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W - The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
33 ANNUAL GATHERING
courtesY oF cHris GallaWaY
Chris Gallaway, aka ‘Frost,’ thru-hiked the A.T. in 2013 (he is standing atop Clingmans Dome in above photo). During his hike he began work on a
film project, the likes of which has not been seen before. He will show a preview of his work on Saturday night, and we hope it will blow you away.
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of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
Williams college
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college for the 33rd annual
Gathering. For those who are
attending their first alDHa Gathering,
we hope you have a great time and get
to attend many of the workshops and
presentations. We are excited to again
recognize those just finishing their thru-hikes
with a special certificate.
We have a great
mix of workshops
and presentations
this year, some back
by popular demand,
some new additions that
highlight trails you might want to hike in
the future, and some that will give excellent “how to” information. We hope there
will be something for everyone.
We are pleased to welcome our
keynote speaker, chris Gallaway, a 2013
a.t. thru-hiker, who will be presenting a
preview of his film, “the long start to
the Journey,” on saturday night.
We would like to extend special
thanks to the Williams outing club for
sponsoring this year’s Gathering. We
welcome all outing club students, and
other members of the Williams community, to all of our programs.
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Williamstown, Mass.
so whether you are here for the first
time or a veteran, have a great Gathering and get inspired for your next hike!
— The ALDHA Volunteers
2014 PROGRAM NOTES
n REGiSTRATiON DESk
& ALDHA CENTRAL
Friday . . . . Noon-4 p.m. . . . Barn
Friday . . . . 6-7 p.m. . . . . . . ’62 center
Friday . . . . 9-11 p.m. . . . . . ’62 center
saturday . . 8:30-5:30 . . . . . Greylock
sunday . . . Noon-1:30 . . . . Greylock
Barn = White barn near campsite parking.
’62 center = on Williams college campus.
Greylock = on Williams college campus.
alDHa central consists of the registration desk, lost & found, ride board, etc.
on saturday from 8:30-5:30 and sunday
from 1:30-5:30, it will be on the main
floor of Greylock Hall (see campus map
on Page 12). the work trip signup sheet
will also be there.
in addition to alDHa central, Greylock
Hall will also house the Hiker Fair on
saturday and sunday. so it’ll be a great
place to hang out while not doing other
things. if you have your own cup, help
yourself to some free coffee or tea.
october 10-13, 2014
n NECk WALLETS
Your neck wallet serves as your ticket
to all events and presentations. We
strongly suggest that you wear your neck
wallet at all times throughout the weekend. seating will be limited in the ’62
center for saturday night’s program, and
your neck wallet will be your “ticket” in.
Members of the Williams community will
be seated after us, so don’t be late!
event organizers will wear orange
neck wallets. if you have a question, look
for someone wearing one of those.
n MEALS ON CAMPuS
Meals are available in Whitman’s
Dining Hall at Paresky student center.
But you’ll need prepaid tickets. some
may still be available at the registration
desk. Here are the hours and prices:
saturday breakfast . . 7:30-10:30 . . . . $8
saturday lunch. . . . . . . 11:30-2 . . . . $10
saturday dinner. . . . . . . . 5-8 . . . . . . $11
sunday brunch . . . . . . 11-1:30 . . . . $10
sunday dinner. . . . . . . . . 5-8 . . . . . . $11
these meals are not aYce but offer
four different food stations including
made-to-order deli sandwiches and a
vegan station with a teppanyaki grill.
a cash snack bar and pizza grill will be
open for cash sales from 8:30 p.m. on.
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n WiLLiAMS CAMPuS
We are grateful to be able to come to
Williams college. We ask that you follow
the school’s rules for parking and pets,
and use the gym, and gym only, for
showers at designated times (see below).
Williams college is an alcohol-free
campus; please respect their policies.
For the best route from the campsite to
the Williams campus, see Page 12.
n SHOWERS
showers are available at lasell Gym,
across route 2 on the corner of spring
street. (always use pedestrian crosswalks; cars are required to stop for you.)
use the spring street entrance to the
lower level and show your neck wallet to
gain entrance. Bring your own towel,
soap, shampoo, etc., and your own padlock if you wish to use an empty locker.
the hours are:
Friday . . . . . . . 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
saturday . . . . 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
sunday . . . . . . 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday . . . . . . 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
n Wi-fi iNTERNET CONNECTiON
Williams college will provide a free
guest wireless connection for alDHa
Gathering attendees. Detailed instructions on how to use the wireless system
are included in your registration packet
and will be posted at alDHa central.
n THE CAMPSiTE
thanks to eric White, free camping is
available on a gently rolling field 10 minutes from the college. For safety reasons, we cannot allow cars in the tenting
area. Port-a-johns are available in the
tenting area, and showers are available
on campus. regarding trash: leave no
trace. Pack it in, pack it out.
an evening bonfire will be set up away
from those wishing to go to bed early. No
ground fires are allowed other than that.
n POTAbLE WATER
at the campsite, our host, eric White,
will have a garden hose extended toward
the driveway at his house. Help yourself,
but be sure to shut it off when finished.
n HikER fAiR
the Hiker Fair will be on the main floor
of Greylock Hall (see map on Page 12).
the atc’s ultimate trail store, alDHa
store and alDHa central are also here.
the rest of the Hiker Fair — trail club
exhibits, vendors, a.t. Museum exhibit,
spirit table, Memorial Wall, the alDHa
apple contest, Photo contest — will
also be spread out in this space.
Hiker Fair hours are saturday from
about 9-5:30 and sunday from 1:30-5.
the 33rd annual Gathering
october 10-13, 2014
n MEMORiAL DEDiCATiON
the only person to have ever attended
every single Gathering since the first one
in 1982 passed away earlier this year, and
as you read in the summer newsletter, he
had printed out his registration form for
this year’s Gathering just before he died.
Fred Waigand will be sorely missed.
even though he preferred to stay in the
background, it was always great to see
him there in our annual group photos,
posing with pride with his fellow hikers.
