Hiking Seminar Registration Closed

Published Oct 30, 2012

Preparation helps you hike the AT from Georgia to Maine. Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of the world's most famous trails. A couple of million people hit the trail each year and about 1% of them hike the entire length of 2,180 miles.

One thing that separates the successful thru-hikers from dreamers is preparation and planning. If you're hoping to go all the way, we suggest you spend time at a one-day workshop that will provide information and tips to hikers of all levels of experience.

To achieve your goals you have to plan ahead; otherwise, you're toast.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has partnered with the Bears Den Trail Center to host a free long-distance hiking workshop. It will make the difference between success and failure for some hikers.

That's the good news.

The bad news? If you haven't already signed up for the seminars, you're toast because you didn't plan ahead far enough.

See? I told you -- you have to plan ahead.

ATC'S Information Services Manager Laurie Potteiger looks forward to providing information to hikers who are interested in getting outdoors and exploring the AT -- whether for a week-long trip or a six-month thru-hike of the entire AT. "Part of our mission is to educate the public on how to successfully and safely hike the Appalachian Trail while minimizing impacts on the environment."

Workshops Offered:

  • planning and preparation
  • nutrition and cooking
  • health and safety
  • Leave No Trace(TM) and much more.
  • A portion of the day will be spent outdoors, where participants will learn how to pitch a tent, hang a bear bag and other outdoor skills.

"We are excited to host our first-ever long-distance hiking workshop at Bears Den," said Justin La Vigne, manager of Bears Den Trail Center. "It is the ideal location to provide hands-on experiences and learn the basic principles and techniques needed for backpacking."

This is only a guess ... but I'm thinking if we all got together and offered to pay for an additional seminar before next November, they might add a new one to the schedule. But, I might be wrong.

Click Here to Contact Bears Den Trail Center


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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