ATKO 2018

"Appalachian Trail Kickoff"


Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville GA
 Friday March 2 - Sunday March 4

THE 2018 SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE UP UNTIL FEBRUARY 2018

Take a look at this site to see what happened in Spring 2017 to

 get an idea of what's coming up !

Who will be there ?

THESE FOLKS CAME LAST YEAR IN 2017



David "AWOL" Miller 
author of "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" and the indispensable "The AT Guide" : 



Gene Espy
 
Second thru-hiker ever (1951) of the "AT" and author of "The Trail of My Life" :



 Bob "Sir-Packs-Alot" Gabrielsen

Bob is a veteran 30+ year guide/storyteller and veteran thru-hiker. He is GA Master Naturalist, runs the reknowned "Appalachian Trail School"
,  and he is the proprietor of the landmark "Top of Georgia Hostel and Hiking Center".



Janet "Miss Janet" Hensely
Their is almost NO ONE who does NOT know of "Miss Janet: if they have had anything to do with the Appalachian Trail for very long ! Miss Janet is a famous "trail angel" who seems to be helping everyone all the time !




Judy "Heartfire" Gross
 
Judy is the brainchild of "Lightheart Gear" - which specializes in ultra-light hiking pole supported shelter. An avid hiker and dressmaker she used her skills and knowledge of backpacking (following her 2006 thru-hike) to design several cutting edge styles of tents that have quickly become a favorite of thru-hikers.



"Uncle" Johnny Shores
Proprietor of "Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel - TN


ALDHA
(Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association)

                                                                                                                        

 Georgia Appalachian Trail Club: 
 
A tireless group of volunteers that keep the Georgia section of the trail one of the best maintained !



Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The mother of it all - their mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian National Scenic Trail - ensuring that it's vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. 



VENDORS INCLUDED:
ALDHA
AT Guide
Benton Mackaye Trail Assoc. 
GATC 
Lightheart Gear 
Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center
and more ...


SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO:
The staff of Amicalola Falls State Park, Bob Gabrielsen, all of our guest speakers and vendors, Our Event Host Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge - and the (now retired Amicalola Ranger) that started the event 17 years ago and paved the way, "The Bird-Godess" Ms. Lauretta Dean !