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David Brill to speak at Hot Springs Trail Fest

Posted by | 03.26.2018
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Among several upcoming public appearances for David Brill, author of GSMA’s recent release Into the Mist, is Hot Springs Trail Fest, where he will speak on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Town Welcome Center in Hot Springs, N.C.

Brill will recount his 2,100-mile trek across 14 states as he joined thousands of other men and women following the white blazes along the Appalachian Trail.

“The annual Trail Fest celebration draws a large and diverse crowd of current thru-hikers, trail enthusiasts and nature lovers to one of the best-loved towns along the entire trail route," Brill said. "For the event, Hot Springs pulls out all the stops in providing great entertainment, food and music to celebrate the arrival of spring, when the weather's warm and flowering plants and trees are at their peak.” 

Brill, who thru-hiked the AT in 1979, has written articles on science, ecology, the environment, business, health, fitness, parenting and adventure travel that have appeared in more than 25 national and regional magazines, including Smokies Life. He has published five non-fiction books and has found a special niche of study in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“Around every corner in this region, I find Smokies aficionados, and many say that the part of the AT that passes through the Smokies is the most beautiful section, and it leads hikers across the trail's highest peaks,” he said. “During my appearance at the Hot Springs Trail Fest, I plan to speak mainly about my AT experiences and As Far as the Eye Can See, but I'll also discuss the new book, Into the Mist, which recounts tales of hikers who struggled against nature's sometimes overwhelming adversity in the park's backcountry. In part, the book's message is that one cannot overprepare for an extended trip into the mountains.”

Author David Brill

At noon on Friday, April 6, Brill will speak to the University of Tennessee Science Forum in Knoxville. His topic will be Into the Mist: 25 Ways to Die in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (and what science can tell us about them).

“Of the 468 fatalities that occurred in Great Smoky Mountains National Park between 1931 and 2013, most resulted from the victims’ imprudent judgment or willful choices,” he said. “I’ll provide case studies from Into the Mist and explore the role science can play in our understanding of how death stalks the mountains.” The UT Science Forum, which is free and open to the public, meets at noon on Fridays on campus in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café. For a schedule of upcoming presentation, visit the Science Forum

On Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., Brill will speak at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, TN, as part of the 2018 Lecture Series co-sponsored by The University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. For more information, call 865.483.7277 or email


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