2016 Hard Core
'Cool Breeze' Joe Fennelly gives directions to his crew during the2016 Hard Core work trip at Scales, Va., high up in the Virginia Highlands. A handful of ALDHA members usually takes part in the work trip that occurs on the tail end of Trail Days. (Photo by Bill O'Brien)
























The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

An off-trail family of hikers, dreamers and friends of the trail working

to preserve, protect and promote the long-distance hiking community.


Here is the ALDHA citizen's guide, so to speak, on ways in which members can become more fully active in our organization.

@The Gathering

It is the premier event of our program year and, like any other activity that attracts several hundred people, it requires a host of volunteers. We need help with workshops, registration, the hiker fair, campground coordination, signs, etc., both in the months leading up to the weekend and during the weekend itself.

Contact: Gathering program coordinator

@Work trips

We always need help organizing work trips, either tied in with the Gathering or held at other times during the year. This is a great way to give back to the trail while also helping to spread the word about ALDHA. Participants are entitled to a free Work Crew patch, as seen at right.

Contact: Work trip coordinator

@The Companion

Lots of people are needed to keep tabs on services, relos and other changes that confront every year's batch of thru-hikers. Help make the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion the premier guidebook on the A.T. Adopt a section and keep tabs on it!

Contact: The Companion editor

@The Newsletter

Want to share your thoughts about long-distance hiking? Consider writing an essay for publication in the newsletter, The Long Distance Hiker, accompanied by a photo that would look great in black and white. Help keep this publication fun, vibrant and inviting.

Contact: The newsletter editor

@The Website

Photos from ALDHA events like Trail Days and the Gathering look great in color, and the website is a great place to show them off. Or consider writing something for the home page about the Gathering, a work trip or some other ALDHA-related event.

Contact: The ALDHA webmaster

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2018 Spring Board Meeting

April 7

The meeting will take place at Bears Den Hostel and is open to the membership, although only board members may vote. Please let the coordinator know if you're coming so meals can be planned accordingly.

Work crew patch

Trail work trips are held during the year. For information on where and when, email worktrip@aldha.org