When retired eye doctor M.J. Eberhart, 83, pushed through the final few miles of a hike on the Appalachian Trail, he became the oldest known person to complete the roughly 2,190-mile trail from Georgia to Maine. He started in January from his home in Flagg Mountain, Ala., with a series of day hikes that took him to Georgia. From there, he started the journey along the Trail, carrying a six-pound pack and mostly sleeping in the wild. The previous record holder - Dale Sanders, who hiked the trail in 2017 aged 82, and who drove from Tennessee to walk the final miles with Mr. Eberhart - handed him an engraved hiking stick in a symbolic transfer of the record.

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