His record of 32 straight Gatherings will
likely be surpassed someday, but no one
can ever lay claim to have attended 32 in
a row from Day 1. a little piece of alDHa
will be missing this weekend, but Fred will
be with us in spirit as we dedicate the
33rd annual Gathering in his honor.
Happy trails, Fred.
n RECENT 2,000-MiLERS
alDHa will hand out thru-hiker certificates Friday night at our opening, but you
must submit your name and info ahead
of time to have your name called. each
recently finished end-to-ender will also
get a patch. ask someone at registration
or someone with an orange name tag.
n APPLE CONTEST
Bring your apples to the Hiker Fair on
saturday morning, or leave them at the
registration desk with your name, contact
info and the state where the apples came
from. Your home state’s best brand will
then be judged on a variety of criteria.
Judging will be saturday afternoon; the
winner announced that night by contest
coordinators sue spring and tom evans.
n EARL SHAffER PHOTO CONTEST
Kent Wilson will set up the display and
be ready for posting entries when the
Hiker Fair opens on saturday. During the
weekend you can view photos on exhibit.
Winners will be announced on saturday
night. their photos will be posted in the
winter newsletter for all to enjoy. the contest honors the late earl shaffer.
n MEMORiAL WALL & SPiRiT TAbLE
Bring to the Hiker Fair a photo of a
hiker or friend of the trail who is no longer
with us for our Memorial Wall. We’ll have
photos of Fred Waigand, ernst “raven”
Banfield, Daniel Hammer and Bill irwin to
add this year.
it will be set up near the new spirit
table featuring items representative of all
the alDHa members who’ve hiked
onward.
courtesY oF tHe WaiGaND FaMilY
n A.T. MuSEuM SiLENT AuCTiON
if you brought items to donate to the
a.t. Museum’s silent auction, give them
to larry luxenberg, Noel Decavalcante
or red Wolf, or drop them off early
saturday at the auction, which will be set
up in Greylock Hall as part of the Hiker
Fair.
the “close-out” time for the auction will
be around 5 p.m. saturday, so get your
bids in, and check back often. this is one
of an occasional series of fundraisers to
help keep the mostly volunteer, nonprofit
Museum operating in Pennsylvania.
n CONTRA DANCE & LiVE bAND
the Flying Garbanzos will again provide the music and calling for our contra
Dance on saturday, immediately following chris Gallaway’s feature presentation
in the ’62 center. the dance will be in
Fellowship Hall of First congregational
church on campus, a short, enjoyable
evening stroll from the ’62 center.
n GROuP PHOTO
Please be on time! it’ll be taken on
sunday around 11:30 a.m. in front of the
Paresky student center (home of the dining hall), right after the business meeting.
Please follow the directions of our champion photographer, “crooked sticks.”
n PETS
Permitted on campus, but not allowed
in buildings, except for service dogs.
they cannot be tied up outside buildings
without an owner present. at the college
and campsite, keep them on a leash at
all times and clean up after them.
october 10-13, 2014
the 33rd annual Gathering
“To the Gathering Again”
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The ALDHA song, written by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz for ALDHA’s 20th anniversary Gathering in 2001
the days are getting shorter and the leaves begin to fall
My pack is hung up on the wall, til the spring begins to call
time to head out to the Gathering, all the friends out there to see
Folks who walk their talk and live their dreams
and they all inspire me
(Chorus)
it’s a Gathering of hikers, all ages and all kinds
the doers and the dreamers, the sighted and the blind
it’s for the boosters and the boasters, and the ones who go and do
it’s for the slow ones and the fast ones, even yellow blazers, too
See maps and notes on parking, carpooling and commuting on Page 12.
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n ATC’s uLTiMATE TRAiL STORE
all the books, calendars and other a.t.related merchandise from Harpers Ferry
will once again be at the Gathering for
sale. the store will be in Greylock Hall
(with alDHa’s registration desk and the
rest of the Hiker Fair) Friday afternoon, all
day saturday and part of sunday.
n THE A.T. PASSPORT
Gatherin
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& GATHERiNG STAMP
Bring your new passport or get one at the
Gathering so you can
collect the stamp, seen
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at right, made for this
mstown,
Gathering. the a.t. Passport is an independent project raising
money for the appalachian trail.
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n THE ALDHA STORE
You can purchase alDHa merchandise
at the alDHa store, in Greylock Hall on
saturday and sunday. Here you will find
hats, apparel, bandanas, mugs, stickers,
the a.t. thru-Hikers’ companion, and, for
the first time, the two newest patches in
alDHa’s inventory, the work crew patch
and the “i Hiked alDHa Way” patch.
You’ll meet the ones who do the trail work and keep coming back
for more
the ones who help the hikers when they’re trailworn and sore
From all walks of life, and from all o’er the land
You see it’s all one big trail
and it’s all one big clan
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n HikES ON SuNDAy AND MONDAy
there will be a hike on the a.t. to Mount
Prospect in the Greylock range on
sunday at 9 a.m., meeting place at
alDHa central in Greylock Hall. the
options are either a strenuous 3-mile
round trip or an easier 1-mile round trip,
depending on the number of hikers and
vehicles. Mount Prospect offers an excellent view of Williamstown, and you’ll be
able to see the campsite from the vista.
other Details at alDHa central.
and Monday, columbus Day, is the
Mount Greylock ramble, a citizens’
ascent of the commonwealth’s highest
peak. Park in the Depot street lot in
adams and catch a shuttle bus at the
library up until 1 p.m. Buses will return
folks to the library all day.
You’ll meet the elders of our tribe, the first to walk the trails
the new folks still in progress, headin’ for their holy grail
and everyone has a story, and a smile or thought to share
the old blood and the new, they’ll all be headin’ there
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(Chorus)
Come along with me, to the Gathering again
To see my friends of the trail
And my trail of friends
(Chorus)
n RiDE bOARD / MESSAGE bOARD
Keep checking the board at alDHa
central to see if you can help someone
out. also, we’ll have a message board set
up for any late program changes.
n bROuGHT TO yOu by . . .
