Assistant Professor,DRAMA-Theater Design and Technology

first_imgFLSA StatusExempt In addition to completing an online application, please attach thefollowing:Curriculum VitaeCover LetterTeaching PhilosophyName and email address of three (3) references. Reference letterswill be requested directly from reference providers for finalistsonly.About The College of Visual and Performing ArtsThe College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University iscommitted to the education of cultural leaders who will engage andinspire audiences through performance, visual art, design,scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools forself-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives oncritical thought and action. To learn more about the college, ourdistinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websitesat www.syr.edu, www.vpa.syr.edu. Posting Details LocationSyracuse University CampusSyracuse, NY Job TypeFull-time determined by department/chair Hours Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. 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About the Syracuse area Job Specific Qualifications Quick Linkhttps://www.sujobopps.com/postings/85414 Priority Consideration01/11/2021 Job TitleAssistant Professor,DRAMA-Theater Design and Technology Physical Requirements • Bachelor’s degree plus additional preparation, as demonstrated byeither significant professional experience and/or relevant advanceddegree, are required.• Demonstrated teaching excellence in a pre-professional,professional, or university environment is required.• Proven ability to successfully design professional qualitydepartment productions – as demonstrated by a record ofprofessional accomplishment – is required.• Demonstrated personal and professional experience, teaching, andcreative activity that will contribute to the advancement ofequity, aesthetic diversity, and cultural wealth arerequired.• Ability to enhance the department’s capacity both to honor and tocultivate the contributions of those communities that havehistorically been under-represented or underserved in performancetraining and/or the performing arts is required.• Design experience/expertise in other areas (film, television,events, concerts, etc.) highly desirable. EEOC The Syracuse University Department of Drama seeks to hire twoTenure-Track Assistant Professors for its Theater Design andTechnology Program. Primary expertise should be in costume designand/or scenic design, with additional expertise in at least oneother area of theatrical design (lights, projections, sound, etc.).Design experience/expertise in other areas (film, television,events, concerts, etc.) is highly desirable. The department seekscandidates whose personal and professional experience, teaching,and creative activity contribute to the advancement of equity,aesthetic diversity, and cultural wealth. Successful candidateswill enhance the department’s capacity both to honor and tocultivate the contributions of those communities that havehistorically been under-represented or underserved in theatertraining and/or the theatrical profession. The department iscommitted to the development of a curriculum that respondseffectively to the artistic needs of an ever-changing profession,and that prepares a diverse array of students to assume leadershiproles. The positions will teach a variety of courses as assigned bythe Chair and based upon expertise. Additionally, the positionswill serve as designers for department productions and as bothacademic and design advisors to student designers in all areas oftheatrical design (sets, lights, costumes), guiding them in thecreation and realization of professional quality theatrical designsin accordance with emerging best professional practices. Continuedprofessional creative work and/or research, as well as service andcommittee work for the Department, the College of Visual andPerforming Arts, and the University is expected. These positionsbegin in Fall 2021.For further information, contact Professor Alex Koziara, SearchCommittee Chair. [email protected] Responsibilities Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit www.syracuse.edu. Job Description Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Job #075447 Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. About Syracuse University • Teach a variety of theater design and technology courses asassigned by the Chair and based upon expertise.• Design department productions.• Serve as both an academic and design advisor to student designersin all areas of theatrical design (sets, lights, costumes), guidingthem in the creation and realization of professional qualitytheatrical designs in accordance with current emerging bestprofessional practices.• Engage in inclusive pedagogy and the advancement of equity,aesthetic diversity, and cultural wealth.• Engage in continued professional creative work and/orresearch.• Participate in service and committee work for Department, Collegeof Visual and Performing Arts, and Syracuse University. Tools/Equipment Qualifications Pay RangeCommensurate w/ Experience RankAssistant Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans • Commitment to the development of a curriculum that respondseffectively to the artistic needs of an ever-changing profession,and that prepares a diverse array of students to assume leadershiproles.• Ability and willingness to collaborate with faculty in allprograms (Acting, Musical Theater, Theater Design and Technology,Stage Management, and Theater Management) in the ongoing life of atop-quality pre-professional theater program.• Expertise in diverse aesthetic genres and styles as applied totheater and performance is desired. Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Job CategoryFaculty Application Instructions Open Until FilledYes Job Posting Date12/18/2020 Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Application Deadline Message to Applicantslast_img read more

