At the 1995 fall Gathering of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, members bestowed on the then-80-year-old Garvey their highest tribute: honorary life membership in ALDHA. He had faithfully attended almost every ALDHA Gathering, making what turned out to be his last trip to the annual fall conference in 1997, when it was held in Hanover, N.H.
In 1996, he was named one of 10 “American Land Heroes” by the Wilderness Society in the first such awards ever presented by the group. It was in recognition of his many years of work on behalf of the Appalachian Trail.
Ed passed away on Sept. 20, 1999, of congestive heart failure.
“The New Appalachian Trail” ~ Menasha Ridge Press ~ Birmingham, Alabama
ISBN 0-89732-209-6 ~ $14.95 ~ 306 pages ~ 6" x 9" soft ~ b&w photos and illustrations
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