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The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club

Who We Are
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. 

Club sponsored activities over the year include numerous opportunities for members and their guests to:

  • repair, maintain and relocate sections of the Club's 19.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • monitor plant and animal life along the trail corridor
  • hike and backpack on the AT and other trails in Virginia, other states, and, occasionally, other countries
  • canoe or kayak on Virginia's rivers
  • ski (downhill and cross country)
  • join with others on historic or cultural theme hikes
  • participate in group and family camping trips
  • socialize and network with members of our club and other ATC-affiliated clubs and organizations

Our Trails
ODATC maintains a number of trails on the Blue Ridge (see Stewardship).  Click here to download a map of those trails and access points, and click here to download an aerial view (Save Target).  Click here for a Google Earth picture of our trails with access points. 



Big Changes Coming to ODATC Newsletter

The Walker will be undergoing a transformation from its current format over the next few months.  Although the Walker has traditionally been the depository for all the events, hikes, etc., as well as news articles and the President’s message, it will be changing focus to emphasize more news articles, and stories submitted by the ODATC members and information relevant to ATC.  Since the Walker began, we have added the ODATC website, which carries all the events on a calendar and provides a quick view of upcoming events.  This page on the website will now be the primary source for events, maintenance and hiking trips.

The Walker will be published quarterly, featuring news articles regarding the ATC, ODATC and other aspects of promoting the outdoors.  We welcome articles, stories, poems, etc. that the membership would like to share.    The new Walker format is scheduled to begin with the September issue.  Therefore, you will not see a July/August issue this year.   Another change to the Walker will be the elimination of the hard copy version.  We determined that 95% of our membership have access and utilize the ODATC website. It also continues to be an asset for attracting new members.  The Walker will continue to be accessed on the website under the NEWSLETTER link.  These PDF files can easily be downloaded and printed.  <http://www.olddominiontrailclub.onefireplace.org/page-756885>

We want to continue to promote new hikes and hike leaders by publishing hikes, trail maintenance trips, and other scheduled events on the ODATC website.  Our Activities Chairpersons, Jim Hunt and Ted McGarry, will continue to receive hike notices from our hike leaders, but instead of waiting for every 2nd month, the hike leaders may submit their entry at any time to Jim and it will be posted on the Event Calendar on the Website immediately.     <http://www.olddominiontrailclub.onefireplace.org/page-657538>

This will be a very exciting transformation that will make the Walker a relevant and newsworthy publication. 

To submit activities, hiking events, etc, continue to email them to Jim Hunt or Ted McGarry at:  odatc.activities@gmail.com

To submit news articles, stories, etc. for the Walker, continue to email them to Brooks Godwin at: odatc.newsletter@gmail.com


MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School
MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School is being offered in Virginia in numerous areas in the coming months. This course is a Disaster + Wilderness First Aid certification course for adults, and focused youths ages 12+. It is a hands-on course that will teach you how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival. A blend of classroom instruction and hands-on rescue scenario practice is offered.  This course is approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia.  Click here to view the email announcement and here to view the flyer.  Click here to register for the course.

Members Encouraged to Use the Website Photo Album Feature
Members may upload photos for viewing by everyone. To upload the photos, from the site Home page, click on "Photo Album" on the left menu bar.  Next, click the <Upload Photos> button and then the <Choose File> buttons (up to 5 images may be selected at a time), browse on your local computer to locate and select the image(s), and then click on the <upload> button.

After the images are uploaded, a caption to the photo may be optionally entered or the photo can be deleted. To add a caption, click on the image in the album and then click the link underneath the photo that says "Add Caption".

To delete the photo, click on the photo in the album and click the <Delete photo> button.

Enjoy!

Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay
The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters, as well as one campsite and two overnight sites within the southern region. Overnight stays at all of the southern region Appalachian Trail shelters, Davis Path Overnight Site, Davis Farm Overnight Site, and Wayah Bald Shelter Camp are now limited to three days within a 30-day period.
For more detailed information about this regulation, refer to: Southern Region Closure Order and Final Decision Notice - Limits of Stay on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Club Member Actively Promoting the Club Through Twitter
Kim R of our club has been trying to get the word out about Twitter to our members in case any of them use it?  The club name is @odatclub

ODATC and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Our website has created a new web page dedicated on updating people on the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its impact to the AT and the Federal Parks and Forests.  You may access the new web page on the menu on to the left of the website home page or click here.

Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
In the past, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a major source of funds to acquire land for the A.T. Recently, LWCF funds have been used to purchase the Campbell tract (NBATC) and the Rocky Fork Tract in the Cherokee NF (TN). Historically, the LWCF was used to purchase much of the land now owned by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. If you want to get a broader view of the use of LWCF go to http://wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf

Now, Congress is considering terminating LWCF.

Background:
LWCF is entirely funded by revenues from the depletion of one natural resource – offshore oil and gas – to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water. Every year, $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are supposed to be put into this fund.

