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The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club

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              

News Flash:

1.  Tickets for the ODATC 50th Anniversary Celebration are sold out!  See below for more details. 

2. We've added upcoming Science Museum of Virginia Lunchbreak Science Presentation events to the calendar for April and May.  Check them out! 


Upcoming events


Tickets to the ODATC 50th Anniversary Are Sold Out

Our big party is now sold out! We had 15 reservations to sell before the General Meeting last Tuesday, September 10 and we sold them all.  We may have some spots open up so we are starting a “waiting list for tickets”. If you do not have a reservation and want to be on this list, send in your reservation request with no money. The reservation form is available here.If a reservation spot becomes available, we will notify you on a first come, first serve basis, and you pay at that time.  Requests for tickets must be mailed by October 15 for the October 26 event at the Richmond Country Club. (Please look at the  www.odatc.net  October Calendar of Events for details.)

We have a new starting time with doors opening at 5:00 and Susan Greenbaum starting to sing at 5:30.

At the General Meeting on September 10, we had a drawing for 2 free tickets.  Club members who hiked 50 miles with the club on club events in the last year had their names put in the hat for the drawing.  We had 41 club members who made the cut for the drawing. Our Secretary, Meredith Henry, won the drawing. Congratulations, Meredith!

We had a few questions at the General Meeting that I think everyone will be interested in:    

 Q:   What is the dress?

A:  We are having the party at the wonderful Richmond Country Club.  The minimum dress is business casual; but if you want to dress up, that is fine too.

Q:  Will we send out a list of those who have reservations for the anniversary party?

A:  We will post on our web site the list of the 150 members who have reservations in early October.  


This should be ODATC’s best party!!

REI Grants to Clubs          Campaign Results

Congratulations to all the ODATC members, families and friends that voted with their wallets during the REI Grants to clubs campaign! We were able to get a little more than a third of all the votes which resulted in a total grant amount of $4600.00! The turn out on behalf of ODATC was great and we were up against two very strong local organizations - one connected to the James River and the other to local mountain biking, so for the AT to hold its own in the Richmond REI voting was a great accomplishment. Thank you to everyone who dropped their wooden nickles in the ODATC bucket!!

The grant funds will be used to purchase two new chain saws, chain saw kits, PPE and some specialized rock working gear to replace some of our aging equipment that was certainly put to the test after the November 2018 ice storm. Because the grant had to be awarded to a non-profit organizations, the ATC VARO office will coordinate the equipment purchases. Hopefully the new gear will keep the maintaining work running as smooth as possible - that said we don't need another ice storm to field test the new saws!!

On another note - ODATC also received an L.L. Bean Grant for $856.29, also for the purchase of a new chain saw and related equipment! As this grant was awarded directly to the club we will have the pleasure of purchasing the L.L. Bean saw and gear. L.L. Bean has been a great long time supporter of the AT and has funded a couple of our kiosk projects in the past. If you're in the L.L. Bean store over in Short Pump let them know that we appreciate their support of the AT and our club.

The board continues to keep an eye out for grant opportunities to help fund trail and club operations and things are looking promising for additional support from the AT license Plate grant program and our friends down at the Devil's Backbone brewery. We'll report out on those efforts later this fall - in the mean time "support the businesses that support the trail!"



50th Anniversary T-shirts & Bandannas

Are Here!!!!!!

We have had great success in members purchasing the T-shirts and bandannas that were available at the January 08 meeting.  We have since received a new shipment of T-shirts and are ready to make them available to you. 

See the links below to order your T-shirt and bandanna now.  

. Microsoft Word Doc Order Form With Embedded Spreadsheet 

2. Adobe .pdf Order Form (non-editable)


Stewardship Newletter of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is Available

If you're interested in reading the latest edition of the AT Conservancy's Stewardship Newsletter, click here to download a .docx file. 


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A.T. VISTA 2020

Has Been Rescheduled

The A.T. Vista conference originally scheduled for: 

July 31,2020 - August 3, 2020

Location:  Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

Will now be held in 2021

The A.T. Vista is the replacement program for the former A.T. Biennials. The initial A.T. Vista, originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, has been moved to August 6-9, 2021. This change is the result of the confluence of a number of independent causes.

For more Information, visitwww.atvista.org

 A.T. Vista is the replacement program for the former A.T. Biennials. The initial A.T. Vista, originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, has been moved to August 6-9, 2021. This change is the result of the confluence of a number of independent causes:

    The ODATC Mission

    The construction and maintenance of foot trails for hikers, including the Appalachian Trail between Reids Gap and Rockfish Gap.

    The provision of excursions on such trails or other areas. 

    Offering educational activities related to the need for preserving the great outdoors. 

    Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (c). 
    P.O. Box 25283 
    Richmond, VA 23260-5283
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