The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. An estimated 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year, and about 2-3 thousand of those people attempt a “thru-hike”
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy looks forward to providing information to hikers who are interested in getting outdoors and exploring the A.T. with a backpack, whether for a week-long trip or a six-month thru-hike of the entire A.T.”, said Laurie Potteiger, information services manager of the ATC. “Part of our mission is to educate the public on how to successfully and safely hike the Appalachian Trail while minimizing impacts on the environment."
Participants will check-in between 7:30a.m. and 8:30a.m. Coffee, tea and donuts will be provided for breakfast, but participants will need to bring their own lunch.
Workshops will run from 9:00a.m to 4:30p.m. Topics will include planning and preparation, nutrition and cooking, health and safety, Leave No Trace™ and much more. A portion of the day will be spent outdoors, where participants will learn how to pitch a tent, hang a bear bag and other outdoor skills.
Instructors include Lauralee “Blissful”
"We are excited to host our first-ever long-distance hiking workshop at Bears Den,” said Justin La Vigne, manager of Bears Den Trail Center. “It is the ideal location to provide hands-on experiences and learn the basic principles and techniques needed for backpacking."
An optional dinner, catered by Apple House, will be available for $10.00 a person, consisting of pulled pork, side dishes, chips and drinks. Participants are also welcome to stay for a casual campfire gathering after dinner from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Overnight accommodations will be available at the Bears Den Trail Center. Camping is $8.00 a person and indoor lodging is $15.00 a person. Anyone under 18 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult. Checkout is on Sunday at 9:00a.m. Complimentary coffee and tea will be available, as well as pancake mix to make your own pancakes.
To register, e-mail Justin LaVigne at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday November 1, 2012.
Long-Distance Hiking Workshop
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Location: Bears Den Trail Center, 18393 Blueridge Mountain Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135
Optional Dinner: $10.00/person
Optional Overnight Indoor Stay: $15.00/person
Optional Overnight Camping: $8.00/person (includes inside privileges)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:30a.m. – 8:30a.m.: Registration
8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.: Introduction/
9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.: Planning and Preparation, Nutrition and Cooking, Health and Safety and Leave No Trace™ Workshop
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.: Lunch
1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.: Gear Essentials and Packing a Backpack Workshop
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.: Setting Up Camp/Outdoor Demonstration
4:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.: Wrap-up
5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.: Optional Dinner
7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.: Optional Campfire Gathering
For more information or to register, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/
About Bears Den Trail Center
Located 150 yards from the Appalachian Trail, Bears Den Trail Center offers an array of services, including a hiker hostel with full services, accommodations for group or private party rentals and retreats, a primitive campground and a rustic cottage for rent. Bears Den Trail Center is owned by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and is managed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. For more information, visit www.bearsdencenter.org.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117