Upcoming Events

Event DateCategoryEvent
Feb 22 2020 8:30AMTrainingMEDIC SOLO Wilderness First Aid Certification Course in Lexington VA
Feb 22 2020 8:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew trip - Devil's Nose West Virginia
Feb 23 2020 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Dickey Ridge and Hickerson Hollow to AT, SNP VA
Feb 25 2020 8:00AMHikeVigorous Hikers - Cabin John Trail-Montgomery Cty. MD
Feb 25 2020 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 26 2020 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers-- Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD
Feb 26 2020 7:00PMClassBest Trails in the Baltimore-Washington Area
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.

Annual Meeting 2019Annual Members Meeting — Volunteers Celebrated and Constitutional Amendment Approved: 
The club held its annual members meeting on November 20.  Both the club and its members were honored for their volunteer work.  The amendment to the club’s constitution was approved.  Report and list of awardees

Leave No Trace:LNT classes for trainers will be offered four times in 2020. More information and to register

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

Cabin Maintainer Positions:  A cabin maintainer 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 Maintainer 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 maintainer 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]