Airborne hiking cadences led scouts up several mountains, while in the back with ski pole walking sticks some older hardy souls, Rich Pucci and Todd Morgan, kept the pace.

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