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Ensuring the Trail's Future

Our work is focused on the protection and stewardship of the Appalachian Trail.

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Older hiker on the Appalachian Trail

Physical Preparation for the Older Hiker

We boomers are aging whether or not we like to admit it, and older hikers face special challenges from which youth, or our lack thereof, no longer protects us.

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Ridgerunners in a training session

And they're off

Trees have put on their buds at lower elevations in the Southern Appalachians, and, just as hopeful, many hikers are setting out on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) with their compasses set northward.

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Cairn and sunset

Self-reliance and the Appalachian Trail experience

I turned 22 during my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). After charging past an army of day-hikers struggling up Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire, I reunited with “Lazy Mike,” “Renegade,” and “Papa Squat” on the summit and celebrated by polishing off a fifth of Jack Daniels.

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Protecting the A.T. Experience - Current Issues

Janet Steinert in Maine

Anticipating Climate Change and its Impacts on the Appalachian Trail

The heath and sustainability of the Appalachian Trail is threatened by climate change. Impacts include more frequent droughts, more severe storms, increased risk of forest fire, and more.

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Hikers in the Roan Highlands along the Appalachian Trail

Calling for Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

On September 30th, Congress failed to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fund that has helped conserve our natural treasures, including the ‪Appalachian Trail‬. Tell Congress to reauthorize the Fund now!

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Columbia Gas Pipeline in Delaware Water Gap

Protecting the Appalachian Trail from Natural Gas Pipelines

Numerous gas pipelines have been proposed between southwest Virginia and Massachusetts, and they could be built across the A.T. We are concerned about the cumulative impacts.

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