May 25, 2013
Dear Trail Walker,
Last week I finished my next-to-last section of the AT walking from the NJ/NY line on Bellvale Mountain to Bear Mountain. In 2012 I took a nasty fall on the slippery ledges up there and wound up with 18 stiches in my head. I plan to finish my hike of the AT on June 22, 2013 at the Walt Whitman statue at the Trailside Museum & Zoo, coming south from Salisbury, CT. I invite all Trail Conference members to meet me there and help celebrate. The time is 2:30pm (sharp).
On the 21st, at around 3pm, I plan to hike up to my grandfather’s memorial on Long Mountain with my brother Bill and cousin Warren Millett (also grandsons of Raymond H. Torrey). [TW note: Raymond H. Torrey was an early 20th-century outdoor writer and a founder of the Trail Conference.]
I had read of the ambitious, years-long project of constructing the stone steps up and over Bear Mountain, but I was truly astonished at the scope and magnificence of what I experienced. I think it rivals the building of the pyramids!
Thanks to all the NY/NJ Trail Conference members whose help towards this endeavor made this possible. –Raymond J. Torrey