Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
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".
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 and encourages hikers to "act responsibly when they are in trail towns as well as on the trail." One slogan in the campaign is "Just because you live in the woods doesn't mean you can act like an animal." The campaign began in 1990 with the publication of a list of behavioral expectations for hikers staying in hostels.
- 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.
- The Appalachian Trail Hiker: Trail-Proven Advice for Hikes of Any Length
- ALDHA.org Backpacker Ethics Archived August 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Solemates: Lessons on Life, Love and Marriage from the Appalachian Trail
- How to Hike the AT: The Nitty-Gritty of a Long-Distance Trek
- Advanced Backpacking: A Trailside Guide