Kip redick is the alDHa coordinator
and oversaw the works. randy “chuck
Norris” anderson served as program
coordinator and received a tremendous
amount of help from facilities coordinator
Jim Niedbalski, assistant program coordinators luanne “tigger” anderson and
Judy “Gray Jay” Young, Mike Wingeart,
Bill o’Brien and robert “sly” sylvester.
additional thanks to the rest of the crew:
n DON’T MiSS LOCAL ART MuSEuMS
the clark art institute on south street
underwent a multi-year, $100 million
expansion and renovation that concluded
three months ago, so check it out.
admission is $20 and it is open 10-5 daily.
and opposite Griffin Hall on the other
side of route 2 is the Williams college
Museum of art. admission is free; open
daily 10-5 except Wednesdays.
sly and sue spring — registration
Noel Decavalcante and eric White —
campsite coordinators
Jim Niedbalski — Facilities coordinator
ron Bungay — Hiker Fair coordinator
Bill o’Brien — content for the website,
newsletter and the printed program
Judy “Gray Jay” Young — Hiker reception
sue spring and tom evans — apple
contest
Kent Wilson — Photo contest
Jim sample — alDHa store
cosmo catalano, ron Bungay, alison
scheiderer and Jim Niedbalski — Work
trips
n CRiTiquES
it’s in your packet. Help future
Gathering coordinators simply by filling it
out. there’s a box at alDHa central to
collect them. critiques from 2011, not just
2013, were consulted this year.
AND A biG THANk yOu to all the
workshop presenters and our featured
speaker, chris Gallaway, and to all of our
wonderful volunteers!
n SHARE yOuR PHOTOS WiTH uS!
stop by alDHa central to download
your photos of the Gathering. We’ll find
uses for them in the winter newsletter and
in the Membership Directory, as well as on
alDHa’s website and in future programs
and publications. You’ll get credit and our
eternal thanks for adding to our archives.
SPECiAL THANkS to scott lewis,
director of the Williams outing club, and
all of his student members for being such
gracious hosts; to cosmo catalano, technical supervisor of the ’62 center, for once
again providing free access to that stunning space, this time for both our Friday
and saturday night programs; and to eric
White for once again giving us free use of
his land for our tentsite and loaning us his
magnificent view of Mount Greylock.
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The 33rd Annual Gathering
s c h E D u l E
friDay, oct. 10, 2014
12-4 registration at campsite
barN
Pick up your registration packets and other goodies at the
Registration Desk inside the white barn.
6-7 registration at Williams college
’62 cENtEr
If you just got into town, pick up your registration packet here.
7 p.m. opening session
Introduction
Welcome
ALDHA song
ATC greetings
Dedication
Life membership
Testimonials
Special song
ALDHA highlights
Speakers
Class roll call
Class of 2014
’62 cENtEr
Jim Niedbalski & Randy Anderson,
Gathering coordinators
Kip Redick, ALDHA coordinator
Cosmo Catalano, Williams College
Scott Lewis, Williams Outing Club
Kip Redick
Ron Tipton and Hawk Metheny
Bill O’Brien
Noel DeCavalcante
Jeanette Russell
Kip Redick
’62 cENtEr
9-9:30 orientation for 1st-timers & Dreamers ’62 cENtEr
First-time Gathering attendees and people planning to hike the
A.T. will learn how to make the most of the weekend, with a
handy list of all A.T.-related workshops Randy Anderson
1 a.m. Quiet hours
camp
We have a lot of folks here. The campfire must end at 1 a.m.
sharp. The only thing you hear now should be snoring.
7:30-10:30 breakfast (No cash; ticket required)
KEY TO LOCATIONS
x . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Long Distance Hiking diploma
1st church . . . . .
’62 cENtEr . . . . . . .
barN . . . . . . . . . . . .
camp . . . . . . . . . . . .
GrEylock . . . . . . .
GriffiN . . . . . . . . . .
Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . .
parEsky . . . . . . . .
First Congregational Church
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Barn at the campsite
Campsite in Williamstown
Greylock Hall
Griffin Hall
Lasell Gymnasium
Paresky Student Center
9-5:30 hiker fair
GrEylock
Here you can see displays of different trails, check out the A.T.
Museum’s silent auction, buy CDs, check out gear and goods
from vendors, get a book signed, or just get free coffee and
hang out. The Apple Contest and Photo Contest are also here.
9-10:15 listening to the Wisdom of the land
Adjourn to ALDHA reception in the Main Lobby.
saturDay, oct. 11, 2014
E v E N t s
parEsky
x Workshop will be partially outside, rain or shine. Listening to
Kip Redick
Kip Redick, Ron Tipton
9-11 registration
o f
October 10-13, 2014
Earth-wisdom means listening with our hearts, not our minds. In
a material culture where “seeing is believing,” many have lost
their heart-to-Earth connection. Michele Zehr “Certain”
9-10:15 iat progress in North america
GriffiN 1
Dick Anderson and Seth Levy describe the 1,862 miles of the
International Appalachian Trail from Katahdin north to Crow
Head, with maps and pictures. Dick Anderson and Seth Levy
9-10:15 trail Diet: picking the right foods
GriffiN 2
9-10:15 lightweight backpacking
GriffiN 3
x Long-distance hikers need to carry foods that are lightweight,
pack enough calories, and don’t taste like chalk. This isn’t as
easy as it sounds. Dan Feldman, author of the book, “Long
Distance Hiking,” presents his method. Dan Feldman
x Lighten your backpack base weight to 5 or 10 pounds.
parEsky
8-5:30 alDha central
GrEylock
“ALDHA Central” will be set up all day long in Sullivan Lounge
inside the campus center. Here you’ll find the registration desk,
complementary coffee, message board, ride board and lost &
found. Note: The ALDHA Store will be set up at the Hiker Fair.
9-5:30 atc’s ultimate trail store
GrEylock
The folks from Harpers Ferry will once again have a supply of
books, T-shirts, doo-dads, 2012 calendars and other popular
items for sale in the side room known as Sullivan Lounge in the
Amsler Campus Center. They’ll be open part of Sunday, too.
