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What happens when you put a lawyer, an Ivy grad, and a city chick on the Appalachian Trail? Can this diverse threesome work together to survive the grueling hike from Georgia to Maine? Or will they crumble from the challenge? Filled with drama, laughs, and surprises, BEAUTY BENEATH THE DIRT takes a profound look at how three young people are affected by one of the most challenging outdoor adventures in existence today.

An Appalachian Trail thru-hike takes ambitious hikers on a 2,178.3-mile adventure from Georgia to Maine, trekking through some of America’s most pristine state and national parks. Though many people have attempted this challenge over the years, only a small fraction actually complete the journey. Nevertheless, “The Traveling Circus,” led by 24-yr-old lawyer, Katherine Imp, attempted the Appalachian Trail thru-hike from March to August 2010. Kate was joined by her brother Brandon, a 21-yr-old Ivy grad fresh out of college, and her best friend Emily, a 23-yr-old “city chick” born and raised on Chicago’s South Side.

By capturing the highs and lows of trail life, this honest, touching, and very personal story paints a raw and uncensored picture of how long-distance hiking can affect the mind, body, and soul. Leaving its audience both satisfied and hungry for more, BEAUTY BENEATH THE DIRT is a one-of-a-kind documentary that cannot be missed.

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