Author: Diana Christopulos

Hikers are from Venus, Maintainers are from Mars

As we get ready to start a new hiking season,  both hikers and maintainers might enjoy this piece I wrote in honor of Katahdin guide and caretaker Roy Dudley after finishing a complete section hike of the AT in 2008.

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RATC mourns passing of Dr. Siegfried J. Kolmstetter

The mountains are calling and I must go. In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.  John Muir One man who answered the call of

BE A VOLUNTEER RIDGERUNNER:HELP RATC PROTECT MCAFEE KNOB AND DRAGON’S TOOTH!

The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is looking for new volunteers to protect McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth as Volunteer Ridgerunners. The first Training Day of 2019 will be Saturday, March 23 from 9 am to 4 pm. Please email Kathryn Herndon-Powell

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New proof: entire Mountain Valley Pipeline project based on known falsehoods

(Note: this blog is based substantially on a filing by the Indian Creek Watershed Association/ICWA to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/FERC on December 21, 2018 – Accession No. 20181221-5334. As this blog was being posted, several more stories broke regarding

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RATC leader manages community-oriented enterprise: Outdrz.net

Many RATC members know Chris Means as RATC’s Membership Coordinator or as an early co-organizer of the Roanoke Outdoor Adventure Club. But there is a lot more to his story! As Chris will soon be completing a long and successful

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New Triple Crown T-Shirts: “Easy on the Eyes, Hard on the Thighs”

The volunteers of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club wish everyone  a joyful holiday season! As part of the celebrations, RATC has added a new t-shirt to its store, honoring our section’s famed Triple Crown – Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob and

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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

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