9-5:30 the alDha store
GrEylock
All of the ALDHA-related merchandise with many specials will
be available. We’ll have vests, T-shirts, polo shirts, ballcaps, coffee cups, travel mugs, patches, bumper stickers, lapel/tie pins,
Mount Katahdin and Springer Mountain benchmark paperweights and pins, Walkin’ Jim Stoltz CDs and books, and more.
“Warner Springs” Monty thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with an
average base weight of under 5 pounds. He will show you gear
and methods to lighten your pack while remaining warm, safe,
fed and dry. Monty Tam
9-10:15 England coast to coast
GriffiN 4
In the 1970s, Alfred Wainwright cobbled together an epic walk
across northern England, about 192 miles from the Irish Sea to
the North Sea, through the Lake District, Yorkshire dales and
North York moors. The so-called Wainwright’s Route is one of
the world’s premiere long-distance trips. Gretchen Yealy
9-10:15 tips on filmmaking
GriffiN 5
Our keynote speaker will have tips on how to share your adventures on video with passion and professionalism. Chris Gallaway
9-10:15 Join muir trail
GriffiN 6
The 210-mile John Muir Trail is a world-renowned trek through
the majestic light and sweeping vistas of California’s High
Sierras. The logistics of hiking the JMT are covered, whetting
the appetite with photos and videos. Shawn “Keychain” Rairigh
October 10-13, 2014
s c h E D u l E
9-10:15 camino de santiago
GriffiN 7
“Squatch” has been making films about long-distance trails for
over 10 years and offers one on the Camino de Santiago that
focuses on the people he meets along the way and his own
feeble attempts to hike himself. “Squatch” Scott Herriott
9-10:15 true Wilderness: the adirondack
GrEylock a
mountains and the trans adirondack route
The founder of the Trans Adirondack Route offers a multimedia
presentation that highlights his 100 best images from more than
20 years of Adirondack Park exploration. Erik Schlimmer
9-10:15 spiritual rambling
GrEylock c
x Slides and a presentation of the practice of spiritual walking
on long-distance trails. Kip Redick “Hippy Kippy”
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The 33rd Annual Gathering
9-10:15 how to hike the florida trail
GrEylock D
Start thinking about a winter hike. “JK & Navigator,” authors of
The Florida Trail Guide and creators of FloridaHikes.com, share
40+ years of experience hiking in Florida with a visual walkthrough of the 1,400-mile Florida Trail. Presented in their
absence by LuAnne “Tigger” Anderson
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10:30-12 the future of the a.t.
parEsky
A panel discussion led by the ATC’s executive director, with
audience participation, looking at the possible impacts on the
trail from the movie version of Bill Bryson’s book, “A Walk in the
Woods,” due out in 2015. How do we prepare for an influx of
inexperienced hikers? ATC and ALDHA hope to join forces to be
proactive in dealing with the expected crowds. Ron Tipton
10:30-12 hiking the Grand canyon
GrEylock a
“My wife and I just got back from a 7-day hike in the Grand
Canyon… Yahoo! What a Grand hike it was.” This enthusiastic
couple will share the wonders of their 2014 winter hike.
“Brother Buzz” and “Quarter Mile”
10:30-12 side trails off the iat
GriffiN 1
Julie King, originally from Britain and Australia, takes you
alongside trails of the International Appalachian Trail in the
Canadian Maritime Provinces. Julie will also briefly talk about
her 2,576-mile end-to-end hike, completed in 2013 with wellknown hiker Ed Talone. Her talk will focus on side trails they
incorporated into their hike — the Magdalan Islands, Pioneer
Coastal Path, Labrador and the Acadien Peninsula. Julie King
10:30-12 European peace Walk
GriffiN 2
Learn about a cross-border initiative to create a trans-national
walkway along the borders of Central Europe to celebrate the
present European culture of peace. It stretches 355 miles, with
supporting services and accommodations available, starting in
Vienna and passing through four countries before ending at the
Mediterranean Sea. 2014 was the inaugural year, coinciding
with the 100th anniversary of World War I. Nancy Lake
10:30-12 thru-hiking the pct
GriffiN 3
Facilitated by a veteran hiker and PCT expert (“one heck of a
single-crowner”), a panel of past PCT thru-hikers will answer
questions and give suggestions that will save you hundreds of
dollars and hundreds of hours in planning and executing a
Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. Monty Tam
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E v E N t s
10:30-12 hiking iceland
GriffiN 5
Avid hiker Cindy Ross shares her experiences hiking in this
unusual and fascinating country. Cindy Ross
10:30-12 ask the a.t. class of 2014
GriffiN 6
10:30-12 Women and backpacking
GriffiN 7
x If you’re thinking of hiking the A.T., here’s your chance to ask
any questions you have of the best experts in the field — members of the Class of 2014. This year’s thru-hikers are encouraged to attend and take part. Moderator
x For Women only: Hear about backpacking for women from a
two-time A.T. hiker and ridgerunner who will share her trail stories as well as ideas on women-specific gear and issues like
nutrition, safety and the nitty-gritty. Lauralee Bliss, “Blissful”
saturDay aftErNooN
11:30-2 luNch (No cash; ticket required)
parEsky
1:15-2:45 a.t. museum symposium
parEsky
Presentation by Sarah Mittlefehldt, author of “Tangled Routes.”
The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running
through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a
refuge from modern society and a place apart from human
ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian and thruhiker Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a conduit for
community engagement and a model for public-private
cooperation and environmental stewardship.