Bakery chain reaches 20

first_imgLe Pain Quotidien will be taking its store count to 20 by the end of the month, after it announced plans to open two new outlets in central London. The coffee shop and bakery chain’s newest locations will open on Kendal Street and Wardour Street in London in February, serving shop-made Continental pastries, cakes and breakfast options and produced in Belgium to be baked-off in-store.Le Pain Quotidien was established in the 1990s by chef Alain Coumont from Brussels and is led in the UK and France by managing director Jack Moran.last_img read more

Creator of skyscrapers

first_imgPart of a series about Harvard’s deep ties to Asia.TOKYO — Seen from the 50th floor of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, the city of Tokyo fans out below, its smaller buildings looking like stacked shoeboxes. The view from the sidewalk outside isn’t bad either, as the skyscraper’s curved, latticed lines contrast starkly with the boxy high-rises nearby.The tower, one of the city’s tallest, is unconventional in more than just design. It is a school skyscraper that contains 10,000 students in three institutions of higher education.The striking building was designed by Paul Tange and his Tokyo-based firm, Tange Associates. Tange, who graduated from Harvard College in 1981 and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 1985, has created buildings around the world. But most of his work is in Asia, where his firm has contributed to the skylines of Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei.Family vacations on building sitesThe son of famed Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, who taught at the GSD in the 1972, Tange grew up steeped in architecture. Family vacations, he recalls, featured trips to building sites in faraway countries. By the time he was 16, he thought he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.But Tange also credits his years at Harvard, which began in the fall of 1977, with helping him to explore other options, to wrestle with his doubts, and cement his decision.“I had the dilemma in the first year. I remember thinking, ‘Do I really want to be an architect, or is it because of my dad?’ ” Tange recalled. “That’s what Harvard gave me, the choice.”Tange explored courses in statistics and economics and, though he did well, he ultimately returned his focus to architecture, which he was pursuing through a joint concentration in engineering and applied sciences and visual and environmental studies. By the time he graduated, he was sure enough that he wanted to pursue architecture at Harvard that he applied to only one graduate school, the GSD.“In the middle of February, it just hit me: If I don’t get into GSD, what am I going to do?” Tange said, adding that his makeshift solution would have been to work construction in Harvard Square for a year while he applied to other schools.He was accepted, however, and spent the next three and a half years developing his skills as an architect. He started out not knowing how to draw a plan but settled in among a student body of diverse backgrounds, from biology to law, drawn together by their interest in architecture.Tange’s father didn’t push his son into the field, telling him that he should do whatever he wanted. On the day that Tange submitted his thesis, however, which happened to be his birthday, his father called from Tokyo. Tange thought that was odd, since it was his mother who usually called to wish him a happy birthday, putting his father on to talk later.Rather than offer birthday greetings or congratulations on his thesis, Tange’s father told him there was a plane ticket to Tokyo waiting for him. His father would meet him at the airport to brief him on an architectural design competition his father wanted him to attend. Then his father would get on a plane for Paris.“He thought it very important that the name Tange be at the presentation. That was the first time he talked to me about architecture,” Tange said.Skyscraper of the yearTange joined his father’s firm, eventually taking over the reins and in 2002 founding Tange Associates. His father died in 2005. The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, completed in 2008 and named skyscraper of the year by Emporis.com, was the first project the firm took on after his father’s death.The tower illustrates new thinking about the use of skyscrapers, Tange said. In crowded Asian cities, devoting vertical space to uses such as schools, which have traditionally had horizontal layouts, is a necessity. The tower, designed to embody the safety of a cocoon in which students can develop, is the 17th tallest building in Tokyo, but the second-tallest school building in the world, after Moscow State University.“Other cities have the same problem” as Tokyo, Tange said. “We had to go vertical.”Though Tange kept in touch with friends from college, he has only recently become more deeply involved with the University and the alumni community. Now, he is vice president of the Harvard Club of Japan, whose membership is drawn from 4,000 alumni living there. One of his goals as vice president, he said, is to bring the various Harvard Clubs across Asia closer together.“I thought it was time for me to give back what I’ve received,” said Tange, whose daughter, Aya, is an undergraduate at Harvard. “The more I look back, the more I realize how wonderful my student days were, and that as an institution how forward-looking Harvard is.”Carl Kay, president of the Harvard Club of Japan, said Tange is always available for help and advice. Tange also lends his office and staff for club use on important occasions, such as the 2010 visit by Harvard President Drew Faust.“Whatever leadership skills I might have don’t make up for my lack of deep experience with Japanese honorific language and formal social customs,” Kay said. “Paul helps the club maintain good relations with our more senior Japanese members, many of whom are in top positions in business, government, or the arts. And despite his very busy travel schedule, Paul attends most board meetings, where he offers practical and sound advice on all matters. It is a great support for me to know that Paul will answer his cellphone any time I call, even though he is as likely to be in Singapore or Taiwan as Tokyo.”Though his father remains an important influence, Tange still carries lessons from the GSD with him, including the maxim that “every line must have meaning” from Jorge Silvetti, the Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor in Architecture, and the saying that “architecture is art with social responsibility,” from former GSD Dean Josep Lluis Sert, who designed Harvard’s Holyoke Center and the Science Center, among other buildings.Silvetti, who said Tange’s father was one of his influences, recalls Tange the student as a hard worker.“He was a delight to work with,” Silvetti said. “He has picked up where his father left off, in terms of practice … We have very many prominent graduates, and he’s an example of that.”Tange credits his Harvard days with instilling the intellectual rigor with which he approaches his work.“I always ask these questions: ‘Why? Why? Why?’ That’s what Harvard taught me. You have to have the answer to everything,” Tange said. “An architect can’t repaint his canvas. You can’t do it again if you want to change it.”For additional coverage, visit Global Harvard.last_img read more

