Section-hikers and thru-hikers who complete the entire A.T. can report their journeys to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy by filling out the Appalachian Trail 2,000-Miler Application. Those who submit their applications will be added to our roster of 2,000-milers, and will receive a certificate of recognition, an A.T. patch, and an accompanying 2,000-miler “rocker” patch. Each year the names of those who have reported hike completions in the previous 12 months are published in the March/April issue of the A.T. Journeys
magazine; the deadline is December 31 of the previous year. Our complete on-line 2,000-miler listing of all years is updated periodically.
- We give equal recognition to thru-hikers and section-hikers
- In the event of a trail closure or a safety hazard (such as a swollen stream, a forest fire, or an impending storm on an exposed ridge) hikers may take alternate routes (including by vehicle) and still receive official 2,000-miler recognition.
- We operate on the honor system
- We recognize hikers regardless of sequence, direction, speed, or whether they carry a pack