ATKO 2017

"Appalachian Trail Kickoff"


Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville GA
 Friday March 3 - Sunday March 5


** NEW SCHEDULE IS NOW UP !! **

Who will be there ?

THE SCHEDULE FOR 2017 HAS NOT BEEN MADE -
THESE FOLKS CAME LAST YEAR IN 2016



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 Triple Crowner (thru-hiked AT /PCT /CDT).  He is GA Master Naturalist, runs the reknowned "Appalachian Trail School"
,  and he is the proprietor of two landmark establishments along the Georgia Appalachian Trail - "Woody Gap Outfitters" and the "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)



Paralee "TrapperLee" Hayward
(2002 thru-hiker / author of "Still Living A Dream")
This book describes the author's laughter, pain and life on the Appalachian Trail.

                                                                                                                            

 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 
Ron's Appalachian Trail Shuttles
Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center
Woody Gap Outfitters
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 16 years ago and paved the way, Lauretta Dean !