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One Year on the Trail: Wilderness Advocate Tyler Socash Speaks at SUNY Potsdam

November 23, 2016

Tyler Socash poses at the northern terminus of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail, after finishing his third consecutive long-distance trail in a year. Socash will speak at SUNY Potsdam on Nov. 28. 

After spending a year hiking nearly 7,000 miles, Adirondack resident Tyler Socash found his passion transformed—from outdoor activity to outdoor advocacy. As the wilderness trip leader for the Adirondack Mountain Club, Socash is dedicated to protecting the remaining wild spaces of New York State.

In an upcoming talk at SUNY Potsdam, he will speak about how area residents can help to protect the Boreas Ponds, as well as the insights he gained after spending a year completing both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in the U.S., and the Te Araroa Trail across New Zealand.

Socash will speak at SUNY Potsdam on Monday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., in the Fireside Lounge, located in the Barrington Student Union. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The talk is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s Wilderness Education Program.

The SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Program offers specialized preparation for motivated individuals to become tomorrow’s leaders. The minor offers a Leadership Track, which prepares field instructors to lead extended backpacking trips and culminates in a student-planned 20-day expedition, as well as an Adventure Education Track, which prepares ropes course, rock climbing and ice climbing facilitation instructors. To learn more, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam is celebrating a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently completed Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which raised $33.5 million for scholarships and programs.

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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, College Communications (315) 267-2114