The 2013 Appalachian Trail
Thru-Hikers’ Companion is here!
The print version of the 20th edition of the Companion is in the mail
for all those who already ordered a copy, and is available
for sale and immediate delivery for all new orders, from either
the ATC Ultimate Trail Store or the The ALDHA Store.
Find out more on the Companion page.
The Appalachian Long Distance
Hikers Association began in 1983
as an off-trail family of fellow
hikers who’ve all shared similar
experiences, hopes and dreams
on the Appalachian Trail and
other trails. Membership in this
nonprofit group is open to all.
Members get together each fall
for the Gathering, where folks
share their experiences through
workshops and slides. In 2013,
it will be in Pennsylvania at
Shippensburg University Oct. 11-14.
To find out more, please visit
the Gathering page.
We’ll point you in the right direction if you’re new to this site, or even if you’re an old pro. See WHAT’S NEW as of April 14
THE 31st ANNUAL GATHERING was held Oct. 12-14, 2012, at Concord University and the Appalachian South Folklife Center in West Virginia. See some photos here.
The ALDHA Store
T-shirts, vests, jackets and ballcaps, all with our logo, as well as neck wallets, patches, bumper stickers and other items are for sale in the ALDHA Store.
Drop your pack at our Cyber Lean-to for trail-related news, past issues of "The Long Distance Hiker" newsletter, resolutions and meetings minutes.
The 18th edition of the "Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers’ Companion" is now available. The digital version is FREE for members, at The Online Companion page.
ALDHA Work Trips
Find out about plans that are in the works for the year regarding ALDHA work trips, your chance to give something back to the trail. Remember, there's always a work trip after the Gathering.
Several ALDHA members have published books about the trail or other long-distance hiking experiences that are worth checking out.
Links to other Web sites related to the A.T., like our sister organization, ALDHA West, and dates of other trail festivals.
ALDHA Coordinator - Mike Wingeart
Assistant Coordinator - Kent Wilson
Treasurer - Rick Hatcher
Recording Secretary - Sue Spring
Membership Secretary - Robert Sylvester
Gathering Program Coordinator - Kerry Smithwick
Gathering Facilities Coordinator - Mike Wingeart
Gathering Campsite Coordinator - Chuck Wood
Companion Editor - Robert Sylvester
Newsletter Editor - Bill O'Brien
Work Trip Coordinator - Kent Wilson
Outreach Coordinator - Judy Young
Merchandise Coordinator - T. Scott Dowling
Webmaster - Bill O’Brien