Student produces YouTube videos, empowers viewers

first_imgAs a Saint Mary’s first year, Marialicia Garza has to balance classes and extracurricular activities — and a YouTube channel. Garza’s beauty and lifestyle videos on her channel, Mari G1007, encourage viewers to press play on their dreams and aspirations.The channel gives her audience a candid glimpse into her life through tutorials and product reviews, but Garza said she hopes people learn far more than new makeup techniques from her videos.“I want them to know not everyone is going to be perfect, and not everything is going to be easy in life, but if you keep striving for what you want, you’re definitely going to be able to do it, regardless of the circumstances,” Garza said. “I hope they know or at least understand that even if it seems like everything is going completely wrong, they can totally turn it around themselves as long as they keep pushing to do as much as they can.”Garza said this desire to instill hope and perseverance in her viewers prompted her to upload a video titled “¡¡¡ SI SE PUEDEN !!!” in which she motivates people to seek higher education. She filmed the clip entirely in Spanish so that the message of empowerment could reach as wide of an audience as possible, Garza said.“Our younger generations have kind of lost what the point of getting an education is,” Garza said. “It’s also important that not everything always has to be in English. Because this is in Spanish, it can reach people all across the country and even down into Latin America.”Garza said she hopes the video resonates with students in her home city of Detroit, Michigan, where she attended one of the area’s few private schools and took classes with supportive teachers who motivated her to aim high.“They always pushed us to apply to schools, even if it was just to the local community colleges,” Garza said. “Yes, I came from not so great of a city and background, but, at the same time, it’s kind of like, ‘If I can do it, I’m sure you can do it as well.’”According to Garza, people who doubt their capabilities should surround themselves with ambitious individuals who encourage them on the road to academic achievement.“Making the video showed a little bit more awareness and that there are other people outside of the community who can make it possible for students to actually want to go and continue with their education,” Garza said. “All I can hope is that maybe people put a little bit more thought into reaching out to services that either their high school or colleges themselves can provide. There are all these resources out there, and I think they just need to utilize them better.”“¡¡¡ SI SE PUEDEN !!!” has been shared more than 30 times on Facebook, but Garza said she anticipated no such success, which made the decision to upload the video a difficult one.“I was hesitant at first when I did make it,” Garza said. “I debated for about two and a half weeks whether to post it or not. I put it out there, and the response I got was unbelievable. It turned more into something that I didn’t think it would be. It had more of an effect than I thought it would have.”Though she received praise for this particular video, the challenge of being a bilingual woman on YouTube persists, Garza said.“People are going to want to categorize you a little bit more and say, ‘You only do videos in this language. Why can’t you do something different?’” Garza said. “There will always be criticism, but at the same time, it kind of helps you grow in a way because you’re able to understand what other people are trying to tell you. You don’t take it to heart, but you learn to cope with it and readjust yourself through it.”Garza said she hopes to continue producing quality content while studying abroad in South Korea this upcoming fall, as her knowledge of the beauty industry may grant her distinct opportunities.“I’m really aware and up to date on the beauty aspects of business and the processes that go on behind the scenes,” Garza said. “It will help me later. I’ll possibly be able to work with companies that make a wider range of global products that all people can use. It kind of gets tricky with makeup, especially with skin tone.”For now, Garza plans to film in both Spanish and English and show viewers from all over that beauty lies in imperfections, she said.“I want to reach out to an audience and let people know I may have had similar experiences to them or even just brighten their day a little bit,” Garza said. “I hope they see that even though they may come from harder backgrounds — and not everything is going to be handed to them in life — they can always still do what they want.”Tags: beauty blog, lifestyle blog, Marialicia Garza, saint mary’s, YouTubelast_img read more

