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Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software. The group that met in Harpers Ferry in March held meetings during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and the first order of business was to come up with a name. Order it as early in the year as you can and you will pay a lower price.

Assistant Coordinator Ron Burger. In”Wingfoot” decided to publish a guidebook on his own, so ATC cast about for a new editor to continue its publishing tradition. And it launched this home page on the Internet on National Trails Day in Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software. Represent and promote the welfare of the Appalachian long distance hiking experience; Provide service in a cooperative spirit with other Appalachian hiking organisations; Provide education on the use and preservation of Appalachian long distance trails; And provide opportunities for interaction and camaraderie within the Appalachian long distance hiking community.

Thru-Hikers’ Companion Every hiker needs a Companion! The second order of business was adoption of a mission statement, and a threefold “statement of purpose” was unanimously enacted.

We bought companiion for our daughter and had to return it because it is SO essential, someone else got her one as well. Membership Secretary Robert Sylvester. The group prints an annual Membership Directory with hundreds of hikers indexed by name, state and trail name. It’s reprinted at the top right of this page.

The meeting compamion convened by Warren Doyle after he held the first successful Gathering of long-distance hikers, dreamers and friends of the trail the previous autumn, at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, W. Seen at the Gathering companiob Concord University. The work trips provide long-distance hikers with a means of giving back to the trails they hike. He didn’t have to be asked twice, and so the first Companion was created with the help of 16 field editors.


At one point during that March weekend, everybody gathered outside the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conference now the Conservancy for a group photo, and several other folks showed up to join in the picture-taking.

The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in as an off-trail family of fellow hikers and friends of the trail who’ve all shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails.

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It contains a mountain’s worth of information and data on shelters, water sources, town services and other hiker oriented facilities along the 2, Besides work weekends, ALDHA has taken an active role in trying to address other trail-related issues, including the issue of backpacker etiquette and the institution of new backpacker fees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Members get together each fall for the Gathering, where folks share their experiences through workshops and slides. The book is edited by Robert “Sly” Sylvester with research by more than three dozen thru-hiker volunteers in 14 states, backed by the first-hand information of the trail’s volunteer and staff maintainers and managers, as well as extensive information from the current edition of the A. It’s akdha only official guidebook for thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail.

It contains up-to-the-minute knowledge of the A. The photo you see above is that shot, and it’s now somewhat of a historic image. To find out more, please visit the Gathering page. The name has since been expanded it’s now the Appalachian Trail Thru- Hikers’ Companionand the format has changed from a tall, spiral-bound booklet to its present shape and it has had an impressive run of editors three of whom went on to become ALDHA coordinators.


Companuon the word “hikers.

There may be future Hall-of-Famers in that photo; we’ll just have to see. Our mailing address is: Membership is open to all, regardless of whether you’ve hiked from Georgia to Maine, or just walked from your car to a trailhead. Comoanion continued publishing a guide when Darrell handed over editorship to Dan Bruce.

There were more than people in attendance, giving Warren the impetus to keep the spirit of that first Gathering alive through a formal organization to represent the long-distance hiker.

The information is compiled and published every year by ALDHA volunteers — many of them long-traveled veterans of the A. It is available for sale online and at most outfitters, as well as bookstores that cater to outdoor interests.

A fourth plank referring to our educational role was later added when we filed for official nonprofit status with the federal government, and so the statement of purpose stands today as a reminder of our mission.

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Recording Secretary Sue Spring. You’ll be guaranteed receipt of our four quarterly newsletters and annual membership directory every single year, provided you keep us up to date on your current address! But the group wanted something more inclusive, so it came up with the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. There are pages with maps, illustrations, equipment-makers’ toll-free numbers and trail town post alfha hours.

Our email is aldha aldha. Several ideas were bandied about, including “The 2,Miler Society,” referring to the moniker often attached to hikers who complete the 2,mile-plus Appalachian Trail. Init will be in Pennsylvania at Shippensburg University Oct. On the weekend of March 5,a group of 18 people gathered at the trail hostel known as Highacre in Harpers Ferry, W.