The hill has not yet lifted
its face to heaven that perseverance
will not gain the summit of at last.
Charles Dickens, in
Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Braid
A 2009 thru-hiker and trail troubador shares his journey with the rest of us on the 1st anniversary of his A.T. hike, March 9, 2009:
What is Springer Fever?
The late Larry McDuff, a thru-hiker from Fairhope, Alabama, explained what the term meant to him.
Advice from those who’ve already scratched the 7-month itch.
ALDHA Guide to Alternative Trails
There are other trails out there besides the Appalachian Trail, and you ought to check out a few to help broaden your horizons. Besies, it will help to lessen the impact on the A.T., a trail we are sometimes loving to death.
The First Step
A pamphlet for prospective thru-hikers that was first published by ALDHA in 1989 was updated and reprinted 10 years later, in 1999. Now, “The First Step” has been posted online for the first time. It contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about long-distance hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
What exactly is a thru-hiker?
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has clarified, and put into writing, its policy on recognizing 2,000-milers. It may stir some debate, but the ATC needed to stake out its own position on the matter, and this it.
Endangered Services Campaign
For the past couple of years, ALDHA has been grappling with the issue of “backpacker etiquette.” We came up with a campaign that could always use your help, especially if you’re heading for the trail.
The true value of an outdoor friendship
What does a trail partner mean to you? A newspaper column puts it all in perspective.
Ever wonder about some of those Trail Names?
Your alter ego. Your nome de pack. Your marching moniker. For some hikers, there is method to their madness in choosing a Trail Name. Read some of the explanations for names you may have seen in registers and wondered where they came from.
What is the frequency?
In case Kenneth, or anyone else for that matter, asks you what the frequency is, this detailed list will tell you. It was compiled by Beau Bushor, “The Bleeder Guy” from Burlington, Vermont (N1MJD).