Former student Edward Lim dies

first_imgFormer University undergraduate student Edward Lim died Friday at his home in Cincinnati, according to an email sent to all students Monday night. Although he was not enrolled at the University during the 2016-2017 academic year, Lim was a program of liberal studies major living in Morrissey Hall during his freshman and sophomore years at the University, and he sang in the Notre Dame Chorale, according to the email.“As always, the University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are available to offer their support to students,” Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “Thank you for keeping Edward, his family and all who loved him in your prayers as we mourn his loss within the Notre Dame community.”A memorial mass for Lim is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the email said. Fr. Pete McCormick and Fr. Sean McGraw will lead the mass, and music will be provided by the Chorale and the Celebration Choir.last_img read more

Woman Charged After Allegedly Spitting, Yelling In Face Of Relative During Dispute

first_imgStock Image.NAPOLI – A Napoli woman is accused of locking a relative in a room during a domestic incident Sunday evening at a Windmill Road residence, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Cheyenne J. Lore, 25, allegedly refused to let the relative out of the room. In addition, Lore allegedly spit and yelled in the face of the relative.Lore was taken to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for processing and a virtual arraignment on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree harassment.She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court at a later date and time. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Happy Mother’s Day! Broadway Moms Kick Back with a Relaxing Spa Day

first_img It’s not easy being a Broadway mom. Between wrangling kids, running a household and (in the case of Matilda’s Mrs. Wormwood) doing cooter slams, playing a matriarch in a Broadway show is tons of hard work—and they do it in heels! Broadway.com invited five actresses who play hard-working moms on the Great White Way to enjoy a day of pampering at Dashing Diva Salon in New York City: Mamma Mia! headliner Judy McLane, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s Enid Graham, Finding Neverland player Carolee Carmello, Tony-nominated The King and I star Ruthie Ann Miles and Matilda’s Lesli Margherita. Happy Mother’s Day!CAROLEE CARMELLOMadame du Maurier in Finding NeverlandWhich line from Finding Neverland describes Madame du Maurier?“I hope I’m not the crocodile.” J.M. Barrie bases the crocodile of Peter Pan on her. She doesn’t like the idea that a beast like that would be her legacy, but she brings it on herself.Which item in your closet screams “mom”?My white Keds sneakers that I wear when I’m going to my son’s soccer games.Who is your favorite mom from a musical or from a play?Momma Rose. I’ve always wanted to play that part, and as much as she’s a villain, I can totally relate to her. Not that I’m a theater mom, but the whole idea of pushing your kids and wanting them to be something great—I can see her tender side under there.If your mother were here right now, what would she say?I’ve gone through a lot of therapy to get over what she would say! [Laughs.]What should every mother have at all times?Patience. It’s the hardest thing for me, but I think it’s the most important part of motherhood. Just knowing that things will change if you can just wait it out.RUTHIE ANN MILESLady Thiang in The King and IHow does Lady Thiang treat herself?I imagine her taking off all of her jewels and the corset and crown at the end of the day and taking a rosewater bath.What is the best gift you’ve ever received from one of your onstage children?For my birthday, all of the royal kids made homemade cards and treats and origami flowers for me.Which item in your closet screams “mom”?Is it embarrassing to say I still wear a few of my nursing bras? Now that I’ve been called out I’ll remove those from my closet immediately.What should every mother have at all times?Lavender oil. If there’s a scrape, lavender will disinfect it. If they’re anxious, a dot on their temples will calm them down. It’s also good for sunburn!If your mom were here right now, what would she tell you?“Did you eat something?” and “Put on a jacket.”JUDY McLANEDonna in Mamma Mia!Which song lyric from Mamma Mia! describes Donna?