LWCF provides funds to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.Most years, much of the money has been diverted to other uses. And now, some in Congress want to allow that authorization to expire.

What you can do:
Sign the petition to fully reauthorize the LWCF: http://lwcfcoalition.org/take-action.html

Write your Senators and Representative. Three bills are in consideration:

Two in the U.S. Senate -
  • S.338 would permanently reauthorize the LWCF, but not at full value.
  • S.890 would permanently reauthorize the LWCF at full $900 million annually.
One in the U.S. House -
  • H.R. 1814 is companion to S.890 and would permanently and fully reauthorize the LWCF.
Senator Time Kaine is a co-sponsor of S.338. Neither Kaine nor Mark Warner are co-sponsors of S.890. Three Virginia representatives have co-sponsored H.R. 1814—Don Beyer VA-8, Gerry Connolly VA-11, and Bobby Scott VA-3. Please tell your Senators and Representative to support S.890 (Senate) and H.R. 1814 (House). Tell them that the LWCF needs to be reauthorized for the Appalachian Trail and any other park, forest, river, or wildlife refuge that is important to you.

Thank you for your support and for being a part of an Appalachian Trail Club.

Trudy Phillips

Chair,
Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Partnership Committee

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Sad Farewell to Good Friend Bob Reid

SANDSTON - Robert Earl "Bob" Reid, 82, of Sandston, VA made his final ascent to the mountain summit in life's sojourn on Sunday, June 19, 2016, and now has a vista from heaven. He was comfortable and surrounded by his loving family. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an aviation structural mechanic. Bob received a BA from East Carolina University (formerly East Carolina Teachers College) and a Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Guidance and Counseling. He retired from Henrico County Public Schools after 30 years of service and afterwards hiked the Appalachian Trail twice (2100+ miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Mt. Katahdin, ME). He continued to help maintain the AT from Georgia to New York for the next 23 years. Bob was a member of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club and loved his devoted Appalachian Trail family. Bob loved socializing and talked to everyone, especially little children. He was known for being helpful, loving and generous. Bob and his great stories will definitely be missed by all who knew him. He coached the Mets Little League baseball team, served as president of the Sandston Football league and also umpired Lassie League games. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggy; daughters, Barbara Reid of Richmond, VA, and Lissie Girard (Art) of Richmond; son, Steve Reid (Amy); grandchildren, Tyler, Kelly and Parker Reid from Kernersville, NC, Lee Girard (Laura) of Richmond, VA, Tom, Greg and Kevin Martin of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Leland and George Girard; sister, Ann Wilson from Ayden, NC; sister-in-law, Jackie Dugan (Waymond) from Yuma, AZ; niece, Kacie Dugan Colorado (Fabian); nephew, Jonathan Dugan of Tucson, AZ; great nephew, Jax Colorado from Georgia; and a number of nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Lowell Foster and Maebell Riggs Reid and a sister, Elizabeth Hardee of Greenville, NC. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Hospice of Virginia at Retreat Hospital for their compassionate care of Bob and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or online at appalachiantrail.org./home/ways-to-give/gift-in-memory-of. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231 followed by a celebration of life service on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/reflector/ obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=

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L.L. Bean and Scout Troop 760 make Rockfish Gap Kiosk a reality!

In 2013 ODATC identified the need for a kiosk at Rockfish Gap to provide maps and services information to through hikers and day hikers as there were no information portals on the AT for over 20 miles in either direction. In 2014 ODATC was successful in obtaining a grant from the ATC’s “L.L. Bean Grants to A.T. Clubs” program for the project’s construction and development of kiosk maps and other information content. The ATC has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to ATC clubs through the L.L. Bean Grants to A.T. clubs since 1982.

Working with the National Park Service (NPS) ODATC secured the federal authorizations to install the kiosk later in 2014 and thanks to Richard Brett, ODATC member and Scoutmaster, was able to partner with James Scott of Boy Scout Troop 760 to construct the Kiosk as his Eagle Scout project. James and other scouts completed the construction and installation of the kiosk in August 2015. ODATC’s land manager, Karl Huber, developed the maps for the kiosk and oversaw their printing and in November 2015 the installation of the maps and other information material was complete.

A big “Thank You!” to L.L. Bean, NPS, Richard Brett, James Scott, Karl Huber and all the other partners that made the Rockfish Gap Kiosk a reality!  To view the pictures, click here.

Rockfish to Reeds Gap Trail Maintenance Blog

If you are interested in more information regarding ODATC trail maintenance efforts, please view our blog at:

Hike Selection List Now Available
Hike Leaders wishing to consider a new list of potential club hikes are invited to view the new list under the "Member-Only" section of the website or click here.  The list can also be downloaded for local handling.

