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More than 6,000 volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours each year to keep the A.T. available for all to use. Volunteers are active in all aspects of Trail work, from basic maintenance to major projects, such as building bridges and shelters and relocating sections of the A.T.  

Though Trail maintainers are perhaps the most visible, volunteers also participate in many other activities, from outreach to Trail management.

How to Hike the A.T. Workshop at REI Pineville

  • Dates: 06 – 06 Nov, 2017
  • Location: Pineville, NC
  • Address: 11067 Carolina Place Parkway
  • Contact: Chloe de Camara
  • Email: [email protected]


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announces classes for people with interest in hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Courses provide future long-distance hikers with knowledge for a well-prepared hike on the A.T.  These courses are taught by ATC staff themselves. Your personal approach to hiking the A.T. should be different than the next guy (or gal!). Join us for an informative workshop on all aspects of planning for a long distance hike on the A.T. — from the essential gear to the diversity of the A.T. experience. Bring your big dreams and questions to learn from experienced hikers. You’ll be more confident as you put your best foot forward to reach your goals on the A.T.

The workshop will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Pineville REI. Pre-registration is required, and workshop is free. Click here to sign up.
 




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  1. Vicki Carnes | Nov 04, 2017

    I'm considering a short 3 day hike. Perhaps starting at the Fox Creek Trailhead to Damascus?  Looking forward to Monday's workshop.

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    Ways Volunteers Can Participate​:

    Learn more about getting involved with Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs, ATC Trail crews, and other volunteer opportunities using the links at left.

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    A.T. managers, this section is for you! Here you will find links to A.T. policies and planning guidance as well as information for boundary volunteers and volunteer management resources. If you have any questions or comments, or need assistance locating an item, email [email protected].


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    workshops & certifications

    We partner with A.T. clubs and government agencies to provide workshops for current and new volunteers. These workshops include training on Trail maintenance, sawyer certification, rock work, wilderness first aid, environmental monitoring, and more. If your club needs additional training, we encourage you to contact your ATC regional office.

    The workshops generally are open to any participant, but pre-registration is required. There are no fees unless indicated. Most workshops require wearing work clothes (you'll probably get dirty), work gloves and sturdy boots. You'll also need to bring a lunch.  

    We also provide a sawyer certification program for A.T. volunteers. Certification is required for anyone using a chainsaw or crosscut saw on the Trail.

    How to Hike the A.T. Workshop at REI Pineville

    • Dates: 06 – 06 Nov, 2017
    • Location: Pineville, NC
    • Address: 11067 Carolina Place Parkway
    • Contact: Chloe de Camara
    • Email: [email protected]


    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announces classes for people with interest in hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Courses provide future long-distance hikers with knowledge for a well-prepared hike on the A.T.  These courses are taught by ATC staff themselves. Your personal approach to hiking the A.T. should be different than the next guy (or gal!). Join us for an informative workshop on all aspects of planning for a long distance hike on the A.T. — from the essential gear to the diversity of the A.T. experience. Bring your big dreams and questions to learn from experienced hikers. You’ll be more confident as you put your best foot forward to reach your goals on the A.T.

    The workshop will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Pineville REI. Pre-registration is required, and workshop is free. Click here to sign up.
     




    1 comment

    Leave a comment
    1. Vicki Carnes | Nov 04, 2017

      I'm considering a short 3 day hike. Perhaps starting at the Fox Creek Trailhead to Damascus?  Looking forward to Monday's workshop.

      Leave a comment

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      Volunteers are "the soul" of the Appalachian Trail, and we appreciate all of their efforts! These extraordinary people put in approximately 200,000 hours of volunteer work every year in an effort to keep the A.T. open and in good repair and to manage and promote the Trail. Click the buttons below to learn more, or to nominate someone you believe should be recognized.