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 (A.T.). It also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Long-Distance Hiker.
Backpacker ethics education
Since 1995, the "Endangered Services Campaign" has provided backpacker etiquette education and encouraged hikers to "act responsibly when they are in trail towns as well as on the trail." One slogan in the campaign was "Just because you live in the woods doesn't mean you can act like an animal."
*"Leave no trace in trail towns, not just in camp."
- "Follow the rules as you would the white blazes."
- "Help keep the Appalachian Trail a good neighbor."
- Bruce, Dan (2000) The Thru-Hiker's Handbook Hot Springs, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Trail Studies.
- Shaffer, Earl V. (1983) Walking With Spring. Harper's Ferry, West Virginia: the Appalachian Trail Conference.
- Logue, Victoria; Logue, Frank (November 10, 2004). The Appalachian Trail Hiker: Trail-Proven Advice for Hikes of Any Length. Menasha Ridge Press. ISBN 9780897325837 – via Google Books.
- Berger, Karen (April 30, 1998). Advanced Backpacking: A Trailside Guide. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393317695 – via Google Books.
- "Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association - Hike In Harmony". aldha.org. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011.
- Motz, Randy A.; Harris, Georgia L. (December 9, 2008). Solemates: Lessons on Life, Love and Marriage from the Appalachian Trail. Qualtech Resource Group. ISBN 9781440453656 – via Google Books.
- Ray, Michelle (December 17, 2008). How to Hike the A.T.: The Nitty-Gritty Details of a Long-Distance Trek. Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811740920 – via Google Books.
- "Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association—Hike in Harmony". Retrieved 2019-07-27.