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.
THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
ODATC Member to Hike the AT in 2018
Bruce Matson practices law in Richmond, Virginia with the law firm of LeClairRyan, where most recently he served as its Chief Legal Officer. Bruce also serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Randolph Square IP, LLC and certain of its affiliates. He is a director of Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE: APLE), the C. S. Lewis Institute, the Virginia State Golf Association as well as a member of the community advisory boards for the Veritas School and the Bon Secours Health System.
Bruce is also the author of three regional golf histories and more recently published The Race Before Us: A Journey of Running & Faith and The Road to Find Out: A Modern Pilgrim and the Camino de Santiago. Bruce’s desire to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail began as a dream over 40 year ago – see blog post: “The Decision to Go.”
In February 2018 Bruce will begin a weekly blog leading up to his departure on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia and thereafter as he attempts to walk the 2,200 miles to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Bruce will use his hike as an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. So, please join me in supporting the ATC. In 2018, before I begin my hike, I will announce a series of ways that you can support me by supporting the ATC. So, save your pennies to make a meaningful gift in 2018 to the ATC. Follow Bruce’s progress on returningtokatahdin.com or see the Links page under the Stay Informed Tab on this site.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE BEING OFFERED
On February 17-18, there will be a wilderness first aid course offered in the Richmond area. An excellent course for learning how to deal with unique injuries and emergencies that can occur out on the trail away from immediate access to professional first responders. MEDIC SoloWFA is now partnering with Walkabout Outfitters in offering courses around the east coast. Again this year ODATC has been selected as the nonprofit organization in the Richmond area to receive 10% of the course proceeds. For additional information, please check out the attached flyer or go to their website at www.solowfa.com