[at-l] Fast hiking....

Sly hikertrash at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 20:30:16 CST 2011

Hi Cody Girl,

I suppose the best way explain it is to use words from the website.


/The Appalachian Long Distance
Hikers Association began in 1983
as an off-trail family of fellow
hikers who've all shared similar
experiences, hopes and dreams
on the Appalachian Trail <http://www.atconf.org> and
other trails. Membership in this
nonprofit group is open to all.

Besides the Companion, a quarterly Newsletter and a member directory, it 
sponsors an annual Gathering held in various towns near the trail.  This 
years Gathering will be held in Massachusetts for the first time at the 
Mass School for Liberal Arts in North Adams.  Also this year, during 
it's Friday night ceremony, 2011 2000-Milers will be recognized and 
presented a patch and certificate  for their achievement from both the 
ATC and ALDHA.   Lastly, it sponsors at least two work trip per year, 
rehabbing and builting trail, or shelters, or helping hostels in need of 

If you're never been to a Gathering, it's really a great time with 
workshops and slide shows of various trails.  Each night there's a 
campfire with free camping nearby.
On 1/31/2011 8:00 PM, Cody Girl wrote:
> Thanks Sly!  I had my (2009) Companion out this morning figuring out 
> the mileage and didn't notice the comments you quoted, but sure 
> enough, there it is!  Seems the link has been added since '09, but the 
> rest of it is the same.
> I have a question about ALDHA.  What else do y'all do besides the 
> Companion?   Is that the main purpose of the organization?
> Thanks!
> Cody
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Sly <hikertrash at gmail.com 
> <mailto:hikertrash at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Here's what the Companion has for the "Four-State Challenge" in
>     the section describing Maryland...
>     The “Four-State Challenge”—hiking in Virginia, West Virginia,
>     Maryland, and Pennsylvania all in one day—is an A.T. tradition
>     that begins just south of here, up where you (northbounders) left
>     the Virginia line to head down to the Shenandoah River at Harpers
>     Ferry. You can also hike Maryland all in one day during a Mountain
>     Club of Maryland sponsored event. See mcomd.org
>     <http://mcomd.org/> for more information.
>     On 1/31/2011 12:34 PM, Rosalind Suit wrote:
>>     Cody,
>>     As for the four-state challenge..... I expect that you might find
>>     some entries at White Blaze about that.  Don't know much about it
>>     myself....except that I've heard it is something some thru-hikers
>>     take on as their own personal challenge ( a lot of
>>     over-testosteronization, I think).
>>     There is an organized hike from the PA/MD line to Harpers Ferry
>>     once every two years.....which is NOT the four-state challenge. 
>>     And it is not a race....though some do run it.  It is a hike as a
>>     personal challenge....to do 40 miles in one day....which
>>     necessitates starting in the dark of early morning and finishing
>>     before 8 pm as dusk falls.  It is a supported hike....that is,
>>     there are stops along the way manned by volunteers for food and
>>     necessary water, snacks, etc.....and there are places to leave
>>     the hike if it's too much, etc.  It is not advertised, and tries
>>     to keep itself below the radar, as it is filled early, and there
>>     is a cutoff both in numbers and in time. It is normally filled by
>>     this time of the year, though it occurs late in the spring. We
>>     try to keep it quiet.....as there is no lack of interest.
>>     I expect that to set foot in 4-states within a 24 hour period is
>>     considerably more strenuous (as an unsupported hiker) than to do
>>     the Maryland hike.
>>     If your trail-angel inquiry wants, I can forward their inquiry to
>>     the hike organizer.....but I will not post the link here, or
>>     anywhere.
>>     Rosie/mdhiker
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