The schedule for the Appalachian Trail Kickoff (ATKO) has something for folks of all ages and levels of experience hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT).
Often considered the first Appalachian Trail conference each year, ATKO has brought hikers, experts, vendors, Trail maintainers and AT celebrities together for more than a dozen years.
ATKO takes place at Amicalola Falls State Park, in the shadow of Springer Mountain -- southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail -- where the Approach Trail begins.
One of the highlights will be hearing David Miller -- author of "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" and "The A.T. Guide" -- provide his unique insights and knowledge of the AT.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet pre-smelly almost-thru-hikers before they hit the Trail and change forever ... always for the better.
I can hardly wait for the 1 PM presentation on Saturday by Gene Espy -- the second man to ever thru-hike the AT. He's going to show us some of the equipment he used on that momentous trek, while others cluck about how it's too heavy to be useful.
ATKO is always informational, informal and irreplaceable.
See you there.
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Appalachian Trail events take place from early March until September from Georgia to Maine. It's the best way to see the Trail without getting blisters.
We hope to see you at one of the 2014 Appalachian Trail events that take place all along the AT -- from Maine to Georgia.