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April 1980 through May 1981
San Francisco, California to Cape Henlopen, Delaware

HikaNation was a 14-month cross-country backpacking trip starting at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on April 12, 1980, and ending at Cape Henlopen, Delaware on May 27, 1981 after traversing over 4,286 miles and passing through 14 states and Washington, D.C.

Purposes for the hike included highlighting the need for more hiking trails across America and promoting hiking as a low energy consumption form of recreation.

HikaNation by the Mississippi
HikaNation by the Mississippi
January 15th, 1981

HikaNation   was   organized   by
Jim Kern, William Kemsley, Jr., Paul Pritchard, Glenn Seaborg, and others, and was sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the United States Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, and Postum, along with various other suppliers & supporters, including Backpacker  magazine.

The Progression of HikaNation details the journey with various organizational memos, letters, newspaper and magazine articles.

While each state had a HikaNation coordinator who planned the route and some activities through the state, Monty Montgomery was the HikaNation "on-site" Hike Coordinator. Monty drove his van and Airstream trailer parallel to the HikaNation route and provided numerous functions, including, but not limited to: coordinating with state planners, advance scouting/altering of planned route, meeting with locals & dignitaries & media, providing water/food/aid in desolate areas, transporting hikers to and from the hike, providing resupply trips to nearby towns, etc.  Without Monty, Jim Kern and the state coordinators, HikaNation would not have succeeded.


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HikaNation Route Information
including U.S. and State maps

HikaNation 1980 Backpack Route - Utah
HikaNation Utah ArcGIS Online "story map"
 by Rich Warnick
The Hikers The Organizers The Campsites The Stats & Surveys
Randy's Archives The Steering Committees MemorabiliaStories & Journals
HikaNation Photos HikaNation Videos HikaNation Reflections Hikers' Obituaries
HikaNation Reunions HikaNation Events Facebook  -  Instagram Material Contributions
HikaNation Exhibit
Appalachian Trail Museum
HikaNation
The Father of the ADT
Congressional Records in
The House of Representatives
Department of the Interior
HCRS sponsorship

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The Progression of HikaNation HikaNation Films by John Olmsted

Stacey Waring - The Washington Post - May 25, 2021

Followup at Cape Henlopen - Stacey & Gomer






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Photos & commentary by William Ewart

California
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Nevada
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Utah
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Colorado
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Kansas
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Oklahoma
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Arkansas
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Missouri
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Illinois
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Kentucky
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Virginia
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West Virginia
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Maryland
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Washington, D.C.
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Delaware
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Rich's HikaNation photos
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60 of Scott's Shots
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Scott's HikaNation photos
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Marce's HikaNation photos
"original set"
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Marce's HikaNation photos
"additional set"
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"Butch's" HikaNation photos

Note: Some of these photos were taken by Rex Halfpenny.
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Rex's HikaNation photos
"original set"
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Reese's HikaNation photos
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Bruce's HikaNation photos
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Tim's HikaNation photos
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Tim's AHS 1981 Summer Hikes photos
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Kimberly's HikaNation photos
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Jim's HikaNation photos
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Mike's HikaNation photos
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Miscellaneous HikaNation photos

 

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Scott's HikaNation Memorial Video Tribute
Kurt's HikaNation SlideshowMarce's HikaNation Slideshow
Kelty Mike's HikaNation SlideshowReese's HikaNation Slideshow
Susan "Butch" Henley's Slideshow
(music only; no narration)
"Butch" Henley's Trek Across America
(with narration by "Butch")
Hik-a-nation 1980 Cross-Country Trip by John Olmsted

HikaNation Films by John Olmsted


April 2016 Interviews with
Jim Kern by Paula Guerrein
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A Handshake Across America
March 21, 2017
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October 2017 Interviews with
Bill Kemsley by Paula Guerrein
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1981 Thanksgiving Gathering
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May 1982 Reunion photos
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May 1983 ReunionimageAugust 1984 Reunion
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October 1986 Reunion photos
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Summer 1991 Reunion photos
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May 2000 Reunion photos
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May 2011 Reunion photos
  &  Jeopardy
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August 2013 Reunion-BBQ photos

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September 2015 Pre-Reunion Hike photos
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September 2015 Reunion photos
  &  videos
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All Things 35th -- 2015 Anniversary Reunion
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Additional 2015 photos, edited by Scott
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August 2017 BBQ-Reunion photos
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September 2021 Mini-Reunion Hike photos
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March 2022 Reunion information

 

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The Father of the American Discovery Trail





The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is a new breed of national trail - part city, part small town, part forest, part mountains, part desert - all in one trail. Opened in 2000, its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It reaches across America, linking community to community in the first coast to coast, non-motorized trail. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American - its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit. (November 9, 2014)


 

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Recent and Upcoming Events

HikaNation Mini-Reunion Hike
September 4 - 13, 2021
Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
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42nd Anniversary HikaNation Reunion
St. Augustine, Florida
March 24 - 27, 2022
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Works in progress


"Source material" contributors for The Progression of HikaNation
(memos, letters, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.)
A Multitude - 10+
August 2013
Am. Hiking Society
1978 - 2017
Backpacker
1978 - 2015
Dept. of Interior
HCRS
- 1979-1981
Randy Blymire
April 1996
Jim Lambert
2013
Dave Backus
end of 2013
Paula Guerrein
July 2015, Feb 2016
Reese Lukei, Jr.
2015 and 2018
Scott
August 2015
Janet Parsons
September 2015
Jim Kern
2016 and 2018
Bruce Ohlson
April 2016
Tim Geoghegan
May 2016
AHS & John Stout
October 2016
Gudy Gaskill
October 2017
Mike McReynolds
August 2018
Rex Halfpenny and
Mary Oswald
-2018
Terry Ernst
September 2018
William Ewart
2000 - 2020
More details and more contributors: Contributions, 2000 - 2021

 

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Contributions (photos, articles, etc.)Recent Additions to HikaNation
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