1:15-2:45 israel National trail
GriffiN 1
Information, stories, food and photos will be shared from a
once-in-a-lifetime experience hiking the 640-mile Israel National
Trail in 2011. Deb “Maw” Tucker and LuAnne “Tigger” Anderson
1:15-2:45 trekking: the iat & the high North
GriffiN 2
Signature images of early IAT activity and of the North Atlantic
Region will be presented by author Will Richard. Many of these
images are in his Smithsonian Book, “Maine to Greenland:
Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast.” Included are Greenland,
Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Nunayut and Maine. Will Richard
1:15-2:45 basic self Defense for Women
GriffiN 4
x Women only; LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS — Women
who love spending time in nature always have to strike a
balance between autonomy and personal safety. In this
workshop, a nationally certified R.A.D. Self-Defense Instructor
for women will discuss risk reduction strategies and teach some
basic self-defense techniques useful in both urban and nature
settings. Michele “Certain” Zehr
1:15-2:45 common sense for backpacking after 50 GriffiN 5
x Whether you are new to backpacking, an old pro, or some-
where in between, this is the place for all levels with hints to
make this sport more enjoyable. Sue “Leapfrog” Williams
1:15-2:45 a.t. Dreamers
GriffiN 6
x A class for future A.T. hikers and thru-hikers to learn, ask
questions, meet with other “dreamers,” and vent your fears,
concerns, excitement, etc. Jim and Paulette Rich
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October 10-13, 2014
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TIME
9 - 10:15
1 hour, 15 min
10:30 - 12
1 hour, 30 min
11:30-2
1:30 - 2:45
1 hour, 15 min
3-5
2 hours
9a - 1:30p
1:30 - 2:45
1 hour, 15 min
3-5
2 hours
The 33rd Annual Gathering
pAReskY
Auditorium
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listening to
wisdom of land
Partially outside,
rain or shine.
Trans Adirondack Route
Founder shares
100+ images of
Adirondack Park
photography
spiritual
Rambling
Spiritual side of
long-trail hikes
How to Hike the
Florida Trail
40+ years of
experience via a
visual walk-thru
of 1,400-mile FT
IAT progress in
north America
The 1,862 miles
of International
Appalachian Trail
north of Katahdin
Future of the AT
What can ATC
and ALDHA do to
prepare for the
fallout from Bill
Bryson movie?
Hiking the
Grand Canyon
Enthusiastic pair
share highlights
of their 2014
winter hike
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
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A.T. Museum
symposium
Author Sarah
Mittlefehldt talks
of effort to keep
A.T. protected
Hiking the pCT
Photos, info and
planning tips for
a thru-hike from
Mexico north to
Canada border
Colorado Trail
Highlights of a
thru-hike of this
486-mile trail with
beautiful photos
and good stories
Chipmunk’s
A.T. Adventure
Youngest solo
A.T. hiker shares
progress of IAT
in europe, Africa
Overview of trail
geology, and an
update on march
to Atlas Mnts.
Guthook’s Guides
See how trail apps
work and what’s in
store for 2015
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lightweight
Backpacking
Trim pack weight
to 5-10 pounds
england’s Coast
to Coast walk
The Wainwright’s
Route is one of
the premier trails
in the world
Tips on
Filmmaking
Keynote speaker
Chris Gallaway
shares tips for
hikers with cams
Hiking the
John Muir Trail
The logistics are
covered (permits,
etc.) with images
to whet appetites
The Camino
de santiago
Video shows the
people met along
“the way” and the
author’s trials
side Trails off
the IAT
Going off the
beaten path in the
Canadian Maritime Provinces
33rd annual
GATHeRInG
of long
distance
hikers,
dreamers
and friends
of the A.T.
Trail Diet:
Finding calorierich foods that
don’t weigh a lot
european
peace walk
On centennial of
WWI, a new path
along borders of
several countries
Thru-Hiking
the pCT
Panel of past
PCT hikers will
talk trail and
answer questions
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
Hiking Iceland
Cindy Ross tells
of her experiences in this
unusual and
fascinating land
Ask the A.T.
Class of 2014
New experts help
future dreamers
women and
Backpacking
For women only:
gear, other topics
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Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
The Israel
national Trail
Hear, see and
taste what this
new trail in an old
world is all about
Foothills Trail
A.T. ridgerunner
takes you on her
recent hike along
North and South
Carolina border
Art loeb Trail
Slides and talk
about 30-mile
trail on ridges of
Pisgah National
Forest in N.C.
9-11:30 A.M. - AnnuAl MeeTInG In pAReskY AuDITORIuM
“embrace
The Brutality”
Team Bad Wizard
tries to hike the
CDT in this zany,
educational video
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
Hiking Around
Mount Blanc
Pictorial tour of
classic hut-to-hut
hike around high
peaks in Europe
s AT u R D AY, O C T. 1 1 , 2 0 1 4
GRIFFIn
3
s u n D AY, O C T. 1 2 , 2 0 1 4
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
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lurking Danger:
lyme Disease
Expert offers
valuable advice
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Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
Off-duty presenters’ test rooms,
or open rooms for last-minute videos or slide shows
wIllIAMs COlleGe
ReMInDeR:
showers
will be
available in
lasell Gym
on saturday
from 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
and
on sunday
from 1 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m.
lunCH
The IAT and
the High north
Images of North
Atlantic region of
Quebec, Nunayut,
Greenland, Maine
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
“snowFrog”
on the A.T.
Video of 2013
hike at age 70
ultralight Gear
Experienced
hiker shares tips
on where to get it
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self Defense for
women Hikers
Workshop limited
to 20 women only
Backpacking
After Age 50
Hints for making
hiking enjoyable
A.T. Dreamers
Future hikers can
share their fears
and excitement
The Triple
Crown
Beautiful images
and major differences among the
AT, PCT & CDT
search & Rescue
Progress report
on ALDHA’s SAR
Team and its first
mission in Maine
earlier this year
Bearbagging 101
How to keep
your food from
Yogi and BooBoo
Is Fear Robbing
You of Dreams?
A.T. record-holder shares stories
portugal route
of the Camino
A review of a
hike on a section
of the Camino
de Santiago
s u n D AY, O C T. 1 2 , 2 0 1 4
11:30 A.M. - GROup pHOTO AT pAReskY
This symbol
designates
a workshop
that counts
toward your
Long
Distance
Hiking
Diploma.
See inside
back cover.
~
Boomers
Rewards, realities
of being an older
thru-hiker
A.T. Museum
Board Meeting
Informal session
of the board of
directors, with all
welcome to come
Galapagos
and ecuador
Hiking, snorkeling
and sea kayaking
adventures south
of the Equator
AlDHA Board
Meeting
All are welcome
to attend as new
board sits down
for first meeting
wIllIAMsTOwn, MAss.
