Published Oct 16, 2014
The Mission Statement of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) isn't just a bunch of clumsy big words strung together by a thoughtless, rushed committee.
This is what drives the ATC and those who serve the Appalachian Trail under its direction:
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
Surprise! That's takes a bunch of money from people like you and me. If you love, hike or hope to hike the Appalachian Trail, please join the ATC. Your investment will pay dividends for generations.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be hosting events in five cities in October to try to inspire more people to join our collective efforts. You're invited to attend presentations in Cincinnati; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; and, Charlotte.
You'll be surrounded (or you can sit quietly in a corner) by lovers of the Trail, knowledgeable speakers and people you just won't ever meet in bars. (Probably.)
A new film about the AT will be shown and there will be raffles for cool gear that you might not know you cannot live without on the Trail. This year's chosen movie is Sam Henegar's The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy.
This new picture "brings to the screen all four seasons of stunning natural beauty offered by the Appalachian landscape. Interviews with a variety of types of hikers focus on the simplicity of trail life, human relationships, and the physical rewards of hiking, paralleling some aspects of the initial vision set forth by Benton MacKaye, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)'s founder/visionary."
Been a while since you've heard a retired astronaut and Air Force veteran talk about the AT? Here's your chance! Guy "Astro Guy" Gardner will be the featured speaker at the meeting in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2014. For once, there's a good reason to listen to someone in Washington. Amazing.
The ATC is working to earn 2,180 new members (one for each mile of the Trail, which is 2,185.3 miles long, so don't ask me) for 2014.
You'll get a lot for your money if you purchase a ticket to any or all of these events, including a one-year membership or gift membership to the ATC and membership in a sub-culture dedicated to "protecting an irreplaceable treasure: the Appalachian Trail.
All events are open to everyone, including members and nonmembers of the ATC. Current members will receive a free gift membership with each admission ticket purchased.
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Published Oct 23, 2014.
Watching the 10 Best Appalachian Trail Movies is much easier on your wallet, feet, career and relationships that hiking the Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Published Oct 29, 2014. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) held a membership drive in Atlanta on 10-25-14. They showed the film: The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy.
Beacon Point is a horror movie about a group of hikers who set out for 10 days on the Appalachian Trail.
Robert Redford & Nick Nolte portray the characters in A Walk in the Woods well, probably. That doesn't guarantee rave reviews of the Appalachian Trail film.