Author: Diana Christopulos

MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE UPDATE: COSTS SKYROCKET WHILE PROJECT ERODES

In 2014, Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)/EQT confidently predicted they could build a 300+ mile pipeline through mountains and karst by late 2018 at a cost of less than $3.5 billion. Today they say they can finish by late 2019 at

Be a Hero: Volunteer Ridgerunner Training for McAfee Knob Task Force

Have you hiked to McAfee Knob? If so, you probably had company! In fact, about 80,000 to 90,000 people a year hike to the Knob. Most of them have never been there. To help educate hikers on safety and Leave

RATC Honored with Landsaver Award

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club was honored to receive the 2018 Landsaver award from the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in recognition of the club’s work in building, maintaining and protecting over 120 miles of the

Stop Work order? What’s a Stop Work order?

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW EVENTS OCCUR. On July 27, 2018, a federal court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club and other plaintiffs that federal agencies (US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) had not properly examined

Want to bring your dog on an AT hike? Be prepared!

We love our dogs, and they love us. Should you hike together? If so, what common sense rules and actual regulations need to be kept in mind? Should you hike with your dog? “Maybe” is the only accurate answer. We

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MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE DROVE ATVs ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL FOR 19 DAYS

The rules about vehicles on the Appalachian Trail are very clear. You can’t ride a bicycle on it. Nor can you use a motorized vehicle. 36 CFR 7.100 – Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (a)What activities are prohibited? (1) The use of bicycles, motorcycles or

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Hiker Happy Hour at Parkway on April 18: drink beer, support Bent Mountain community!

Happy Hiker Hour is moving outdoors to Parkway Brewery in April! The Bent Mountain community in Roanoke County, concerned about its land and water, is teaming up with Parkway Brewery on April 18, 2018 at 5:30 to enjoy a special

Mountain Valley Pipeline has not completed the permitting process

There are many moving parts to this story. Here is what we can tell about the current status: No trees have been cut to date in Virginia, though cutting has started in West Virginia. MVP would need to cease cutting

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Join “Ellie on the AT” at the RATC Annual Meeting and Potluck, March 3, 2018

It’s time for the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner! This year’s speakers will be Derrick and Bekah Quirin, who completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 along with their baby, who celebrated

Join the party! RATC Holiday Pot Luck, December 2, 2017

Every year the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Conservancy has 3 casual social events – an outdoor Corn Boil in the summer, a Holiday Pot Luck in December, and the Annual Meeting/Pot Luck in March. This year’s Holiday Pot Luck will be

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