Event DateCategoryEvent
Nov 26 2017 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Billy Goat Trail, Montgomery Co, MD (Carpool hike)
Nov 28 2017 8:00AMHikeVigorous Hikers Potomac Heritage Trail
Nov 28 2017 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 28 2017 7:00PMClassBest Trails for Winter Hikes
Nov 29 2017 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Kensington MD
Nov 29 2017 6:00PMSpecial EventAnnual Meeting and Awards Banquet
Nov 30 2017 7:30PMClassTrekking in Patagonia
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.

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 has Reopened (11/7/2017) 
 October 18 Biodiversity Event (9/19/2017) 
 Bear Problems at Pinefield Hut (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) 
 Elections Committee Releases 2016 Candidates for PATC Elected Offices (9/29/2016)