On June 20th, RBC Phys Ed teacher Mr. John Mautner set off to begin his latest summer challenge, a 420-mile hike of a southbound section of the Appalachian Trail. This adventure follows similar solo challenges he completed the previous two summers. In 2014, Mr. Mautner hiked 398.7 miles of the Appalachian Trail from its northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin’s 5268’ peak in Maine’s Baxter State Park, to Mt. Moosilauke (4802’) New Hampshire. In the summer of 2015 he completed a solo trip of the 740-mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. (Read more about his 2015 trip HERE.)
This summer he began his journey in New Hampshire, and over 26 days he traveled through Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, finishing the hike at Greenwood Lake, NY, averaging 16 miles per day. Along the way, he enjoyed beautiful mountain vistas, daily wildlife sightings, occasionally meeting other hikers, and the daily routine of camping.
A significant highlight of the trip for Mr. Mautner was when he literally crossed paths in Vermont with a former student, Julian Casola (RBC ’12) who was completing his own hike of the Georgia to Maine section of the Appalachian Trail. Mr. Mautner said their “trailside reunion was quite fitting,” and recalls that “when Julian was a student at RBC, we we often shared our interest in planning future long distance hikes,” adding, “It was really great to run into him on the trail. I wished him well as he went on his way to complete a great journey and accomplishment.”
Mr. Mautner (RBC ’65) has been a physical fitness inspiration for generations of Caseys. He looks forward to sharing his summer adventures with his his students in September when he will begin his 43rd year teaching at Red Bank Catholic.