“I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay.”What is Donna’s ideal Mother’s Day present?Having a great glass of red wine, sitting on the veranda with her daughter, just hanging out.Who is your favorite mom from a musical?The Baker’s Wife from Into the Woods. She has such a strong desire to be a mom, she would do anything to have a child.What item of clothing in your closet screams “mom”?I’m not a mom—well, I’m the mother to three cats. But it’s this cozy, off-white sweater with big pockets that I love to wrap up in.What’s the best gift you’ve ever received from one of your onstage children?Every night when I say goodbye to Sophie and Sky, I call Sophie a different type of candy, like, “you’re my little Tootsie Roll.” So she [Elena Ricardo] gave me a huge bag of all of the different kinds of candy I call her.ENID GRAHAMJudy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHow does Judy treat herself?She goes out for a drink at the pub—she probably drinks beer, but I think she would love to have French wine. She probably doesn’t get it very often.What line from Curious Incident best describes Judy as a mom?My character leaves her son and has a lot of flaws as a mother. But when she says “loads and loads of love,” because I think that’s the biggest strain that she feels, even if sometimes she has some challenges being a mom.Which item in your closet screams “mom”?Some sad, old baggy sweatpants that I wear way too often.What is the best gift you’ve ever received from one of your onstage children?Taylor Trensch, who is the alternate Christopher, gave me the most beautiful birthday card.What should every mother have at all times?A good sense of humor.LESLI MARGHERITAMrs. Wormwood in MatildaWhat is Mrs. Wormwood’s ideal Mother’s Day present?For her children to go away.How does Mrs. Wormwood treat herself?Oh, she treats herself every day. But maybe she’d take some extra dance lessons.If your mom were here right now, what would she tell you?“Pick the brightest nail polish possible.”What’s the best gift you’ve ever received from one of your onstage children?One of the Matildas gave me a flask that says, “Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.” [Laughs.] A child gave me a flask. That child knows me well.What should every mother have at all times?Something to fill the flask. Carolee Carmello, Judy McLane, Ruthie Ann Miles, Enid Graham & Lesli Margherita. Photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com View Commentslast_img read more

Tony-Winning Playwright Brian Friel Dead at 86

first_img View Comments Dancing at Lughnasa Tony winner Brian Friel died on October 2 at the age of 86. According to The New York Times, no cause of death was given for the playwright sometimes called “the Irish Chekhov.” Friel lived in County Donegal, Ireland.Friel was born on January 9 (or possibly January 10), 1929 in Killyclogher, County Tyrone. After initially studying for the priesthood, he turned to teaching and began writing short stories. He wrote his first play for the radio, A Sort of Freedom, which was broadcast by the BBC in 1954. A decade later came Friel’s first big hit, Philadelphia Here I Come, which began life at the Dublin Theatre Festival. The play arrived on Broadway in 1966 and Friel received the first of his multiple Tony nominations for the piece.Friel’s work remained a mainstay on the Great White Way for much of the next four decades. He took home the Tony for Dancing at Lughnasa in 1992, and was also nominated for 1969’s Lovers. Additional Broadway credits included The Loves of Cass McGuire, Losers, The Mundy Scheme, The Freedom of the City, Faith Healer, Wonderful Tennessee and Translations.Friel was often likened to Chekhov and he freely admitted the Russian writer’s influence on him as a dramatist. Friel translated the classics Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters, and even used characters from both in his own 2002 Afterplay.Throughout his career Friel penned 24 published plays and two short-story collections. Among his many notable achievements was the foundation of the Field Day Theatre Company with actor Stephen Rea in 1980, with the aim to tour productions as a response to the violence in Northern Ireland.Friel is survived by his wife Anne Morrison, who he married in 1954, and their children Mary, Judy, Sally and David. He will be buried in Glenties cemetery on October 4.last_img read more

