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 !

Schedule


LAST YEARS - 2017 SCHEDULE 

2017 ATKO ("Appalachian Trail Kick Off") 


SPEAKER SCHEDULE


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FRIDAY MARCH 3rd, 2017


7:00 pm- “10 Golden Suggestions for Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail” -
Bob “Sir-Packs-Alot” Gabrielsen (Co-founder ATKO - Founder
"Appalachian Trail School"
"Top of Georgia Hiking Center"


8:00 pm- “ The Trail is Full of Surprises”- Gary Sizer, Author


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SATURDAY MARCH 4th, 2017


9:00 am- “State of the Trail Update”- Morgan Summerville, ATC Southern Region Director


9:45 am- “The Difference between doing a thru-hike today vs in 1973”
Mic Lowther, Author



10:30 am- “The Trail of My Life”- Gene Espy, Author/Legend


11:15 am- “DIY (Dehydrate it Yourself) Backpacking Food”, Judy “Heartfire “ Gross, Lightheart Gear


12:45 pm- “AT Hiking from a Ridgerunner’s Perspective”- Bill Bryant, Ridgerunner


1:30 pm- “Leave No Trace”- Jay Dement, GATC member/LNT Trainer


2:15 pm- “Making Your Own Gear”- George Andrews, Antigravitygear


3:00 pm- “Hiker Q and A”- Bob “Sir-Packs-Alot” Gabrielsen
Appalachian Trail School, Top of Georgia Hiking Center, Top of Georgia Outfitters


3:45 pm- “AWOL on the AT”- David Miller, Author


4:30 pm- “One Trail Many Paths”, Funnybone, Left Turn, BonBon, Big Dawg, and Scribbles talk about their experiences on the trail from multiple viewpoints


5:15 pm- “Hiker Trash and In Town Ettiquette”, Matthew “Odie” Norman, The Hiker Yearbook


6:00 pm- “HYOH”, Miss Janet, Trail Angel/Legend


6:45 pm- “Don’s Brother Method-How I Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail”, Mike Stephens, Author


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SUNDAY MARCH 5th, 2017


9:00 am-“Hostel Owner’s Panel” (Bob Sir-Packs-Alot Gabrielsen "Top of Georgia Hiking Center", Jeff Taussig "Green Mountain Hostel", Johnny Shores "Uncle Johnnys Hostel")


10:30 am- “Thru- An Appalachian Trail Love Story”, Richard “Peregrine” Judy, (Author)


11:15 am- “What the Funk”, Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail, Jim Fetig - (ATC)


1:00 pm- “Staying founds on the AT”, Ken Bunning, (ALDHA)


1:45 pm- “Benefits of Section Hiking”, Carey "Carry-On" Belcher (Top of Georgia Hiking Center)


Sunny Waller will be doing an open gear lab during the event and welcomes anyone to stop by. REI will have a shakedown area for checking pack fit, boot fittings, answering gear questions, etc. Our new Amicalola Falls Ridgerunner, Rachel Cheatham, will be doing a talk and Q & A on hiking the AT from a women’s perspective. This will be in private room from the main speaking area on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
Friday March 3, 2017