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Middlesex High grad walks Appalachian Trail

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Jacob Ballard on the trail

Jacob Ballard graduated from Middlesex High School in 2007. He got interested in trail walking when he was in the Lower United Methodist Church Youth Group, being mentored by Frances Johnston and Paul Russell.

After hiking to Mary’s Rock with the youth group, he continued his love of the great outdoors. He attended RCC Community College and then continued his education at Radford University. While there he got interested in the trail again. Being close to the mountains, he backpacked many weekends.

He started his Appalachian Trail walk on April 1, 2013 at mile marker 0.00 in Georgia on Springer Mountain. He traversed the foot path all the way through 14 states, walking a total of 2,185.9 miles. It took him 6 months and 3 days. His journey ended at Mt. Katahdin in Maine on October 4, 2013.

His plans are to move to Colorado for work, and to eventually begin his new journey on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

Ballard is the son of George Ballard Jr. of Piankatank Shores in Hartfield and Linda C. Sites of Williamsburg, and the grandson of Patricia Rubin of Hartfield.

posted 10.23.2013

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