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  • 06 May 2013 12:40 PM | Anonymous
    A hiker by the name of "Rounder" contacted ATC to notify us that he found a camera phone on the A.T. about 1/2 to 1 mile north of VA 56. It was on the right side of the Trail going north, sealed in a plastic bag. He was on a day-hike, and on his return trip, placed it higher in the tree to be more visible.

    His phone number is 803-708-3272 if anyone has questions. 
  • 07 Apr 2013 10:26 AM | Deleted user
    A newsletter is old fashioned in the modern world of instant communication loops, Twitter, and Facebook. However, it remains a tried-and-true method of sharing stories, trail-cautions, up-coming meetings, and hiking/activity information. 

    Here are some content ideas. Pictures are always welcome! Have you heard of a new hike-related product, a new trail, or a planned trip? There is never "just a hike." Was there a walk in the woods that you particularly enjoyed and why? Humorous situation? A learning opportunity? ODATC trail maintainers outclass any club on the AT (in my humble opinion) for their work ethic, support, and can-do attitudes. This is a time to be recognized for the hard work you do!

    If you have anything you would like to contribute to the May/June Newsletter, please send you submissions to me at kdveilleux@gmail.com or odatc.newsletter@gmail.com. Your words and pictures will always be appreciated!

  • 16 Mar 2013 10:49 AM | David
    "All my life, people have asked the question, directly or indirectly. "Why in the hell do you climb mountains?" I can't explain this to other people. I love the physical exertion. I love the wind. I love the storms. I love the fresh air. I love the companionship in the outdoors. I love the reality. I love the change. I love the rejuvenating spirit. I love to feel oneness with nature. I'm hungry; I enjoy eating. I get thirsty; I enjoy the clear water. I enjoy being warm at night when it's cold outside. All these things are extremely enjoyable because, gosh, you're really feeling them, you're living them, your senses are really feeling. I can't explain it."

    ~Paul Petzoldt - founder of NOLS
  • 07 Feb 2013 8:13 PM | Deleted user

    The deadline for submissions to the next newsletter is Feb. 15. There have been so many activities that surely some members have a story or two to share. Pictures (jpeg) are welcome!

    Please send submissions to the odatc newsletter address or to kdveilleux@nc.rr.com


  • 27 Jan 2013 5:20 PM | Anonymous
    My name is Jeanette Kozlowski, and I am the social media manager at HikingBoots.com. It’s a pleasure to virtually meet you all! We recently put together a list of 35 reasons to hike the Appalachian Trail. This might be something fun to share with your site readers.

    You can view the graphic here: http://hikingboots.com/appalachian-trail. It is accompanied by a blog post with a full list of 75 reasons to make the hike: http://news.hikingboots.com/75-reasons-to-hike-the-appalachian-trail/. This list was created in conjunction with the trail’s 75th anniversary.

    After doing research about the trail and reading Bill Bryson’s book, I can only imagine what it is like to hike the entire thing. Incredible!

    Thanks for considering it,
  • 26 Jan 2013 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    Please take a look at my recent AT ebook - "Rethinking Life on the Appalachian Trail"

    Thanks, and Happy Trails - "Rethinker" - Class of '08
    Gary Bond

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  • 22 Jan 2013 8:51 AM | David
    Waterbars were mentioned at the PotLuck lunch on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 and I thought I would Google waterbar images and I found the following link will give the images found: 

    NOTE: when viewing the page of images above, you can use the keys CTRL +  to enlarge the images on the page or click CTRL + keys simultaneously several times to enlarge the images several times.
    Then rather than clicking to each omage to view it, you can use the right arrow key to page thru these enlarged images...(using the right arrow key to move thru the images works on IE fine, not so good when using Flock)

    Just thought I would share this since I am not always sure whether I am on the right page when it comes to the techniques concerning trail maintenance.
  • 21 Jan 2013 11:05 AM | Deleted user
    We have a huge demand for activities and not enough leaders to meet the need on both weekdays and on the weekend.  Please give back to the club by becoming an event coordinator. Multiple activities on any day will provide opportinities for participation without overwhelming the activity coordinators. Contact the Activities Chair, Jenni Pendergrass, if you can help.
  • 03 Dec 2012 7:56 PM | Deleted user

    Check out this recent CNN article about the Appalachian Trail


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