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
ODATC Annual Potluck and Member Slide Show, Tuesday, May 19
Members are encouraged to begin thinking of preparing and submitting five personal photos (more or less) of their hiking experiences since mid-may 2014. All photos will be presented during the May 19 annual potluck slide show presentation with the owner of each group of photos providing a brief narrative. Photos must be submitted to Sue Kropp at email@example.com by May 5
. For more information, please contact her at (804) 276-0070.
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.
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
ACP FERC EIS: Request for Comments and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Supply Header Project (SHP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project (ACP Project) in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. The environmental impacts of both projects will be considered in one EIS, which will be used by the Commission in its decision-making process to determine whether the projects are in the public convenience and necessity.
This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the projects. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EIS. Please note that the scoping period will close on April 28, 2015.
Comments may be submitted by anyone in written form or verbally. Further details on how to submit written comments are in the attached letter included in the new ACP club web page located on the menu on to the left of the website home page or click here
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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.
Shenandoah National Park Research for Teens
The NatureBridge Summer Field Research Course is being offered in Shenandoah National Park this summer in partnership with the National Park Service. The 5-day course is designed for students entering 9th and 10th grades. Students will meet park scientists, develop research questions, carry out field science investigations, and present their results, all while hiking and camping in the park. For information go to www.naturebridge.org/summerfieldresearch or email the summer programs coordinator. Click here to register for the course.
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)
ODATC Anniversary Celebration Contributors
One major contribution to the success of the ODATC 45th anniversary celebration came from the kind generosity bestowed to the club by the many businesses in and around the Richmond area. They provided over 40 gifts that were given to our lucky door prize winners. In fact, we had so many that in the interest of time, we had to combine some. We are very fortunate to have this kind of support in our community. Therefore, in appreciation, we have listed the names of the businesses, artists, authors, etc. so that our readers may visit these establishments and experience their products or services personally.
- Aura Spa and Salon, Henrico, VA
- Bell Café, Mechanicsville, VA
- Bell Greek Cuisine, Midlothian, VA
- Bernie’s Subs, Henrico, VA
- Brick House Diner, Midlothian, VA
- Emily Kimball, The Aging Adventurer.Com
- Fresh Market Grocery, Richmond, VA
- Good Food Grocery, Richmond, VA
- Greenlife Adventure Sports, Richmond, VA
- Homemades by Suzanne, Ashland, VA
- J. Emerson’s Cheese and Wine, Richmond, VA
- Leonard Atkins, Author, Richmond, VA
- Millie’s Diner, Richmond, VA
- Miss Ann’s Plaques, Glen Allen, VA
- Northside Grille, Richmond, VA
- O’Banks, Ashland, VA
- Pleasant’s Hardware, Richmond, VA
- Pork Chops and Grits, Richmond, VA
- Q BarB Q, Richmond, VA
- Richmond Hilton, Richmond, VA
- Dr. Robert Cox, DDS, Richmond, VA
- Rockfish Gap Outfitters, Waynesboro, VA
- Row House Soaps, Richmond, VA
- Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
- Shindigz Dessert Restaurant, Richmond, VA
- Stone Soup Café, Waynesboro, VA
- Sue Kropp, Custom Outdoor Gear
- The Caboose Wine and Cheese, Ashland, VA
- The Cheese Shop, Stuarts Draft, VA
- Thrift for Life Thrift Store, Richmond, VA
- Virginia State Parks
- Walkabout Outfitter, Richmond, VA.
ATC Thank You for ODATC 45th Anniversary Donation
You can view the ATC thank you for ODATC 45th Anniversary Donation by clicking here
A Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC)
Calling all teachers who love the outdoors! Help connect students and communities to the A.T. -- share this opportunity with a teacher today! For more information, view the ATC letter regarding this unique opportunity here
Leave No Trace Master Educator Course: One-Time Low Low Price!
The Master Educator Course provides participants with a comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting.
Over the course of five days, participants will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the "why" behind the seven principles of Leave No Trace, practice effective and engaging methods of teaching the principles, and explore their personal backcountry ethics among fellow outdoor professionals and A.T. stewards. All graduates of the course will be trained as Leave No Trace Master Educators, qualified to lead Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Awareness Workshops.
The first day of the course will be classroom-based, at the Konnarock Trail Crew Base Camp in Sugar Grove, VA. The majority of the course includes a 3 1/2day, 3-night backpacking trip in the Mount Rogers area. The course will conclude back at the Konnarock Base Camp of Friday. Focus will be on instruction, rather than covering miles of trail. Food and some group camping gear will be provided.
This course will be led by ATC New England Regional Director Hawk Metheny and ATC Virginia Regional Director Andrew Downs. Metheny and Downs are Master Educator Instructors with decades of experience mitigating human impacts along the A.T.--from the onslaught of novice hikers in Georgia each spring to the challenges of sanitation in New England's delicate alpine zone. The chance to learn from this multi-region dynamic duo won't come again soon!
Because 2015 is ATC's first year as a Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Provider, we are able to offer this course at a steep discount to our partners. Trail Club and Agency Partners can enroll for $400, about half the cost of most Master Educator courses.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions, or to register.