ATKO 2018

"Appalachian Trail Kickoff"


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

THE 2018 SCHEDULE IS HERE !
Who will be there ?

SOME FOLKS THAT WILL BE THERE



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 hiker/guide/n
aturalist, runs the reknowned "Appalachian Trail School",  and he is the proprietor of the landmark "Top of Georgia Hiking Center".



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. 



TABLES & VENDORS INCLUDED:
ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association)
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Gary Sizer - Author

Benton Mackaye Trail Assoc. 
GATC (Georgia Appalachian Trail Club)
Lightheart Gear 
Anti-Gravity Gear
Top of Georgia Hiking Center
Uncle Johnny's Hostel
The AT Guide
Mic Lowther - Author
Gene Espy - Author
Hiker Yearbook
Mike Stephens - Author
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 18 years ago - and blazed the path - "The Bird-Goddess"
Ms. Lauretta Dean !