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If you finish the A.T. and come to the fall Gathering, you're entitled to receive this free patch and a certificate congratulating you on your accomplishment.



































































































































































The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

An off-trail family of hikers, dreamers and friends of the trail working

to preserve, protect and promote the long-distance hiking community.


Finish the A.T., then head for the Gathering

If you complete the Appalachian Trail this year, head for the fall ALDHA Gathering and you'll be called up on stage Friday night to get the recogniton you deserve from your peers in the trail community -- your fellow thru-hikers and end-to-end section-hikers. Northbound or southbound, flip-flopper or section-hiker, if you've logged all 2,000-plus miles of the A.T., you can get a completion certificate and a nice patch compliments of your friends in ALDHA. All you have to do is let us know you're coming and then show up. The patch and certificate are our gift to you for a successful journey on the Appalachian Trail.

Class of 2016

The 2,000-milers who were called up on stage at the 2016 Gathering in Williamstown to receive their completion certificates, patches and applause from their peers.

(Photo by Dean Clark)

We'll take your photo, too

After taking a bow before your peers, we'll have you stay on stage long enough for a group photo of you and all the other A.T.'ers who finished the trail that year. Consider it a post-summit group photo, lol. We'll use that photo in future publications of ALDHA.

Stay for the rest of the Gathering weekend, and you can take part in the workshop where you and other members of the current year's class of hikers answer questions from next year's class, that group of dreamers you yourself once belonged to. Now you're one of the most knowledgable experts on hiking the A.T., so your advice is worth gold to those who come to a fall Gathering to prepare for their spring trip. Taking part in that workshop can be one way of giving back to the trail.

There are other reasons to attend the Gathering, which wraps up with a program on Sunday night and is followed by a trail work trip on Monday. Always held in October, the Gathering is usually on Columbus Day weekend, making that Monday a day off from work for many folks.

Send us the online form below

Click the link below to fill out an online form to let us know you'll be coming to the Gathering to receive your due recognition. Also, please spread the word on the trail about this little ceremony; feel free to tell other hikers about it and encourage them to join you for a post-summit group photo at the Gathering.

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How to sign up

There's an online form you can fill out and email back to us to let us know of your intentions to finish the A.T. this year. Filling out this form helps us prepare your certificate in advance, so we can hand it to you on stage and have you hold it up for the group photo afterward.

The information we'll need:
1. Real Name
2. Trail Name
3. Start Date
4. End Date
5. Home City and State
6. Contact Info (address, phone)

Click here to fill out an online form you need to send us.

Note: If you won't know for sure if you'll finish the A.T. before the Gathering, you can send an email up until the Friday of the Gathering to

You must be registered for the Gathering to take part in this program.