Upcoming Events

Event DateCategoryEvent
Dec 7 2019 10:00AMHikeWest Chapter Hike - Catoctin Mountain Park Circuit
Dec 7 2019 4:30PMMeetingNew Member Meeting
Dec 8 2019 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Catoctin Mountain to Cunningham Falls, Thurmont, MD
Dec 10 2019 8:00AMHikeVigorous Hikers
Dec 10 2019 7:00PMMeetingPATC Council Meeting
Dec 11 2019 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Glover Archbold Trail, DC
Dec 11 2019 6:30PMClassBest Trails for Winter Hikes
Dec 14 2019 10:00AMHikeWest Chapter Hike - Sugarloaf Mountain
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.

PATC Is Honored: 
The club received the Forest Service's Enduring Service award in recognition of 90 years of volunteer work in the National Forest.  Read more about it

Stone Workers Needed:
The Deans Gap shelter, built by Earl Shaffer in the 1950s, will be rebuilt at the AT Museum in Pennsylvania. See how you can help reconstruct this historic part of AT lore.   More information

Report an Incident on the AT:
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has developed a page to explain whom to contact if there is a problem or emergency on the AT.  While this information is specific to the AT, its advice should be helpful in other situations: ATC Incident Reporting


Shelter Maintenance Help Needed: There are several shelters in need of repair. It's a big job, but you can help. More information

The Club's  Earliest History: The Blackburn family makes another contribution to the PATC by sending the club's first account book.  Read the story by Archivist  Tom Johnson

Robert Humphrey - RIP: Long time PATC member and the founder of many club cabins, Robert Humphrey died in November 2018. Read remembrances from a few of his many friends.

Shutterbugs wanted!  We need your help in telling PATC’s story. Send us your photos! Learn more.

PATC Council Reform:  The Council decided at its August meeting to clarify its membership. Who is on Council?  That question can now be answered!  For more information, read the explanation of the reform. Council members are here.

PATC in the News:  WHSV-TV3 in Harrisonburg, Virginia recently ran a story about PATC trail maintenance on Great North Mountain, highlighting Pete Taylor and other members of the Stonewall Brigade. This shows that if you go to a work trip, you can get on television! Watch the story

Raven Rocks Trailhead pakring
The CCC Improves Trail Building: In another article prompted by old photos recently received by the club, Tom Johnson discusses the impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps on early efforts to build the Appalachian Trail.  Tom's article

Walt Smith Walt Smith: We are saddened to learn that former president, honorary life member, and great person Walt Smith has died. Memorial service arrangements are now available. More information and remembrance

Land and Water Conservation Fund:
This important source of funding for trails and other recreational resources needs to be renewed.  See what you can do to help.

Photos from the Past:
We recently received several albums of photos of PATC activities from the '30s and '40s. Tom Johnson gives us a taste of the history that these photos record. Read  Tom's article.


Anniversary of the AT Bill: March 21, 2018, was the 40th anniversary of the signing of the "Appalachian Trail Bill." Read more about it on the ATC site.

PATC Volunteers Demolish Boxwood:  An eyesore at the Vining Tract is removed.  Read about it

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



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.

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. .
 
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 - 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]