Category: Social events
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 AT between Va 611 in Bland County and Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. BRLC detailed the reasons for the award in its recent newsletter [with minor edits]:
In the backyard of the Blue Ridge runs the nation’s premier, continuous, long-distance footpath: the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, commonly referred to as the “AT.” With a length of 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine that takes thru hikers from 4 to 7 months to complete, who takes care of this mammoth recreational gem?
That’s where groups like the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club step in. The recipient of this year’s Landsaver Award from the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. the club was founded in 1932. It’s one of 31 similar clubs along the length of the AT, the purpose of which is to maintain, and address threat to the trail. This hard-working club oversees more than 120 miles of the trail between Bland County and Black Horse Gap in Virginia. Some volunteers walk a section assigned to them 4 times a year to monitor vegetation and pain the iconic white blazes. They do a great job, according to many thru-hikers. Jim Beeson, the current presidents of the club, completed the AT in 2016. For him, this area had some of the best parts of the trail in terms of maintenance and views. In fact, it encouraged him to join the club.
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 her first birthday on the Trail. They are ready to answer your questions!
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 6 PM ~ PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church [please note different location!] ~ 2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
To help our event planner, please RSVP on our Meetup page if you are a member. All are welcome.
In addition, we will have:
- Pot Luck dinner – bring a dish to share
- Election of new board of directors
- Recognition of 2017 hike leaders and trail maintainers
- Our new RATC hats and t-shirts
Contact Linda Akers firstname.lastname@example.org 540-774-4391 with questions