How and Why to Register Your Thru Hike

Times, they are a’changing and the AT is not missing out on the passing of time. 2014 brought along the AT Passport. 2015 introduced the Registration Process. And in 2016, with record numbers hitting the trail, that registration process is becoming more and more important!

What is the Thru Hiker Registration?

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has long been concerned with the well fare of the trail. Their constant management of the trail and many trail maintenance groups play a large role in the health of the AT today. The Thru Hiker Registration process is just a step further in helping maintain and preserve the AT for years to come. By attempting to record and limit the amount of thru hikers starting each day at Amicalola and Springer, the ATC is aiming to lessen the impact of the mass amounts of north bound hikers on the trail through registration.

Why to Register?

Besides the warm fuzzy feelings of knowing that you are playing a role in helping support a healthy practice for the Appalachian Trail, you also a receive a year long membership to the ATC for FREE! This includes a discount at their online store and a subscription to AT Journeys Magazine. You also receive an AT hangtag dated with your thru hike year when you register for you hike. You are not required to register to thru hike and the ATC is not looking to micromanage the act of thru hiking. They are simply asking thru hikers to voluntarily register and be thoughtful of the trail when choosing start dates. The calendar will assist you in choosing a start date that will place you in less crowds that you may otherwise find on the AT in Georgia in the Spring.

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By registering with the ATC, you get a commemorative hang tag for the year you thru hike.

How to Register?

To register your thru hike with the ATC and receive all the awesome benefits, follow this link. It is as simple as checking the availability of your desired start date and filling out a short online form. If you would like to know more about the Thru Hiker Registration Process please read these Frequently Asked Questions.

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One thought on “How and Why to Register Your Thru Hike

  1. Thanks so much for this wonderful blog post. We appreciate your support and all you do!

    Laurie Potteiger Information Services Manager Appalachian Trail Conservancy 799 Washington Street | P.O. Box 807 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807

    304.930.5267 office

    304.671.3543 mobile

    lpotteiger@appalachiantrail.org

    *www.appalachiantrail.org *

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.

    On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:25 AM, Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap wrote:

    > mountaincrossingsatneelsgap posted: “Times, they are a’changing and the AT > is not missing out on the passing of time. 2014 brought along the AT > Passport. 2015 introduced the Registration Process. And in 2016, with > record numbers hitting the trail, that registration process is becoming > more a” >

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