The Mohawk Trail, Taconic Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail. . . All of these "trails" lead to Williamstown, Mass., in one way or another, and following them will take you to this fall's 33rd annual ALDHA Gathering on Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 10-12.
We are working to bring you an innovative, fun and inspiring weekend, all in an exiciting new location thanks to our sponsorship by the Williams Outing Club. The feature presentation will be the debut of a new film about the Appalachian Trail by Chris Gallaway, a 2013 thru-hiker who has been working hard to create the best movie ever made about the trail. The venue for this film will be the stunningly beautiful '62 Center on the Williams campus, where many will recall hearing Andrew Skurka deliver his feature presentation at the 2011 ALDHA Gathering.
There are two ways you can help us out a lot. First, click on the image of the poster at right and print out a copy of the PDF that will pop up. Please put this poster where hikers are likely to see it, particularly if you are in the New York - New England area. Second, register now for the Gathering. You can literally do it right now, online, by visiting the registration page. These two tasks are a tremendous help. Thanks! (Note: The poster is about 5 megs in size, so it may take a minute.)
For a fast rundown of what we have in store for you at the Gathering, visit the link below to an 8-page compilation of Gathering-related stuff culled from the e-edition of ALDHA's 40-page summer newsletter:
Here you will find directions on how to get to Williamstown, a look at some of the buildings and classrooms we'll be using, information about meals and meal tickets for the campus dining hall, details about some of the workshops we have planned for you, and other Gathering-related fixtures like the photo contest, apple contest and elections.
If you have anything about the Gathering you want to ask, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
ALDHA has always prided itself on the general quality of its workshops at Gatherings, and this year will be no exception. We already have a great lineup of presentations, but we still have room in our schedule for more. Perhaps you have hiked an interesting trail that you want to tell about and show some photos, or you have some helpful information for fellow hikers. Workshops range from about an hour to an hour and a half in length. The rooms are equipped with computer systems with projection capability, so you only need to bring your presentation on a thumb drive or a CD (bring both as a backup). If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please complete the online form here or email a note with what you'd like to do to Randy Anderson at email@example.com by Aug. 10.
The 33rd Gathering is being sponsored by the Outing Club of Williams College. Thanks to this new partnership, costs for putting on the Gathering remain within our budget, we'll once again have the use of the stunningly beautiful 62 Center (this time for both Friday and Saturday nights), and we can once again take full advantage of camping on the rolling fields of triple-crown hiker Eric White, with a fantastic view of the Greylock Reservation. Plus, the Williams campus is just a few miles north of the campsite, so we won't have to travel as far as North Adams as we did in 2011. We hope this new arrangement works out well and that we're able to come back in the future.
Join us in thanking members of the Williams community, all of whom are welcome to attend any function of ours during the weekend. Williams has a long tradition dating to Col. Ephraim Williams in the French and Indian War. The school's color is dark purple, and you'll see their school pride on display during the Gathering as they'll be christening a renovated football field with a game against Middlebury. Go Ephs!