The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (ODATC) is an organization of individuals and trail-related organizations who meet to recreate in the outdoors in various ways as well as act as stewards of a portion of the Appalachian Trail and the public lands it runs through. Our recreational endeavors focus on hiking in Virginia but includes biking, paddling and touring as well. While the majority of our events occur in Virginia our only true limits are what members wish to limit themselves to. Learn more
*The January meeting of ODACT is cancelled due to increasing risks of COVID. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 8.
On March 8 we will meet at the Tuckahoe Library on Starling Dr in Henrico. Our speaker will be Kevin Haffernan with the Department Conservation Resources. He will address Invasive plant species of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
* Link to Petition in Support of Virginia Trails Legislation Appears Below
*Update On ODATC Hiking and Carpooling Guidelines
*Important Announcement regarding online membership dues payment appears below.
* S2MOUNTAINEERING Resumes Domestic & International Trips
*Link to ATC "Trailway News" Appears Below
Election of Board Members for 2022:
Since there was not a ODATC general membership meeting in January due to Covid issues, our club still needs to take care of one important item and that is the election of board members for 2022. This is the first of two emails. In this email we are presenting the proposed board and soliciting any nominations from the club membership. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please do at this time. The second email will come out in a couple weeks and will allow the club membership to vote on the proposed board for 2022.
I would like to thank the current board members for their service in 2021. It was a challenging year as we all know, but we survived and hopefully 2022 will be better.
President of ODATC
ODATC Proposed Board Positions for 2022
President: Pat Doyle
Vice-President: Theresa Duffey
Secretary: Mary Slaughter
Treasurer: Bill Beck
Programs: Janet Darden
Land Management: Karl Huber
Membership: John Spindler
Trail Maintenance: Dave Wilcox and Craig Hardy will be co - Trail Maintenance supervisors
Webmaster: Evan Garrison
Activities: Art Ritter
Red shows new positions for 2022
THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
5000 Signatures Needed to Support Virginia Trails
The Virginia Trails Alliance Virginia Bicycling Federation is preparing a petition that they will submit to members of the Virginia General Assembly. The joint letter to members of the Assembly will show their support of the $245 million Outdoor Recreation budget included in the 2022 legislative session. This letter will include a list of supporters from all across the Commonwealth. This unprecedented opportunity to support trails needs an unprecedented peak of grassroots support! If you would like to read the entire letter and sign this petition in support of the Outdoor Recreation budget, please click here.
ATC Trailway News Now AvailableIf you would like to look at the Conservancy's latest Trailway Newsletter, please click here.
Change in Payment of Membership Dues
For members who have been making their annual membership fee payment using PayPal, please note that there has been a change in the way payments will be handled on the ODATC website.
Prior to this change, members would elect to pay with PayPal and be redirected to a PayPal site.
We will no longer be using PayPal to make payments. Instead, we will be using the website’s hosting company’s automated payment system.
At our last board meeting it was decided to make this change so that we could save the club an additional two hundred dollars a year. This is the amount Wild Apricot charges us for not using their system.
Treasurer Bill Beck made the necessary changes, and has tested it out.
What you will notice when your pay your dues is that you will be asked to enter your credit card information - just like any other online purchase. There will be no option for PayPal.
If you are accustomed to making your payments by sending a personal check to ODATC, please continue doing so. This change only relates to those members who have been making their payments via PayPal.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
LS2MOUNTAINEERING Resumes Operations
S2Mountaineering, an organization founded in 1998 and located in Santa Fe, New Mexico organizes and leads hundreds of trekking and mountaineering expeditions on every continent. Recently, they have resumed organizing treks after a three year hiatus.
They have provided ODACT with a message for anyone ready to climb in 2022.
To see their latest message, please click here.
If you are interested in learning more about S2Mountaineering, you can visit their website by clicking here.
Leonard Adkins Receives Award for His Latest Book
ODATC member Leonard Adkins's book All About the Appalachian Trail was recently named a Silver Award Winner in the 33rd annual Independent Book Publishers
Please click here if you would like to read the full article.If you're interested in procuring a copy of Leonard's book, please click here for the information that originally appeared on our site.
ATC July Issue of The Register Now Ready
Update On ODATC Hiking and Carpooling Guidelines
The current policy of ODATC is that all persons participating in club sponsored recreational hikes shall be vaccinated. Carpooling will now be allowed. It is recommended that masks be worn in the car, but this decision will be at the discretion of the driver and passengers. Obviously, an agreement should be finalized before traveling. Carpooling is still not allowed for Appalachian trail maintenance and border monitoring trips, because these activities fall under the regulations of ATC and other government agencies.
By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead. Abandoned by Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, the $8 billion project has reached a regulatory dead end.
The decision, announced Sunday, ends a six-year effort to build the 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline through the heart of Virginia to connect gas shale fields in West Virginia with markets in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
Click here to read the full article.
ATC Announces Voluntary Stewardship Agreement
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP), announced a voluntary stewardship agreement that will advance the Conservancy’s mission to manage, protect and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. As part of the agreement, MVP has committed up to $19.5 million for use by the ATC to conserve land along the Trail corridor and support outdoor recreation-based economies in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Through this agreement, the ATC and its partners will be able to enhance the A.T. hiking experience, protect thousands of acres of high-priority land, and provide support to local recreation-based economies in the region. Please click here to see the full news release.
Popularity A Mixed Blessing As Hikers Visit Appalachian Trail in Record Numbers
NPR Article by Adiah Gholston
Escapism has brought people to the Appalachian Trail for years, and over this past, pandemic-ridden year, more people than normal found themselves on the trail for that very reason. But that influx of people brings other issues - like littering - which is straining both the trail systems and the volunteers and professionals who maintain them.
To continue reading the remainder of this article, click here.
Nelson County Parks & Recreation Announces Opening of New TrailNelson County Parks and Recreation announced today the opening of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail system. Over 700 feet below the Blue Ridge Mountains at Rockfish Gap in Afton lies the 4,273-foot abandoned train tunnel in the heart of the Crozet Tunnel Greenway. The tunnel was constructed between 1850 and 1858 by Claudius Crozet, designer and chief engineer on the project and Irish immigrant laborers. For more information on this new Virginia trail, click here.
Senate Considers Bill Ending Ban on Mountain Bikes in Wilderness Areas
In the latest bid to lift the ban on mountain bikes in federally designated wilderness areas, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964 which created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States and currently protects 109.5 million acres of federal land. Click here to read the full article.