Northern Ruck | Schedule

Northern Ruck

Weekend Schedule | 2022  (example, 2022 schedule TBA)

Friday Night

5:00 pm Check in — meet and greet.
6:00 pm Pasta Dinner — with all the extras
7:00 pm Safe and Sound  Penny Vann.  What makes hikers feel unsafe on the trail other than critters? This workshop will look at both natural and human hazards on and around the AT. We then will look at some ideas in recognizing, and responding to potential threats.
8:00 pm

Critter Awareness — Ken Bunning. Respect and Awareness of Bears, Moose, Snakes, and Ticks.  This presentation will look at the 4 main critters on the Appalachian trails that can be a threat to a hiker's life. By the end of this presentation a participant will have a health respect for the animals they meet in the woods and know how to behave safely around them.


8:00 am Breakfast— Blueberry pancakes, sausage and eggs, etc.* See the sign-up sheet.
9:00 am Hikes along the AT — Form into hiking groups and have a good time just be back in time for lunch and homemade soups!!!
9:00 am - 11:00 am Pack Tuckerization  This is a good time to find out what YOU DO NOT NEED on the trail. 
Noon Lunch— Homemade soups and sandwiches.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Thru-hiking Bull Session — Here is your chance to ask those who have completed the Appalachian Trail your questions.  Or, maybe just listen to former thru-hikers expound on how to do it –or not do it!! All thru-hikers are welcome to offer advice.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Planning an AT thru-hike — Ron Burger.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Personal Security — Brian Wilson, Ranger
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm "Bare" Aware Jim Fetig. Food Protection and Incident Reporting on the AT.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Ruck Potluck — You know how it works, everyone brings a dish and we all eat like kings and leave lots for Glen, the caretaker!
7:00 pm
NoRuck Group Picture — Tidy up and comb your hair (if you have some) and smile pretty for the camera. 
7:15 pm Welcome —  Glen, Bears Den;   Ken Bunning, ALDHA.
7:30 pm Raffle — Proceeds will be split between PATC and ALDHA. Jill “IWOX” Byrd, AT 2016 and ALDHA Treasurer.
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm ATC Information  Jordan Bowman
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Staying Warm — Penny Vann. Staying Warm aka Blue is not Cool: The purpose of this workshop is trying to keep deadly hypothermia and frostbite  at bay. We will be looking at three ways of staying warm: Heat generation from within, Heat retention, (insulation,) and heat generation from without. We will also look at a few of the ways we lose heat.


7:00 am Breakfast— You’re on your own for this one. See what has been left over and eat up!

Schedule subject to change

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