Latest News from the Appalachian Trail

Published Jan 18, 2013

Portal to the Appalachian Trail at Blood Mountain ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

There are many interesting "news" items about the Appalachian Trail right now. You're busy, so here are the headlines and links for your edification and pleasure.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Summit Meetings

If you're anywhere near Boston on Saturday, January 26, 2013, we hope you'll be able to spend the day at the AMC's 137th Annual Summit -- formerly known as the Annual Meeting.

The Summit is like getting an advanced degree in all things outdoors in one day.

Concealed Weapons on the AT

We're frequently asked about the rules governing carrying weapons on the Appalachian Trail. For a rather comprehensive but non-conclusive report, we suggest you click on the link below. But please don't sue us if you shoot your canteen.

Volunteers Wanted for ATC's Boiling Springs, PA Visitor Center

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is could use a helping hand, especially from May through September. That's the peak-hiking season, obviously, when the center expects 2,500 visitors asking for information.

Volunteers will be trained by the ATC to provide directions, suggestions for local hikes and cool tidbits about local history. Please click the link below, especially if you're avaibale for three-hours shifts on weekends and holidays.

Hiker Found Dead on the AT

Sorry, but a hiker passed away on the Appalachian Trail recently. Foul play is not suspected.

Wendy K. Janssen Named New Superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The National Park Service (NPS) announced the selection of Wendy K. Janssen as the new superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a unit of the NPS. She replaces Pam Underhill, who retired last year.

Janssen is expected begin in February and will be working in cooperation with the ATC and its affiliated Trail clubs, volunteers, and other agencies.

ATC's Executive Director/CEO Mark Wenger said, "The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited that the National Park Service has named Wendy as the new superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Her proven history in maintaining and developing strong partnerships will be instrumental in continued protection of the Appalachian Trail."

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2013

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society is accepting nominees for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, February 28, 2013, to recognize those who have made significant contributions toward establishing and maintaining the AT.

United Methodist Chaplain Hits The Trail

Josh Lindamood, a 26-year-old preacher's son, is scheduled to take the life-changing hike himself, beginning April 4 at Springer Mountain in Georgia and finishing some six months later at Mount Katahdin in Maine.

The chaplaincy venture is backed by Holston Conference, the parent regional body for 897 United Methodist churches.

Lindamood, a landscaper from Lynchburg, Va., has already received chaplaincy training and will soon receive "wilderness medical training" before shouldering his backpack through 14 states and a variety of weather conditions.

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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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