The Mysteries of Saint Anthony (Video)

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In the latest episode of Kitsbow’s “36 Hours” series, filmmaker Emily Zebel captures a warm and intimate reflection on a bikepacking trip with her daughter to explore their new backyard in the old Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Watch it here and find a map of the route…

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Film and stills by Emily Zebel of Wilder Mile Creative

Kitsbow’s latest installment of 36 Hours in Kitsbow takes place just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Stony Valley is part of the second-largest roadless tract of wilderness land in Pennsylvania. Originally called Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, the land is marked with remnants of an industrial boom during the heyday of the coal and lumber industries, where more than 2,000 people lived within this beautiful valley. After recently moving to the area, Emily and her daughter, Willow, venture out to explore their new backyard and uncover some of the valley’s hidden mysteries along the way.

“I want to encourage a way of seeing that actually expands what it means to be human, and show that we don’t have to go far to find a transformative experience.” -Emily Zebel, Filmmaker

  • The Mysteries of Saint Anthony video, 36 hours in Kitsbow
  • The Mysteries of Saint Anthony video, 36 hours in Kitsbow
  • The Mysteries of Saint Anthony video, 36 hours in Kitsbow
  • The Mysteries of Saint Anthony video, 36 hours in Kitsbow
  • The Mysteries of Saint Anthony video, 36 hours in Kitsbow

The Route

The route for this project has two sides. One, it offers a quiet getaway into a scenic, forested valley that’s only 15 miles away from Pennsylvania’s capital city. Second is the historical component, allowing the investigation of ruins and monuments from a bygone era. The 33-mile route took Emily and Willow on a tour up an old railroad grade, venturing off to explore historic sites, trying to catch dinner from the trout-rich Stony Creek, and camping at Rausch Gap Shelter at the intersection with the storied Appalachian Trail.

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