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living life
as a Minimalist
Lifestyle changes
can help goals
Off-duty
presenters’
test room, or
open room for
last-minute video
or slide show
10:30-1:30 - BRunCH
Get in shape
& stay in shape
Tips for your diet,
muscles and feet
Healing
Through nature
Mental health
benefits of hiking
writing About
nature
Author shares
tips on how to
improve your
outdoor writing
More Than
a Green Tunnel
Learn what those
plants are on A.T.
How Old is Old?
“Cimarron” talks
about his trials
and triumphs on
the trail in his
80s and now 90s
Map & Compass
ATC staffer leads
session on how
to use compass
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The 33rd annual gathering
S C H E D U L E
1:15-2:45 The Triple Crown
GRIFFIN 7
see beautiful images and hear the major differences between
the three most popular national scenic trails, presented by a
triple-crowner and noted author. all three trails have their gifts,
all have their unique challenges. Cindy Ross
1:15-2:45 Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
GREYLOCK A
Photos, general information and planning tips for a successful
and memorable thru-hike of the PcT from the Mexican border to
canada. Mike Henrick
1:15-2:45 The Colorado Trail
GREYLOCK C
highlights of a thru-hike of the 486-mile colorado Trail, with
beautiful photos and memorable stories. Judy “Heartfire” Gross
and Bob “Krewzer” White
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3-5 “Chipmunk’s” A.T. Adventure
PARESKY
x “chipmunk,” the youngest solo a.T. thru-hiker, will share
stories about the ups and downs of her hike, completed one
year ago at age 15. This self-described “average teenage girl”
has some very ambitious life goals. Neva Warren
O F
E V E N T S
October 10-13, 2014
3-5 Guthook’s Guides
GREYLOCK C
x guthook’s “aT hiker” and “Pacific crest Trail guide” smart-
phone apps just finished their third season. learn how the apps
work, hear what will change in the coming year and see what
other trails will soon have the “guthook” treatment. Ryan Linn
3-5 Thru-hiking the Foothills Trail
GREYLOCK D
an a.T. ridgerunner takes you on her recent 76-mile journey on
the Foothills Trail on the south carolina/North carolina border.
Filled with beauty, and danger too. Find out how to hike it safely
and get the most out of a great trail. Lauralee Bliss, “Blissful”
5-8 DINNER
SATURDAY EVENING
PARESKY
3-5 Art Loeb Trail
GRIFFIN 1
slides and a presentation of a hike on the art loeb Trail, a 30mile mostly ridgeline hike in the Pisgah National Forest of North
carolina. Kip “Hippy Kippy” Redick
3-5 “SnowFrog” on the A.T.
GRIFFIN 2
3-5 Ultra-lightweight Gear and Where to Get It
GRIFFIN 3
x Video of “snowFrog’s” 2013 a.T. thru-hike by a hiker who was
70 years old. Andy “SnowFrog” Myers
x learn from an experienced lightweight hiker about ultra-light-
weight backpacking for dummies. he’ll cover everything you
need to know, and answer all your questions. Plus he’ll have
sample gear for you to try out. Carl Rush
3-5 Search & Rescue Workshop
GRIFFIN 4
hear a report on the first mission of alDha’s sar Team
(looking for a missing hiker in Maine), as well as a discussion
on the future of the team and how you can help. Mike Wingeart
3-5 Bearbagging 101
GRIFFIN 5
3-5 Is Fear Robbing You?
GRIFFIN 6
x Everything you need to know about keeping your food from
yogi and BooBoo. Mike Cunningham, “Hiker Miker”
x are you letting fear rob you of the adventures you seek?
hear about thru-hiking the a.T. and other trail stories from the
a.T.’s current oldest female thru-hiker (a new record is about to
be set this year). Barbara Allen, “Mamaw B.”
3-5 Camino de Santiago, Portugal
GRIFFIN 7
Join Bob Peoples for an informative and entertaining review of
his hike of the Portuguese route of the famous European
pilgrimage. Bob Peoples
3-5 Progress of the IAT in Europe & Africa GREYLOCK A
a brief overview of the geological history and locations of the
appalachians, and a summary of progress for the international
appalachian Trail in Europe and africa, future terminus of the
iaT. includes a slide show. Don Hudson and Walter Anderson
Hiking through the snow on the Appalachian Trail.
chris gallaway
7-8:30 FEATURE PRESENTATION
’62 CENTER
anyone who has seen the video essays posted online by our
feature presenter knows that they are in for a treat as chris
gallaway, “Frost,” shares with us a preview of his feature-length
film about the appalachian Trail, titled “The long start to The
Journey.” Ever since chris was the last one through the alDha
hiker Feed in salisbury during his 2013 thru-hike, we have kept
in touch with him, reveling in the beauty and high-impact emotion of his videos and trail essays. when we heard about his
film project, we knew we had to have it for the gathering, and
he has graciously agreed to show it, the first major preview of
his work anywhere. and what a grand space he will have to
show it, in the breathtaking ’62 center of williams college.
9-11 Annual ALDHA Hoedown
1ST CHURCH
The Flying garbanzos, an acoustic fiddle and accordion band
from Berkshire county, is fun just to listen to, so you don’t even
have to dance to have a good time. The location is just a short
jaunt east from the ’62 center to First congregational church
where the dance will be held. see map on Page 12.
11-1 a.m. Campfire
Kick back, relax and share some hilarious trail stories.
CAMP
1 a.m. Quiet Hours
CAMP
From this point on, only snorers have the right of way on the airwaves, so screw in the earplugs and let’s get some shuteye.
