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The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in as an off-trail family of fellow hikers and friends of the trail who’ve all shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Membership is open to all, regardless of whether you’ve hiked from Georgia to Maine, or just walked from your car to a trailhead.

Our email is aldha aldha. Members get together each fall for the Gathering, where folks share their experiences through workshops and slides.

Init will be in Pennsylvania at Shippensburg University Oct. To find out more, please visit the Gathering page. The work trips provide long-distance hikers with a means of giving back to the trails they hike.

Besides work weekends, ALDHA has taken an active role in trying to address other trail-related issues, including the issue of backpacker etiquette and the institution of new backpacker fees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The group prints an annual Membership Directory with hundreds of hikers indexed by name, state and trail name. And it launched this home page on the Internet on National Trails Day aldh You’ll be guaranteed receipt of our four quarterly newsletters and annual membership directory every single year, provided you keep us up to date on your current address!


On the weekend of March 5,a group of 18 people gathered at the trail hostel known as Highacre in Harpers Ferry, W. The meeting was convened by Warren Doyle after he held the first successful Gathering of long-distance hikers, dreamers and friends of the trail the previous autumn, at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, W.

There were more than people in attendance, giving Warren the impetus to keep the spirit of that first Gathering alive through a formal organization to represent the long-distance hiker.

Companiion group that met in Harpers Ferry in March held meetings during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and the first order of business was to come up with a name. Several ideas were bandied about, including “The 2,Miler Society,” referring to the moniker often attached to hikers who complete the 2,mile-plus Appalachian Trail.

But the group wanted something more inclusive, so it came up with the Appalachian Long Companionn Hikers Association. Note the word “hikers.

The second order of business was adoption of a mission aldba, and a threefold “statement of purpose” was unanimously enacted. A fourth plank referring to our educational role was later added when we filed for official nonprofit status with the federal government, and so the statement of purpose stands today as a reminder of our mission.


It’s reprinted at the top right of this page. At one point during that March weekend, everybody gathered outside the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conference now the Conservancy for a group photo, and several other folks showed up to join in the picture-taking.

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The photo you see above is that shot, and it’s now somewhat of a historic image. There may be future Hall-of-Famers in that photo; we’ll just have to see.

Assistant Coordinator Ron Burger. Recording Secretary Sue Spring.

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Membership Secretary Robert Sylvester. Seen at the Gathering at Concord University. Represent and promote the welfare of the Appalachian long distance hiking experience; Provide service in a cooperative spirit with other Appalachian hiking organisations; Provide education on the use and preservation of Appalachian long distance trails; And provide opportunities for interaction and camaraderie within the Appalachian long distance hiking community.

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