The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (ODATC) is an organization of individuals and trail-related organizations who meet to recreate in the outdoors in various ways as well as act as stewards of a portion of the Appalachian Trail and the public lands it runs through. Our recreational endeavors focus on hiking in Virginia but includes biking, paddling and touring as well. While the majority of our events occur in Virginia our only true limits are what members wish to limit themselves to. Learn more
* Outdoor Membership Meeting Sunday September 20th. Details below.
* Disaster + Wilderness Medical School
Online Course is Available.
* See the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's latest stance on hiking the AT
* Leonard Adkins has a new book out for young readers (and adult readers as well!)
THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
A New Book by
Is Now Available
Fellow ODATC member Leonard Adkins has a new book out for young readers, ages 9-13. Entitled All About the Appalachian Trail, the book is the very first one written for readers in grades 4 through 8 that provides a complete overview of the world's most famous hiking trail.
Leonard will donate a portion of the proceeds from each book sale to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
If your interested in learning more about the book or how to get a copy, please click here.
A New Message
From The President
As Of June 2020
This is a new update based on the recent June ODATC board meeting call:
Day Hikes Can Start Again
Hike leaders please consider leading some hikes this summer. The club is now developing safety guidelines so please review them before leading any hikes. Hopefully the ODATC website will soon include this information.
Status of Starting Maintenance on the Appalachian Trail
While the Appalachian Trail is officially open, club sponsored maintenance trips are not allowed. Mark Heede and others are hard at work to get the club in compliance to begin maintenance work. Trail maintainers will soon be hearing from Mark on when trail maintenance activities on the AT can begin.
President of the ODATC
Remembering Hank Harman
Henry V. “Hank” Harman died on April 19, 2020 in Hyattsville, MD at the age of 94. He died peacefully in his sleep, no doubt dreaming of his beloved Appalachian Trail. Throughout his career as minister, anti-poverty program director, and public administrator, he always made time for hiking. To continuing the full obituary, please click here.
Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for A.T. Day & Overnight Hikers
While the Appalachian Trail Conservancy continues to recommend staying away from the Appalachian Trail, they understand that many individuals are considering hikes on the A.T. as their states' stay-at-home orders expire or shift to "safer at home" recommendations. In recognition of this highly dynamic situation, the Conservancy believes the scientific information has become clearer on how we can keep ourselves and those around us safe from COVID-19. Based on that science, the Conservancy is offering guidance that can be seen at their website. Please click here to follow the link to this information.
By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead. Abandoned by Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, the $8 billion project has reached a regulatory dead end.
The decision, announced Sunday, ends a six-year effort to build the 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline through the heart of Virginia to connect gas shale fields in West Virginia with markets in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
Click here to read the full article.
ATC Announces Voluntary Stewardship Agreement
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP), announced a voluntary stewardship agreement that will advance the Conservancy’s mission to manage, protect and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. As part of the agreement, MVP has committed up to $19.5 million for use by the ATC to conserve land along the Trail corridor and support outdoor recreation-based economies in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Through this agreement, the ATC and its partners will be able to enhance the A.T. hiking experience, protect thousands of acres of high-priority land, and provide support to local recreation-based economies in the region. Please click here to see the full news release.
for Sawyer Volunteers
Trail maintenance is a vital component of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club’s activities. There is an opportunity for volunteers to seek Chainsaw Certification on April 25th-26th at Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. If you are interested in becoming an AT Sawyer now or in the future, please contact Trail Maintenance Supervisor, Amanda Noe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distaster + Wilderness
Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid (dtWFA) certification course now with online learning is one of Medic Solo's most in-depth, intellectually-stimulating, hand-on 2-day first aid courses, empowering graduates with care-giving Competence and Confidence to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital arrival.
They have launched a "Blended Learning" (ONLINE now, plus 3-year credit for in-person later) dtWFA course experience, in support of reducing demand on hospitals and "flattening the curve." Anyone interested can Register here.