Doctor Grumpy Says "Go to ATKO 2016!"

The northbound portal to the Appalachian Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The northbound portal to the Appalachian Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia, home of ATKO 2016. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Kick Off -- ATKO 2016 -- begins on Friday, March 4, 2016 and comes to a fulfilling close on Sunday the 6th.

Now that most gonna-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers have memorized the hours of operation of every possible mail drop between Neel Gap and Millinocket and compared the cost/weight ratio of every item of hiking/camping gear for sale on a-zBay, it's time to set our thoughts on ATKO 2016.

ATKO is the place to meet tall people who have hiked the Trail, old people who have hiked the Trail, famous people in hiking boots, assorted unknown people and authors who know every inch of the Trail better than they know their spouses.

Sir Packsalot from the Top of Georgia Hostel at ATKO 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sir Packsalot from the Top of Georgia Hostel at ATKO 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

After you fill your mind with Trail lore, your heart with encouraging words from unlikely but successful thru-hikers, your lungs with campfire smoke and your tummy with dandy, scenic food ... take a whack at the Approach Trail.

If you can climb that with a pack, Katahdin will be a breeze.

Learn how to do it all at ATKO 2016.

See you at ATKO 2016!


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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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