For two years Jim Pader has been training for his hike up Mount Whitney near Death Valley, Calif. by hiking hundreds of miles on the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail, often at night, and by himself. Many hikers take three days for this trip to the summit of Mount Whitney, camping out for two nights.
Pader did the 22 miles with his daughter Olga Suzanna, son Jimmy, and Macon County coach Sarah Lowell in one day. At 83 years old, he is the oldest man to accomplish this task.
Pader will be sharing his story and photographs from his hike at the Macon County Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the meeting room.