The Green Tunnel is a podcast about the history of the Appalachian Trail. Each episode examines a topic from the 100 years of the trail’s history---topics like the founding of the trail in the 1920s, the history of trail food, and the history of women on the trail.
The Green Tunnel is a podcast of R2 Studios, a division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Show notes, including full transcripts, available at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
In 1930 Eiler Larsen set out on what is the first recorded attempt of what we call an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. He didn't make it in one year. He got a little distracted. In the final episode of our first season, we're going to tell Larsen's story: how he was drawn to the AT, his message of happiness, and how he ended up being the official Greeter of Laguna Beach, California (which by the way, is approximately one Appalachian Trail away from Springer Mountain in Georgia).
This episode was produced by Mills Kelly. The executive producer is Abby Mullen. Editing by Jeanette Patrick. Show notes are available at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
Iconic Locations: Oglethorpe Monument
The original southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail was at the summit of Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia. But that changed in 1958 when the Appalachian Trail Conservancy agreed to move the terminus to Springer Mountain because of...(wait for it)...chickens. Really. Chickens.
The Green Tunnel is a production of R2 Studios at George Mason University. It is hosted by Mills Kelly. This episode was edited by Jeanette Patrick.
Give Me Shelter
When you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it starts raining, it’s nice to know that somewhere up ahead there is a cozy shelter you can duck into. Luckily, there are more than 250 trailside shelters on the AT. Some of them almost 100 years old, and have just as much history as the trail itself. This episode examines the history of those shelters and the hiker hostels along the trail that have become much more than just cover from the rain. They've become a place for community along the trail.
This episode was produced by Hayley Madl. It's hosted by Mills Kelly. Show notes available at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
Iconic Locations: Mount Washington
Today's Iconic Location takes us up north to the Presidentials in New Hampshire, to the summit of Mount Washington. Known for the most terrible weather in the United States, hikers and cars alike make the trek to be able to say "I climbed Mount Washington," but what is its history on the Appalachian Trail? Listen to find out.
Show notes, including a full transcript, available at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
Leave Only Footprints
Are hikers loving the Appalachian Trail to death? In this episode of The Green Tunnel, we examine the history of hiker trash - as in actual trash - on the trail. We’ll look at a moment when the trashing of the trail got so bad that the trail clubs almost did something radical, something that would have changed the hiker experience forever. And we examine the many ways that community organizations have tackled the persistent problems of overuse, vandalism, and litter on the trail.
The Green Tunnel is a production of R2 Studios at George Mason University. It's hosted by Mills Kelly. This episode was produced by Eleanor Magness.
Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
Iconic Locations: Maryland's Washington Monument
This iconic location on the Appalachian Trail is the very first monument in the country to George Washington. It also made a cameo in the Civil War, and now it makes a great place for birdwatching. Learn more about Maryland's Washington Monument in today's episode!
The Green Tunnel is a podcast of R2 Studios at George Mason University. It's hosted by Mills Kelly and produced by Abby Mullen. Show notes, including a full transcript, at greentunnel.rrchnm.org.
Meet a two young women in Harpers ferry this past weekend. Started listening from the first one and enjoy content. Gave me a whole new way to look at the AT. Also great name and cool logo/artwork.
I really like the way they take history and make it come to life with voice actors and music. It's not just narration, it's also acting and sound design. Very well done!
Glad for this podcast of one of my favorite outdoor places.