Hiking Viking Tom Gathman Conquers a Winter A.T. Thru-Hike

first_imgIn early December of 2015, Tom Gathman—a.k.a. The Real Hiking Viking—set out to accomplish a feat that, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, only a handful of daring hikers have ever managed: An unsupported, solo thru-hike of all 2,180 miles of the A.T., from north to south, in the depths of winter. Gathman faced treacherous snowfalls, sub-zero temperatures, and icy river crossings.“I didn’t really have any legitimate winter hiking experience—at least to that magnitude,” he laughs. “I mean, sure, when I thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail the year before, I got caught in an unexpected snowfall. But while that required an ice-axe, micro-spikes, snowshoes, and so on, it wasn’t the dead of winter. I knew that, with the A.T. thing, conditions would be much gnarlier, and longer-lasting.”Despite the experiential deficit, Gathman was confident in his ability to push his body to the limits of its physical capacity. By the time he committed to the hike, he’d already managed to log around 10,000 miles of trail—including thru-hikes of the Arizona Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. And all of those miles had been logged in the span of less than three years. Aside from a few months laying over here and there, Gathman had essentially been living on the trail since 2013.After serving as a Marine scout sniper and completing two tours in Iraq (2007–2009), at the age of 29, Gathman retired from the military. Returning to civilian life in 2012, he was asked to participate in a program for new veterans, called the Warrior’s Hike. In the spirit of the first documented thru-hiker to walk the A.T., World War II veteran Earl Shaffer, the idea was that a group of veterans could get funding, take to the woods as a team, and, with the guidance of an experienced mentor, spend some months walking off the war.“For me, that first hike was, both metaphorically and literally, the beginning of a new trail,” says Gathman. “It brought me a new perspective, ushered me into a new environment of sorts. When I summited Katahdin, I just wanted to continue the journey—that adventure, that lifestyle, that mentality, that dream. I wanted to surround myself with the goodness the trail provides, that overwhelming sense of wholesomeness, of fullness.”After that initial journey, he went on to lead a second Warrior’s Hike along the CDT, tackled various state trails, and attempted a solo thru-hike of the Pacific Coast Trail (an effort ultimately thwarted by wildfires). Regarding the miles collectively, Gathman identified a kind of unifying emotional experience that kept him coming back for more.“You know, it’s that feeling where you suddenly know without a doubt you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing,” he says. “For me, it’s akin to a religious experience. I liken being on the trail to glimpsing a view that only God could have made, for you and you alone. The perfect sight for that specific moment in time.”dscf6804_fixIn late-October of 2015, upon finding himself attending a friend’s very posh and comfortable wedding in North Carolina, Gathman got a little antsy. Fresh off his grueling, interrupted attempt of the PCT, despite intentions to use the wedding as an excuse to give his body some much-needed rest, the call of the trail was overwhelming. He craved the isolation, the quietude, the action.“When I first got the idea for the winter hike, I thought, ‘This is crazy,’ and that’s because it was a little crazy,” he says. “But the more I thought about it, the more I began to get excited. Like, really excited. I guess that deep-down drive most thru-hikers have was kicking in, that thing that renders us hopeless against the call for adventure and challenge… In a very tangible way, I was homesick. I wanted to get back out on my own, out in the wild with just myself and the mountains and the weather and the water and the trees.”With little time to spare, Gathman sought advice and gear tips from other, experienced winter thru-hikers, like Trauma, who completed a winter PCT thru-hike in 2015, as well as Swami, whom Gathman claims has logged more miles of hiking worldwide than anyone he knows of. Armed with the gurus’ wisdom and a gutful of gumption, he set out for Katahdin and the subsequent 100 Mile Wilderness.However, while mentally understanding the nature of a winter-hike was one thing, actually experiencing the beast was quite another. Within the first few days, Gathman realized how hard this thing he’d gotten himself into was really going to be. The gap between this and his prior efforts out west was immense.“Those trails were practically sidewalks compared to the shit-storm of ruggedness I’d thrown myself into,” says Gathman. “The contrast between those earlier trips and hitting the Maine woods in December was so drastic as to be almost unfathomable. Multiply that by sub-freezing weather, knee-deep snow, un-tempered winds, and pounds upon pounds of extra gear, and the shock factor went through the roof. The holes in my planning became rapidly apparent.”As such, Gathman’s opening act—the 100 Mile Wilderness—turned out to be something of a prep-hike for the rest of the trail.“Now that’s planning,” he says, laughing. “Take the most remote, and one of the most rugged stretches on the entire trail and make that your test run. Pretty ideal.”Being thrown into the tribulations headlong would ultimately prove worthwhile. Averaging between 15 – 20 miles a day, after five intensive months, in late-April, Gathman summited Springer Mountain.“For most of the journey I was either in motion or about to get in my sleeping bag—those were the two ways I existed in that world,” he says. “I didn’t think about Georgia, not even the next state. I literally thought about nothing but the next stretch of trail and the next resupply point… If I went out there expecting my days to be like walking on rainbows and dancing in sunshine, I wouldn’t have made it. It was rugged, treacherous, and freezing. I had to fully accept those conditions and approach the thing one numbed footfall after the next.”In the end, despite early mishaps like slipping on ice, falling down a 100-foot slope and tearing cartilage in his knee, or slipping waist-deep into a half-frozen river and, after scrambling to make a fire, just barely escaping life-threatening hypothermia and frostbite, or going two days without food due to hideous weather conditions, Gathman says the adventure was worth it.“There’s just something about setting and accomplishing goals every day and physically exerting myself,” he says. “It works for me on such a fundamental level that I’m at peace with it. It’s a simple way of living and it’s a pure way of living… I don’t anticipate stopping anytime soon.”last_img read more

