I have good news and I have bad news. First for the good news! The 20th Annual Northern Ruck will be held at Bear's Den Trail Center in Bluemont, Virginia, on January 22-24, 2016. Now for the bad news. Most flatlanders do not know the difference between a ruck and a rucksack.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online) defines "ruck" as: an indistinguishable gathering. A "rucksack" is a knapsack. So far, so good.
The Northern Ruck is a gathering of distinguished hikers cheering the Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 on to victorious thru-hikes of the AT. This year there will be "workshops, discussions, tuckerizations, and good trail talk."
Folks from the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Museum and assorted Trail conquerors and wannabees will all be there.
We provide a gateway connecting people to the "rollercoaster" section of the Appalachian Trail. Bears Den is owned by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and operated by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. The historic stone mansion sits on 66 acres and is 150 yards from the AT and a beautiful, westward-facing overlook of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you want to learn about hiking the Trail -- or share what you've learned -- come to Northern Ruck.
Please Note: Try to act "distinguished," if possible. Thank you.
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The Forest Service's Bear Necessities for safety in the woods include not leaving food outside and what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods.
The more the merrier! You're sure to be welcomed by those who love the AT at any of the 2017 Appalachian Trail events from Georgia to Maine!
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