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
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.
Weather Near Our Section of the AT
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.
Environmental Monitoring and Management On the AT
While the primary activities discussed in association with the Appalachian Trail tend to be maintenance, border monitoring or hiking, there is much more going on. During a recent presentation at the Southern Regional Partnership Meeting, some special features of the AT were identified. There are 250,000 acres of unique, high elevation ecosystems; more rare, threatened and endangered species than any other national park service unit; trail lands protect headwater streams for major east coast watersheds; and the AT corridor acts as an ecological connector linking otherwise disconnected conservation lands. The importance of monitoring the natural resources of the AT corridor is due to constant threats to its unique ecology by invasive exotic species, climate change, pollution, recreational impacts, development, poaching, and/or the effects of historical land use. For more information, click here
or visit the following websites:
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.
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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.
Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases in Virginia
Spring and summer bring warm temperatures, just right for walking in the woods and other outdoor activities. Warm weather also means that ticks become more active and this can increase the risk of a tick-borne disease. The tick-borne diseases that occur most often in Virginia are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Please refer to this brochure
for additional information.
Two New Outfitters In Richmond
, at 3015 West Cary Street, opened on May 19. It is the fourth store for this company in Virginia and the first one in Richmond. Go and check out the latest gear and clothing. Located across the street from the Byrd Theatre. Look them up at: www.walkaboutoutfitter.com
Greenlife Adventure Sports
is located at 9691 West Broad Street. Originating in Norfolk, Greenlife is expanding to the Richmond area. Greenlife will be offering seminars, equipment rental and, of course, the latest in new gear. Be sure to catch their Grand Opening on August 23 from 5 p.m to 9 pm. There will be prizes! Here is the big news: GREENLIFE IS OFFERING ODATC MEMBERS a 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL PURCHASES. Look them up at: www.greenlifeadventuresports.com
Take some time to explore these two new outfitters. REMEMBER TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES.
Five new terms of office elected to the Board
The five new positions for the ODATC Board of Directors were elected during the Nov 18 General Meeting. The new positions are:
- Vice President: Dave Grimes
- Trail Maintenance: Mark Heede
- Webmaster: Larry Kidd
- Outreach: Parker Webster
- Newsletter: Susan Kidd (Acting)