New Jersey hiker narrowly avoids disaster in winter AT hike

Adequate preparation averted disaster for a New Jersey woman hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail that passed through the Garden State in December 2013.

Worthington State Park officials received a call at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, from a distressed hiker, who said that she was lost somewhere along a section of Appalachian Trail that passes through the park.

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6 days in the wild: Kenneth Knight’s ordeal in the Virginia mountains

What happened to Kenneth Knight is nothing short of remarkable. A missed turn along the Appalachian Trail left the legally blind hiker stranded alone within the wilderness of the George Washington National Forest. But quick thinking on his part got him out of a deadly situation and kept him from being another ghost of the great Appalachian range.

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