A Trail that Connects the AT to the PCT & 6,000 Black Bears in TN

first_imgA trail that connects the AT to the PCT? Here’s what you need to know. “Her new calf appeared healthy and precocious,” the release said. It has been seen swimming vigorously alongside its mother. Researchers believe the calf was born on September 4. While the new addition appears to be doing well, the center says about 40% of calves die due to the nutritional stress. A study that looked at the black bear population in East Tennessee estimates around 5,500 to 6,000 of the animals live in the region between Mountain City and east of Chattanooga, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Killer whale that swam with dead calf is a mother again McKenrick, who has hiked the AT, PCT and the Continental Divide Trail, is currently on the ground mapping out his vision. He says the idea came to him 10 years ago and he hopes the American Perimeter Trail would “create not just a recreational trail that goes roughly around the perimeter of the contiguous United States, but… also create a conservation corridor within, that connects communities all over.”  The killer whale that made headlines in 2018 after she swam with her dead calf for 17 days, refusing to let it go, has become a mother again. The whale, know to researchers as J35, gave birth to a calf last week, the Whale Research Center said in a news release.center_img New study estimates up to 6,000 black bears in East Tennessee To come up with a head count of black bears, the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Bear Study set up snares to collect fur samples. Wildlife biologist Dan Gibbs told The Daily Times that the numbers for Tennessee are a bit lower than he would have thought outside the national park.  Thinking of tackling the Appalachian Trail (AT) or the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)? What about hiking them both at once? The American Perimeter Trail, an idea cooked up by “devoted” hiker Rue McKenrick, will allow you to do just that. Should the trail become a reality, it will run 12,000 miles and connect the AT to the PCT via a southern route. Photo: courtesy of Getty Images by dssimageslast_img read more