West Virginia University Hiring Part-timers to Conduct Recreation Surveys on the George Washington - Jefferson National Forest
The GWJ is entering an agreement with West Virginia University to conduct our required National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys (NVUM). WVU will hire local people throughout the GWJ geographic area for part-time work conducting on-the-ground surveys of recreationists exiting the national forest.  Training will occur in late August or September; surveys begin in October and will run through September 2016.  A job description is attached.   

If you know a volunteer, past intern or summer temp, retiree, relative, neighbor or anyone who would be a good fit for this type of work, please share this with them.   Primarily, candidates need to be reliable, have good communication and interaction skills and be comfortable working alone, sometimes at remote sites.   Being familiar with the location of GWJ roads, rec sites and trailheads is a plus.   

For those interested, the contact information is provided in the attached job description.   Your help spreading the word about this is greatly appreciated.  This is an important project for the GWJ.

Thank You,

Ginny Williams, Landscape Architect 
Developed Recreation, Volunteer & Service Programs 
Forest Service 
George Washington & Jefferson                          National Forests
 
p: 540-265-5166 
f: 540-265-5145 
gwilliams03@fs.fed.us
 
5162 Valleypointe Parkway 
Roanoke, VA 24019-3050

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Across the Miles, Across the Years: the
ODATC 45th Anniversary Celebration

All club members and their guests are invited to the 45th Anniversary Party of ODATC on Saturday, November 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deep Run Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Ballroom, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.  Attendees receive a catered dinner, music, raffle prizes, and memorabilia.  Price for attendance will be $15 per adult with children free.

Prior to the dinner, the day will be filled with a variety of hikes. Three hikes will be scheduled: a 3 and 5 miles hike in the park and a 10 mile hike in a location to be determined.  These hikes will be listed on the website event calendar and in the upcoming Walker. Contact the activity leader directly for details, times and sign-up. All daytime activities will end at 5:00 P.M.

Click on this link to make your reservation for the anniversary celebration. All reservations must be received by October 15.
Across the Miles, Across the Years: the
ODATC 45th Anniversary Celebration

All club members and their guests are invited to the 45th Anniversary Party of ODATC on Saturday, November 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deep Run Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Ballroom, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.  Attendees receive a catered dinner, music, raffle prizes, and memorabilia.  Price for attendance will be $15 per adult with children free.

Prior to the dinner, the day will be filled with a variety of hikes. Three hikes will be scheduled: a 3 and 5 miles hike in the park and a 10 mile hike in a location to be determined.  These hikes will be listed on the website event calendar and in the upcoming Walker. Contact the activity leader directly for details, times and sign-up. All daytime activities will end at 5:00 P.M.

Click on this link to make your reservation for the anniversary celebration. All reservations must be received by October 15.
Across the Miles, Across the Years: the
ODATC 45th Anniversary Celebration

All club members and their guests are invited to the 45th Anniversary Party of ODATC on Saturday, November 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deep Run Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Ballroom, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.  Attendees receive a catered dinner, music, raffle prizes, and memorabilia.  Price for attendance will be $15 per adult with children free.

Prior to the dinner, the day will be filled with a variety of hikes. Three hikes will be scheduled: a 3 and 5 miles hike in the park and a 10 mile hike in a location to be determined.  These hikes will be listed on the website event calendar and in the upcoming Walker. Contact the activity leader directly for details, times and sign-up. All daytime activities will end at 5:00 P.M.

Click on this link to make your reservation for the anniversary celebration. All reservations must be received by October 15.
Across the Miles, Across the Years: the
ODATC 45th Anniversary Celebration

All club members and their guests are invited to the 45th Anniversary Party of ODATC on Saturday, November 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deep Run Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Ballroom, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.  Attendees receive a catered dinner, music, raffle prizes, and memorabilia.  Price for attendance will be $15 per adult with children free.

Prior to the dinner, the day will be filled with a variety of hikes. Three hikes will be scheduled: a 3 and 5 miles hike in the park and a 10 mile hike in a location to be determined.  These hikes will be listed on the website event calendar and in the upcoming Walker. Contact the activity leader directly for details, times and sign-up. All daytime activities will end at 5:00 P.M.

Click on this link to make your reservation for the anniversary celebration. All reservations must be received by October 15.
Across the Miles, Across the Years: the
ODATC 45th Anniversary Celebration

All club members and their guests are invited to the 45th Anniversary Party of ODATC on Saturday, November 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deep Run Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Ballroom, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.  Attendees receive a catered dinner, music, raffle prizes, and memorabilia.  Price for attendance will be $15 per adult with children free.

Prior to the dinner, the day will be filled with a variety of hikes. Three hikes will be scheduled: a 3 and 5 miles hike in the park and a 10 mile hike in a location to be determined.  These hikes will be listed on the website event calendar and in the upcoming Walker. Contact the activity leader directly for details, times and sign-up. All daytime activities will end at 5:00 P.M.

Click on this link to make your reservation for the anniversary celebration. All reservations must be received by October 15.

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