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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, […]

Reflections on Meredith Hope Emerson ~ Seven Years Later

Meredith Emerson and her dog Ella from May 2007 ~
Photo Courtesy of Pat B. Mitchell.

Saw a friend’s post on Facebook on January 4, 2015 that mentioned that it had been seven years since Meredith Hope Emerson went missing on the Appalachian Trail near Georgia’s Blood Mountain. Wanted to share a seven-year-old reflection on that event, in honor of Meredith and Right to Hike, Inc. ~~ Have you heard about […]

A Costly But Safe Rescue of Two Hikers at Baxter State Park

Rescue helicopter at Maine's Baxter State Park. ~ Photo from Baxter State Park's Facebook Page

As of today, December 18, 2014, winter is officially three days away.  We’ve had a gloriously warm and hikeable autumn in Georgia.  Elsewhere?  Cabin fever is in full swing.  Outdoorspeople want to go for a walk in the woods or up a mountain, even if it kills them. That’s the problem for the rangers at Baxter […]