October 10-13, 2014
The 33rd annual gathering
S C H E D U L E
SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014
7-7:45 Sunrise Service
CAMP
an informal gathering featuring a rendition of “amazing grace”
at the campsite. Bring a story to share, drawing on inspirational
trail experiences. sunrise is about 7:05 a.m. Kip Redick
9-11:30 ALDHA’s Annual Meeting
PARESKY
Please come prepared: Minutes and motions can be read at
alDha central. we’ll elect a treasurer, membership secretary
and three directors. agenda is on Page 10. Kip Redick
11:30-12 Group Photo
PARESKY
Please be on time and follow Dean’s instructions. a high-rez file
will be posted at www.aldha.org for all to download, so please
don’t hold up the works by taking one of your own. Dean Clark
11-1:30 BRUNCH
PARESKY
SUNDAY AFTERNOON
1:30-2:45 Boomers: A Growing Trend
GRIFFIN 2
x it’s not unusual to see older folks thru-hiking the a.T., some
fulfilling a lifelong dream, others answering an unexpected call.
a 2010 a.T. thru-hiker hosts a discussion on the challenges,
rewards and realities of older hikers. Joanna “Seeker” Ezinga
O F
E V E N T S
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1:30-2:45 Hiking Around Mont Blanc
GREYLOCK C
Take a pictorial and descriptive tour of one of Europe’s truly
classic hut-to-hut hikes through alpine meadows adorned with
flowers and a dazzling array of Europe’s highest peaks, in
France, italy and switzerland. Gretchen Yealy and Ron Burger
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3-4:30 ALDHA Board Meeting
GRIFFIN 3
all members of alDha are welcome to attend as the newly
elected board sits down for its first meeting to discuss a range
of topics such as the 2015 gathering. Kip Redick
3-4:30 Embrace the Brutality: A CDT Adventure PARESKY
Follow the members of Team Bad wizard as they attempt to
thru-hike the continental Divide Trail in this hilarious and
educational film. Shane O’Donnell “Jester.”
3-4:30 Galapagos and Ecuador
GRIFFIN 2
avid hiker and adventurer shares hiking, snorkeling and sea
kayaking adventures south of the equator. Judy “Gray Jay” Young
3-4:30 More than a Green Tunnel
GRIFFIN 5
x Two incurables who love talking “hikes and botany” offer a
laid-back, sunday afternoon look at “growing things” that
perpetually enhance our trails. The focus will be on a.T. botany
with highlights of plant life from other trails as well. Charlie and
Deb Tucker, “Paw and “Maw”
1:30-2:45 A.T. Museum Board Meeting
GRIFFIN 3
all are welcome to this informal session of the appalachian Trail
Museum’s board of directors. Larry Luxenberg
3-4:30 How Old is Old?
GRIFFIN 6
reflections on the a.T. and the camino de santiago by 92-yearold “cimarron,” who turned 84 during a two-year a.T. hike. he
hiked 480 miles of the camino last year, at age 91, and thought
it was a “piece of cake.” Facilitated by Ron “Greybeard” Burger
x if you are dreaming of a long-distance hike or other long-term
x Join an aTc staff employee for map and compass training so
1:30-2:45 Living a Minimalist Lifestyle
GRIFFIN 4
1:30-2:45 Prehab: Get in Shape, Stay in Shape
GRIFFIN 5
adventure and are wondering, “how do these people do it?”
then come and enjoy a discussion on how lifestyle changes can
turn your dreams into reality. Randy “Chuck Norris” Anderson
x Everything from preparing your body for a hike to staying
healthy on the trail — strengthening core muscles, weight training, diet, increasing endurance, improving balance, first aid, and
keeping your feet happy. Sue “Leapfrog” Williams
1:30-2:45 Healing Through Nature
GRIFFIN 6
x The mental health benefits of hiking, with lessons learned
from experiences helping recent war veterans who have
experienced trauma. The nonprofit hike For Mental health will
also be explained. Cindy Ross, Tom Kennedy, and Leo Walker
1:30-2:45 Writing About Nature & the Outdoors GRIFFIN 7
x hiking a long-distance trail can be one of the most meaning-
ful experiences of a lifetime and one of the most difficult to
describe. an editor at Buckettripper.com and author of 12 books
on hiking has tips on how to hone your skills. Karen Berger
1:30-2:45 Lurking Danger: Lyme Disease
GREYLOCK D
x lyme disease is the most serious health hazard on the a.T.
a scientist who did tick research and hiker education during a
2013 thru-hike will share ways to prevent it. (he also wrote an
article on it for The Long Distance Hiker.) Karl Ford, “Speed”
3-4:30 Map & Compass
GRIFFIN 7
5-8 DINNER
PARESKY
you can be prepared and safe as you hike. she will be leading a
boundary work trip on Monday morning, so come and see what
this exciting and important work is all about. Alison Scheiderer
SUNDAY EVENING
7-8:30 Fun & Games and Videos
BERNHARD
Join us for some laid-back hiker fun and games, and some
entertaining videos. Note: This is the only program this weekend
to take place in Bernhard Music center (see map on Page 12).
MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014
8:30 a.m. Work Trips
MEET AT CAMPSITE
There will be two work trips, both less than 10 miles from town.
One will involve a.T. boundary monitoring led by alison scheiderer of aTc, and the other will be an a.T. trail relo north of North
adams led by cosmo catalano of Berkshire aMc. Both trips will
meet at the campsite at 8:30 before heading out. a continental
breakfast will be provided. sign up at the registration desk during
the weekend. all participants will get an alDha work crew patch.
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The 33rd Annual Gathering
AnnuAL MEETInG of ALDHA
Sunday, oct. 12, 2014, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Paresky
Student Center at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Call to order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Adoption of Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Reading of Statement of Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sue Spring
Approval of Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Welcome and Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Election of officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See notes at right
Motions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See notes at right
Coordinator’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Membership Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Sylvester
Treasurer’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Wingeart
newsletter / Website reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill O’Brien
Museum Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry Luxenberg
ATC Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Tipton
ALDHA SAR Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Wingeart
Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Gathering Coordinators’ Reports . . . . . Chuck, Jim, Eric, Noel
Gathering 2015 update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Call for Critiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Work Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBD
Resolutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
other Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Honorary Life Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill O’Brien
Closing Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
Motion to Adjourn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kip Redick
PARLIAMEnTARy PRoCEDuRE
1. To speak, please raise your hand and wait to be recognized.
2. Motions require a second before discussion may occur.
Without a second, the motion dies.
3. Calling the question: The purpose of this motion is to end discussion. It is treated as a motion, so raise your hand if you wish
to call the question. It does not require a second, is not debatable, and requires a two-thirds vote to pass.
