[at-l] advice needed

Renee Swicegood hankrenee at charter.net
Wed Jul 6 10:15:27 CDT 2011

Welcome to the list, Mary.  Praying you and your scouts have a wonderful 

I would suggest you get the PDF version of the ALDHA Companion 
(Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association's guide to things like 
shelters, special rules about things (fires, areas where camping is not 
allowed, etc.), established camping spots, springs that are not right on 
the trail, and other water sources) and print out the applicable pages 
to carry with you.  This can be obtained here: 

It might also be a good idea to have someone who has hiked the AT come 
and talk to the girls before they hike.  The people on this list can 
likely help find someone in your area who is qualified and willing to do 

She-Dino (female half of the Frolicking Dinosaurs)

On 7/6/2011 10:22 AM, Mark Bayern wrote:
> It would help if you could describe the hiking&  camping experience of
> the group. Are they able to carry all their gear for at least 5 miles?
> Do they understand that their water will be from a creek or a spring?
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM, Mary Morgan Ryan
> <marymorganryan at comcast.net>  wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am taking a group of Girl Scouts on a section hike next summer, 2012.  The Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary next year and a council in VA is promoting hiking the AT in honor of the occasion.
>> We want to begin in Harpers Ferry, WV because we can take the train from Chicago right to the trail and there is a hostel to stay in before and after our trek.
>> I purchased the official AT maps both going north and south from Harpers Ferry.  I just joined this listserv to see if any of you could point me to sources of information that might help me plan this trip.
>> I can tell that most posters are veterans and I am clearly not, so any advice is welcome!
>> Thanks,
>> Mary Morgan Ryan
>> Cadette Troop 42803
>> Oak Park, IL
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