Event DateCategoryEvent
Feb 23 2018 6:30PMClassTrekking in Patagonia
Feb 24 2018 8:00AMHikeNatural History North District Bushwhacking Hike
Feb 24 2018 8:30AMClassWilderness First Aid Class
Feb 24 2018 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew Work Trip to C&O Canal near Great Falls Tavern in Maryland
Feb 25 2018 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Buzzard Rocks, Massanutten Mtn., GWNF, VA
Feb 25 2018 9:30AMTrail Work Cadillac Crew Work Trip to C&O Canal near Great Falls Tavern in Maryland
Feb 27 2018 8:30AMHikeVigorous Hikers - Up Piney River & Down Thornton Rive
Feb 27 2018 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 28 2018 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Arlington VA Neighborhoods Ashton Heights and Lyon Park
PATC NEWS
What's Going on Here? We are going to try to put timely news on the PATC website. If you have an item for this page, please send it to communications@patc.net.  Also, any comments are welcome. This is a work in progress.

PATC Discusses Hiker Food:
  What do you want to eat at the end of a long hike? Find out at the library.


Headquarters Building Overseer Needed: A great opportunity to fill an important role at club headquarters in Vienna.  More information


Hike Leaders Needed: Lee Sheaffer, the new chair of the Hikes Committee, is looking for hike leaders. More info 

Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet:
The club's annual meeting celebrated its first 90 years on November 29 at Meadowlark Gardens.  President Jim Tomlin pointed out that Myron Avery wanted to create a "permanent" club. He succeeded! Read about the event, Jim's remarks, and the list of award winners at the  90th Dinner Report.

Leave No Trace Classes Announced:
  Classes for those wishing to become Leave No Trace (LNT) trainers will again be presented by the PATC Trail Patrol in 2018. Schedule of classes and registration information  Classes fill early, so don't delay in registering.


Remember the PATC in the Giving Season:
 
“Giving Tuesday” was the start of a season of charity. Your gift to the PATC will help ensure our ability to maintain trails and promote outdoor opportunities in our region going forward – just as we have been doing since 1927.  Give now

Sign at SNP EntrancePATC Comments on Proposed SNP Entry Fee Increase: The PATC filed a comment with the National Park Service on its proposal to raise the entry fee for 17 parks, including Shenandoah, to $70.  PATC Comment [pdf] | More Information

PATC President Jim Tomlin was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on this issue. Members of the public may comment until December 22.  Information on how to comment is here.

PATC's 90th Anniversary: The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has served the outdoor community for almost a century. We are celebrating in many ways—our 90th anniversary logo designed by Alan Kahan, a celebration hosted by the Charlottesville chapter at Dunlodge, and the members' dinner on November 29.
Lambert Cabin
Lambert Cabin
Cabin Overseer Positions:  A cabin overseer requires maintenance skills and does a great deal of work, but has a very rewarding job--the pride of caring for one of the club's great resources. If you are interested in such a position, consult the cabin maintenance page, download the application form, and send it to Cabins Operations Chair Mel Merritt at mailmerritt@gmail.com.

Potomac Heritage Trail Work Day:
A volunteer employee group, a PATC overseer, and a park ranger demonstrated the value of cooperation at a successful work day on the Potomac Heritage Trail. More Info

Bears!
There have been recent problems with bears reported in our area. Bear activity at the Pinefield Hut in the Shenandoah National Park has prompted a warning to avoid the hut. Trails in Douthat State Park are closed due to a bear attack. A PATC cabin has had an unwelcome bear visitor. Bears and the need to use care are nothing new. It might be a good time to review bear guidance.

Along Jeremys Run by Garnet JexPATC Receives a Painting and Some History:
The club has received a painting by Garnet W. Jex, Along Jeremys Run, from the estate of Nancy Louise Perry. Read more about the history of this painting.

Long time Volunteers Pass On:
The PATC community was saddened by the recent deaths of Jeanne Henkel, Dennis Staiger, and Charles Erik ‘Rik’ Miller. Read more about these outstanding people and the contributions they made to our club and the community. .
 
Wolf Trap camp out:
Wolf Trap has started planning for the seventh camp out for 5th & 6th graders 8-9 October.  This program, which is supported by the PATC, has been named Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer program for 2017 and has been listed in the Congressional Record.

A Little Fun: A time-lapse camera trap video from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows that you are not alone out there!  More about the project


Charlie Irvin
Photo: Robert Wise
Charlie Irvin - RIP: Long time stalwart of the PATC's North Chapter died in July. Read Kathy Seiler's rememberance.

Letter from a Hiker: We received a letter from a section hiker who enjoyed the PATC's section of the AT.  Read about the impact of our trail work.

PATC Trail Overseer Honored as "Unsung Virginian" Dorse Counts was honored as the Unsung Virginian of the year by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Cooperatives in March.  Dorse is the overseer for the Federal Line trail in the Spotsylvania National Military Park and leads a crew that works throughout the park. See: article in Cooperative Living magazine [pdf]

90th Anniversary Hikes: Larry Broadwell and William Needham have produced a series hikes that celebrate the history of the PATC.  Brian Goudreau assisted with the maps.  The hikes have been published in the Potomac Appalachian and are on this site.

New PATC Book: These Hills Were Home: A Walking History Guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia is now available.

Meet the new PATC president:
Jim Tomlin is the new PATC president. Read about him and his plans for the club.

Annual Membership Meeting: The PATC annual awards banquet and membership meeting will be held November 29 at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.  Save the date and watch for more information soon! Or register now!

Meet the new staff: Nicolas Haynor is the club's new finance coordinator, and Martha Reynolds is the new cabin coordinator. Read more about these important additions to our professional staff.


OLDER NEWS

 Skyline Drive Status (2/9/2018) 
 Pass Mountain Hut Has Repoened (12/14/2017) 
 Bear Problems at Pinefield Hut (9/19/2017) 
 October 18 Biodiversity Event (9/19/2017) 
 ATC To Hold Annual Holiday Celebration December 2 (9/14/2017) 
 Closures at Corbin Cabin Due to Helicopter activity (8/4/2017) 
 New Staff (7/21/2017) 
 Dark Hollow Falls Temporary Trail Closure (7/5/2017) 
 Current Staff and Volunteer Openings (6/25/2017) 
 Meet PATC's New President Jim Tomlin (6/19/2017) 
 Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Annual Meeting (6/5/2017) 
 Celebrate National Trails Day with Shenandoah National Park June 3 (5/23/2017) 
 SNP Celebrates Kids to Parks Day May 20 (5/15/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Invites Volunteers to Join in the Fight Against Invasive Plants (5/5/2017) 
 New Patch - Tuscarora Trail Hikers (5/1/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weekend May 6-7 (4/25/2017) 
 New Cabin Rates Effective July 1 (4/19/2017) 
 Flip Flop Festival at Harpers Ferry April 22-23 (4/10/2017) 
 SNP to Celebrate National Park Week with Special Events April 15-23 (4/9/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn (4/1/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring 2017 Opening Dates (3/10/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces “Ride the Drive” Car-Free Day in North District of Park (3/1/2017) 
 Jennifer Flynn Named Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park (1/26/2017) 
 Elections Committee Announces the Newly-Elected Executive Committee (12/1/2016) 
 PATC Archives is looking for volunteers (12/1/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park Extends Fire Restrictions to Entire Park (11/21/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces Second Phase of Entrance Fee Increase (11/17/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park to Implement Fire Restrictions in South District (11/16/2016) 
 Fire Ban Issued for George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (11/15/2016) 
 Traveling Quilt Exhibit to Visit Shenandoah National Park (10/4/2016)