Event DateCategoryEvent
Sep 23 2017 8:00AMTrail WorkNational Public Lands Day Worktrip - PWFP
Sep 23 2017 9:00AMTrail WorkWork Trip, MD AT
Sep 23 2017 9:00AMTrainingRigging and Griphoist Workshop
Sep 23 2017 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew: Trail / Rigging work on the Fridley Gap Trail near Trailhead Parking Lot, near Keezletown, VA.
Sep 23 2017 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew: Trail / Rigging work on the Fridley Gap Trail near Trailhead Parking Lot, near Keezletown, VA.
Sep 24 2017 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Prince William Forest, VA (Jamboree)
Sep 24 2017 9:00AMTrainingRigging and Griphoist Workshop
Sep 24 2017 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew: Trail / Rigging work on the Fridley Gap Trail near Trailhead Parking Lot, near Keezletown, VA.
Sep 24 2017 10:30AMTrail WorkWest Chapter Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain
Sep 26 2017 8:00AMHikeVigorous Hikers-Buzzard Rock/North Massanutten
Sep 26 2017 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee Meeting
Sep 27 2017 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Great Falls Maryland
Sep 27 2017 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Lake Accotink, Annandale VA
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.

Trail Work Opportunity during the Weekend of September 23-24: There is a last minute opportunity to do important trail work with professional trail maintainers. An ATC crew’s plans changed, and it will be working on the AT relocation at Loudoun Heights near Harpers Ferry on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 22, 23, and 24). The crew will build a sustainable trail in difficult, steep terrain. This is a three day work trip with the crew based at the Blackburn Trail Center, but they are pleased to have anyone interested join them for a day or more. For more information, call Chris Brunton at 703-967-2226.

Potomac Appalachian
– October Issue Available: The October issue has another 90th anniversary hike, a very interesting article about chestnuts, and a report from club president, Jim Tomlin. Potomac Appalachian – October 2017 [pdf] (To switch from paper delivery of your newsletter to electronic, e-mail patcnewsletter@patc.net and let us know. You can change back at any time using that same address.)

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.


 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) 
 Skyline Drive has Reopened as of March 20 (3/13/2017) 
 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) 
 Elections Committee Releases 2016 Candidates for PATC Elected Offices (9/29/2016)