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  • 29 Oct 2011 2:39 PM | Deleted user

    If you're looking for the general discussion forum and wondering why you can't find  it you aren't losing it...I've moved the topics down under the members only forum.  This seems to be the only way to prevent all the junk postings from getting posted.

    Feel free to comment or offer suggestions for improvements.

    Thank you.

  • 29 Oct 2011 1:53 PM | Deleted user
    Check out the latest ODATC mileage update that represents the mileage for all ODATC events since last January (and only for ODATC members). (Note that you must sign in in order to access this information under the members only section of the site.)
    So far this year we've had 102 of our members participate on at least 1 hike and our grand total mileage for members on ODATC sponsored hikes is 3,140 miles, which isn't too shabby.
    Thanks Randy for putting this together.  Hike leaders if you haven't turned in your sheets to Randy please bring them to the next club meeting in November.
  • 23 Oct 2011 2:10 PM | Karl (Administrator)

    The nominees for 8 ODATC board positions for 2012 are currently as follows:

    - Theresa Duffey; President

    - Jenni Pendergrass; Activities

    - Dennis Schafer; Treasurer

    - Randy Wendell; Programs

    - Karl Huber; Land Management

    - Katie Veilleux; Newsletter

    - Leanord Adkins, Secretary

    - Jay Lindsey; Outreach

    We still need nominees for the following.  Please contact a current board memeber and volunteer for one of these postions ASAP:

    - Vice President

    - Membership

  • 15 Sep 2011 9:10 AM | Karl (Administrator)

    The Board welcomes comments on the proposed revisions to the club's bylaws.  The latest draft is at: http://olddominiontrailclub.onefireplace.org/resources/Documents/ByLawsdraft090711.pdf

    Comments received by the club president by 3 Oct 2011 can be considered by the board at it's 4 Oct 2011 meeting.

  • 16 Aug 2011 6:56 PM | Barbara

    Read about Emily's encounter with a hungry raccoon.  I won't tell you who won.



  • 27 Jun 2011 9:43 PM | Deleted user

    Blacksburg, VA (June 16, 2011) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Konnarock Trail Crew is currently searching for volunteers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) from Rockfish Gap, VA to the Trail's southern terminus at Springer Mountain in GA. The ATC will provide food, tools, equipment and safety gear needed for volunteers to get into the backcountry and complete some much needed work on the Trail. 


    Konnarock is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's flagship crew program, founded in 1983 and named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia. The crew is hosted by the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area at its Sugar Grove Work Center.


    Crew members arrive on Wednesday before their work week in time to get settled in, eat dinner, and attend an orientation session that evening. An early morning on Thursday (7 a.m.) starts with a hearty breakfast followed by any last minute preparations and departure to the project site.


    Volunteers work a five-day week in the field, from Thursday morning through Monday night. Volunteers working more than one session are welcome to stay at the base camp between sessions.


    A.T. Professional Trail crew leaders will provide any necessary training on Trail construction. This past year the Konnarock Trail Crew has completed such projects as relocating and restoring 1.5 miles of Trail in North Carolina. In the upcoming weeks the crew will tackle such projects as relocating an eroding section of the A.T. on the North Carolina/Tennessee border and continuing to work on a five mile Trail relocation in Virginia.


    Summer Trail Crew Schedule:

    Week Seven

    Thursday 7/7 to Monday 7/11

    Crew 1 – Roan Highlands Relocation continues in NC/TN.

    Crew 2 – New River Relocation continues in Virginia. 

    Week Eight

    Thursday 7/14 to
    Monday 7/18

    Crew 1 – Jenkins Trail Rehab in Virginia – Define tread, install rock steps and checkdams.

    Crew 2 – Flint Gap to Shelton Graves Relocation in North Carolina - Construct sidehill to move Trail to a more sustainable grade.

    Week Nine

    Thursday 7/21 to
    Monday 7/25

    Crew 1 – Dripping Rock Relocation continues in Virginia.

    Crew 2 – Flint Gap to Shelton Graves Relocation continues in North Carolina.

    Week Ten

    Thursday 7/28 to
    Monday 8/1

    Crew 1 - Roan Highlands Relocation continues in NC/TN.

    Crew 2 – Flint Gap to Shelton Grave Relocation continues in North Carolina.

    Week Eleven

    Thursday 8/4 to
    Monday 8/8

    Crew 1 – Thunder Ridge Relocation in Virginia – Construct sidehill to move Trail to a more sustainable grade.

    Crew 2 – War Spur Relocation in Virginia – Construct sidehill to move Trail to a more sustainable grade.

    Week Twelve

    8/11 to
    Monday 8/15

    Crew 1 - Roan Highlands Relocation continues in NC/TN.

    Crew 2 – War Spur Relocation continues in Virginia.


    The experiences of working together, learning new skills, and backcountry living makes for an unbeatable combination of fun. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older to participate.


    For more information or to register, visit appalachiantrail.org/crews or contact Alice Davis at 540.953.3571 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            540.953.3571      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or adavis@appalachiantrail.org.

    About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission 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 . www.appalachiantrail.org

    Contact: Alice Davis

    Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    Tel: 540.953.3571 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            540.953.3571      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Email: adavis@appalachiantrail.org
    Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

  • 03 May 2011 8:50 PM | Deleted user
    AK, Jenni and I backpacked through the Smokies over Spring Break.  I have posted a blog at  http://renata-smokiestrip2011.blogspot.com/   in case you want to read about it.   Warning-- some of it is TMI
  • 03 May 2011 2:58 PM | Karen

    A group of us met at the Rockville Park & Ride Sunday, May 1, to do some section maintenance & it was quite a shock to see "Park & Ride Closed" on a portable sign between the exit and the lot. Fortunately, the closure didn't start until the next day so we were able to park there. Any groups planning to meet at the P & R over the next 10 days or so will have to find another place to park .... the sign says "use alt. parking" but doesn't give specific alternatives. Our little group was speculating as to what sort of work might be done on the P & R that would require a closure of this length & we all have our fingers crossed that maybe it will be paved (?) ... some of those potholes in the lot are getting a bit deep!

  • 16 Feb 2011 8:01 PM | Deleted user

    Want to know who’s hiking on ODATC trips?  How about 42 members participating in at least 1 ODATC hike for a total of 400 miles since January!!!  Leading the pack is Bill Tennant with five ODATC hikes and 30 miles so far this year.  On his heels are Janet Bailey and Ken Baker with 26 miles each, and Jim Hunt with 25 miles. By the way, Ken Baker had at least a dozen crazy backpackers for the Paul Wolfe Shelter Freezeree in January.  If you didn’t go, you missed out on Robert Duesberry’s family secret “Possum Stew” cooked over the fire, and the birthday cake for Beth Kirwin, Janet Johnston and Aseeyah Abdul-Karim.  Congrats to Janet Bailey, Renata Manzo and Aseeyah Abdul-Karim on their first January backpack trip!!”

    Stay tuned.  The complete list will be posted shortly under the members only menu.

  • 16 Feb 2011 7:13 PM | Deleted user

    The National Park service is waiving admission fees on 14 more dates this year.  The remaining fee-free dates include:

    • April 16 - 24
    • June 21
    • Sept 24
    • Nov 11 - 13

    Virginia sites include

    • Jamestowne
    • Yorktown battlefield
    • Appomattox court house
    • National Memorial in McLean
    • Colonia National Historical park in Yorktown
    • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
    • Great Falls Park in McLean
    • Manasas National Battlefield Park
    • Petersburg National Battlefield
    • Prince William Forest Park in Triangle
    • Shenandoah National Park

    Don't forget to bring your National Parks passport when visiting!!

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