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Friday-


10 AM -

Information Officer volunteers and vendors ONLY arrival and check in. Orientation meeting.
in Kleinrath Hall.

11 AM - 4:30 PM

Vendor set up in the lower level of Relia's Garden. Vendors can go ahead and open for sales after setup.

Noon -

Attendee arrivals Begin - Please do not arrive before this time as we need to get set up. Pick up room keys, name tags, and welcome packets that include map & weekend schedule.
-In Kleinrath Hall

 

Garage Sale - Bring your gently used gear to resell or trade for other gear. A table will be set up near the entrance. Be sure to check your gear in at the checkin table. Also be sure to tag your item with your name, cell number, and asking price or trade request. If there are multiple small pieces, please be sure to place the items in a large ziplock bag.
-In Kleinrath Hall

 

Raffle tickets go on sale from now through end of Saturday Dinner to pay for Kleinrath Hall weekend use fee of $192.15 Any funds over and above this will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and ALDHA.
-In Kleinrath Hall

3:00 PM - 5 PM

Kip Redick will be showing his presentation on the Camino Primitivo
-In Kleinrath Hall

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Potluck Dinner- Bring your best home made dishes to share with the group.
-In the dining hall

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Trail Organization Introductions - Chloe Decamara with Appalachian Trail Conservancy Southern Region discusses how the ATC is working to Protect the AT hiking experience here in the southern region. ***If you represent a trail organization, hostel, or other hiker service and would like to introduce yourself and speak briefly about your organization please contact Shelly Huskey at whoaetn@gmail.com Feel free to bring handouts, brochures, business cards, etc.
-In Kleinrath Hall

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Matthew Norman "Odie" - Hiker Etiquette & Leave No Trace Ethics
-In Kleinrath Hall

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Franciso Miller "Karate Kid" - Lessons Learned on the AT. Presentation followed by discussion time.
-In Kleinrath Hall

Saturday-

 

7:00 AM- 8:30 AM

Breakfast- Blueberry pancakes, etc.
-In the dining hall

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Trail maintenance trip. If the weather allows, we will be working on treadway rehab on the AT, near the NOC. The group will meet at the NOC basecamp dining hall at 8:30 to sign the volunteer forms, hold a brief safety meeting, and divide into appropriately sized teams. We will then either walk, or carpool to the designated work areas. We plan to be back at basecamp no later than 1:00 (about the same time as the hike groups). Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear. Tools will be provided, but feel free to bring one of your own if you like. Please contact Franklin 'Ox' LaFond at Ox97GaMe@aol.com or 678-464-3380 if you are interested in participating. This will help with planning the amount of work that can be done, and ensure we have enough tools. Late minute volunteers are also welcome.
-Meet at the dining hall

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

AT/Blue Blaze Hike- 7.9 mile hike on the AT starting from Tellico Gap.  AT and Wesser Creek Trail.  Considered moderate to strenuous.
Hike Leader-
-Meet at the dining hall

9:00 AM - 12:00

Gear Discussion - In case of inclement weather and we can't get out to hike or do a trail maintenance trip, bring your loaded packs or pieces of gear that you may have questions about. Experienced hikers will be on hand to help dayhikers, backpackers, and future thru hikers get their questions answered.
-In Kleinrath Hall

10:00 AM - 12:00

AT Hike- Hike to Rufus Morgan Shelter and back.  2 miles, considered easy
Hike Leaders- Mother Nature & Smokestack
-Meet at the dining hall

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch- Chili, Soup, & Sandwiches
-In the dining hall

1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Women Hikers - Female hiking topics. Bring your questions, wine, cheese, chocolate, and light snacks to share.
-In Kleinrath Hall

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Franklin Lafond - Forest Fires in the Southern Region. Where they were, the overall impacts, and what we can do to help.-
-In Kleinrath Hall

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

James Fetig - "You don't have to stink!" You don't have to suffer noro virus, stomach distress, and other maladies. Personal hygiene can help you prevent illness and contribute to the success of your hike. Gastrointestinal ailments are growing in frequency as are other ailments related to cleanliness. Cleanliness is also related to how well towns accept hikers. We need to work on personal hygiene as a cultural dimension of a thru hike.
-In Kleinrath Hall

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Dinner- Pasta Dinner with All the Fixin's
-In the dining hall

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Trail Organization Introductions - Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker's Association (Ron Burger), ***If you represent a trail organization, hostel, or other hiker service and would like to introduce yourself and speak briefly about your organization please contact Shelly Huskey at whoaetn@gmail.com Feel free to bring handouts, brochures, business cards, etc.
-In Kleinrath Hall

 

Raffle drawing will be held. Proceeds to pay for Kleinrath Hall weekend use fee of $192.15 Any funds over and above this will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and ALDHA.
-In Kleinrath Hall

8:00 Pm - 9:30 PM

Shane O'Donnel -TBW Productions presents "Thru Story: A Season on the Appalachian Trail" is a feature length outdoor adventure documentary that follows hikers as they attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
-In Kleinrath Hall

Sunday-

 

7:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Sunrise Service- led by Circuit Rider and Sherlock Heartbeat AT
-In Kleinrath Hall

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Garage Sale Closing - Please come by and pick up any unsold, unswapped gear as well as your payments.
-In Kleinrath Hall

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakfast- Southern style breakfast, biscuits & gravy
-In the dining hall

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

2018 Southern Ruck Planning Meeting
-In Kleinrath Hall

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch- Leftovers
-In the dining hall

3:00 PM


***Final clean up of Kleinrath Hall, Dining Hall, & Kitchen. Departure.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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