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Appalachian Trail Shelters Close in MD After Hiker’s Death

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In an abundance of caution, the Maryland Park Service has temporarily closed all Appalachian Trail shelters and campgrounds on the Maryland portion of the Trail, following the death of Jason Parish at the Ed Garvey shelter on March 15, 2015. That shelter is owned by the National Park Service and located six miles north of Harpers Ferry, […]

Appalachian Trail Hiker Jason Parish Suffers Fatal Injury

We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We regret to inform you of the death of Jason Parish, 36, of Philadelphia, PA.  Jason incurred a fatal injury on a hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the morning of Sunday, March 15, 2015. Jason Parish had camped for the night at the popular Ed Garvey shelter on the AT near the town of Weverton, Maryland, […]

Recruits for 2015 Warrior Hike Hit the Appalachian Trail

Sharon MamaGoose Smith -- former Warrior Hiker -- and Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike on Springer Mtn. ~~ Photo courtesy of MamaGoose

Sean Gobin founded Warrior Hike in 2012, after returning home from three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He hiked the entire AT and discovered what the Warrior Hike website calls “the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking.” Sean built on that victory and created the “Walk Off the War” program.  Walk Off the War began by making […]