Appalachian Trail Conservancy Offers Workshops on How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Date Published: Dec 21, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2015) – For those wanting to learn more about a trek on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), now’s your chance! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will offer 10 classes throughout North Carolina and Georgia in January and February 2016 for people interested in a long-distance hike. Courses will be taught by Hiker Education Accredited instructors, or individuals who have worked with the ATC to offer a comprehensive workshop that encourages enjoyment and protection of the Trail. Class information and pricing is listed below.

The courses will cover all aspects of planning a long-distance hike on the A.T., from essential gear to the diversity of the Trail experience. Participants are encouraged to find their own personal approach to hiking the Trail, while also being well-prepared, responsible hikers.

How Will You Hike the A.T.? 2016 Schedule





Tuesday, Jan. 5

REI*, Raleigh, NC

7-8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 6

REI*, Cary, NC

7-8:30 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 9

REI*, Charlotte, NC

1-4 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 12

Second Gear Outfitters

Asheville, NC

5:30-7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 19

Mast General Store

Asheville, NC

5-7 p.m.


Sunday, Jan. 24

REI*, Kennesaw, GA

Noon-4 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 26



Monday, Feb. 1

Diamond Brand Outfitters

(South) Asheville, NC


REI* Charlotte, NC

6-8 p.m.




6:30-8:30 p.m.





Saturday, Feb. 6

REI* Atlanta, GA

1-5 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 7

Black Dome Mountain Sports

Asheville, NC

4-7 p.m.


*Note that all events held at REI require pre-registration online. Visit to find and register for an event. **$30 for REI members, $50 for non-REI members

For more information about the classes, visit, or contact Chloe de Camara at 828.357.6542 or [email protected].

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                              
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.885.0481
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]


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  1. Chris | Jan 05, 2016

    Great idea. I am sure it would be very beneficial for my decision-making process as well. Though it is hard to come over from Europe for just a workshop.

    Any chance you will offer these workshops online as a webinar or something similar?

  2. Bob | Jan 04, 2016
    Why is REI charging? Pretty lame.
  3. Soonerlefty | Jan 03, 2016
    Absolutely ridiculous that REI in Georgia feels the need to charge for this service. What a disgrace.
  4. Sandra Moore | Dec 28, 2015

    I live in MT and an interested in hiking a 3-4 day hike on the AT this May.  I have severe heart disease and a pacemaker but have been cleared to do this since there is nothing else that can be done for me at this time.  I do have a pacemaker and have recently walked a 60 mile walk in Seattle for Breast Cancer awareness.

    Is there a chance that I could phone in and listen to one of your talks?  Let me know.

  5. Sandra Moore | Dec 28, 2015

    I iive in MT and am wondering if there is a chance that I can listen in to one of your talks via telephone.  I am planning on hiking a 3-4 day hike on the AT, a easy part as I have severe heart disease and this is on my Bucket List.  Any suggestions for a beautiful but easier walk for 3-4 days.  I have been cleared to do this but with caution.  I did just walk a 60 mile breast cancer walk in Seattle and did pretty well.

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderful websites and inspirational stories.  Loving the AT!!!  

    Sandra Moore


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