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UT Arboretum Society and REI-Knoxville present Pacific Crest Trail hike program

Joan Tomlinson, a hiker who completed the Pacific Crest Trail, spanning an area from Mexico to Washington State, will talk about her hiking experience on Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge, 901 S. Illinois Avenue. Entitled “Time on the Mountains: One woman’s Lessons and Discoveries While Completing a Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail,” Tomlinson will talk about what became a three-year hike and the many challenges she faced.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society but donations are gratefully accepted. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, REI – Knoxville and the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. For more information on this program or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-7277. No registration is required.

Tomlinson, whose trail name is “Blue Jay,” started hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at the California – Mexico border in April 2016 with the intention of getting to the Washington-Canada border to complete a thru hike in one season. She was drawn back to long distance hiking after completing a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2014.