4. A point of order is only for asking a question about procedure,
not to prolong debate. Any other purpose is out of order.
iPhone
Android
October 10-13, 2014
offICES uP foR ELECTIon
Membership Secretary (2-year term)
The membership secretary shall keep the membership list;
record applications for membership; keep up to date address
and telephone numbers of the members in a directory; and shall
distribute the directory to the members.
Treasurer (2-year term)
The treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and other financial instruments and financial
records of the corporation, receive and give receipts for disbursements, and deposit all monies in the name of the corporation in such banks and other financial institutions as shall be
selected in accordance with the bylaws. The treasurer shall perform all duties incident to the office of treasurer and such other
duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by
the coordinator or the board of directors.
Member-at-Large (3 positions open; 2-year term)
A member-at-large attends all meetings during the Gathering*
and the rest of the year; volunteers for various tasks to help the
coordinator; and helps with decisions necessary for the organization to continue. Additional duties will be assigned by the
coordinator to help with the 2015 Gathering, including the Hiker
Fair, Photo Contest, etc.
MoTIonS
Resolutions and other motions are expected during the meeting,
including formal thanks to Williams Outing Club for sponsoring
this year’s Gathering and helping to keep our costs low.
note: If you would like to make a motion during the business
meeting, submit it in writing to Coordinator Kip Redick no later
than Saturday evening.
*noTES & REMInDERS
n The Sunday afternoon ALDHA board meeting will be from
3-4:30 p.m. in Room 3 of Griffin Hall. All members and officers
of the board, including newly elected members, are required to
attend. The meeting is open to all members.
n A special fund has been set up to collect donations to help
out one of our own, Chuck Wood, who is going through a rough
time. See LuAnne Anderson to find out how you can pitch in.
T H E A . T. H I K E R A P P
Guthook’s Guides and ALDHA have teamed up to bring you a
new way to plan and carry out your hike along the Appalachian
Trail using an app for either the iPhone or Android
platform. It taps into the latest info from ALDHA’s A.T.
Thru-Hikers’ Companion and all the technical info you
will need from actual GPS measurements of the trail
by the app’s creator, Ryan Linn, aka “Guthook.” A
portion of the proceeds support ALDHA’s trail programs. Scan
the QR code at left or visit www.sierraattitude.com/athikerapp/
APPALACHIAN LONG DISTANCE HIKERS ASSOCIATION
ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
AND BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN US BY THE
ALDHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WE HEREBY CONFER UPON
Your Name Here
A DIPLOMA IN
LONG DISTANCE HIKING
GIVEN IN THE TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, ON THE
TWELTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN
ALDHA
Photo courtesy of John Lamanna
Long Distance Hiking Diploma
This handsome, suitable-for-framing diploma features a photo by John Lamanna on MacAfee Knob in Virginia.
To receive your diploma, attend 5 hours of workshops (marked in the centerspread with the image of a graduation cap)
and have the workshop presenters sign this transcript sheet below. Hand in this form at the end of the Gathering at the
registration desk, or mail it to ALDHA, 10 Benning St. PMB 224, West Lebanon, NH 03784.
Like any educational opportunity it will be up to you to take what you learned and put it to practical use. Happy Hiking!
Workshop
Presenter’s Signature
Workshop Hour/s
1. ________________________________________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________________________________________
4. ________________________________________________________________________________
5. ________________________________________________________________________________
6. ________________________________________________________________________________
7. ________________________________________________________________________________
Please print legibly:
Total hours______________
First name______________________ Trail name _______________________________ Last name_____________________
Street address_____________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________
City___________________________ State____ ZIP code _____________ E-mail____________________________________
Your personalized ALDHA Long Distance Hiking Diploma will be laser printed and mailed to you.
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The 33rd Annual Gathering
October 10-13, 2014
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Parking
Garage
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’62 Center
ALDHA
Central,
Hiker Fair
& workshops
Friday and
Saturday night
presentations
Paresky Center
Dining hall, workshops,
Sunday annual meeting and group photo
Most ALDHA activities:
The campus buildings we’ll
use (see details above) are in
this area of the map.
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From the tentsite, turn right onto Oblong. At Woodcock
Road, turn left. At Route 7, turn left and head north to the
rotary. Go around, staying on Route 7 North. (Do not take
Route 2 East.) Turn right in 0.1 mile onto Whitman Street,
then take first right onto Adams Memorial Theater Drive to
the parking garage. Warning: Clearance is 6 feet 8 inches.
Bernhard
Music
Center
Sunday
night program
1st Church
Saturday night’s
Contra Dance
n PARKInG & CARPooLInG
Parking will be allowed by permit in the parking garage on campus, off of Whitman Street from
Route 7 North (see directions at
bottom left). Each car will get one
parking permit at registration.
There is also a public parking
lot at the south end of Spring
Street, but be advised that any
public parking in town will quickly
fill up due to Saturday’s football
game.
If possible, carpool it between
the campsite and campus, about
a 3.5-mile commute.
n SPRInG STREET SHoPS
The commercial hub of
Williamstown lies along the
Spring Street area, with a few
restaurants, a coffee shop, etc.
Saturday will be crazy down
there because of a home football
game at the newly refurbished
Weston Field, so it’s best to stay
away that day.
n SPRInG MEETInG 2015
The spring board meeting is
open to all members and will take
place April 11 at Bears Den
Lasell Gym
Showers
(hours on Page 2)
Griffin Hall
Workshops
Hostel in Bluemont, Va., with
community meals and other
camaraderie. Let the coordinator
know if you’re coming to help plan
the meals, etc.
n 34th AnnuAL GATHERInG
The date and location of next
year’s Gathering has not yet
been decided. A few options are
being explored to bring it farther
south than Pipestem for the first
time. Find out the latest news at
Sunday’s business meeting.
n ADoPT A HIKER In 2015
When you get home, try to find
out who in your area is planning
to thru-hike the A.T. in 2015 and
offer your support in any way you
can. That hiker may have a better
chance of finishing with your
help.
PEACE, LovE & ADIoS
Until next year, a heartfelt thanks
to all for sharing your journeys
and dreams. Have a safe trip
home, and keep the ALDHA spirit and magic alive
until we meet again.

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