Tel Hai speaker Soren West talks about hiking the Appalachian Trail at 75

Soren West, a Lancaster-based attorney, hiked the entire Appalachian Trail at 75 years old with his trusty Golden Retriever Theo.
Soren West, a Lancaster-based attorney, hiked the entire Appalachian Trail at 75 years old with his trusty Golden Retriever Theo. Submitted photo

Tel Hai Retirement Community’s Life Enrichment Committee invites the public to attend an educational lecture titled “The Story of Sojourner: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 75” on Friday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Event is hosted in the StoneCroft Center for Worship & Performing Arts, on the campus at Tel Hai, located at 4000 Tree Line Drive, Honey Brook. This event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is provided by Soren West, a Lancaster-based attorney who hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (2,200 miles) with his trusty Golden Retriever Theo— at 75 years old! Fulfilling a dream from childhood, Soren will share his awesome story of navigating from Georgia to Maine, while battling injury, oppressive heat and the unforgiving wilderness.

Every Appalachian Trail “thru-hiker” takes a trail name. Soren’s is “Sojo” which stands for “Sojourner.” Travel with him on an adventure he conceived when he was 14 and finally achieved at 75.

Tel Hai is located only 3 short miles east of Route 10 off Beaver Dam Road. Follow Beaver Dam Road to the campus of Tel Hai, then turn onto Tree Line Drive and follow signs to StoneCroft. Parking is available adjacent to the StoneCroft commons main entrance.

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Tel Hai Retirement Community, an accredited nonprofit continuing care retirement community, has provided high quality and compassionate care since 1956. For more information or directions, please visit www.telhai.org.