Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

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The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association or ALDHA-East is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and promote the interests of Appalachian Trail long-distance hikers. It "was the first organization of long-distance hikers in the United States".[1]

The ALDHA authors the annual Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion, a guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Long-Distance Hiker.

The "Endangered Services Campaign" sponsored by the ALDHA provides backpacker etiquette education[2] and encourages hikers to "act responsibly when they are in trail towns as well as on the trail."[3] One slogan in the campaign is "Just because you live in the woods doesn't mean you can act like an animal."[4] The campaign began in 1990 with the publication of a list of behavioral expectations for hikers staying in hostels.[2]

An annual event is the ALDHA Gathering with hiking- and trail-oriented workshops.[1] It is usually held over Columbus Day weekend and has hundreds of experienced hikers in attendance.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bruce, Dan (2000) The Thru-Hiker's Handbook Hot Springs, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Trail Studies.
  • Norton, Russell (1997) Long Trail End-to-Ender's Guide. Waterbury Center, Vermont: Green Mountain Club.
  • Shaffer, Earl V. (1983) Walking With Spring. Harper's Ferry, West Virginia: the Appalachian Trail Conference.
  • Berger, Karen and Daniel Smith (1993). Where the Waters Divide: A Walk along America's Continental Divide. New York: Random House.


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