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A long walk for a good cause

"I decided I would sort of bookmark it at a comfortable place," he said, not at all disappointed to trade extra miles for more experiences.

"I realized that you can't really have that in mind, and you really just need to let things flow," Finkle said.

Leaving the trail also afforded Finkle the opportunity to return to his summer job at the YMCA's Camp Chingachgook in Lake George, where he's a camp counselor for 11- and 12-year-olds. He's been coming to Chingachgook since the age of 8, and it was actually a monthlong hiking expedition into the Adirondack High Peaks at the age of 15 that stoked his affinity for long hikes.

Finkle will be heading to the University of Rochester this fall to enter an engineering program.

Evan Finkle's Appalachian Trail blog can be viewed at evanfinkle.blogspot.com. Find out more about the ACA at www.amputee-coalition.org.""

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