Published Oct 8, 2014
All trails -- the Mohawk Trail, Taconic Trail, Appalachian Trail & Long Trail, at least -- are leading to Williamstown, Massachusetts, the site of the 33rd annual Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) Gathering to be held October 10th through the 13th.
A post-Gathering work trip is planned for Monday the 14th as well. This new location is made possible thanks to sponsorship by the Williams Outing Club.
One of the highlights of this Gathering will be a preview of a new Appalachian Trail (AT) film created by Chris Gallaway. Chris thru-hiked the AT in 2013 and has labored on his magnum opus ever since. The movie (are they still called "movies"?) will be shown in the beautiful '62 Center on the Williams campus.
Links below will provide directions to Williamstown, a look around the campus, info on where to camp and/or eat.
The Gathering only costs twenty bucks to attend. You pay more than that for T-shirts. Think of it as investing in your family. Someday, when your grandchildren ask you to tell them about your life, you'll probably include your experiences at a Gathering or two.
Need a ride? No problem. There's a link to the Ride Board below.
You can do it. You can make it to the Gathering. Pffft. Massachusetts isn't that far away.
The first Gathering was held before ALDHA was even officially created. In the fall of 1982, Warren Doyle gathered together long-distance hikers and friends of the trail for a weekend retreat in southern West Virginia, and it was during that time of fellowship and renewal in the community of the Appalachian Trail that the seed of an idea for ALDHA was planted.
Six months later, at a meeting in Harpers Ferry on March 5, 1983, attendees voted to formally establish an organization of hikers, maintainers, friends of the trail and folks who dream of someday hiking the A.T., and they christened their newborn group the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association.
ALDHA has held an annual Gathering ever since, with locations varying from north to south to accommodate our ever-growing membership.
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